Allow me to give you all the hints and tips you need for today’s Wordle. And if you’d like to see the answer to the July 17 (393) puzzle, just keep scrolling.
Bar one nasty blip, this has been a great Wordle week for me. The answers have been interesting without being weird, the topics covered have been broad, and it’s just been a lot of satisfying letter-based fun. Hopefully, next week will be a similar experience, although part of Wordle’s charm is that you never can tell when it’s about to sneak in something tricky.
Hint for today’s Wordle: July 17
We’re dealing with an informal term today, used to describe anything that’s silly or oddball in an amusing or exciting way. Friends, movies, and even pets can all be this word at times. There’s just one vowel to find today, surrounded by some relatively uncommon consonants.
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Today’s Wordle answer (393)
Let’s turn all those yellows and greys into greens. The answer to the July 17 (393) Wordle is WACKY.
Wordle help: 3 tips for beating Wordle every day
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Every day Wordle presents you with six rows of five boxes, and it’s up to you to work out which secret five-letter word is hiding inside them.
You’ll want to start with a strong word (opens in new tab) like ALERT—something containing multiple vowels, common consonants, and no repeat letters. Hit Enter and the boxes will show you which letters you’ve got right or wrong. If a box turns ⬛️, it means that letter isn’t in the secret word at all. 🟨 means the letter is in the word, but not in that position. 🟩 means you’ve got the right letter in the right spot.
You’ll want your second go to compliment the first, using another “good” word to cover any common letters you missed last time while also trying to avoid any letter you now know for a fact isn’t present in today’s answer.
After that it’s just a case of using what you’ve learned to narrow your guesses down to the right word. You have six tries in total and can only use real words (so no filling the boxes with EEEEE to see if there’s an E). Don’t forget letters can repeat too (ex: BOOKS).
If you need any further advice feel free to check out our Wordle tips (opens in new tab), and if you’d like to find out which words have already been used you’ll find those in our Wordle archive (opens in new tab).
Originally, Wordle was dreamed up by software engineer Josh Wardle (opens in new tab), as a surprise for his partner who loves word games. From there it spread to his family, and finally got released to the public. The word puzzle game has since inspired tons of games like Wordle (opens in new tab), refocusing the daily gimmick around music or math or geography. It wasn’t long before Wordle became so popular it was sold to the New York Times for seven figures (opens in new tab). Surely it’s only a matter of time before we all solely communicate in tricolor boxes.