Today's Wordle hint and answer #820: Sunday, September 17

 Today's Wordle being played on a phone against a flowery background
Today's Wordle being played on a phone against a flowery background

Need a little help with today's Wordle? You've got it. Whether you're hoping to find general tips and tricks to enhance every guess, a specific clue for today's game, or need the answer to the September 17 (820) Wordle before you run out of guesses, you'll find everything you need right here.

Today's game didn't make much sense until I came back to it after a quick break—the yellows I had just didn't seem to be coming together at all. I got there in the end, but I definitely had to work hard for today's Wordle answer. Let's hope next week gets off to a good start.

Today's Wordle hint

Wordle hint - a grid with white letters against yellow, green, and gray backgrounds
Wordle hint - a grid with white letters against yellow, green, and gray backgrounds

A Wordle hint for Sunday, September 17

Any sort of composed tune or melody could be described using today's answer. This word is something you can not only hear, but if the notes are written down then you can read it too. There are two different vowels in this one.

Is there a double letter in today's Wordle?

No, you won't find any double letters in today's puzzle.

Wordle help: 3 tips for beating Wordle every day

Anyone can pick up and play Wordle, but if you want to do it well and make all of your guesses count, these quick tips will help get you started on your Wordle winning streak:

  • Choose an opener with a balanced mix of unique vowels and consonants.

  • The answer may contain the same letter, multiple times.

  • Try not to use guesses that contain letters you've already eliminated.

Thankfully, there's no time limit beyond ensuring it's done by midnight. So there's no reason not to treat the game like a casual newspaper crossword and come back to it later if you're coming up blank. Sometimes stepping away for a while means you can come back with a fresh perspective.

Today's Wordle answer

Wordle answer - a phone with wordle on it looks like it's being held by a toy monkey
Wordle answer - a phone with wordle on it looks like it's being held by a toy monkey

What is the #820 Wordle answer?

A weekend win? Why not. The answer to the September 17 (820) Wordle is MUSIC.

Previous Wordle answers

The last 10 Wordle answers

Past Wordle answers can give you some excellent ideas for fun starting words that keep your daily puzzle-solving fresh. They are also a good way to eliminate guesses for today's Wordle, as the answer is unlikely to be repeated.

Here are some recent Wordle solutions:

  • September 16: ANGEL

  • September 15: EXERT

  • September 14: RAYON

  • September 13: CLEAR

  • September 12: WHISK

  • September 11: OLDER

  • September 10: QUOTE

  • September 9: LUCKY

  • September 8: ROUSE

  • September 7: DWELL

Learn more about Wordle

Today's Wordle being played on a phone
Today's Wordle being played on a phone

Wordle gives you six rows of five boxes each day, and you'll need to work out which secret five-letter word is hiding inside them to keep up your winning streak.

You should start with a strong word like ARISE, or any other word that contains a good mix of common consonants and multiple vowels. You'll also want to avoid starting words with repeating letters, as you're wasting the chance to potentially eliminate or confirm an extra letter. Once you hit Enter, you'll see which ones you've got right or wrong. If a box turns ⬛️, it means that letter isn't in the secret word at all. 🟨 means the letter is in the word, but not in that position. 🟩 means you've got the right letter in the right spot.

You'll want your next guess to compliment the first, using another "good" word to cover any common letters you might have missed last time while also trying to avoid any letter you now know for a fact isn't present in today's answer. After that, it's simply a case of using what you've learned to narrow your guesses down to the correct word. You have six tries in total and can only use real words and don't forget letters can repeat too (eg: BOOKS).

If you need any further advice feel free to check out our Wordle tips, and if you'd like to find out which words have already been used you can scroll to the relevant section above.

Originally, Wordle was dreamed up by software engineer Josh Wardle, as a surprise for his partner who loves word games. From there it spread to his family, and finally got released to the public. The word puzzle game has since inspired tons of games like Wordle, refocusing the daily gimmick around music or math or geography. It wasn't long before Wordle became so popular it was sold to the New York Times for seven figures. Surely it's only a matter of time before we all solely communicate in tricolor boxes.