NYT Wordle today — answer and hints for game #1,046, Tuesday, April 30

NYT Wordle today — answer and hints for game #1,046, Tuesday, April 30
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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, and you can also take a look at my new NYT Strands today page for my verdict on the New York Times’ latest brainteaser. 

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 #1,046) – 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 #1,046) – clue #2 – first letter

What letter does today’s Wordle begin with?

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

P is a very common first letter among Wordle answers. It’s the fifth most common in the alphabet and begins 141 solutions in total.

Wordle hints (game #1,046) – 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 #1,046) – clue #4 – ending letter

What letter does today’s Wordle end with?

The last letter in today’s Wordle is L.

L is a really common letter to find at the end of a Wordle. There are 155 games that finish with an L, and it ranks as the fifth most likely letter there.

Wordle hints (game #1,046) – clue #5 – last chance

Still looking for more Wordle hints today? Here’s an extra one for game #1,046.

  • Today’s Wordle answer is to move about stealthily.

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 #1,046)

Wordle answer to game 1046 on a yellow background

(Image credit: New York Times)

  • NYT average score: 4.2
  • My score: 3
  • WordleBot’s score: 3
  • Best start word performance*: PLATE, PLANE (7 remaining answers)
  • My start word performance: ARTSY (116)

* From WordleBot’s Top 20 start words

Today’s Wordle answer (game #1,046) is… PROWL.

And so WordleBot’s average scores continue to swing all over the place. Yesterday’s word, CRAFT, had an average of 3.9 when I wrote my column but currently sits at 3.7 as I write this. In contrast, today’s game, PROWL, currently has a score of a mighty 4.2 – making it the most difficult since ROVER a week ago. 

I’d be surprised if it stayed that high, because it’s not that difficult, and indeed both WordleBot and I scored 3s. However, it does contain one less common letter, in the form of W.

W is not uncommon in the way that X, Z, Q and J are. OK, so as I show in my analysis of every Wordle answer, it’s 21st in the rankings, just ahead of V. But there’s a big gap between the two groups. W and V appear in 193 and 148 Wordles respectively, which is only a little way behind the next two in the list, F and K. But Q, Z, X and J only appear in 128 games between them. So while W is a ways down the rankings list, it’s not one of those ultra-rare letters.

That said, it’s not often that we see a W in the fourth position in an answer, as it is here; that occurs only 25 times in Wordle’s 2,309 original solutions. Similarly spelled words might be another factor: PROUD, GROWL, PRONG, PROOF and PROXY were all played by plenty of people today. 

I’ll also throw in the performance of the best Wordle start words. Three worked really well, with PLATE and PLANE leaving seven and PLACE leaving eight. But none of those are hugely popular, and those that are left a far bigger answer pool; CRANE left 66, STARE left 125, RAISE left 120, for instance.

That’s why it might have a high average, then – but there are also reasons why that score might come down. Chief among them is the fact that the other four letters are all not only common, but very common in their specific positions here. Want yet more numbers? P is the fifth most likely to be at the start of an answer, R and O are both third in positions #2 and #3 respectively, L is fifth at the end. 

I’ll be watching with interest to see where the average score settles, but until then let’s assume that it is indeed a slightly tricky one – albeit not for me. 

In many ways my game mirrored yesterday’s, in that it mostly hinged on my second guess. I started with ARTSY, which gave me a green R (helpful) but left 116 words (unhelpful). The sensible thing to do was to pack the second guess with the most common remaining letters – in this case E, O, L, I and N. However, I didn’t want three vowels in there, so I decided to swap one for another consonant. C was the next on the list, but here I made a conscious decision to instead include D and play LINED.  

My reasoning was that with T and Y ruled out, I needed a likely ending letter – I’d always rather solve the start and end of a word first. E, L and N were all strong candidates to finish the word, but C wouldn’t be. D, however, is a good ending letter and also goes before an R at the start as in DRIVE or DRONE; C is very common at the start, but less versatile than D. 

It all made sense in my head, anyway, so I played LINED rather than, for instance, CLONE. And I got lucky – very lucky. LINED gave me a yellow L and by virtue of ruling out those other four letters cut my options to a pair: PROWL and GROWL.

I’m sure my 50/50 success rate is where it should be – namely about 50/50! But it never feels like that; my instinct is that I get far more wrong than right. But not today. I went with PROWL because P is very common at the start (slightly more so than G) and guessed right for a 3/6.     

