NYT Wordle today — answer and hints for game #1116, Tuesday, July 9 (2024)

NYT Wordle today — answer and hints for game #1116, Tuesday, July 9 (1)

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It's time for your guide to today's Wordle answer, featuring my commentary on the latest puzzle, plus a selection of hints designed to help you keep your streak going.

Don't think you need any clues for Wordle today? No problem, just skip to my daily column. But remember: failure in this game is only ever six guesses away.

Want more word-based fun? My Quordle today page contains hints and answers for that game, and you can also take a look at my NYT Strands today and NYT Connections today pages for my verdict on two of the New York Times' other brainteasers.

SPOILER WARNING: Today's Wordle answer and hints are below, so don't read on if you don't want to see them.

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NYT Wordle today — answer and hints for game #1116, Tuesday, July 9 (2)

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Marc McLaren

Marc is TechRadar’s Global Editor in Chief and has been obsessed with Wordle for more than two years. He's authored dozens of articles on the game for TechRadar and its sister site Tom's Guide, including a detailed analysis of the most common letters in Wordle in every position. He's also played every Wordle ever and only lost once and yes, he takes it all too seriously.

Wordle hints (game #1116) - clue #1 - Vowels

How many vowels does today's Wordle have?

Wordle today has vowels in two places*.

* Note that by vowel we mean the five standard vowels (A, E, I, O, U), not Y (which is sometimes counted as a vowel too).

Wordle hints (game #1116) - clue #2 - first letter

What letter does today's Wordle begin with?

The first letter in today's Wordle answer is B.

B is a very, very common starting letter in Wordle. In fact, it's the third most common overall, behind only S and C.

Wordle hints (game #1116) - clue #3 - repeated letters

Does today's Wordle have any repeated letters?

Repeated letters are quite common in the game, with 748 of the 2,309 Wordle answers containing one.However, it's still more likely that a Wordle doesn't have one.

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Wordle hints (game #1116) - clue #4 - ending letter

What letter does today's Wordle end with?

The last letter in today's Wordle is E.

E is the most common letter to end a Wordle answer by far. That's one of the reasons why many of the best start words, including SLATE, CRANE, CRATE and STARE, all end with one.

Wordle hints (game #1116) - clue #5 - last chance

Still looking for more Wordle hints today? Here's an extra one for game #1116.

  • Today's Wordle answer is a deafening sound.

If you just want to know today's Wordle answer now, simply scroll down – but I'd always recommend trying to solve it on your own first. We've got lots of Wordle tips and tricks to help you, including a guide to the best Wordle start words.

If you don't want to know today's answer then DO NOT SCROLL ANY FURTHER BECAUSE IT IS PRINTED BELOW. So don't say you weren't warned!

Today's Wordle answer (game #1116)

NYT Wordle today — answer and hints for game #1116, Tuesday, July 9 (3)

  • NYT average score: 4.4
  • My score: 3
  • WordleBot's score: 4
  • Best start word performance*: STARE, SNARE (4 remaining answers)
  • My start word performance: BRICK (29)

* From WordleBot's Top 20 start words

Today's Wordle answer (game #1116) is… BLARE.

What do FLARE, GLARE, BLAME, BLADE and BLAZE have in common? They all differ from today's Wordle answer by just one letter, of course. SHARE, SPARE, STARE, PLANE, PLACE,PLATE and about a couple of dozen more? They differ by two.

Yes, this is one of those games where there really may have been too many answers to factor in, and that probably explains why it currently has a high average score of 4.4. It's not the letters themselves, at any rate; as my analysis of every Wordle answer shows, L, A, R and E are all in the top 10 by frequency, while B is the third most likely to start an answer.

No, the problem here is simply how tricky it can be to narrow down that many options, particularly when the actual solution is one of the least commonly used of them. Not that BLARE is an obscure word, as such, but FLARE, GLARE, BLAME, BLADE and BLAZE are all used more frequently. Just to confirm my instinct on that front, I checked the WordAndPhraseInfo website, which ranks words by how often they're used in English, and yes, BLARE is the lowest of those six.

You will, however, have had an easy time of it if you picked the right start word. STARE was the equal best of them, in terms of WordleBot's top 20, and left only four solutions. CRANE and CRATE were at seven. So there were good options out there.

I didn't have the luxury of choosing my starter, because I pick a random word each day – or rather, I use a random word generator to do that task. And today it gave me BRICK, which was an excellent opener than gave me a green B and yellow R.

