Today’s Wordle answer isn’t too taxing. According to the New York Times’ WordleBot, the average player completes Wordle #741 in 4.0 moves in easy mode or 3.7 if playing by hard rules.
Each day, we will update this article with Wordle hints and tips to help you find today’s answer. And if the hints aren’t enough, we’ll even give you the answer, in case you’re really stuck or just haven’t had time to complete today’s puzzle. Plus, we are also including an analysis of yesterday’s puzzle, #740, in case you’re reading this in a different time zone.
So be warned: spoilers lie ahead for game #741. Only read on if you want to know today’s Wordle answer!
Today’s Wordle answer — hints to help you solve it
Our first tip is that you should use one of the best Wordle start words for every game you play. But if you want some more specific clues to today’s Wordle answer, then here you go:
- It contains one of the five vowels.*
- There are no repeated letters.
- Four of the characters are in the eight most common Wordle letters (but the other one is one of the six most rare).
* By vowel, we mean A, E, I, O, U. There are other letters that are sometimes considered to be vowels, depending on how they are used.
Those hints should get you at least some of the way towards finding today’s Wordle answer. If not, then you can read on for bigger clues; or, if you just want to know the answer, then skip down further for that.
Alright then, here’s a larger hint: Today’s Wordle answer wants you to drink up.
What does today’s Wordle start with?
The answer to Wordle #741 starts with S, so combined with the hints above you should now have all the clues you need to get the answer and not break a Wordle streak.
OK, it’s now time to scroll down for the answer…
Today’s Wordle answer
So, what is today’s Wordle answer for game #741?
Drumroll, please — it’s STRAW.
Hello again, Wordlers. If you’ve been playing every day, you’ll notice that today’s answer is just one letter away from Wordle #727 two weeks ago. That made my penultimate go a bit easier, when I was torn between three answers.
I began today’s Wordle with my usual favorite, RATIO. All three of the first letters turned yellow, reducing the number of possible answers to just 33.
Given the density of common letters in today’s word (‘S’, ‘T’, ‘R’ and ‘A’ are all in the four most frequently spotted characters), it’s no surprise that plenty of WordleBot’s best Wordle start words were efficient at eliminating possibilities.
Most are in the low double figures of possible answers left over, but some include fewer than ten, like SLATE (eight), SPLAT (six) and STALE (three).
With three yellow letters confirmed, I decided to shove them all down to the second half of the word, by playing SMART. While none of those were confirmed, ‘S’ did turn green, meaning there were just three possible answers left, according to WordleBot.
I didn’t know it at the time, but I had spotted all of them, and they all began STRA: STRAP, STRAW and STRAY.
I had a sense of déjà vu. At the back of my mind, STRAP sounded familiar, so I discounted it (correctly: it was the answer two weeks ago, as mentioned). That left me with a coin toss: STRAY or STRAW?
I guessed wrong with STRAY, though it did at least confirm that the word began STRA. With that in mind, I typed in STRAW and won the game in four turns.
Back tomorrow for the Saturday Wordle. See you then!
Yesterday’s Wordle answer
Reading this in a later time zone? The Wordle answer for game #740 was DINER.
Hello Wordlers. Not a terribly hard puzzle today – which makes it all the more maddening that I had to settle for a five-turn win.
As the word features both ‘R’ and ‘E’ (the most and third-most common letters in the game), playing one of the best Wordle start words sets you up for a good start.
For me, that remains RATIO, and while it’s missing the all-important ‘E’, it still turned two letters yellow: ‘I’ and ‘R’. That meant that 105 possible answers remained after my first go.
Plenty of WordleBot’s suggestions left a triple-figure number of solutions, and most of the better ones were closer to 100 than zero. But there were some absolute gems. TRAIN leaves 13 possible answers, while TRIED knocks it down to ten.
With only one vowel revealed, it was time to test ‘E’. I wanted to do this while also moving both the ‘R’ and ‘I’ around, so I typed in PRIME. The result? Three yellow letters, which reduced the total possible solutions down to 29.
My next move was a gamble, but one that paid off. I thought the mystery word might be EIDER, so I typed it in despite my misgivings about a double ‘E’.
Not only did ‘I’, ‘E’ and ‘R’ turn green, but I revealed a yellow ‘D’ in the process. And with three letter already green, the word therefore had to be DI?ER.
