Today’s Wordle hints – answer, clues and tips for game #855, Sunday, October 22

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It’s time for your daily round of Wordle hints, expertly crafted to help you keep your streak going even on the toughest of days. 

You might think that you don’t need any clues for Wordle today, but remember: failure in this game is only ever six guesses away.   

Below, you’ll find a selection of Wordle hints to guide you in the right direction. You don’t have to use them all, but there are five in total should you need them, covering vowels, starting letter, ending letter and more. And if you don’t have time to play at all, you can see the answer, too. 

Want more word-based fun? My Quordle today page contains hints and answers for that game, which remains the best of all the main Wordle alternatives.

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

Wordle hints (game #855) – 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 #855) – clue #2 – first letter

What letter does today’s Wordle begin with?

The first letter in today’s Wordle answer is G.

G is the eighth most common starting letter, featuring in 115 Wordle answers. It’s often paired with an L to make GL— – but I’m not revealing whether that’s the case today.

Wordle hints (game #855) – clue #3 – repeated letters

Does today’s Wordle have any repeated letters?

There are no repeated letters in today’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.

Wordle hints (game #855) – clue #4 – ending letter

What letter does today’s Wordle end with?

The last letter in today’s Wordle is N.

N is a pretty common ending letter in Wordle: it’s the seventh most likely in that position and features in 130 solutions. 

Wordle hints (game #855) – clue #5 – last chance

Still looking for more Wordle hints today? Here’s an extra one for game #855.

  • Today’s Wordle answer is particular or taken for granted.

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 #855)

Wordle answer for game 855 on a yellow background

(Image credit: New York Times)

Today’s Wordle answer (game #855) is… GIVEN.

I was slightly surprised to discover that many people found today’s Wordle to be on the difficult side; I solved it in three guesses and on the face of it, there are no particular complications to it. But appearances can be deceptive, and WordleBot, the NYT’S AI-powered helper tool, says it has an average score of 4.2 – making it the toughest puzzle since last Sunday’s LEAKY.

Why might it be harder than the likes of SMIRK, OCCUR or MERCY? Well, I have three theories. 

The first is that none of the best Wordle starting words narrowed down the options whatsoever; of WordleBot’s top 20 starter words, TRICE was the most successful, but that still left 72 solutions. Most were above 100 and my choice, STARE, was at 249.

The second is that there are quite a few words that differ from GIVEN by only a couple of letters: WIDEN, SIREN, VIXEN, LINEN, LIKEN and RIPEN, for instance, all share that -I-EN format.

Probably the key factor, though, is that G and V are not common letters in the game. G appears quite often at the start of a word, but is only 17th overall, so you may not have played it until well into the game. V, meanwhile, is 22nd and so one of the last likely letters to appear in general.

Fortunately, none of those problems affected me today, because I got very lucky with my second guess. When faced with a single yellow E on the first go, I tend to play either BLEND or LINED, with the latter being my more go-to choice in recent months. Both include L, N and D – three of the most common consonants in the game – but LINED swaps the fourth consonant for another vowel, in the form of I. 

There are pros and cons to this approach, but today it worked out very well for me, turning both vowels green and giving me a yellow N.

I could see right away that the N was likely to go at the end, because NI-E- didn’t suggest any options to me at all, and it had already been ruled out of the other three spaces. So I was looking for words that had the format -I-EN. As I said above, there are quite a lot of these. But I now had the advantage of having discounted lots of consonants – S, T, R, D and L were all gone. And the harder I looked, the more convinced I was that there were only two options left to pick from: VIXEN and GIVEN.

WordleBot confirmed after the game that this was indeed the case, and that my second guess had cut the available solutions from 249 to just two. Told you I was lucky!

Which one to choose? Well, it didn’t really matter, so I just went for the more commonly used word, GIVEN. I guessed right and scored a sweet 3/6.      

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

Yesterday’s Wordle hints (game #854)

In a different time zone where it’s still Saturday? Don’t worry – I can give you some clues for Wordle #854, too.

  • Wordle yesterday had a vowel in one place.

* 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 K.

K is much more common at the end of a Wordle answer than at the start, and in fact ranks ninth overall in this regard.

Still looking for more Wordle hints? Here’s an extra one for game #854.

  • Yesterday’s Wordle answer is a smug smile.

Yesterday’s Wordle answer (game #854)

Wordle answer for game 854 on a yellow background

(Image credit: New York Times)

Yesterday’s Wordle answer (game #854) was… SMIRK.

