Today's Wordle hints and answer — solution #1,124 Wednesday, July 17

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Wordle is open on a phone held in a hand. TRAIN and GRIND have been played, with the RIN in GRIND all green.

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1. Today's hints

2. Start letter

3. Today's answer

4. Yesterday's answer 

Today's Wordle answer isn't too taxing. According to the New York Times' WordleBot, the average player completes Wordle #1,124 in 3.9 moves in both easy and hard modes.

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, #1,123, in case you're reading this in a different time zone.

So be warned: spoilers lie ahead for game #1,124. 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 three of the five vowels.*
  • There are no repeated letters.
  • Two characters feature among the five 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 only features characters from the top row of the QWERTY keyboard.

What does today's Wordle start with?

The answer to Wordle #1,124 starts with Q, 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

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So, what is today's Wordle answer for game #1,124?

Drumroll, please — it's QUITE.

Hello Wordlers. You only need the top row of the QWERTY keyboard to complete today's puzzle, which makes it pretty unusual. It's also one of just 23 answers to start with the letter 'Q', the second least common Wordle letter.

ORATE, nonetheless, set me up nicely. Both 'T' and 'E' turned green, leaving just 12 possible answers, according to WordleBot*.

The bot's best Wordle start words were mostly worse than that. After a lot of scrolling, I could only find a few answers that beat it: TRICE, TRIES and TRIBE all leave nine solutions, but TRUCE reduces that to seven.

Wordle #1,124

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As regular readers will know, I like to prioritize playing 'L', 'I', 'S', 'N' and 'C' on my second turn. SPITE was a pretty good way of doing that, and it gave me an extra green 'I', leaving just four solutions.

UNITE was my next guess, and it put me one step closer. 'U' turned yellow, meaning the answer had to be ?UITE.

No prizes for figuring out the missing letter. I typed in QUITE and completed the puzzle in four moves.

Hopefully it didn't trip you up today, Wordlers. See you tomorrow.


Yesterday's Wordle answer

Reading this in a later time zone? The Wordle answer for game #1,123 was DECOY.

Hello Wordlers. Don't be fooled by the three-turn win. This took me ages to figure out as I juggled various possible answers on my third turn (and was disappointed to find that the game doesn't accept E.COLI as a word). 

I started, as per usual, with ORATE, which turned 'O' and 'E' yellow. As they're both among the five most common Wordle letters, this didn't actually do too much, leaving a massive 104 answers still available, according to WordleBot.

The bot's best Wordle start words were, unsurprisingly, better — especially those featuring 'C'. CARET, for example, leaves 32 possible answers, while CRANE drops that to 21. If you played CLOSE, only seven options remained.

Wordle #1,123

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On my second turn, I like to prioritize 'L', 'I', 'S', 'N' and 'C'. 

CONES felt like a good way of doing that, and it wasn't a bad move at all, ruling out 'O' and 'E' in new positions, while revealing the presence of a 'C' too. That left three possible answers, according to WordleBot*.

I was stumped here for ages, blocked at every turn by repeated letters. I got so desperate that I considered playing LOCKS, even though 'S' had already been ruled out.

But I stared at the puzzle long enough to eventually come up with something. I tried DECOY and was delighted when it all turned green for a three-turn win.

Hopefully you did okay today, Wordlers. See you tomorrow.

* The three options were DECOY, EPOCH and GECKO.

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 #1,123: DECOY
  • Wordle #1,122: SWOON
  • Wordle #1,121: VIDEO
  • Wordle #1,120: ENACT
  • Wordle #1,119: JIFFY
  • Wordle #1,118: CAMEO
  • Wordle #1,117: GAUNT
  • Wordle #1,116: BLARE
  • Wordle #1,115: SHAPE
  • Wordle #1,114: CANON
  • Wordle #1,113: SCOFF
  • Wordle #1,112: CRUSH
  • Wordle #1,111: DEBUT
  • Wordle #1,110: THIGH
  • Wordle #1,109: INLAY
  • Wordle #1,108: ADAGE
  • Wordle #1,107: BUDDY
  • Wordle #1,106: ZEBRA
  • Wordle #1,105: DROVE
  • Wordle #1,104: ORDER
  • Wordle #1,103: KNEAD

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 a lot of Wordle after it first launched.

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 on into a fourth and fifth 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.

NYT Strands answer

If you've solved Wordle and need help with other games from the New York Times, we suggest you check out our guide on today's NYT Strands answer, which will give you some hints as well as the full answer to today's puzzle.

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.

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!

Alan Martin

Freelance contributor Alan has been writing about tech for over a decade, covering phones, drones and everything in between. Previously Deputy Editor of tech site Alphr, his words are found all over the web and in the occasional magazine too. When not weighing up the pros and cons of the latest smartwatch, you'll probably find him tackling his ever-growing games backlog. Or, more likely, playing Spelunky for the millionth time.

With contributions from
  • fraochmuir
    There is no yellow E in Stare for March 27th.
  • John II
    I used to use SUITE which uses 3 common vowels and 2 common consonants. Lately, it seems like some of the words have been a bit more obscure, so I've switched to HAVER (thanks goes out to The Proclaimers and 500 Miles for this obscure word). If no hits, that's fine, I burn some more letters to narrow the field by using two more vowels and other common consonants... MOIST. Yeah, I know... no one likes MOIST, but it reveals two more vowels and three more consonants . That combo helped me get today's HAIRY on the third guess! 🆒
  • Nhobuna
    The may 10th answer might also be a double. I was working through it but I have a b,u, and t as letters that are in the actual word.
  • TexTechie
    There are 2 answers again evidently.. I have the same word as you and it's not gecko obviously 😅
  • Scotth71
    Far from Gecko for me. Not sure what is going on but seems someone has mucked up.
  • SS2021user
    Was in the exakt same position with the end of 335, but chose wrong. Didn't think GAMER would be a very likely word, so I chose GAZER instead. Goodbye 40 day streak!
  • Jarmeister
    Ugh. Today's (#344) was near impossible for a non native English speaker. Word I've only heard in couple of songs and would probably not use naturally in conversation.
  • JES2000
    I'm surprised to see the misspelled "alright" in a wordle story.
  • SS2021user
    I got Wordle 348 in 3 guesses as well, but I got... slightly luckier with my second guess. After guessing STARE I guessed PHONY, leaving me with 1 possible solution, and 4 green letters.
  • R_macus
    Streak ended with #357. Stare, House, poise, loose, moose, noose.