Today's Wordle answer and hints for game #944, Friday, January 19

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It's time for your guide to today's Wordle answer, featuring my commentary on the latest puzzle, plus a selection of hints designed to help you keep your streak going.

Don't think you need any clues for Wordle today? No problem, just skip to my daily column. But remember: failure in this game is only ever six guesses away.   

Want more word-based fun? My Quordle today page contains hints and answers for that game, which remains the best of all the main Wordle alternatives.

SPOILER WARNING: Today's Wordle answer and hints are below, so don't read on if you don't want to see them.

Your Wordle expert
Marc McLaren
Your Wordle expert
Marc McLaren

Marc is TechRadar’s UK Editor in Chief and has been playing Wordle for more than a year. He's authored dozens of articles on the game for TechRadar and its sister site Tom's Guide, including a detailed analysis of the most common letters in every position. His Wordle streak just reached the 500 mark and he'll be inconsolable if he loses it. Yes, he takes it all too seriously. 

Wordle hints (game #944) - clue #1 - Vowels

How many vowels does today's Wordle have?

Wordle today has a vowel in one place*.

* Note that by vowel we mean the five standard vowels (A, E, I, O, U), not Y (which is sometimes counted as a vowel too). 

Wordle hints (game #944) - clue #2 - first letter

What letter does today's Wordle begin with?

The first letter in today's Wordle answer is T.

T is one of the most common starting letters in the game, beginning 149 of Wordle's 2,309 answers. That gives it a ranking of fourth in the alphabet, behind only S, C and B.

Wordle hints (game #944) - clue #3 - repeated letters

Does today's Wordle have any repeated letters?

There are no repeated letters in today's Wordle.

Repeated letters are quite common in the game, with 748 of the 2,309 Wordle answers containing one. However, it's still more likely that a Wordle doesn't have one.

Wordle hints (game #944) - clue #4 - ending letter

What letter does today's Wordle end with?

The last letter in today's Wordle is G.

G is not a common letter to end a Wordle answer – in fact only 41 of Wordle's 2,309 games finish with one.

Wordle hints (game #944) - clue #5 - last chance

Still looking for more Wordle hints today? Here's an extra one for game #944.

  • Today's Wordle answer is an object or entity that can't be specifically described.

If you just want to know today's Wordle answer now, simply scroll down – but I'd always recommend trying to solve it on your own first. We've got lots of Wordle tips and tricks to help you, including a guide to the best Wordle start words.

If you don't want to know today's answer then DO NOT SCROLL ANY FURTHER BECAUSE IT IS PRINTED BELOW. So don't say you weren't warned!

Today's Wordle answer (game #944)

Wordle answer for game 944 on a yellow background

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Today's Wordle answer (game #944) is… THING.

Yet again the NYT has given us a Wordle word that is both very common and rather simple to solve. THING (average score: 3.6) follows STOLE (revised to 3.4) and COURT (3.3), making for a really easy run of games.

The thing about THING is that it does have a couple of less common letters. H ranks 14th overall and G ranks 17th, and neither is included in many of the best Wordle starting words. However, the combination of it being a very, very common word, plus T, I and N all appearing in it, plus not many other words having a similar format (THINK is one of the few that does) all adds up to it being a straightforward puzzle overall.

A couple of start words cut down the options greatly – for instance SAINT, which left five, and SLANT, which left 10 – but most of the top picks left at least a couple of dozen and often more. 

My random starter was JUNTO – yes, really. I wouldn't personally chose to open the game with a J, the least common letter in Wordle, but that was the fate I faced today. At least the other letters were all good, and WordleBot said it was a "decent" opening word. It cut the options to 63, which was not too bad in the context of how most others did; my old favorite, STARE, left 120 choices.

I decided once again to leave out both of my yellow letters. I wouldn't always do this, but I could see that there were lots of possible answers, and even lots of possible directions for the word, so gaining as much info as possible made sense (to me at any rate).

I deliberated for a while about what to play, then went for LAIRS. Yes, the S was at the end where it is very unlikely to appear, but if it had turned yellow I'd have known it was probably at the start instead.

Much to my dismay, the S didn't change color – and neither did the L, or the A, or the R. The I turned green, at least, meaning I had three letters to work with. And as it happens, I only had six words to choose between, THING, THINK, TWINE, FEINT, TYING and THINE. I will admit that I didn't consider the final one, though I did spot it. 

THING and THINK seemed like the most likely, although the others were all possible. I had a nagging sense that THINK had been a past Wordle answer, but couldn't be sure; I checked afterwards and it was. 