Unfortunately, there are three possible letters that fix that gap, and I thought of all of them: DIVER, DINER and DICER.
So now it was just a skilless guessing game. First I tried DIVER which was unsuccessful. Then I tried DINER which was fortunately the correct answer.
A five-turn win then. Hopefully you got there a bit faster than me today, Wordlers. See you tomorrow.
Previous Wordle answers
If you’re looking for a list of older Wordle answers, we can also help. Here’s a list going back 20 games.
- Wordle #740: DINER
- Wordle #739: TRACT
- Wordle #738: ABOUT
- Wordle #737: GUEST
- Wordle #736: RODEO
- Wordle #735: GRAND
- Wordle #734: COVET
- Wordle #733: TASTE
- Wordle #732: CRANE
- Wordle #731: FROST
- Wordle #730: KAZOO
- Wordle #729: SHYLY
- Wordle #728: RANCH
- Wordle #727: STRAP
- Wordle #726: MAYBE
- Wordle #725: CRIME
- Wordle #724: PLUNK
- Wordle #723: WRONG
- Wordle #722: GUARD
- Wordle #721: AGAIN
Wordle tips — how to win at Wordle
The best tip I can give is to use one of the best Wordle start words. I can’t stress this enough — it makes a massive difference.
Without one, you’ll be scrabbling around in the dark trying (and possibly failing) to find the right five letters (or possibly fewer) out of the 26 possibles. But clever people (not me) have done the math and identified the best start words based on both frequency in English and frequency among Wordle answers. So use them!
Secondly, think about combinations, especially at the start and end. Some options are far more common than others — for instance, SH, ST, CR and CH all feature frequently.
Vowels obviously need consideration too: not all Wordle answers will contain more than one, but plenty do, and some even have three. A good Wordle start word should have used a couple, but if they don’t feature you might well want to try another one or two on your next go. Plus, remember the Y — this sometimes acts as a surrogate vowel, and is easy to forget. It also appears at the end of plenty of words.
Finally, try out possibilities. So long as you don’t press ‘Enter’ you can try possible answers to see how they look on screen. Put in likely letters plus any you know are definitely in the word, then mentally change one to the other available options. This technique has worked for me multiple times, and it’s particularly helpful when the word in question is not an obvious one (like FJORD or ISLET).
But if you’re still struggling with Wordle, check out how Tom’s Guide’s Wordle experts have honed their strategy after playing every Wordle so far and losing only once.
We also have plenty of Wordle tips and tricks to share, like how we’ve analyzed every Wordle answer used to look for trends and have some further advice for you there. And if you’re new to the game you should also take a look at our What is Wordle? guide.
What else should I know about Wordle?
Wordle officially launched in October 2021, but actually started in June of that year and celebrated its first birthday on June 19, 2022. (You can read my thoughts on the 5 things Wordle needs to improve if it’s to keep us playing for its second year.)
However, it only grew in popularity towards the end of the year, then went viral in January as the world woke up to its charms. In fact, it proved so successful that The New York Times bought Wordle for a seven-figure sum in early February and the game is now part of NYT Games.
It’s played via the NYT Games website here, and is entirely free. Both the NYT and the game’s creator, Josh Wardle, have stated that it will remain free. Some people think that Wordle has got harder since the NYT takeover, but it really hasn’t.
Wordle is a simple game in which your challenge is to guess a five-letter word in six attempts. Each time you guess, you’re told which of your chosen letters are in the target word, and whether they are in the right place.
If a letter is in the correct place, it turns green. If it’s in the word but in the wrong place, it turns yellow. And if it’s not in the word at all, it turns gray.
There’s just one puzzle a day, and everyone completes the same one. It resets at midnight each day. You’ll find more information about the game in our What is Wordle? article.
If you’re eager for another game to pass the time while you wait, we’ve put together a list of the best Wordle alternatives. We also have a page on today’s Quordle answers, because it’s our favorite.
Other Wordle alternatives to try are the ultra-stressful (but very good) Squabble and the soccer-themed, Who Are Ya?. We also like the geography-based Wordle clone Worldle, the Star Wars-themed SWordle and the math-based Mathler.
There are certainly plenty of options once you’ve finished Wordle for the day!