NYT Wordle today — answer and hints for game #1,026, Wednesday, April 10

NYT Wordle today — answer and hints for game #1,026, Wednesday, April 10
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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 #1,026) – clue #1 – Vowels

How many vowels does today’s Wordle have?

Wordle today has 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). 

Wordle hints (game #1,026) – clue #2 – first letter

What letter does today’s Wordle begin with?

The first letter in today’s Wordle answer is B.

B is a very, very common starting letter in Wordle. In fact, it’s the third most common overall, behind only S and C.

Wordle hints (game #1,026) – 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 #1,026) – clue #4 – ending letter

What letter does today’s Wordle end with?

The last letter in today’s Wordle is H.

H is a regular visitor to the final spot in a Wordle word. It occurs 137 times at the end of a Wordle answer, making it the sixth most common letter there.

Wordle hints (game #1,026) – clue #5 – last chance

Still looking for more Wordle hints today? Here’s an extra one for game #1,026.

  • Today’s Wordle answer is thick soup.

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 #1,026)

Wordle answer for game 1,026 on a yellow background

(Image credit: New York Times)

  • NYT average score: 3.7
  • My score: 3
  • WordleBot’s score: 3
  • Best start word performance*: CRATE (5 remaining answers)
  • My start word performance: HAUNT (53)

* From WordleBot’s Top 20 start words

Today’s Wordle answer (game #1,026) is… BROTH.

And just like that, Wordle’s four-day difficult run comes to an end with a game that has an average score of 3.7. BROTH has none of the complications of the past few days: no repeated letters as in MERGE and BREED, no is-it-really-an-English-word VOILA dilemmas, no WINCH/PINCH/CINCH confusion as per FINCH.

Well, not none of those problems exactly – it does have one similarly spelled word, FROTH. However, that was the answer to game #350 in June 2022, so maybe you remembered that and didn’t play it. Most likely not, though, unless your memory is a lot better than mine.

It’s not formed entirely from common letters, either. H is only 14th in the rankings and B is 18th. But as I show in my analysis of every Wordle answer, both are much more likely to appear in their positions here: H is the sixth most common ending letter and B is the third most common starter. If you know your Wordle probabilities, you’ll have had an advantage today.

You’ll also have had an advantage if you started with CRATE, which left only five possible solutions. SLATE (which left 45) and STARE (48) were more representative of the popular openers, though, and my random word HAUNT left 53.

I ummed and ahhed for aged about what my second guess should be. With the T and H turning yellow, there were two obvious approaches: TH at the start, or TH at the end. There was also the question of which other letters to include. S pairs well with both H and T, so that seemed like a good choice for if the T and H weren’t paired up. I also wanted at least one vowel in there. I nearly went with TORCH but ultimately picked THOSE, with mixed success.

WordleBot told me afterwards that it would have preferred TORTE (which only left two answers), TRICE (ditto) or FORCE (which would leave just one). In contrast, THOSE cut my options to four. I can’t really argue with that – but 53 to four in one guess isn’t bad, either.

Those four words were CLOTH, FROTH, BROTH and BOOTH, and I was never in any doubt about which to play. BROTH guaranteed a solve in four guesses at worst, three at best – whereas if I’d gone for any of the others, I might still have faced a 50/50 on the fourth attempt. I didn’t necessarily expect to solve it on the third guess, though, so it was welcome bonus when all five letters turned green for me. 

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

Yesterday’s Wordle hints (game #1,025)

In a different time zone where it’s still Tuesday? Don’t worry – I can give you some clues for Wordle #1,025, 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 M.

M is a middling letter when it comes to starting a word. It sits 10th in the rankings, with 107 occurrences in the 2,309 answers.

  • There were 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 E.

E is the most common letter to end a Wordle answer by far. That’s one of the reasons why many of the best start words, including SLATE, CRANE, CRATE and STARE, all end with one.

Still looking for more Wordle hints? Here’s an extra one for game #1,025.

  • Yesterday’s Wordle answer is to combine or unite.

Yesterday’s Wordle answer (game #1,025)

Wordle answer for game 1,025 on a yellow background

(Image credit: New York Times)

  • NYT average score: 4.3
  • My score: 5
  • WordleBot’s score: 4
  • Best start word performance*: PARSE (15 remaining answers)
  • My start word performance: CYBER (172)

* From WordleBot’s Top 20 start words

Yesterday’s Wordle answer (game #1,025) was… MERGE.

I generally define a difficult Wordle by whether it has an average of above 4.0. We haven’t had four of these in a row since late January, when BULKY followed EXPEL followed LEGGY followed EMBER in what was a really, really tough run. Well, until today – because MERGE has an average score of 4.3, following 4.3 for BREED, 4.2 for VOILA and 4.5 for FINCH. 

Like BREED, MERGE contains two Es. As I show in my analysis of every Wordle answer, this is not in itself hugely uncommon, in that E is the most likely letter to appear more than once in a solution. But common on not, repeats still tend to make the game harder, so it will have been a factor today. 

Similarly spelled words may have been another issue. In terms of words that differ by only one letter, VERGE was the culprit – although that was the answer to game #960 in February, so many Wordlers will have remembered that. However, people were also drawn in by PURGE, NERVE, MERRY and VERVE.

Finally, the letters M and G are both in the bottom half of the Wordle alphabet by how common they are, so may have been less likely to be played early. For that reason, few of the best start words made major inroads here: CRATE (42 remaining answers) and CRANE (46) were probably the best of the really popular ones, although among WordleBot’s top 20 PARSE (15) was better.

My starter today was CYBER, which was fairly unlucky and which left me 172 answers. I could blame that for my 5/6 here, but really it was a combination of bad luck on guesses two and three. My choices – STARE followed by PROUD – were hailed by WordleBot with skill scores of 91 and 95. But in terms of luck, the ‘bot awarded me 9/100 and 10/100. Ouch!

By the fourth guess I’d cut my possibilities to six, and found them all: RIFLE, MERGE, VERGE, NERVE, VERVE and EERIE. I worked out that guessing VEGAN would guarantee a solve in 5/6, and decided to go for that rather than risk a 6/6 or worse. WordleBot said this was a mistake, in that guessing VERGE would also have guaranteed a 5/6 at worst and might have turned out to be correct – but the ‘bot was misguided here, because I knew it had been a past Wordle answer. I therefore went with VEGAN, and when the G turned yellow knew that had to be 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 #1025, Tuesday 9 April: MERGE
  • Wordle #1024, Monday 8 April: BREED
  • Wordle #1023, Sunday 7 April: VOILA
  • Wordle #1022, Saturday 6 April: FINCH
  • Wordle #1021, Friday 5 April: WRIST
  • Wordle #1020, Thursday 4 April: CLIMB
  • Wordle #1019, Wednesday 3 April: PLAIT
  • Wordle #1018, Tuesday 2 April: SERUM
  • 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

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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