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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, #982, in case you're reading this in a different time zone.
So be warned: spoilers lie ahead for game #983. 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 one of the five vowels.*
There are two (!) repeated letters.
It contains just one of the five most common Wordle letters (but it is one of the duplicates).
* 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 helps you gather information.
What does today's Wordle start with?
The answer to Wordle #983 starts with S, 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
So, what is today's Wordle answer for game #983?
Drumroll, please — it's SENSE.
Hello Wordlers. Ouch, that was a painful puzzle. Not one, but two repeated letters make today's answer tricky to find — even if none of the characters are especially rare.
I began today's game with my usual start word of ORATE, which contains all five of the most common Wordle letters. My heart sank when that gave me a single green 'E' — I always seem to struggle with words ending with that particular letter.
It didn't even rule out many options, with WordleBot claiming that this still leaves a massive 101 possible answers in play.
Unsurprisingly, plenty of WordleBot's best Wordle start words would have been more effective. PLANE leaves 36 answers while CRANE reduces this to 24. If you played LEAST, just eight options would be available.
Usually I like to prioritize playing the next most common letters ('I', 'N', 'S', 'C' and 'L') on turn #2, but with just the one vowel I wanted a word with both 'I' and 'U' in.
I opted for GUIDE, which didn't appear very good at all, with four more gray letters appearing alongside my green 'E'. But behind the scenes, WordleBot says I was down to just 14 possible answers*.
I was now certain that this had to include either a second 'E' or a 'Y' as a surrogate vowel. Eventually I came up with SCENE, which was a good way of testing three of the common letters mentioned above.
It was incredibly effective. Not only did 'S' turn green, but 'N' and my second 'E' went yellow, meaning there was only one choice left.
I typed in SENSE and completed the puzzle in four turns.
Hopefully you did well today, Wordlers. See you tomorrow.
* These were: MELEE, LEVEE, BELLE, FEMME, FENCE, HENCE, PENCE, PEEVE, PLEBE, SCENE, SENSE, CYCLE, PENNE and EMCEE.
Yesterday's Wordle answer
Reading this in a later time zone? The Wordle answer for game #982 was OFTEN.
Hello Wordlers. Today's puzzle isn't too tricky, given it contains three of the five most common Wordle letters, and is a word that'll come up quite, uh, OFTEN in daily conversation.
The fact that it's one of just 41 answers to start with 'O' makes my opener of ORATE very hard to beat. 'O' turned green, and I got two yellow letters — 'T' and 'E' — to boot. That meant that, according to WordleBot, I was down to just five solutions in play.
Scrolling for some time through WordleBot's best Wordle start words, I could only find two answers that bettered mine: CORED with three possible solutions and TRAIN with two.
Usually I aim to play a mix of 'C', 'L', 'S', 'N' and 'I' next, but with three letters confirmed I was frankly looking for anything to try.
Eventually, I landed on OFTEN and was delighted to see all the letters turn green for a rare two-turn win!
That's actually kind of lucky. As WordleBot points out, there were four other options available: OCTET, OPTED, OUTED and ONSET. I think I was unlikely to pick any of them right away, but still: phew.
Hopefully you breezed through today's puzzle too, Wordlers. See you tomorrow.
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 #982: OFTEN
Wordle #981: SMITH
Wordle #980: PIPER
Wordle #979: APART
Wordle #978: HEAVY
Wordle #977: BUILD
Wordle #976: MATCH
Wordle #975: PRICE
Wordle #974: RIDGE
Wordle #973: PSALM
Wordle #972: STASH
Wordle #971: ASCOT
Wordle #970: TALON
Wordle #969: SCRAM
Wordle #968: PASTA
Wordle #967: NEVER
Wordle #966: FRIED
Wordle #965: STIFF
Wordle #964: PLACE
Wordle #963: AFTER
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 for its third 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.
If you've solved Wordle and need help with other games from the New York Times, we suggest you check out our guide on how to play NYT Connections which will give you an overview of how the game works.
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!