I nearly played a throwaway word in order to further narrow down the options, and then I realized that THING would do that job anyway: if the T and H turned green, it would be THINK. If the T and G, it would be TYING. If the T on its own, TWINE. And if the T stayed yellow, it would be FEINT. Obviously that leaves out THINE, though I really don't think that's a genuine Wordle answer. Prove me wrong, NYT!

With all that in mind, I played THING in order to guarantee a 4/6… and scored a 3/6 when all five letters turned that lovely shade of green. Will tomorrow be any harder? I hope so!

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Yesterday's Wordle hints (game #943)

In a different time zone where it's still Thursday? Don't worry – I can give you some clues for Wordle #943, too.

  • Wordle yesterday had vowels in two places.

* Note that by vowel we mean the five standard vowels (A, E, I, O, U), not Y (which is sometimes counted as a vowel too). 

  • The first letter in yesterday's Wordle answer was S.

S is the most common starting letter in the game, featuring in 365 of Wordle's 2,309 answers. In fact, it's almost twice as likely to begin an answer as the next most common starting letter, C.

  • There were no repeated letters in yesterday's Wordle.

Repeated letters are quite common in the game, with 748 of the 2,309 Wordle answers containing one. However, it's still more likely that a Wordle doesn't have one.

  • The last letter in yesterday's Wordle was E.

E is the most common letter to end a Wordle answer by far. That's one of the reasons why many of the best start words, including SLATE, CRANE, CRATE and STARE, all end with one.

Still looking for more Wordle hints? Here's an extra one for game #943.

  • Yesterday's Wordle answer is to have taken unlawfully.

Yesterday's Wordle answer (game #943)

Wordle answer for game 943 on a yellow background

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Yesterday's Wordle answer (game #943) was… STOLE.

I've got a touch of deja-vu today, because like Wednesday's COURT this one has an average score of 3.3 and is particularly easy if you used one of the best Wordle starting words. I say 'like yesterday's', because that had a score of 3.2 when I played it, but that's now been upgraded to 3.3.

Anyway, this is clearly another simple solve. It starts with the most common starting letter, ends with the most common ending letter and include three very common letters in the middle. If you began with SLATE you'll have had only four answers to pick from for your second guess, same for STALE. LEAST left five, STARE seven, and only a few of the top 20 were above a couple of dozen.

That's all very well, but some of us are no longer using the best start words. So what did fate have in store for me today? STANK, which wasn't too bad at all in the circumstances. It gave me two greens at the start of the word, and though it left 29 options, they were all relatively easy for me to find. Or rather, most were easy to find; I didn't come up with STREW, STOIC or STELE.

The reason why it was easy to list them all was because not many letters follow ST – it's essentially the vowels plus R. Oh, and Y, which is a sort of hybrid vowel and consonant and which featured in STYLE. The number of letters which could fill the final two slots was greater, but a few stood out, for instance P (STOOP, STEEP, STUMP, STRIP) and L (STEEL, STILL, STOOL). Put all that together and you have… PROLE.

WordleBot said it was a terrific choice, and recommended only MOREL above it. And it certainly did the trick, giving me the remaining three letters and guaranteeing that I'd score a 3/6. All very straightforward once again.

Wordle answers: The past 50

I've been playing Wordle every day for more than a year now and have tracked all of the previous answers so I can help you improve your game. Here are the last 50 solutions starting with yesterday's answer, or check out my past Wordle answers page for the full list.

