NYT Wordle today — answer and hints for game #1,014, Friday, March 29

NYT Wordle today — answer and hints for game #1,014, Friday, March 29
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It’s time for your guide to today’s Wordle answer, featuring my commentary on the latest puzzle, plus a selection of hints designed to help you keep your streak going.

Don’t think you need any clues for Wordle today? No problem, just skip to my daily column. But remember: failure in this game is only ever six guesses away.   

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

Your Wordle expert

Marc McLaren
Your Wordle expert

Marc McLaren

Wordle hints (game #1014) – 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 #1014) – clue #2 – first letter

What letter does today’s Wordle begin with?

The first letter in today’s Wordle answer is 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.

Wordle hints (game #1014) – 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 #1014) – clue #4 – ending letter

What letter does today’s Wordle end with?

The last letter in today’s Wordle is M.

M is a middling ending letter: it ranks 13th in this regard, and only completes 42 Wordle answers overall.

Wordle hints (game #1014) – clue #5 – last chance

Still looking for more Wordle hints today? Here’s an extra one for game #1014.

  • Today’s Wordle answer is a kingdom.

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 #1014)

Wordle answer for game 1014 on a yellow background

(Image credit: New York Times)

  • NYT average score: 3.5
  • My score: 3
  • WordleBot’s score: 3
  • Best start word performance*: STALE (2 remaining answers)
  • My start word performance: MORAL (3)

* From WordleBot’s Top 20 start words

Today’s Wordle answer (game #1014) is… REALM.

A couple of weeks ago I had a frustrating game when the answer was TOXIN. It was frustrating because TOXIN had been my random start word only a week before. Well, history has repeated itself in even more annoying fashion.

Why? Well, REALM was my start word only two days, for STUNG. I’d resigned myself to never scoring a 1/6, but I was so close here. OK, so I wasn’t really close at all – whether I was two days out or 200 days out is irrelevant, the fact is that I did not begin with the right word. But psychologically it felt closer.

Still, I scored a 3/6 anyway, so it wasn’t a disaster. And I very nearly scored a 2/6 – because my actual start word, MORAL, left only three possible solutions!

That was far from an unusual occurrence today, either. STARE, the third most popular opener in the world, left the same number, as did LEAST. STALE was better still at 2/6. CRANE, TRACE and CRATE (all 9) and SLATE (8) were great too. It was one of those days where a good start word really made a difference. 

Without one it will have been more difficult, because that M at the end of REALM is not particularly common: as I show in my analysis of every Wordle answer it ends only 42 of Wordle’s 2,309 original solutions, which means that it ranks 13th in that regard. On the other hand, R, E, A and L are all mega common, hence the good results for those start words.

I only found two of the three possible answers that were open to me – ALARM and REALM. The other, WordleBot said, was LAMER. Hmmm. I suppose that is a real word, but I’d be a bit annoyed if it was an answer. 

Anyway, it wasn’t today at least, so it’s irrelevant here. I played ALARM as the more common word and though it wasn’t right it confirmed that the answer had to be REALM. If only every day were as simple as this. 

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

Yesterday’s Wordle hints (game #1013)

In a different time zone where it’s still Thursday? Don’t worry – I can give you some clues for Wordle #1013, too.

  • Wordle yesterday had 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). 

  • 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 #1013.

  • Yesterday’s Wordle answer is to utter.

Yesterday’s Wordle answer (game #1013)

Wordle answer for game 1013 on a yellow background

(Image credit: New York Times)

  • NYT average score: 3.4
  • My score: 4
  • WordleBot’s score: 3
  • Best start word performance*: PARSE (3 remaining answers)
  • My start word performance: DRANK (9)

* From WordleBot’s Top 20 start words

Yesterday’s Wordle answer (game #1013) was… SPEAK.

I am ANNOYED. At myself, rather than at Wordle/NYT, because my mistake today was all of my own making. Playing a random start word rarely gives the great results that always using CRANE or SLATE or STARE does, so when an opportunity like today’s arrives (I had only nine remaining answers) I really should grab it and score a 3/6. That I didn’t is entirely my own fault.

The frustrating thing is that SPEAK is by most measures a simple Wordle to solve. It has an average score of 3.4, which makes it the easiest since CLONE on March 7. It starts with the most common starting letter and contains the two most letters in the game in A and E (see my analysis of every Wordle answer for more on that). Yes, it ends with a K, which is not a common letter in general, but it is in the top 10 for ending letters.

