Today’s Wordle hints – answer, clues and tips for game #859, Thursday, October 26

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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 #859) – clue #1 – Vowels

How many vowels does today’s Wordle have?

Wordle today has vowels in three 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 #859) – clue #2 – first letter

What letter does today’s Wordle begin with?

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

P is a very common first letter among Wordle answers. It’s the fifth most common in the alphabet and begins 141 solutions in total.

Wordle hints (game #859) – 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 #859) – 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 #859) – clue #5 – last chance

Still looking for more Wordle hints today? Here’s an extra one for game #859.

  • Today’s Wordle answer means to arouse curiosity.

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 #859)

Wordle answer for game 859 on a yellow background

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Today’s Wordle answer (game #859) is… PIQUE.

If you struggled to find today’s Wordle word, don’t beat yourself up about it. WordleBot, the NYT’s ever-helpful AI assistant, says that this one has an average score of 4.2, meaning it’s harder than yesterday’s puzzle – and indeed, harder than most.

Whereas yesterday’s RETRY was complicated by a repeated letter, today’s problem is that it contains a Q. The second least common letter in the game, Q only occurs in 29 of Wordle’s 2,309 original answers (J, the least common is in 27). It’s actually cropped up slightly more often than you might expect in the 860 Wordles we’ve had so far: this is its 12th appearance, meaning it’s appeared every 71 games, whereas you’d only expect it every 79. In fact, we last saw one in September, game #813, so its presence here actually comes way ahead of schedule.  

The other letters are more common; obviously E is the most common of all, while I, U and P are all relatively regular visitors to a Wordle solution too. 

Very few of the best Wordle starting words helped much, probably because there are no really common consonants included; no S, T, R, C, L or N, for instance. As you might expect, words that started with P fared well, with PLATE leaving 23 answers and PLANE 19, but elsewhere it was a poor show. 

My pick, STARE, left 106 possible answers, but my second guess, LINGO, cut that number down massively. Though it only gave me a green I, it reduced my options pool to just three: PIECE, PIQUE and PIXIE. But full disclosure: I only found PIECE. I don’t feel particularly bad about that, though, because neither PIQUE or PIXIE are obvious words. And to be honest, I would almost certainly have guessed the far-more-common PIECE anyway.

My third guess was wrong, then, but it gave me the green P that – to my mind at least – confirmed the answer had to be PIQUE. In reality, it left me a 50/50, but I’d still failed to find PIXIE. No harm done: I guessed PIQUE without realizing my mistake and got lucky when it proved to be the correct answer.   

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Yesterday’s Wordle hints (game #858)

In a different time zone where it’s still Wednesday? Don’t worry – I can give you some clues for Wordle #858, 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 R.

R is a surprisingly uncommon starting letter. Despite ranking third overall in Wordle, it’s merely the 11th most likely to begin an answer.

  • There were 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 Y.

Y is the second most common ending letter in the game, behind only E. In total, 364 Wordle answers end with a Y.

Still looking for more Wordle hints? Here’s an extra one for game #858.

  • Yesterday’s Wordle answer is a second go.

Yesterday’s Wordle answer (game #858)

Wordle answer for game 858 on a yellow background

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Yesterday’s Wordle answer (game #858) was… RETRY.

For the second day in a row, I got lucky with my choice of starting word and was able to score a nice 3/6 here. But unlike with yesterday’s game (see below), this Wordle was actually quite a tough one that others won’t have been so fortunate with.

The reason for that is obvious: RETRY has a repeated letter in it, a factor that always makes things more complicated. R is a reasonably common repeatee (if that’s a word), as these things go – there are 60 Wordle answers that included two or more of them. But 60 out of 2,309 answers is still a mere 2.6% of the total, so it’s not exactly likely.

WordleBot says the average score for today’s game is 4.1, making it the joint second toughest we’ve had in the past two weeks; only GIVEN and LEAKY (both 4.2) have been higher in that period, while MERCY was also at 4.1. And it’s only really the repeated R that could be the cause of that, because RETRY is a common word with very common letters in every position.

That said, another factor is probably the performance of the best Wordle starting words. Of the top 20, only REACT, which left just three answers, fared better than my pick, STARE (which left 11). Most words were a lot higher, with SLATE (114) and CRANE (187) far from outliers.

I had an advantage over most people, then, and I wasn’t about to let it go to waste. I didn’t know there were 11 possible answers, but I could see there weren’t many. With the E having been ruled out from the final spot in the answer, an RY ending was always likely, so I quickly came up with RETRY and ENTRY as options. The T could also have ended the solution, in the form of INERT, EXERT and OVERT – though I remembered that EXERT was a past Wordle answer (only a few weeks back, game #818), so I ruled out that one right away.  

What were the others? Well, I could see RETRO and METRO but also recalled them having been previous solutions. PETRI was a possible, though. And that was it for me. 

That’s only eight – so what were the others? WordleBot suggested that THERM, TWERP and TERRY could all have been answers, but I’m dubious about all three.

Anyway, my list only had five on it: ENTRY, RETRY, INERT, OVERT and PETRI. Guessing ENTRY would point the way to the other four answers even if it was wrong, whereas RETRY was a no-go at this stage because it could have left me a 50/50 for the third guess. INERT, OVERT and PETRI would all have worked, too, but I was more dubious as to whether they would be answers.

So, ENTRY it was – and though it wasn’t correct, it confirmed that RETRY had to be the answer. And as a nice bonus today, I beat WordleBot too.

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 #858, Wednesday 25 October: RETRY
  • Wordle #857, Tuesday 24 October: CAUSE
  • Wordle #856, Monday 23 October: TEMPO
  • Wordle #855, Sunday 22 October: GIVEN
  • 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

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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