Today’s Wordle answer and hints — solution #445, Wednesday, September 7

Today’s Wordle answer is another fairly tough one, though for different reasons than yesterday’s puzzle was. The NYT’s WordleBot tool, which analyzes every puzzle, says people are needing 4.2 guesses on average to solve it, and it’s not necessarily a word you’d be familiar with.

With that in mind, you might find some hints to be helpful; 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 have 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, #444, in case you’re reading this in a different time zone.

So be warned: spoilers lie ahead for game #445. Only read on if you want to know today’s Wordle answer!

Today’s Wordle answer #445 — 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 uses vowels in two places*
  • It has one repeated letter
  • It ends with a very common ending 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 wary or suspicious

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

Today’s Wordle answer #445, Wednesday, September 7

The game Wordle displayed on two smartphones

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So, what is today’s Wordle answer for game #445?

Drumroll please — it’s LEERY.

We seem to be in the midst of a Difficult Wordle Period, and today’s puzzle could well cause people a few problems. The NYT’s WordleBot tool says people are solving it in an average of 4.2 guesses, which theoretically makes it a bit easier than yesterday’s TAUNT (4.6), but it’s definitely harder than a standard Wordle.

Once again, we have a repeated letter to deal with, this time an E. That’s not necessarily a big problem in itself, because as I show in my analysis of every Wordle answer, E is the most likely letter to be repeated, with 172 instances out of Wordle’s 2,308 solutions. However, only 59 of those games feature two Es next to each other, so that at least is a less likely occurrence. 

None of the other letters are problematic. L and R are generally common in the game, ranking sixth and third respectively, and though Y is down in 12th position overall, it’s the second most likely letter to end a Wordle answer.

No, the problem here is more likely to be that it’s just not a word you think of — or potentially even know. According to Word And Phrase Info (opens in new tab)‘s list of the most frequently used English words, it’s way down in 17,429th position. Compare that to TAUNT (10,911th) and you can see that it’s not that common.

Actually, I think that site overestimates how commonly used it is. Over on Twitter, there are plenty of posts complaining that they have never used it themselves. I can’t say if I have, but it’s certainly not a word I’ve written or spoken often. For those of you who aren’t sure, it means to be wary of suspicious of someone or something.

Fortunately, my game played out in a way that meant much of the guesswork was removed anyway. For starters, my pick of the best Wordle start words helped out a lot. I’ve been using random words lately, rather than sticking with one option (STARE), and this morning I settled upon TREND.

This was a deliberate ploy to include as many common consonants as possible — the counterpoint, if you will, of the ADIEU/AUDIO approach which packs the start word with vowels. 

I find yellow or green consonants to be more useful than vowels in Wordle, because they tend to give the word its structure. Finding vowels is not usually too tricky — not least because there are only five of them (or six if you include Y) — whereas finding consonants can be a lot trickier. 

As it happened, TREND only gave me one consonant, a yellow R, while turning my single vowel green. But green letters early on make a huge difference, and this immediately reduced the possible solutions to just 33, according to WordleBot. 

How did other words fare? Well, CRANE had 250 and SLATE 95, but my former favorite, STARE, left just 14. LEAST was even better — 10 — but if I’d gone with the word I played yesterday, LEARN, I’d have had just two solutions to choose from!

Wordle 445

(Image credit: Wordle/NYT)

I didn’t know there were 33 options at this stage, of course, but I could see there were too many for me to find them all. So instead, I went with the best word I could find that also included an A and a couple more common consonants. CLEAR fit the bill nicely.

WordleBot was fairly pleased with this, but only awarded me 71 for skill. However, it proved to be a very lucky choice all the same, because it uncovered a yellow L and reduced my options to just three.

At least that’s what WordleBot told me afterwards; as far as I was concerned, it left just one possibility and that was the answer, LEERY. The others WordleBot considered were LEERS and REELS, but I discounted these because Wordle doesn’t generally include words that end in an S when it’s used as a conjunction or plural. There are some Wordle answers that end S — for instance GLASS (game #334) — but it’s not common.

So anyway, after a bit of deliberation I realized that LEERY fit nicely and scored a 3/6. I definitely enjoyed some luck today, though — hopefully you did too.

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 #444, Tuesday, September 6

Reading this in a time zone where it’s still Tuesday? The Wordle answer for game #444 was TAUNT.

Oh dear. It’s obvious from WordleBot‘s average score of 4.6 that this is a difficult one, but it’s arguably even harder than that might imply. Evidence for that comes from the fact that ‘Wordle 444 X’ is trending on Twitter; that doesn’t happen very often these days.

There are two immediately obvious problems with it as an answer. One is the repeated T. As I show in my analysis of every Wordle answer, T is the fifth most likely letter to feature more than once in a Wordle answer, but it’s still not that common, with just 61 instances out of Wordle’s 2,308 solutions.

The other is the too-many-answers problem, which may well have left you choosing between some or all of TAUNT, JAUNT, HAUNT, GAUNT, DAUNT and VAUNT. On hard mode especially, you’ll have needed a lot of luck.

Fortunately, those two complications are at least partially offset by the fact that the letters are all common ones, and that the best Wordle start words will generally have helped a fair bit. 

For instance, my choice today was ORATE — a start word that a regular reader has suggested to me and which I now also use in my daily Quordle game. ORATE has four of the same letters as my previous choice, STARE, but swaps the S for another vowel and moves the R and T around.

Here, it gave me yellow A and T and reduced my options to 75; not wonderful, but a darn sight better than yesterday’s 728! Those of you who start with CRANE, meanwhile, will have had an even better time of it — you had just 33 options left, according to WordleBot. SLATE (63), TRACE (33), SLANT (10), SAINT (6) and plenty of other start words will have kept things manageable today, and some a lot more so than others.

With the A ruled out of the center spot, I decided to play it in position #2, where it’s almost as common. Similarly, I put the T at the end, where it occurs more often than anywhere else. From there is was a case of adding another vowel and a couple of common consonants; PAINT worked well in this regard. 

Wordle 444

(Image credit: Wordle/NYT)

With the A, N and T all turning green, my initial reaction was of relief; surely I’d be able to solve it in three from here. But no, on investigation I realized I still had six options left, and all followed the same pattern: the aforementioned TAUNT, JAUNT, VAUNT, HAUNT, GAUNT and DAUNT.

If I was playing in hard mode, my game would now be purely luck-based for the remaining guesses: three chances, six options. Fortunately, I wasn’t. Instead, I was able to play THUGS — which WordleBot said is exactly what it would have chosen too — and rule in/out TAUNT, HAUNT and GAUNT in one go. If all but the U had stayed gray, I’d have still faced a battle to find the remaining answers, but at least this would deal with three of them at once.

Luck was with me today, because the T at the start turned green rather than yellow, confirming there were two in the answer and leaving me with TAUNT to play on the next go for a below-par 4/6.    

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 #444: TAUNT
  • Wordle #443: WHOOP
  • Wordle #442: INTER
  • Wordle #441: GULLY
  • Wordle #440: CHARM
  • Wordle #439: FUNGI
  • Wordle #438: PRIZE
  • Wordle #437: ONSET
  • Wordle #436: CHIEF
  • Wordle #435: GAUZE
  • Wordle #434: RUDER
  • Wordle #433: IRONY
  • Wordle #432: CLOWN
  • Wordle #431: NEEDY
  • Wordle #430: WOVEN
  • Wordle #429: MERIT
  • Wordle #428: WASTE
  • Wordle #427: TREAT
  • Wordle #426: SHRUG
  • Wordle #425: TWANG

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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