Today's Wordle hints and answer — solution #721, Saturday, June 10
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Today's Wordle answer shouldn't tax you too much. According to the New York Times' WordleBot, the average player will complete Wordle #721 in 3.9 moves in easy mode or 3.8 for those playing with hard rules.
Each day, we will update this article with Wordle hints and tips to help you find today's answer. And if the hints aren't enough, we'll even give you the answer, in case you're really stuck or just haven't had time to complete today's puzzle. Plus, we are also including an analysis of yesterday's puzzle, #720, in case you're reading this in a different time zone.
So be warned: spoilers lie ahead for game #721. Only read on if you want to know today's Wordle answer!
Today's Wordle answer — hints to help you solve it
Our first tip is that you should use one of the best Wordle start words for every game you play. But if you want some more specific clues to today's Wordle answer, then here you go:
It contains two of the five vowels.*
There is one repeat letter.
All but one character features in the ten most common Wordle letters.
* By vowel, we mean A, E, I, O, U. There are other letters that are sometimes considered to be vowels, depending on how they are used.
Those hints should get you at least some of the way towards finding today's Wordle answer. If not, then you can read on for bigger clues; or, if you just want to know the answer, then skip down further for that.
Alright then, here's a larger hint: Today's Wordle answer feels a bit repetitive.
What does today's Wordle start with?
The answer to Wordle #721 starts with A, so combined with the hints above you should now have all the clues you need to get the answer and not break a Wordle streak.
OK, it's now time to scroll down for the answer…
Today's Wordle answer
So, what is today's Wordle answer for game #721?
Drumroll, please — it's AGAIN.
Howdy Wordlers. Today's puzzle is a bit more straightforward than yesterday's, given it's a word most of us will use on a daily basis, but the presence of a double letter - even if it's the second-most character in the game - still makes it perilous.
I began with RATIO as per usual, and it was a bit of a gift today, giving me a green 'I' and turning the 'A' yellow (though, of course, I wasn't to know it would appear twice at this point.)
This left 20 possible answers, and had most of WordleBot's best Wordle start words beat, with a few notable exceptions. LEANT left 18 possible solutions today, while CRANE and SLANT knocked this down to just 12 apiece.
Because my word already contained two vowels, I didn't feel the need to force 'E' into the mix today, instead concentrating on how the 'A' could fit alongside the 'I' in fourth position.
With that in mind, I opted for CHAIN, which was a big success, seeing as it turned both the 'A' and 'N' green, leaving just four possible solutions available*.
Unfortunately, with a one-in-four chance, I went wrong, playing SLAIN which added 'S' and 'L' to my list of discounted letters. It did rule out the other two possibilities (see the footnote below), but didn't feel like much of a victory at the time.
After staring at the remaining letters for a while, I concluded that the double-letter word I'd come up with - AGAIN - was worth a punt. I typed it in, and smiled as all five letters went green.
Hopefully you got a decent result today, Wordlers. See you tomorrow for Sunday's puzzle.
* The two words I didn't play were SWAIN and PLAIN.
Yesterday's Wordle answer
Reading this in a later time zone? The Wordle answer for game #720 was BALSA.
Hello Wordlers. Another tricky one today, unless different kinds of wood are at the forefront of your mind when you're tackling your daily Wordle. Suffice it to say, they're not in mine, hence the disappointing five-turn win.
I began today's Wordle by playing RATIO, which didn't look too bad, given it turned 'A' green right from the get-go (although this is often the sign of a double letter, as it proved to be today.)
Unfortunately, 'A' being the second most common letter in the game, it left a whopping 181 possible answers remaining.
Some of WordleBot's best Wordle start words would have been significantly better today, with SLANT and SLATE reducing the number of possible solutions to 11 and seven respectively. LEAST is even better, taking it down to just three.
I wanted to test another vowel with 'E', and knowing that 'L' is the sixth most common letter in the game, PALED seemed like a good choice. It was, turning said 'L' green and leaving six possible answers. Quite the turnaround.
My luck got even better on the next turn. I tried BALMY, which gave me another green letter with 'B' and revealed that the word had to be BAL??.