S is by some distance the most common starting letter in the game. There are 365 Wordle answers which begin with one, out of the original 2,309 games – so, roughly one sixth of the total. The only letter-position that’s more common is an E at the end (which occurs 422 times). It’s therefore no surprise to get yet another game that begins with an S, as today’s does.

In fact, S has been even more common than usual of late: eight out of the past 32 answers have started with one, so a quarter of all games. We had another one just two days ago, with SPLAT.

All of which is a long-winded (and hopefully informative) way of saying that if you regularly play one of the best Wordle starting words, it makes sense to select one that has an S at the beginning. And there are plenty of them: SLATE is WordleBot’s favorite, SLANT is its fourth choice, STARE is my pick, to name just three possibles. 

Today, however, only STARE was particularly helpful – it reduced the answer list to just 10 options, according to WordleBot, and set me on my way to a 3/6. In contrast, SLATE left 69 answers and SLANT left 96. The difference, obviously, was that STARE also contains an R.

Very few start words made major inroads into the answer list, with none of the top 20 options leaving fewer than 10 and only TRICE (11) coming close to the result STARE achieved. That probably explains why the average score for today’s game is 3.9 – it’s not difficult as such, but most people will have struggled to solve it in fewer than four guesses, given the number of options open to them for the second guess.

I didn’t have that problem, of course. Instead, I just had to choose the best word to filter those 10 options down. My weapon on choice with CHINK, and though WordleBot didn’t like it much (it preferred WINCH) it worked rather well, giving me the I and K and leaving just one more answer. I played SMIRK next for another 3/6.

Wordle answers: The past 50

I’ve been playing Wordle every day for more than a year 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 #854, Saturday 21 October: SMIRK
  • Wordle #853, Friday 20 October: OCCUR
  • Wordle #852, Thursday 19 October: SPLAT
  • Wordle #851, Wednesday 18 October: MERCY
  • Wordle #850, Tuesday 17 October: ADULT
  • Wordle #849, Monday 16 October: GRAPH
  • Wordle #848, Sunday 15 October: LEAKY
  • Wordle #847, Saturday 14 October: AGENT
  • Wordle #846, Friday 13 October: UNCLE
  • Wordle #845, Thursday 12 October: KNELT
  • Wordle #844, Wednesday 11 October: SKUNK
  • Wordle #843, Tuesday 10 October: SNAIL
  • Wordle #842, Monday 9 October: TRUTH
  • Wordle #841, Sunday 8 October: BINGE
  • Wordle #840, Saturday 7 October: VIOLA
  • Wordle #839, Friday 6 October: CHIME
  • Wordle #838, Thursday 5 October: BUNCH
  • Wordle #837, Wednesday 4 October: SPURT
  • Wordle #836, Tuesday 3 October: WHILE
  • Wordle #835, Monday 2 October: MERRY
  • Wordle #834, Sunday 1 October: BERET
  • Wordle #833, Saturday 30 September: DADDY
  • Wordle #832, Friday 29 September: AZURE
  • Wordle #831, Thursday 28 September: COACH
  • Wordle #830, Wednesday 27 September: SMILE
  • Wordle #829, Tuesday 26 September: LOYAL
  • Wordle #828, Monday 25 September: ROCKY
  • Wordle #827, Sunday 24 September: RIGHT
  • Wordle #826, Saturday 23 September: CAROL
  • Wordle #825, Friday 22 September: BRUSH
  • Wordle #824, Thursday 21 September: STONE
  • Wordle #823, Wednesday 20 September: SNARE
  • Wordle #822, Tuesday 19 September: CLOSE
  • Wordle #821, Monday 18 September: FRANK
  • Wordle #820, Sunday 17 September: MUSIC
  • Wordle #819, Saturday 16 September: ANGEL
  • Wordle #818, Friday 15 September: EXERT
  • Wordle #817, Thursday 14 September: RAYON
  • Wordle #816, Wednesday 13 September: CLEAR
  • Wordle #815, Tuesday 12 September: WHISK
  • Wordle #814, Monday 11 September: OLDER
  • Wordle #813, Sunday 10 September: QUOTE
  • Wordle #812, Saturday 9 September: LUCKY
  • Wordle #811, Friday 8 September: ROUSE
  • Wordle #810, Thursday 7 September: DWELL
  • Wordle #809, Wednesday 6 September: GNASH
  • Wordle #808, Tuesday 5 September: BIRCH
  • Wordle #807, Monday 4 September: GIDDY
  • Wordle #806, Sunday 3 September: AWAIT
  • Wordle #805, Saturday 2 September: ONION

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 2023.

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.

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