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Wordle answer (Tuesday 16 August 2022): Wordle word of the day #423 and hints

Hints and the answer to today's Wordle word

Looking for the Wordle answer for Tuesday 16 August 2022? There are few better ways to get your day off to a roaring and productive start than by waking up your foggy old brain with a conniving little Wordle. The basis of each Wordle puzzle is extremely simple - just guess the right five-letter word within six guesses - but it's easier said than done a lot of the time, particularly if you play it on Hard Mode.

Below we'll help you out with our carefully curated list of Wordle hints and clues. If that's not enough, we've also laid out today's Wordle answer below, along with an explanation of the word's meaning for those who want it.


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Wordle August 16 hints

Everyone needs a bit of help every now and then, particularly when you're struggling with a Wordle and it's starting to cast a pall of frustration on your morning. To that end, below we've listed three helpful hints that will lead you closer to the Wordle answer for today:

  • Today's Wordle word is related to food.
  • There are two vowels, and they are next to each other.
  • The first four letters spell a dangerous darkness-dwelling creature from the very earliest days of videogames.
Looking for an alternative to Wordle? Here are eight of our favourite Wordle-likes to add to your morning puzzle routine.

Today's Wordle answer August 16

It's time to reveal the answer to today's Wordle. The word is...

GRUEL.

Gruel is a type of food akin to porridge - a thin liquidy food made up of oatmeal (or something similar) boiled in water or milk. If you have even a passing knowledge of the works of Charles Dickens, you'll likely associate gruel with Oliver Twist, orphans, and poverty in general.

And for those confused about the third hint above - a Grue is a monster from Zork, a text adventure game released way back in 1977, and probably the first famous adventure videogame.

Now make sure you keep today's Wordle answer to yourself and don't go spreading it around to friends and family who haven't yet played the game for themselves, or I'll send the Grue after you.

How to play Wordle

Wordle is a very straightforward word guessing game. The aim is to guess the correct five-letter word in just six guesses. With each guess, the individual letters of your chosen word will highlight green if they're in the correct place, or yellow if they're in the wrong place. If a letter doesn't appear in the solution word at all, it'll remain unhighlighted.

Using these clues you can start to narrow down the correct word by figuring out which letters are included in the word and in which positions they belong. Head over to the Wordle site to try it for yourself. Just remember: there's only one Wordle puzzle released per day, so if you want to play again, you'll have to wait until tomorrow.


How did Wordle begin?

Wordle began life as a little family game created by software engineer Josh Wardle. He created the game so that he and his partner could play a fun little word game together during the pandemic, and they quickly realised that there was something quite special in this simple little guessing game. So after a bit of refinement, Wardle released it to the public on his website, Power Language.

The game was released in October 2021, and by the end of the year the game had two million daily players. It became a viral hit, thanks in large part to the ease with which players could share their results in a spoiler-free manner on Twitter and other social media sites. In January 2022, Wardle accepted an offer form the New York Times to acquire Wordle for a seven-figure sum. Well done, Mr Wardle. Well done indeed.


Are any Wordle words not allowed?

You can type in pretty much any five-letter word in the English language and Wordle will accept it as a guess. However, the answer is picked each day from a much smaller list of more common five-letter words. There are still thousands of possible answers, of course, but it means the answer will never be a word as obscure as, say, "THIOL", or "CAIRD", or "MALIC" (yes, those are all real words).

There are very occasional words which the New York Times will choose not to publish as the day's Wordle answer, perhaps for reasons relating to recent news or politics. For example, shortly after news broke that Roe v Wade might be overturned in the United States, the NYT decided to change the March 30th word from "FETUS" to "SHINE", as the feeling was that the word "fetus" was too politically charged a word in the context of recent events.

The New York Times has also been careful never to allow what they consider to be rude words as the answer to a Wordle puzzle. But of course there's nothing stopping you from using even the dirtiest of words as guesses, as long as they're accepted words in the dictionary, and as long as you realise that they'll never end up being the answer.


Is Wordle getting too easy for you?

If Wordle is starting to get too easy, there are a few ways you can make the game more challenging for yourself. The first choice is to turn on Hard Mode. You can do this on the Wordle site by clicking the cog icon in the top-right of the screen. Hard Mode means that any highlighted letters must be used in all future guesses. This stops you from using the common tactic of choosing two words like "OUNCE" and "PAINS" to test all five vowels early on.

You can take it up another notch by playing by what we call "Ultra-Hard" rules. This means that every guess you enter must potentially be the answer. If you were just playing on Hard Mode, and you typed "MOIST", and the "O" appeared yellow, then nothing would stop you from making "POLAR" as your next word, even though it couldn't possibly be the answer because you already know the "O" is in the wrong place. If you play by "Ultra-Hard" rules, that's not allowed. You must adhere to every clue, and make sure every single word you enter is potentially the answer.

If after all that Wordle is still too easy for you, then you could always try one of the many other Wordle-inspired games online that have cropped up over the past year. One of our favourites is Worldle, in which you must guess a country of the world based on its shape. There's also Waffle, which is about swapping letters in a completed grid to complete all the words; Moviedle, which shows you an entire movie in a tiny space of time and challenges you to guess the movie within six guesses; and Quordle, which tasks you with solving four Wordles at once with the same guesses.


Looking for more Wordle guidance? Why not take a look at our list of the best Wordle starting words, to help get each of your daily Wordle attempts off to the best possible start? You can also check out our archive of past Wordle answers to help narrow down the possible answers to a Wordle puzzle.

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