  • Wordle #943, Thursday 18 January: STOLE
  • Wordle #942, Wednesday 17 January: COURT
  • Wordle #941, Tuesday 16 January: BLOND
  • Wordle #940, Monday 15 January: LUNCH
  • Wordle #939, Sunday 14 January: DOING
  • Wordle #938, Saturday 13 January: HEARD
  • Wordle #937, Friday 12 January: ROUTE
  • Wordle #936, Thursday 11 January: BRIEF
  • Wordle #935, Wednesday 10 January: THREW
  • Wordle #934, Tuesday 9 January: LINER
  • Wordle #933, Monday 8 January: FINAL
  • Wordle #932, Sunday 7 January: STONY
  • Wordle #931, Saturday 6 January: CABLE
  • Wordle #930, Friday 5 January: LUNGE
  • Wordle #929, Thursday 4 January: SCANT
  • Wordle #928, Wednesday 3 January: TWIRL
  • Wordle #927, Tuesday 2 January: AGING
  • Wordle #926, Monday 1 January: MURAL
  • Wordle #925, Sunday 31 December: SALTY
  • Wordle #924, Saturday 30 December: THREE
  • Wordle #923, Friday 29 December: CHILD
  • Wordle #922, Thursday 28 December: LEARN
  • Wordle #921, Wednesday 27 December: DAISY
  • Wordle #920, Tuesday 26 December: PHONE
  • Wordle #919, Monday 25 December: EVOKE
  • Wordle #918, Sunday 24 December: GRACE
  • Wordle #917, Saturday 23 December: SLOPE
  • Wordle #916, Friday 22 December: TOUCH
  • Wordle #915, Thursday 21 December: BUILT
  • Wordle #914, Wednesday 20 December: SMALL
  • Wordle #913, Tuesday 19 December: TABLE
  • Wordle #912, Monday 18 December: FUNNY
  • Wordle #911, Sunday 17 December: BACON
  • Wordle #910, Saturday 16 December: GLOBE
  • Wordle #909, Friday 15 December: TOPIC
  • Wordle #908, Thursday 14 December: WOULD
  • Wordle #907, Wednesday 13 December: SPENT
  • Wordle #906, Tuesday 12 December: THESE
  • Wordle #905, Monday 11 December: HOUSE
  • Wordle #904, Sunday 10 December: CHAIN
  • Wordle #903, Saturday 9 December: SHIFT
  • Wordle #902, Friday 8 December: SHARP
  • Wordle #901, Thursday 7 December: SLEEP
  • Wordle #900, Wednesday 6 December: WOMAN
  • Wordle #899, Tuesday 5 December: YOUNG
  • Wordle #898, Monday 4 December: WORST
  • Wordle #897, Sunday 3 December: ADAPT
  • Wordle #896, Saturday 2 December: GENRE
  • Wordle #895, Friday 1 December: TAKEN
  • Wordle #894, Thursday 30 November: RESIN

What is Wordle?

If you're on this page then you almost certainly know what Wordle is already, and indeed have probably been playing it for a while. And even if you've not been playing it, you must surely have heard of it by now, because it's the viral word game phenomenon that took the world by storm last year and is still going strong in 2024.

We've got a full guide to the game in our What is Wordle page, but if you just want a refresher then here are the basics.

What is Wordle?

Wordle challenges you to guess a new five-letter word each day. You get six guesses, with each one revealing a little more information. If one of the letters in your guess is in the answer and in the right place, it turns green. If it's in the answer but in the wrong place, it turns yellow. And if it's not in the answer at all it turns gray. Simple, eh? 

It's played online via the Wordle website or the New York Times' Crossword app (iOS / Android), and is entirely free. 

Crucially, the answer is the same for everyone each day, meaning that you're competing against the rest of the world, rather than just against yourself or the game. The puzzle then resets each day at midnight in your local time, giving you a new challenge, and the chance to extend your streak.

What are the Wordle rules?

The rules of Wordle are pretty straightforward, but with a couple of curveballs thrown in for good measure.

1. Letters that are in the answer and in the right place turn green.

2. Letters that are in the answer but in the wrong place turn yellow. 

3. Letters that are not in the answer turn gray.

4. Answers are never plural.

5. Letters can appear more than once. So if your guess includes two of one letter, they may both turn yellow, both turn green, or one could be yellow and the other green.

6. Each guess must be a valid word in Wordle's dictionary. You can't guess ABCDE, for instance.

7. You do not have to include correct letters in subsequent guesses unless you play on Hard mode.

8. You have six guesses to solve the Wordle.

9. You must complete the daily Wordle before midnight in your timezone.

10. All answers are drawn from Wordle's list of 2,309 solutions. However…

11. Wordle will accept a wider pool of words as guesses – some 10,000 of them. For instance, you can guess a plural such as WORDS. It definitely won't be right (see point 4 above), but Wordle will accept it as a guess.

Marc McLaren
UK Editor in Chief

Marc is TechRadar’s UK Editor in Chief, the latest in a long line of senior editorial roles he’s held in a career that started the week that Google launched (nice of them to mark the occasion). Prior to joining TR, he was UK Editor in Chief on Tom’s Guide, where he oversaw all gaming, streaming, audio, TV, entertainment, how-to and cameras coverage. He's also a former editor of the tech website Stuff and spent five years at the music magazine NME, where his duties mainly involved spoiling other people’s fun. He’s based in London, and has tested and written about phones, tablets, wearables, streaming boxes, smart home devices, Bluetooth speakers, headphones, games, TVs, cameras and pretty much every other type of gadget you can think of. An avid photographer, Marc likes nothing better than taking pictures of very small things (bugs, his daughters) or very big things (distant galaxies). He also enjoys live music, gaming, cycling, and beating Wordle (he authors the daily Wordle hints page).