What’s more, that K turned green on my first guess, courtesy of DRANK. It also gave me a yellow A, and as I said above reduced my possibles list to nine. That was one of the best results today; STARE left eight, and PARSE three, but otherwise they were all in double (or triple) figures.

The problem for me was that I somehow missed SPEAK, STEAK and TWEAK as answers. I found BAULK, plus CAULK (which I knew was a past Wordle answer) and KAYAK (ditto). I also came up with BLEAK and CLOAK. I didn’t find AMUCK or BATIK (I have no idea what that even means) either, but I’m less worried about them than I am about SPEAK, STEAK and TWEAK. Their omission was a glaring error that directly led to my below-par score.

Based on the words I’d found, I played BAULK – because it would guarantee a solve in 3/6, and could even have given me a 2/6. But that logic was flawed, obviously – it would only guarantee a 3/6 if I’d found all of the options, and I hadn’t.

Playing STEAL would have solved it in three no matter what, and that’s what WordleBot suggested. Instead, I had to watch in horror as all of my words were ruled out. I looked again and realized my mistake: I still had three words to pick from. Fortunately, playing STEAK would guarantee success on the next guess at worst (for real this time), and that’s what I had to settle for when the T failed to change color, meaning that SPEAK was the solution.

Wordle answers: The past 50

I’ve been playing Wordle every day for more than two years 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 #1013, Thursday 28 March: SPEAK
  • Wordle #1012, Wednesday 27 March: STUNG
  • Wordle #1011, Tuesday 26 March: MAYOR
  • Wordle #1010, Monday 25 March: SALLY
  • Wordle #1009, Sunday 24 March: TOWEL
  • Wordle #1008, Saturday 23 March: RISEN
  • Wordle #1007, Friday 22 March: DECAY
  • Wordle #1006, Thursday 21 March: SHADE
  • Wordle #1005, Wednesday 20 March: LINGO
  • Wordle #1004, Tuesday 19 March: ABIDE
  • Wordle #1003, Monday 18 March: SPELT
  • Wordle #1002, Sunday 17 March: SNORT
  • Wordle #1001, Saturday 16 March: TOXIN
  • Wordle #1000, Friday 15 March: ERUPT
  • Wordle #999, Thursday 14 March: SINCE
  • Wordle #998, Wednesday 13 March: LOCAL
  • Wordle #997, Tuesday 12 March: HEAVE
  • Wordle #996, Monday 11 March: PESKY
  • Wordle #995, Sunday 10 March: GRASP
  • Wordle #994, Saturday 9 March: CHEER
  • Wordle #993, Friday 8 March: EARLY
  • Wordle #992, Thursday 7 March: CLONE
  • Wordle #991, Wednesday 6 March: TEARY
  • Wordle #990, Tuesday 5 March: HUNCH
  • Wordle #989, Monday 4 March: FLAME
  • Wordle #988, Sunday 3 March: STATE
  • Wordle #987, Saturday 2 March: URBAN
  • Wordle #986, Friday 1 March: FORTY
  • Wordle #985, Thursday 29 February: IMAGE
  • Wordle #984, Wednesday 28 February: DEVIL
  • Wordle #983, Tuesday 27 February: SENSE
  • Wordle #982, Monday 26 February: OFTEN
  • Wordle #981, Sunday 25 February: SMITH
  • Wordle #980, Saturday 24 February: PIPER
  • Wordle #979, Friday 23 February: APART
  • Wordle #978, Thursday 22 February: HEAVY
  • Wordle #977, Wednesday 21 February: BUILD
  • Wordle #976, Tuesday 20 February: MATCH
  • Wordle #975, Monday 19 February: PRICE
  • Wordle #974, Sunday 18 February: RIDGE
  • Wordle #973, Saturday 17 February: PSALM
  • Wordle #972, Friday 16 February: STASH
  • Wordle #971, Thursday 15 February: ASCOT
  • Wordle #970, Wednesday 14 February: TALON
  • Wordle #969, Tuesday 13 February: SCRAM
  • Wordle #968, Monday 12 February: PASTA
  • Wordle #967, Sunday 11 February: NEVER
  • Wordle #966, Saturday 10 February: FRIED
  • Wordle #965, Friday 9 February: STIFF
  • Wordle #964, Thursday 8 February: PLACE

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 2024.

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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