NYT Wordle today — answer and hints for game #1,018, Tuesday, April 2

NYT Wordle today — answer and hints for game #1,018, Tuesday, April 2
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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 #1018) – 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 #1018) – clue #2 – first letter

What letter does today’s Wordle begin with?

The first letter in today’s Wordle answer is 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.

Wordle hints (game #1018) – 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 #1018) – 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 #1018) – clue #5 – last chance

Still looking for more Wordle hints today? Here’s an extra one for game #1018.

  • Today’s Wordle answer is found in blood.

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 #1018)

Wordle answer for game 1018 on a yellow background

(Image credit: New York Times)

  • NYT average score: 3.7
  • My score: 3
  • WordleBot’s score: 4
  • Best start word performance*: PARSE (9 remaining answers)
  • My start word performance: PARSE (9)

* From WordleBot’s Top 20 start words

Today’s Wordle answer (game #1018) is… SERUM.

Fortune really favored me today, with my random start word also being the best of the top 20 as measured by WordleBot. That word was PARSE, and it left only nine possible solutions – which duly set me on the way to a 3/6. And what’s more, that meant that I beat WordleBot, which could only score a 4/6 due in part to its start word, CRANE, leaving 191 options.

A few other start words performed well too: STARE left 17 and LEAST 18. Without those results, the average score for SERUM may have been higher, because it has a couple of minor oddities to it. As I show in my analysis of every Wordle answer, for instance, M is not a particularly common ending letter; it ranks 13th in this regard, and only appears 42 times in this position. Then again, it was also the last letter in REALM a few days ago, so it’s not really uncommon.

More of an issue is possibly just the fact that the word itself is unusually constructed. SE is not a particularly common starting combination – only the 70th most likely, with 14 instances – and UM only occurs seven times at the end of an answer. 

None of this affected my game particularly, thanks to that very lucky opener. I didn’t know there were nine words to find until after I’d finished playing and checked in with the ‘bot, but I came up with five of them independently: SHREW, SCREW, SIREN, SERIF and SERUM. Of the remaining four, SIRED seems unlikely to be an answer, but STREW, SHRED and SURER all look legit.

MEDIC was designed to narrow down the five that I had found; if the E turned green it would be SERUM or SERIF depending on whether the M also changed color. If the E stayed yellow, it would SIREN (if the I changed color) or SCREW (if the C did) or SHREW (if neither did). As it happens, the E turned green and the M yellow, which meant it had to be SERUM regardless of the words I’d missed.  

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

Yesterday’s Wordle hints (game #1017)

In a different time zone where it’s still Monday? Don’t worry – I can give you some clues for Wordle #1017, 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 F.

F is a very common starting letter in Wordle. It ranks seventh behind only S, C, B, T, P and A and overall there are 135 solutions that begin with this letter.

  • 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 D.

D is a fairly common letter to end a Wordle answer: it’s the eighth most likely to be in that position in a solution.

Still looking for more Wordle hints? Here’s an extra one for game #1017.

  • Yesterday’s Wordle answer is a large leaf.

Yesterday’s Wordle answer (game #1017)

Wordle answer for game 1017 on a yellow background

(Image credit: New York Times)

  • NYT average score: 3.9
  • My score: 3
  • WordleBot’s score: 3
  • Best start word performance*: TRADE (16 remaining answers)
  • My start word performance: FALSE (32)

* From WordleBot’s Top 20 start words

Yesterday’s Wordle answer (game #1017) was… FROND.

I’m not particularly skilled at guessing how difficult or otherwise a Wordle answer might be. Frankly, without WordleBot I’d be lost – half of the ones I think will be tough end up having a middling average when the ‘bot gives its verdict.

Today is a good example. Though I solved FROND in three guesses myself, I thought more people would find it difficult, so the fact that its average is only 3.9 and therefore lower than yesterday’s is a surprise to me. 

It’s certainly not a massively common word – only the 16,432nd most frequently used according to WordAndPhraseInfo.com – and it has a certain similarity with several other words that are more likely to spring readily to mind. Looking at WordleBot’s analysis, ROUND, PROUD, WRONG and FRONT all appeared in large numbers among Wordlers’ guesses. 

On the flip side, all of the letters are pretty common. Sure, F is only the 19th most likely letter overall, but as I show in my analysis of every Wordle answer, it’s the seventh most likely to start an answer. And of course we had another one just two days ago, with FORCE.

Not many start words made major progress, with only CRANE (which left 17 remaining answers) and TRADE (16) below 40, at least as far as the top 20 were concerned. 

My random opener today was FALSE, which left 32, so a decent result. And particularly useful was the fact that it gave me a green F at the start – I’d rather have a single green than a couple of yellows in most cases. 

I didn’t find all 32 options, but I came up with enough to have a good idea of what my second guess should be. Obviously I’d want a couple of vowels in there, and it made sense to include some of the most common remaining consonants, too. Plus, I knew that one of them should definitely be R, because together with L that’s the only consonant that regularly follows an F at the start of a word, and the latter was already ruled out. 

ROUND ticked all of my boxes, and WordleBot loved it too, calling it a “terrific choice”. It was also lucky, giving me two yellows and two greens – which means I now had a simple anagram to solve: F–ND with R and O to fit in. No, I didn’t struggle to decide upon FROND as the only answer now available…

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 #1017, Monday 1 April: FROND
  • Wordle #1016, Sunday 31 March: TABOO
  • Wordle #1015, Saturday 30 March: FORCE
  • Wordle #1014, Friday 29 March: REALM
  • 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

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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