NYT Wordle today — answer and hints for game #1064, Saturday, May 18

NYT Wordle today — answer and hints for game #1064, Saturday, May 18
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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 #1064) – 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 #1064) – 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 #1064) – 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 #1064) – clue #4 – ending letter

What letter does today’s Wordle end with?

The last letter in today’s Wordle is Y.

Y is the second most common ending letter in the game, behind only E. In total, 364 Wordle answers end with a Y.

Wordle hints (game #1064) – clue #5 – last chance

Still looking for more Wordle hints today? Here’s an extra one for game #1064.

  • Today’s Wordle answer is salty.

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 #1064)

Wordle answer for game 1064 on a yellow background

(Image credit: New York Times)

  • NYT average score: 4.5
  • My score: 4
  • WordleBot’s score: 4
  • Best start word performance*: CRANE (17 remaining answers)
  • My start word performance: DRUNK (18)

* From WordleBot’s Top 20 start words

Today’s Wordle answer (game #1064) is… BRINY.

Is it just me or is BRINY an odd word to be a Wordle solution? It’s not exactly a word that’s used very often, is it… There’s nothing wrong with it, technically – I just can’t imagine many people will have thought of it as an option. That’s probably why it currently has an average score of 4.5, making it the hardest game since JERKY more than a week ago.

Like that word, it has a similarly spelled alternative that many people will have played before trying BRINY, in this case BRING. According to WordleBot, 2.8% of people played BRING on the second guess compared to 1% who played BRINY, but on the third guess it was 13.6% versus 9.1% and even on the fourth guess 15% of people went for BRING. BRINK also gathered plenty of guesses – 11% on the third guess and 17% on the fourth.

Letter-wise it’s not too bad, with the middle three letters very common in general and those at either end being common in their relative positions. As I show in my analysis of every Wordle answer, B is the third most common starting letter and Y the second most common at the end.

So it’s only really the relative obscurity of the word that must be causing that high overall average – well, that and the performance of the most popular start words. CRANE, WordleBot’s favorite, left only 17 possibles but most of the rest of the top 20 were above 30 and several were well into three figures.

I got very lucky with mine, though. My random word generator gave me DRUNK, which had the twin positives of giving me two green letters – R and N – and also of ruling out K, meaning I knew (later on) that it couldn’t be BRINK.

That left me with only 18 solutions, and I very nearly turned that good fortune into a 3/6. I found as many possible answers as I could, and came up with a list of 10: CRONY, CRANE, CRONE, PRINT, PRONE, PRONG, BRINE, BRING, WRONG and WRING. The others, according to WordleBot, were FRONT, GRANT, TRANS, IRONY, FRANC, ARENA, BRONC and (of course) BRINY. I’d be surprised if most of those were actual answers – but then again, I’d have said that about BRINY, and would have been wrong.

In order to narrow down those words I played BICEP, which couldn’t be correct but which would have ruled out all of my answers other than maybe leaving a 50/50 between CRANE and CRONE. However, I was 99% certain that CRANE had been a past Wordle answer, so had discounted that anyway. WordleBot wasn’t so sure about BICEP, because its own answer list was different to mine. But it mattered not, because it did almost exactly what I’d hoped it would do, giving me a green B at the start and a yellow I. 

I was delighted – I’d surely score a 3/6 now, because the word could only be BRING. But sadly, I’d missed BRINY completely, so had the brief shock of seeing that last letter stay gray, and had to settle for a four once I realized what the real solution was.

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

Yesterday’s Wordle hints (game #1063)

In a different time zone where it’s still Friday? Don’t worry – I can give you some clues for Wordle #1063, 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 T.

T is one of the most common starting letters in the game, beginning 149 of Wordle’s 2,309 answers. That gives it a ranking of fourth in the alphabet, behind only S, C and B.

  • 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 R.

R is a very common letter to end a Wordle answer – it’s actually the 4th most common there, behind E, Y and T.