That cut my shortlist to 29, and I needed only one more guess to further slash that number to one, meaning I scored a three. The annoying thing was that it could have been a two. I figured that the R would probably go in position #4 and would be followed by an E. A was a good contender to go before that R. And L is a good letter to follow B. So that would give me BLARE…

I was all set to play it, then decided that I might as well gain info about another letter by leaving out the already-green B, so went with GLARE instead. And of course the final four letters turned green, meaning I'd just thrown away a two. Still, a three is always welcome, and WordleBot only scored a four, so I'll take it today.

How did you do today? Send me an email and let me know.

Yesterday's Wordle hints (game #1115)

In a different time zone where it's still Monday? Don't worry – I can give you some clues for Wordle #1115, too.

  • Wordle yesterday had vowels in two places.

* Note that by vowel we mean the five standard vowels (A, E, I, O, U), not Y (which is sometimes counted as a vowel too).

  • The first letter in yesterday's Wordle answer was S.

S is the most common starting letter in the game, featuring in 365 of Wordle's 2,309 answers. In fact, it's almost twice as likely to begin an answer as the next most common starting letter, C.

  • There were no repeated letters in yesterday's Wordle.

Repeated letters are quite common in the game, with 748 of the 2,309 Wordle answers containing one.However, it's still more likely that a Wordle doesn't have one.

  • The last letter in yesterday's Wordle was E.

E is the most common letter to end a Wordle answer by far. That's one of the reasons why many of the best start words, including SLATE, CRANE, CRATE and STARE, all end with one.

Still looking for more Wordle hints? Here's an extra one for game #1115.

  • Yesterday's Wordle answer is the spatial form of something.

Yesterday's Wordle answer (game #1115)

NYT Wordle today — answer and hints for game #1116, Tuesday, July 9 (4)

  • NYT average score: 3.7
  • My score: 3
  • WordleBot's score: 4
  • Best start word performance*: PARSE (5 remaining answers)
  • My start word performance: PUPIL (96)

* From WordleBot's Top 20 start words

Yesterday's Wordle answer (game #1115) was… SHAPE.

S at the start and E at the end is the most common of all Wordle start/end formats, with 74 examples among the game's 2,309 original solutions – a massive 32 ahead of the second-place S---Y. That's no major surprise, given that S is the most likely letter by far to begin a Wordle, and E the most likely to end one. When you also consider that SH is the second most common starting combination and A the most likely to be in the middle, you have the ingredients for an easy Wordle.

The average score, as reported by WordleBot, would back up that assertion: it has a current value of 3.7.

It's one of those games where some of the best starting words made a huge difference. SLATE, WordleBot's second favorite, and STARE both left 14 answers, although the less likely popular PARSE beat them both, cutting the options to five. Most of the top 20 cut the shortlist to the 30-40 range, so there were plenty of good starts to be had.

Unfortunately, my random word generator didn't read the script, giving me PUPIL. This didn't include either an S or E, and left me 96 options. On the plus side, it did gave me a P, which would prove to be very helpful in narrowing down my second guess. I went with SCOPE – reasoning that S and E would be sensible letters to add in – and immediately turned them both green. With P joining them in that hue, I now had only one possible answer left, SHAPE, and played that next for a 3/6.

Wordle answers: The past 50

I've been playing Wordle every day for more than two years now and have tracked all of the previous answers so I can help you improve your game. Here are the last 50 solutions starting with yesterday's answer, or check out my past Wordle answers page for the full list.

