Today’s ‘Wordle’ #377 Answer with Hint: Friday 1st July

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Well, Today’s Wordle answer is… you guessed it, another challenging one in what has to be the game’s most difficult week ever. According to the NYT’s WordleBot tool, people are completing this one in an average of 3.8 guesses, implying it’s on the easier side, but I’m not so sure. With that in mind, you might see some hints helpful again; after all, a Wordle failure is only six guesses away.

I’ve played every Wordle and only lost once, so I have lots of Wordle tips and tactics to give. I’ve also gone over each Wordle answer to search for trends and have some more suggestions for you there.

I’ll update this blog daily with strategies to help you find today’s Wordle answer. Then, if the tips aren’t enough, I’ll give you the answer in case you get stuck or don’t have time to finish today’s problem. In case you’re viewing this in a different time zone, I’ve also included my analysis of yesterday’s puzzle, #376.

Note: game #377 spoilers follow. Only continue reading if you want to read out today’s Wordle answer!

Wordle Answer #377 For Today — Tips To Help You Solve It

My first piece of the tip is to use one of the best Wordle start words for each game you play. If you want more particular clues to today’s Wordle answer, here they are:

  • It has two vowels*.
  • There are no repeated letters.
  • It begins with a common letter.

* By vowel, I mean A, E, I, O, and U. Other letters are occasionally believed to be vowels depending on how they are utilized.

Those hints should help you find today’s Wordle answer at least partially. If not, you may continue reading for a more detailed hint, or you can jump down further for the answer.

OK, here’s my final hint: the Wordle answer for today is mottled.

Now it’s time to scroll down for the answer…

Wordle Answer #377 For Today, Friday, July 1

So, what is the Wordle answer for game #377 today?

Drumroll, please — it’s PINTO.

According to the New York Times’ WordleBot, people are completing this one in 3.8 guesses, which presumably makes it easier than the last several games and, indeed, easier than the average, which is about 4. But don’t let it fool you.

Yes, it’s probably easier than the previous games this week, if only because the letters are all simple, but the word isn’t. So your streak is probably a little safer here, but you’ll still need to work hard and obtain some luck if you want to score a 3/6.

It ranks 24,774th on Word and Phrase Info’s (opens in new tab) list of the most frequently used English words, slightly less obscure than HUTCH and DROLL. It refers to a mottled or spotty pattern and describes both a pinto horse and a pinto bean. That’s OK, but it’s not a word that most people use daily, like AWFUL or MONEY.

The letters aren’t too awful, with the probable exception of the O at the end. However, that only occurs in 58 games, or around 2.5 percent of all answers, as I demonstrate in my analysis of every Wordle answer, making it the 11th most frequent ending letter. Recently, though, we’ve seen it more frequently than we’d think, with PRIMO (#361), CACAO (#364), and RETRO (#373) all concluding that way.

However, the P at the start is far more common; it is the fifth most common opening letter, after S, C, B, and T, with 141 occurrences. Nevertheless, it’s just the 15th most common word overall, so it shouldn’t be surprising to find it at the start of an answer.

I (and indeed O) are both quite common letters in general, ranking seventh and fourth, respectively, with T (5th) and N (9th) both appearing rather frequently.

My own game was a success, but it had more to do with my second guess than with my choice of the best Wordle start words.

I started with STARE, as usual, and received a single yellow T for the second game in a row. But, again, this left me with 98 viable answers, while those of you who used WordleBot’s favorite CRANE had 55 to select from.

Yesterday, I played CLOTH as my second choice, which didn’t assist as much as it should have. However, WordleBot advised I play POINT, which is a choice I’ve used before in this scenario, so I did so today. And got lucky.

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To the best of my ability, I’ve never gotten such a lucky second guess before. I went back through all of my prior games (I have screenshots for them because I’m writing this column) and couldn’t find a single case where I went from 1 letter on the first guess to 5 on the second.

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The closest match I could find was FROTH (#350) when I went from having 2 letters to all five on the second try (and solved it in three). Going from one to five was quite lucky.