Still looking for more Wordle hints? Here’s an extra one for game #1063.

  • Yesterday’s Wordle answer is a guide or teacher.

Yesterday’s Wordle answer (game #1063)

Wordle answer for game 1063 on a yellow background

(Image credit: New York Times)

  • NYT average score: 4.1
  • My score: 4
  • WordleBot’s score: 4
  • Best start word performance*: TASER (2 remaining answers)
  • My start word performance: GREED (262)

* From WordleBot’s Top 20 start words

Yesterday’s Wordle answer (game #1063) was… TUTOR.

The keen-eyed among you may have noticed that five days ago my random start word was STALL – which duly turned up as an answer yesterday. And now we have TUTOR… which was my start word exactly a week ago! What is going on? Is the universe mocking me? Am I just unlucky? Or is it just a random coincidence on top of another random coincidence and I’m looking for conspiracies where there are none? Yeah, OK, it’s the latter.

Anyway, it’s rather annoying, not least because when TUTOR was my start word (for MEDIA) it left 777 possible solutions. It would have been rather more useful today, obviously.

Regardless of start word, TUTOR is potentially a difficult Wordle to solve. WordleBot says it has an average score of 4.1, which sounds about right considering it has a repeated T in it. As I show in my analysis of every Wordle answer, T is a reasonably likely letter to be repeated, within the realms of repeated letters: it’s fifth behind E, O, L and A. However, there are still only 61 games among Wordle’s 2,309 original solutions that contain more than one T, meaning you’d only expect this scenario about every 38 days. It’s not common, exactly.

As you might expect, start words that begin with a T fared particularly well today. TRACE left 11 possible answers, as did TRADE, while TASER left only two. However, more pertinent to the average score is probably the fact that AUDIO left only 14; it’s the second most common starting word, so that will have brought the average down a bit.

My start word didn’t contain a T, or – like AUDIO – a U or O. Instead, GREED gave me only a yellow R and left 262 words to choose from. I say ‘choose from’, because obviously I didn’t come up with a list at this stage. No, I took the easy option of looking at the most common remaining letters, in this case A, O, T, L, I and S, and came up with a word that contained two more consonants and two vowels, to add to the yellow R. I could have gone in a couple of directions – I considered ROAST, for instance – but decided to play STAIR, because it had worked so well yesterday (see below).

It wasn’t quite as successful, because yesterday it left only one answer and guaranteed me a 3/6. Today, it left four: TUMOR, TUTOR, MOTOR and ROTOR. I found them all, and set about working out which to play. TUMOR, MOTOR and ROTOR would all have guaranteed me a 4/6 at worst, whereas TUTOR might have left me with a 50/50 and a possible 5/6. So I ruled that out and went with TUMOR for no particular reason. It wasn’t right, but it did its job and pointed me towards TUTOR for my four. 

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 #1063, Friday 17 May: TUTOR
  • Wordle #1062, Thursday 16 May: STALL
  • Wordle #1061, Wednesday 15 May: PINCH
  • Wordle #1060, Tuesday 14 May: AMASS
  • Wordle #1059, Monday 13 May: CUMIN
  • Wordle #1058, Sunday 12 May: OUTER
  • Wordle #1057, Saturday 11 May: TIDAL
  • Wordle #1056, Friday 10 May: MEDIA
  • Wordle #1055, Thursday 9 May: JERKY
  • Wordle #1054, Wednesday 8 May: PIOUS
  • Wordle #1053, Tuesday 7 May: MUSTY
  • Wordle #1052, Monday 6 May: SHAVE
  • Wordle #1051, Sunday 5 May: DECAL
  • Wordle #1050, Saturday 4 May: VALUE
  • Wordle #1049, Friday 3 May: EBONY
  • Wordle #1048, Thursday 2 May: SLICE
  • Wordle #1047, Wednesday 1 May: DIARY
  • Wordle #1046, Tuesday 30 April: PROWL
  • 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

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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