Today’s Wordle answer and hints — solution #407, Sunday, July 31

Today’s Wordle answer this Sunday morning is another fairly standard one, with the NYT’s WordleBot tool reporting that people are solving it in an average of 3.9 guesses. It’s not necessarily an easy one in its own right, but it should prove quite straightforward for people who use a particular start word at least. 

That doesn’t mean you won’t find some hints to be helpful, though; after all, a Wordle failure is only ever six guesses away.

I’ve played every Wordle so far and lost only once, so I’ve got plenty of Wordle tips and tricks to share. I’ve also analyzed every Wordle answer to look for patterns and got some further advice for you there. And if you’re new to the game you should also take a look at my What is Wordle? guide.

Each day, I’ll be updating this article with tips to help you find today’s Wordle answer. And if the hints aren’t enough, I’ll even give you the solution, in case you’re really stuck or just haven’t had time to complete today’s puzzle. I’ve also included my analysis of yesterday’s puzzle, #406, in case you’re reading this in a different time zone.

So be warned: spoilers lie ahead for game #407. Only read on if you want to know today’s Wordle answer!

PS: If you’re a music fan then also check out our guide to today’s Heardle answer.

Today’s Wordle answer #407 — hints to help you solve it

My 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 one vowel*
  • It has no repeated letters
  • It starts with a very common starting letter

* By vowel I’m meaning 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 a bigger clue; or, if you just want to know the answer, then skip down further for that.

Alright then, here’s my final hint: Today’s Wordle answer is a physical pain.

OK, it’s time to scroll down for the answer…

Today’s Wordle answer #407, Sunday, July 31

The game Wordle displayed on two smartphones

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So, what is today’s Wordle answer for game #407?

Drumroll please — it’s CRAMP.

This is one of the more straightforward Wordles we’ve had recently, particularly if your choice of the best Wordle start words is WordleBot‘s favored CRANE. If it is, you’d have been playing your second guess with three greens in place and only seven answers to choose from — nice result! It’s quite possible we’ll see a few 2/6s today as a result, although the fact that there are a lot of words that start CRA may have made 3/6s more likely. Either way, WordleBot is reporting an average of 3.9 for this one, which is one of the lower scores we’ve had in recent days.

With no repeated letters today, it certainly should be a little easier than yesterday’s BLUFF (see below). And, as I show in my analysis of every Wordle answer, most of these five letters are pretty common in the game. A certainly is — it’s the most common letter in the game by far, and is also the most common to be found in position #3 as it is here. R, meanwhile, ranks third both overall and in position #2. C is slightly less common in general (it’s 10th), but is the second most common starting letter, behind only S.

That leaves M and P, which are not quite so frequently seen in the game. M places 16th, with P just ahead of it in 15th. MP is at least a reasonably common ending combination, with 19 instances of that, although nowhere near as common as CR is at the start (a massive 45 games have that format).

There’s no issue with the word itself, either, which Word and Phrase Info (opens in new tab) ranks at 12,781st in its list of the most frequently used English words. But the too-many-answers thing may have been a problem. As I hinted above, there are quite a few words that start CRA: 12 in total, including WordleBot’s preferred CRANE. The others are today’s answer, CRAMP, plus CRACK, CRANK, CRAZY, CRAWL, CRAFT, CRASH, CRASS, CRATE, CRAZE and CRAVE.

Anyone starting with CRANE today had at least ruled out a few of them right away, but still had to pick from CRACK, CRAMP, CRAZY, CRAWL, CRAFT, CRASH and CRASS. I don’t start with CRANE, instead using STARE, and this didn’t have quite such a good effect, giving me a green A and yellow R and leaving me with 30 answers.

I didn’t find them all, though I did come up with 24 of them — certainly enough to see that the answer was probably going to start -RA–. With that in mind, I took a slight risk and left both letters out of my second guess. On the one hand this made sense, enabling me to play five more letters right away, but it did deny me the outside chance of a 2/6, and also left open the possibility that I’d struggle to find out where the R went.

Wordle 407

(Image credit: Wordle/NYT)

The word I went for, CLINK, had the benefit of including five letters that featured heavily among the 24 words I’d found. In fact, at least one of the letters occurred in every one of the answers I’d identified.

I only got one letter from that guess, a C at the start, but that was enough to convince me that the answer would start CRA. That left me a choice of CRAMP or CRAZY, and I was always going to choose CRAMP in that scenario.