It didn’t guarantee me a 3/6 because there were still two options I might have played next. Only one of these — PINTO — was a Wordle answer, but I later confirmed in an incognito browser that the game would have accepted PITON as a guess. For those who don’t know, a PITON is a metal spike used by rock climbers, and I was split between using that or PINTO.

In the end, I chose PINTO since it appeared to be a more common word — and Word and Phrase Info agrees, putting PITON roughly 10,000 places lower at 34,373rd. Still, it’s possible that those who played POINT at some point in the game or maybe started with it were taken off guard. According to WordleBot, 1,764 other readers experienced the same predicament as me, and only 67 percent chose PINTO – implying that the remaining 33 percent chose PITON.

Anyway, I got really lucky with my second and third guesses today and scored a 3/6 on what I still consider to be another difficult Wordle answer.

Let me know how you got on in the comments or by email (opens in a new tab) — and if you’ve already been in contact, please accept my apologies for the delay in responding; you’ll receive a response soon (trust me)!

Yesterday’s Wordle Answer #376, Thursday, June 30

Is this being read in a time zone where it is still Thursday? HUTCH was the Wordle answer for game #376.

What is Wordle up to this week? I can’t think of a more difficult trio of words than TROLL, GAWKY, and HUTCH, which have WordleBot averages of 4.3, 5, and 4.5, respectively. Of course, the words are completely random, and the fact that we’ve had three particularly difficult ones in a row is purely coincidental. Still, you can’t help but wonder if Wordle has become sentient and is attempting to reset everyone’s streak just for laughs.

Nevertheless, ‘Wordle 376 X’ is trending on Twitter worldwide, with many people grumbling about the word itself and others suffering from the issue of having too many options.

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I wouldn’t call the word obscure, but it does rank 25,563rd on Word and Phrase Info’s (opens in new tab) list of the most frequently used English words, which puts it roughly on par with DROLL and slightly higher than GAWKY. So I’ve used it, though I’ve never had a rabbit or other little fuzzy creature that would normally reside in a hutch.

The repeating H is the killer on the letter’s side. As I demonstrate in my analysis of every Wordle answer, H occurs twice in a Wordle answer on ten instances – that’s 0.43 percent of all Wordle, or around one in every 100 games.

Aside from that, the letters are mainly positive. CH is a fairly common Wordle answer ending, appearing 56 times in total, making it the second most common ending combination behind ER.

H is also a somewhat common letter to end an answer in general, ranking sixth, albeit it is less common at the start (16th). The letter U is the least common of the vowels, ranking 11th overall, yet it is still a pretty probable letter to appear. T and C are also quite common in the game, ranking 5th and tenth overall.

The too-many-options issue will have been a larger difficulty than the letters, or maybe the word because many words end TCH — 18 in total among Wordle answers, and many more are accepted as Wordle guesses. We’ve seen a few previously; for example, WATCH caused a lot of trouble in game #265.

The speed with which you recognized the pattern and narrowed down the initial consonant will have determined whether you scored a 4/6, a 6/6, or even lost your streak. Congratulations if you scored a 2/6 or 3/6.

I got a 4/6, which is better than average, but only because I could play a throwaway word on my third guess; in hard mode, I would have struggled.

As usual, I started with my favorite of the best Wordle start words, STARE, and received a single yellow T. That left me with 98 viable answers, while those of you playing WordleBot’s favorite CRANE had 55.

T is frequently used with S, H, or N and occasionally with L. A starting or finishing combination of TH is quite common, and with S, A, and E already ruled out in my game, I chose CLOTH.

WordleBot liked it enough to give it an 84 for skill but recommended that POINT would have been better, which it would have been; my choice left me with seven alternative answers, but POINT would have reduced it to four.

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Wordle Answer

I was certain I knew the answers and had a list of them: HITCH, HUTCH, DITCH, DUTCH, PITCH, WITCH, and BUTCH.