Unfortunately, at this point, I was drawing a complete blank. I'll admit that my next pick came from entering letters into anything resembling a plausible-sounding word.
Eventually, I came across BALAS (I think I was thinking of BALLAST) which gave me three greens and two yellows. In other words, I just needed to swap my two yellow letters and the answer would be revealed: BALSA.
That was a tough one. Hopefully you did better than me today. I'll be back to try again tomorrow, with Saturday's puzzle. Until then, Wordlers.
Previous Wordle answers
If you're looking for a list of older Wordle answers, we can also help. Here's a list going back 20 games.
Wordle #720: BALSA
Wordle #719: CRUMB
Wordle #718: HATER
Wordle #717: SCOUT
Wordle #716: ENNUI
Wordle #715: BEAST
Wordle #714: NANNY
Wordle #713: HUMID
Wordle #712: JAZZY
Wordle #711: AGILE
Wordle #710: KNEEL
Wordle #709: MOUSE
Wordle #708: SKIMP
Wordle #707: RAMEN
Wordle #706: SWINE
Wordle #705: BAGEL
Wordle #704: UTTER
Wordle #703: CLERK
Wordle #702: IGLOO
Wordle #701: BRASH
Wordle tips — how to win at Wordle
The best tip I can give is to use one of the best Wordle start words. I can't stress this enough — it makes a massive difference.
Without one, you'll be scrabbling around in the dark trying (and possibly failing) to find the right five letters (or possibly fewer) out of the 26 possibles. But clever people (not me) have done the math and identified the best start words based on both frequency in English and frequency among Wordle answers. So use them!
Secondly, think about combinations, especially at the start and end. Some options are far more common than others — for instance, SH, ST, CR and CH all feature frequently.
Vowels obviously need consideration too: not all Wordle answers will contain more than one, but plenty do, and some even have three. A good Wordle start word should have used a couple, but if they don't feature you might well want to try another one or two on your next go. Plus, remember the Y — this sometimes acts as a surrogate vowel, and is easy to forget. It also appears at the end of plenty of words.
Finally, try out possibilities. So long as you don't press 'Enter' you can try possible answers to see how they look on screen. Put in likely letters plus any you know are definitely in the word, then mentally change one to the other available options. This technique has worked for me multiple times, and it's particularly helpful when the word in question is not an obvious one (like FJORD or ISLET).
But if you're still struggling with Wordle, check out how Tom's Guide's Wordle experts have honed their strategy after playing every Wordle so far and losing only once.
We also have plenty of Wordle tips and tricks to share, like how we've analyzed every Wordle answer used to look for trends and have some further advice for you there. And if you're new to the game you should also take a look at our What is Wordle? guide.
What else should I know about Wordle?
Wordle officially launched in October 2021, but actually started in June of that year and celebrated its first birthday on June 19, 2022. (You can read my thoughts on the 5 things Wordle needs to improve if it's to keep us playing for its second year.)
However, it only grew in popularity towards the end of the year, then went viral in January as the world woke up to its charms. In fact, it proved so successful that The New York Times bought Wordle for a seven-figure sum in early February and the game is now part of NYT Games.
It's played via the NYT Games website here, and is entirely free. Both the NYT and the game's creator, Josh Wardle, have stated that it will remain free. Some people think that Wordle has got harder since the NYT takeover, but it really hasn't.
Wordle is a simple game in which your challenge is to guess a five-letter word in six attempts. Each time you guess, you're told which of your chosen letters are in the target word, and whether they are in the right place.
If a letter is in the correct place, it turns green. If it's in the word but in the wrong place, it turns yellow. And if it's not in the word at all, it turns gray.
There's just one puzzle a day, and everyone completes the same one. It resets at midnight each day. You'll find more information about the game in our What is Wordle? article.
If you're eager for another game to pass the time while you wait, we've put together a list of the best Wordle alternatives. We also have a page on today's Quordle answers, because it's our favorite.
Other Wordle alternatives to try are the ultra-stressful (but very good) Squabble and the soccer-themed, Who Are Ya?. We also like the geography-based Wordle clone Worldle, the Star Wars-themed SWordle and the math-based Mathler.
There are certainly plenty of options once you've finished Wordle for the day!