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Today's Wordle hints and answer — solution #899, Tuesday, December 5

 Wordle displayed on a smartphone.
Wordle displayed on a smartphone.

Wordle today: Quick menu

Wordle is open on a phone held in a hand. TRAIN and GRIND have been played, with the RIN in GRIND all green.
Wordle is open on a phone held in a hand. TRAIN and GRIND have been played, with the RIN in GRIND all green.

1. Today's hints

2. Start letter

3. Today's answer

4. Yesterday's answer

Today's Wordle answer isn't too tricky. According to the New York Times' WordleBot, the average player completes Wordle #899 in 3.8 moves in easy mode or 3.6 if playing with 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, #898, in case you're reading this in a different time zone.

So be warned: spoilers lie ahead for game #899. 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:

* 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 is quite inexperienced.

What does today's Wordle start with?

The answer to Wordle #899 starts with Y, 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

The game Wordle displayed on two smartphones
The game Wordle displayed on two smartphones

So, what is today's Wordle answer for game #899?

Drumroll, please — it's YOUNG.

Hello Wordlers. Today's puzzle isn't too taxing, even if it's short on popular characters. In fact, just two of them feature in the ten most common Wordle letters: 'O' and 'N'. The rest are all firmly in the middle of the pack.

That meant that my start word of ORATE wasn't as useful as I'd like. It uncovered a single yellow 'O' leaving me with a whopping 193 answers still in play.

None of WordleBot's best Wordle start words were exactly world beaters today, but a fair few were more efficient than ORATE. SLANT leaves 67 solutions in play, while LEANT drops that to 55. With 25 possible answers, CLONE was as good as I could see from a substantial scroll through.

Wordle #899
Wordle #899

Typically on my second go, I like to prioritize the five next most common letters in the game: 'L', 'I', 'S', 'N' and 'C'.

But 'O' is a tricky letter to fit them around, so beggars can't be choosers. I ultimately opted for SOUND which gave me two of them, plus an extra vowel for good measure.

It was a great, if lucky, move. 'O', 'U' and 'N' all turned green, leaving just one possible answer in play. I typed in YOUNG and won the game in three moves.

Hopefully you matched my luck today, Wordlers. See you tomorrow.

Yesterday's Wordle answer

Reading this in a later time zone? The Wordle answer for game #898 was WORST.

Hello Wordlers. Back to being nice and easy today. WORST is a word that's in everyone's vocabulary, and it contains three of the five most common Wordle letters to boot. Granted, 'W' is the sixth-rarest letter in the game, but with the four other characters in place, it's pretty straightforward.

My start word choice of ORATE was great today, giving me three yellow letters right off the bat: 'O', 'R' and 'T'. That meant that by my second turn, just 25 solutions were in play*.

Some of WordleBot's best Wordle start words were better, however. LEAST leaves 21 possible answers, while TROPE drops it to 18. If you played TARPS, just seven solutions would be available.

Wordle #898
Wordle #898

On my second go, I tend to try and play as many of the next five most common letters ('L', 'I', 'S', 'N' and 'C') as possible. But with three yellows already in play, I was happy to settle for just one and a reshuffle of my existing letters. So I played STORY.

This was inspired. I now had four yellow letters, with just the 'Y' coming up empty. Four answers were left in play.

It was here I took a gamble. I played TORSO despite the double 'O'. I wasn't expecting it to be the answer as such, I just wanted to scramble the four yellow letters I had on the table.

And on that score it was successful. The first 'O', 'R' and 'S' went green while the 'T' turned yellow. In short, the answer had to be ?ORST.

I typed in WORST and won the game in four moves.

Hopefully you did well 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 #898: WORST

  • Wordle #897: ADAPT

  • Wordle #896: GENRE

  • Wordle #895: TAKEN

  • Wordle #894: RESIN

  • Wordle #893: SUSHI

  • Wordle #892: SCOPE

  • Wordle #891: TAWNY

  • Wordle #890: SOLID

  • Wordle #889: GUIDE

  • Wordle #888: THROW

  • Wordle #887: QUEEN

  • Wordle #886: PIXEL

  • Wordle #885: PIANO

  • Wordle #884: CANDY

  • Wordle #883: QUEUE

  • Wordle #882: THINK

  • Wordle #881: TARDY

  • Wordle #880: TRUST

  • Wordle #879: SIGHT

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 third 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.

Wordle Alternatives

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.

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!