Even though I was only two guesses in, I could tell that my streak was probably safe because there were sufficient ways to narrow it down that the worst I’d get was a 6/6. But I didn’t desire a 6/6; I wanted a 4/6, so I played a throwaway word to give my chances.

My choice was BIPOD, which is what WordleBot later stated it would have played. The B would point to BUTCH, the P to PITCH, and the D to DUTCH or DITCH (relying on whether the I turned green). If only I were green, it would be HITCH or WITCH, but if they were all grey, it would be HUTCH. I’d promised myself no less than a 5/6.

Because they all remained grey, I knew the answer was HUTCH and solved this Wordle in 4/6. But this time was different.

Previous Wordle Answers

We may also provide you with a list of earlier Wordle answers. Here’s a list that goes back 20 games.

  • Wordle #357: GOOSE
  • Wordle #358: FLOAT
  • Wordle #359: DONOR
  • Wordle #360: ATONE
  • Wordle #361: PRIMO
  • Wordle #362: APRON
  • Wordle #363: BLOWN
  • Wordle #364: CACAO
  • Wordle #365: LOSER
  • Wordle #366: INPUT
  • Wordle #367: GLOAT
  • Wordle #368: AWFUL
  • Wordle #369: BRINK
  • Wordle #370: SMITE
  • Wordle #371: BEADY
  • Wordle #372: RUSTY
  • Wordle #373: RETRO
  • Wordle #374: DROLL
  • Wordle #375: GAWKY
  • Wordle #376: HUTCH

Wordle Tips — How To Easily Win At Wordle

The top pick I can give is to use one of the best Wordle start words. I can’t emphasize this enough: it makes a huge impact.

Without one, you’ll be stumbling around in the dark, attempting (and maybe failing) to find the correct five letters (or less) out of the 26 possibilities. Nevertheless, brilliant people (not me) have done the math and selected the best start words based on frequency in English and frequency among Wordle answers. So take advantage of them!

Second, consider combinations, particularly at the start and end. Some options are significantly more common than others; for example, SH, ST, CR, and CH feature frequently.

Vowels, of course, must be considered: not all Wordle answers will have more than one, but many wills and some will have three. Well, a decent Wordle start word should have included a couple, but if they don’t, you should attempt another one or two your next time.

Also, keep the Y in mind – it can often function as a substitute vowel and is easy to overlook. It can also be found at the end of several words.

Finally, experiment with various options. You can experiment with different answers as long as you don’t hit ‘Enter.’ Put in the likely letters, and any that you learn are certainly in the word, then mentally switch from one to the other possible options. This strategy has worked for me several times, and it’s especially helpful when the word in issue is not evident (like FJORD or ISLET).

What More Do I Need To Know About Wordle?

Wordle officially started in June of that year and celebrated its first birthday on June 19, 2022.

However, it only gained popularity at the end of the year, then became viral in January when the globe discovered its allure. It was so popular that The New York Times purchased Wordle in early February for a seven-figure price, and the game is now part of NYT Games.

It may be played on the NYT Games website and is completely free. The New nyt Times and the game’s designer, Josh Wardle, declared that it would stay free. Some people believe that Wordle has become more difficult after the takeover by the New nyt Times, although this is not the case.

Wordle is a basic game in which you must guess a five-letter word in six tries. Each time you guess, you’ll be notified which of your chosen letters are in the target word and whether they’re in the correct order.

When a letter is placed correctly, it becomes green. It becomes yellow if it is in the word but the incorrect position. It becomes grey if it isn’t in the word at all.

There is just one puzzle every day, and everyone completes it. Then, every day at midnight, it is reset.

Alternatives To Wordle

If you’re looking for another game to play while you wait, we’ve compiled a list of the best Wordle alternatives. Squabble, an extremely stressful (but very good) Wordle counterpart, and Who Are Ya?, a soccer-themed Wordle equivalent, are worth a try. We also like the Wordle clone Worldle for geography, SWordle for Star Wars, and Mathler for arithmetic. After you’ve done your Wordle for the day, there are plenty of other options!

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