I duly played it on my third go and scored a nice 3/6 here to round off what’s been a tough month for Wordle.  

Let me know how you did in the comments or via email (opens in new tab) — and if you have already got in touch then apologies for the delay in replying, you will get a response soon (honest)!

Yesterday’s Wordle answer #406, Saturday, July 30

Reading this in a time zone where it’s still Saturday? The Wordle answer for game #406 was BLUFF.

This is a reasonably challenging Wordle that you’ll have to work hard (or get lucky with) to score less than 4/6 on. WordleBot is reporting an average of 4.2 for it, and there’s one particularly factor that explain why it’s probably trickier than Friday’s UPSET. 

That factor would be the double F at the end. As I show in my analysis of every Wordle answer, F falls outside the top 10 most common repeated letters in the game, with a mere 22 instances out of Wordle’s 2,308 answers. And in 20 of those 22 occasions, it features as a double F, with both letters together. (Bonus kudos from me if you can guess what the two answers are where the two Fs don’t go next to each other). 

Of course in one of those 20 games it actually features three times: FLUFF, which was the answer a couple of weeks ago (game #382). BLUFF is arguably easier than FLUFF was for that reason, and indeed its WordleBot average of 4.2 to FLUFF’s 4.7 backs that up. But nonetheless, a double FF is not a massively common thing in the game.

Then again, F is not a particularly common letter even on its own, ranking 19th overall. It’s most common at the start of the word, and only occurs in position #4 a total of 35 times and in position #5 on just 26 occasions. 

The other letters are more likely. B ranks only one place ahead of F overall, in 18th, but is the third most likely letter to start a Wordle answer behind S and C. L is the sixth most likely letter to be found anywhere in the game and is particularly common in position #2 as it is here, and U places 11th overall and is regularly found in position #3 (it’s the fifth most likely to be there).

Get the F, then, and you’d have the hardest part of this Wordle in place, because this is otherwise not too difficult. 

The too-many-answers thing is not a massive problem today, and it’s a reasonably well-known word that ranks 7,981st in Word and Phrase Info (opens in new tab)‘s list of the most frequently used English words. It has several meanings, including a cliff or hill with a steep face, and an act of deception; anyone who plays poker will no doubt have used a bluff from time to time. 

I started, as always, with my choice of the best Wordle start words, STARE, but it didn’t help me much today. As you can see, I drew a blank on the first guess, leaving me with 226 possible solutions to pick from according to WordleBot. It was a similar story for anyone playing WordleBot’s choice of CRANE, although they had 263 answers to pick from.

My go-to second word after a blank first guess is CLOUD, and it did the business again today, giving me a green L, yellow U and narrowing down my options to just seven. 

Wordle 406

(Image credit: Wordle/NYT)

I found five of those seven options myself: PLUNK, PLUMB, FLUNK, FLUNG and FLUFF. However, I knew FLUFF had already been an answer and therefore ruled it out. I missed the answer, BLUFF, at this stage and also failed to spot PLUMP. (Weekend brain isn’t as sharp as it should be.)

I thought I had four words to chose from, then, and decided to play FLUNG next — which is exactly what WordleBot said it would have done too. This had the desired effect, in that it narrowed it down to just one more possible answer — but it wasn’t one I expected.

On seeing the F turn yellow, rather than green, I realized my previous mistake and spotted that BLUFF was also an option — and indeed the only one left to me. So I played that next and scored a slightly-better-than-average 4/6, the same as WordleBot got.

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 #406: BLUFF
  • Wordle #405: UPSET
  • Wordle #404: STOMP
  • Wordle #403: MOTTO
  • Wordle #402: CINCH
  • Wordle #401: ELOPE
  • Wordle #400: POWER
  • Wordle #399: MIDGE
  • Wordle #398: TRYST
  • Wordle #397: APHID
  • Wordle #396: TRITE
  • Wordle #395: ANGRY
  • Wordle #394: FLOCK
  • Wordle #393: WACKY
  • Wordle #392: ROOMY
  • Wordle #391: WEDGE
  • Wordle #390: LIVER
  • Wordle #389: BLAND
  • Wordle #388: NIGHT
  • Wordle #387: MADAM

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). 

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 (opens in new tab), 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.

Wordle Alternatives

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, and also today’s Heardle answer — because that’s great too. 

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!

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