  • Wordle #1115, Monday 8 July: SHAPE
  • Wordle #1114, Sunday 7 July: CANON
  • Wordle #1113, Saturday 6 July: SCOFF
  • Wordle #1112, Friday 5 July: CRUSH
  • Wordle #1111, Thursday 4 July: DEBUT
  • Wordle #1110, Wednesday 3 July: THIGH
  • Wordle #1109, Tuesday 2 July: INLAY
  • Wordle #1108, Monday 1 July: ADAGE
  • Wordle #1107, Sunday 30 June: BUDDY
  • Wordle #1106, Saturday 29 June: ZEBRA
  • Wordle #1105, Friday 28 June: DROVE
  • Wordle #1104, Thursday 27 June: ORDER
  • Wordle #1103, Wednesday 26 June: KNEAD
  • Wordle #1102, Tuesday 25 June: SAVOR
  • Wordle #1101, Monday 24 June: DOLLY
  • Wordle #1100, Sunday 23 June: BUGLE
  • Wordle #1099, Saturday 22 June: EDICT
  • Wordle #1098, Friday 21 June: PAINT
  • Wordle #1097, Thursday 20 June: SCENT
  • Wordle #1096, Wednesday 19 June: TERSE
  • Wordle #1095, Tuesday 18 June: COVER
  • Wordle #1094, Monday 17 June: PRIOR
  • Wordle #1093, Sunday 16 June: GRIND
  • Wordle #1092, Saturday 15 June: PROUD
  • Wordle #1091, Friday 14 June: VAULT
  • Wordle #1090, Thursday 13 June: ANGST
  • Wordle #1089, Wednesday 12 June: DETER
  • Wordle #1088, Tuesday 11 June: SWUNG
  • Wordle #1087, Monday 10 June: MANGA
  • Wordle #1086, Sunday 9 June: CROWD
  • Wordle #1085, Saturday 8 June: HENCE
  • Wordle #1084, Friday 7 June: MELON
  • Wordle #1083, Thursday 6 June: ETHER
  • Wordle #1082, Wednesday 5 June: ORGAN
  • Wordle #1081, Tuesday 4 June: GROOM
  • Wordle #1080, Monday 3 June: STARK
  • Wordle #1079, Sunday 2 June: BRAVO
  • Wordle #1078, Saturday 1 June: BASIN
  • Wordle #1077, Friday 31 May: CHAOS
  • Wordle #1076, Thursday 30 May: GUMMY
  • Wordle #1075, Wednesday 29 May: PAPAL
  • Wordle #1074, Tuesday 28 May: MINUS
  • Wordle #1073, Monday 27 May: SKIER
  • Wordle #1072, Sunday 26 May: BEVEL
  • Wordle #1071, Saturday 25 May: TITAN
  • Wordle #1070, Friday 24 May: GLIDE
  • Wordle #1069, Thursday 23 May: SWISH
  • Wordle #1068, Wednesday 22 May: EXALT
  • Wordle #1067, Tuesday 21 May: DINGO
  • Wordle #1066, Monday 20 May: NICER
  • Wordle #1065, Sunday 19 May: HITCH
  • Wordle #1064, Saturday 18 May: BRINY

What is Wordle?

If you're on this page then you almost certainly know what Wordle is already, and indeed have probably been playing it for a while. And even if you've not been playing it, you must surely have heard of it by now, because it's the viral word game phenomenon that took the world by storm last year and is still going strong in 2024.

We've got a full guide to the game in our What is Wordle page, but if you just want a refresher then here are the basics.

What is Wordle?

Wordle challenges you to guess a new five-letter word each day. You get six guesses, with each one revealing a little more information. If one of the letters in your guess is in the answer and in the right place, it turns green. If it's in the answer but in the wrong place, it turns yellow. And if it's not in the answer at all it turns gray. Simple, eh?

It's played online via the Wordle website or the New York Times' Crossword app (iOS / Android), and is entirely free.

Crucially, the answer is the same for everyone each day, meaning that you're competing against the rest of the world, rather than just against yourself or the game. The puzzle then resets each day at midnight in your local time, giving you a new challenge, and the chance to extend your streak.

What are the Wordle rules?

The rules of Wordle are pretty straightforward, but with a couple of curveballs thrown in for good measure.

1. Letters that are in the answer and in the right place turn green.

2. Letters that are in the answer but in the wrong place turn yellow.

3. Letters that are not in the answer turn gray.

4. Answers are never plural.

5. Letters can appear more than once. So if your guess includes two of one letter, they may both turn yellow, both turn green, or one could be yellow and the other green.

6. Each guess must be a valid word in Wordle's dictionary. You can't guess ABCDE, for instance.

7. You do not have to include correct letters in subsequent guesses unless you play on Hard mode.

8. You have six guesses to solve the Wordle.

9. You must complete the daily Wordle before midnight in your timezone.

10. All answers are drawn from Wordle's list of 2,309 solutions. However…

11. Wordle will accept a wider pool of words as guesses – some 10,000 of them. For instance, you can guess a plural such as WORDS. It definitely won't be right (see point 4 above), but Wordle will accept it as a guess.

NYT Wordle today — answer and hints for game #1116, Tuesday, July 9 (5)

Marc McLaren

Global Editor in Chief

Marc is TechRadar’s Global Editor in Chief, the latest in a long line of senior editorial roles he’s held in a career that started the week that Google launched (nice of them to mark the occasion). Prior to joining TR, he was UK Editor in Chief on Tom’s Guide, where he oversaw all gaming, streaming, audio, TV, entertainment, how-to and cameras coverage. He's also a former editor of the tech website Stuff and spent five years at the music magazine NME, where his duties mainly involved spoiling other people’s fun. He’s based in London, and has tested and written about phones, tablets, wearables, streaming boxes, smart home devices, Bluetooth speakers, headphones, games, TVs, cameras and pretty much every other type of gadget you can think of. An avid photographer, Marc likes nothing better than taking pictures of very small things (bugs, his daughters) or very big things (distant galaxies). He also enjoys live music, gaming, cycling, and beating Wordle (he authors the daily Wordle today page).

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