It is Wednesday, my dudes (and non-dudes!) — and yet again the Wordle has reverted from solved to unsolved at the stroke of midnight. Our daily Wordle help is here, just in case you need a nudge or two in the right direction.
The answer to the August 17 Wordle, puzzle #424, can be found at the end of this article. Before you get there, though, there are a couple of subtle clues to help you narrow it down, and as you scroll down, you'll see we've gathered a selection of the best tips and strategies from our previous reporting to help you every day.
Where did Wordle come from?
Former Reddit engineer Josh Wardle came up with the game in 2021 as a bit of fun for him and his word game-loving partner. It eventually became a staple of their family WhatsApp messaging, and that's when Wardle started to suspect he might have something special enough to merit a wider release.
Thousands of people around the globe now play this game each day, and fans have even created alternatives to Wordle inspired by the original format. This includes music identification game Heardle, Hollywood nerd faves Actorle and Framed, and variations like Dordle and Quordle that make you guess multiple words at once.
Not the day you're after? You'll find the Wordle answer for August 16 here.
What's the best Wordle starting word?
We have some ideas to help you pick the perfect first move. Such tips include choosing a word with at least two different vowels to rule those building blocks in or out, plus a few common consonants such as S, T, R, or N.
Also, even if you're attached to your mathematically sound starter, once it's been the answer on any given day it won't be the answer again for a few years — so if you happen to get the elusive 1/6 result, celebrate by swapping out your starting five.
What happened to the Wordle archive?
While you could once play the entire archive of past puzzles, the archive was taken down at the request of the New York Times, according to the site's creator.
Is Wordle getting harder?
If you've been finding Wordle too easy, there is a Hard Mode you can enable to give yourself more of a challenge. But unless you activate this mode, we can assure you that Wordle isn't getting harder.
Why are there two different Wordle answers some days?
The whole point of Wordle is that everyone's solving the same puzzle, with the same answer, no matter where you are in the world. However, occasionally the puzzle game will accept two different correct solutions on the same day. This aberration is due to changes the New York Times began making after it acquired Wordle earlier this year, excising words form Wardle's original list that the team considers obscure or potentially offensive.
To make sure you're always getting the same puzzle as everyone else, refresh your browser before you play — don't worry, the site will keep your streak.
A subtle hint for the Wordle answer on August 17
A subtle hint? A subtle hint?
Wordle today is a 5-letter word that starts with...
...the letter T!
Does today's Wordle word have a double letter?
It does not!
Wordle today: What's the answer?
It's time to reveal the solution.
Reporting by Caitlin Welsh, Sam Haysom, Amanda Yeo and Adam Rosenberg contributed to this article.