Today’s Wordle Hints (and Answer) for Monday, August 21

Today’s Wordle Hints (and Answer) for Monday, August 21

If you’re looking for the Wordle answer for Monday, August 21 (or just want the answer), read on. We’ll share some clues, tips, and strategies, and finally the solution. WordleBot says today’s puzzle is on the moderate side, with the average player solving in 3.6 guesses. I probably could’ve gotten it in three guesses, but it took me four. Beware, there are spoilers below for Monday, August 21, Wordle #793! Scroll to the end if you want some hints (and then the answer) to today’s Wordle game.

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How to play Wordle

Wordle lives here on the New York Times website. (It was previously an independent project created by Josh Wardle). A new puzzle goes live every day at midnight, your local time.

Start by guessing a five-letter word. The letters of the word will turn green, yellow, or gray, giving you hints about the solution.

  • Green means you correctly guessed a letter, and it’s in the correct position. (For example, if you guess PARTY, and the word is actually PURSE, the P and R will be green.)
  • Yellow means the letter is somewhere in the word, but not in the position you guessed it. (For example, if you guess PARTY, but the word is actually ROAST, the R, A and T will all be yellow.)
  • Gray means the letter is not in the solution word at all. (If you guessed PARTY and everything is gray, then the solution cannot be PURSE or ROAST.)

With all that in mind, guess another word, and then another, trying to land on the correct word before you run out of chances. You get six guesses, and then it’s game over.

The best Wordle starter words

What should you play for that first guess? The best starters tend to contain common letters, to increase the chances of getting yellow and green squares to guide your guessing. (And if you get all grays when guessing common letters, that’s still excellent information to help you rule out possibilities.) There isn’t a single “best” starting word, but the New York Times’s Wordle analysis bot has suggested starting with one of these:


Meanwhile, an MIT analysis found that you’ll eliminate the most possibilities in the first round by starting with one of these:


Other good picks might be ARISE or ROUND. Words like ADIEU and AUDIO get more vowels in play, but you could argue that it’s better to start with an emphasis on consonants, using a starter like RENTS or CLAMP. Choose your strategy, and see how it plays out.

How to win at Wordle

We have a few guides to Wordle strategy, which you might like to read over if you’re a serious student of the game. This one covers how to use consonants to your advantage, while this one focuses on a strategy that uses the most common letters. In this advanced guide, we detail a three-pronged approach for fishing for hints while maximizing your chances of winning quickly.

The biggest thing that separates Wordle winners from Wordle losers is that winners use their guesses to gather information about what letters are in the word. If you know that the word must end in -OUND, don’t waste four guesses on MOUND, ROUND, SOUND, and HOUND; combine those consonants and guess MARSH. If the H lights up in yellow, you know the solution.

One more note on strategy: the original Wordle used a list of about 2,300 solution words, but after the game was bought by the NYT, the game now has an editor who hand-picks the solutions. Sometimes they are slightly tricky words that wouldn’t have made the original list, and sometimes they are topical. For example, FEAST was the solution one Thanksgiving. So keep in mind that there may be a theme.

The best Wordle alternatives

If you can’t get enough of five-letter guessing games and their kin, the best Wordle alternatives, ranked by difficulty, include:

Does today’s Wordle have any unusual letters?

We’ll define common letters as those that appear in the old typesetters’ phrase ETAOIN SHRDLU. (Memorize this! Pronounce it “Edwin Shirdloo,” like a name, and pretend he’s a friend of yours.)

Today’s puzzle has two of those common letters.

Can you give me a hint for today’s Wordle?

Wordle #793 is a perfect word for the summer.

Does today’s Wordle have any double letters?

Nope! There aren’t any double letters in Wordle #793, each letter is only used once.

How many vowels are in today’s Wordle?

There are two vowels in Wordle #793.

What letter does today’s Wordle start with?

Today’s Wordle starts with B.

What letter does today’s Wordle end with?

Today’s Wordle solution ends with H.

What is the solution to today’s Wordle?

Ready? Today’s word is BEACH.

How I solved today’s Wordle

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I went with our usual starter, ARISE, and got a yellow A and yellow E. That didn’t tell me much, so I did my trusty second word, TOUCH, and got a green C and green H for the last two letters of the word. That gave me a five-letter word that ends in CH and has an A and an E. I had two good guesses from there, assuming that the word was either PEACH or BEACH. I tried PEACH first and got it wrong, and then guessed the right one, BEACH. I should’ve guessed BEACH first, knowing that it’s a hot summer in New York right now and everyone’s mind is on spending a day by the water.

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