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

Yesterday’s Wordle hints (game #1,045)

In a different time zone where it’s still Monday? Don’t worry – I can give you some clues for Wordle #1045, 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 C.

C is a very common starting letter in Wordle – in fact, it’s the second most common of all, behind only S.

  • 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 T.

T is a very common letter to end a Wordle answer – in fact only E and Y are more likely in that position.

Still looking for more Wordle hints? Here’s an extra one for game #1,045.

  • Yesterday’s Wordle answer is an activity requiring skill.

Yesterday’s Wordle answer (game #1,045)

Wordle answer to game 1045 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*: TRACE, CRATE (1 remaining answer)
  • My start word performance: DEMON (511)

* From WordleBot’s Top 20 start words

Yesterday’s Wordle answer (game #1,045) was… CRAFT.

You can never dismiss the role that luck plays in Wordle. However smart you are, however skillfully you play, you’re always at the mercy of the Wordle gods. 

WordleBot, the NYT’s AI helper tool, makes this clear. The ‘bot awards each player a luck score as well as a skill score, and as you’d expect the average for the former is a lot lower than it is for the latter: luck has an average of 57 for the past 15 games, for instance, whereas skill is at 80. 

This is one of the reasons why using one of the best Wordle start words is a wise move; it immediately increases the chance that you are ‘lucky’, because you’re skewing the odds by including the most common letters in the most common places.

When you use a random start word, as I do right now, luck becomes an even bigger factor – and today’s game might illustrate that more clearly than any other. My first guess, DEMON, was spectacularly unlucky, and WordleBot only awarded me a score of 8 (out of 99) for it. My second guess, however, was the complete opposite – and achieved a luck score of 82. The net result was that my game ended up with close to the standard luck score (58 in this case), but it could very easily have turned out differently.

You might need a bit of good fortune yourself for today’s NYT Wordle, because CRAFT is potentially tricky. WordleBot says it has an overall average of 3.9 [NB: now revised to 3.7], which is pretty standard, but it will have been brought down by the (lucky) performance of a few popular start words. Among those, CRANE left a mere seven answers, STARE left 12, TRICE left three and CRATE/TRACE left only one. 

For anyone who didn’t get good fortune at the start, it may well have been much harder. One of the main reasons for that is the F in the fourth position – as I show in my analysis of every Wordle answer, it’s only the 18th most likely letter to appear there. The other is the fact that quite a few other words have the same -RA-T format, for instance GRANT, GRAFT, DRAFT and TRACT.

As I said above, my game started poorly then got a lot better very quickly. My random opener was DEMON – which uncovered zero letters and left a whopping 511 possible solutions. Oh dear.

Fortunately, my second guess, TRAIL, cut that to three. Wow! There was no real genius behind it – I simply selected the five most common letters left in the game, then played them. But it was incredibly lucky, giving me two greens, one yellow, and a good chance of a 3/6.

The three words left to me were CRAFT, GRAFT and WRATH, so obviously I needed to play one of the first two. Not sure why? Well, playing WRATH could have left a 50/50 between the other two words, whereas going with CRAFT or GRAFT would guarantee a solve in four at worst, depending on whether the F turned green or not.

C is a more common letter than G, so I went with CRAFT and again got lucky; that word again. CRAFT was correct and I scored a 3/6.

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 #1045, Monday 29 April: CRAFT
  • Wordle #1044, Sunday 28 April: PRUNE
  • Wordle #1043, Saturday 27 April: GLEAM
  • Wordle #1042, Friday 26 April: VAPID
  • Wordle #1041, Thursday 25 April: INTRO
  • Wordle #1040, Wednesday 24 April: OVERT
  • Wordle #1039, Tuesday 23 April: ROVER
  • Wordle #1038, Monday 22 April: LASER
  • Wordle #1037, Sunday 21 April: JOLLY
  • Wordle #1036, Saturday 20 April: LUCID
  • Wordle #1035, Friday 19 April: RAISE
  • Wordle #1034, Thursday 18 April: FACET
  • Wordle #1033, Wednesday 17 April: TITHE
  • Wordle #1032, Tuesday 16 April: SHANK
  • Wordle #1031, Monday 15 April: EQUIP
  • Wordle #1030, Sunday 14 April: BLIMP
  • Wordle #1029, Saturday 13 April: STEEL
  • Wordle #1028, Friday 12 April: WHINY
  • Wordle #1027, Thursday 11 April: LOUSE
  • Wordle #1026, Wednesday 10 April: BROTH
  • 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

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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