The nature of Wordle means that some days can be trickier than others, which is bad news for your streak. Generally, you’ll want a good starting word, with plenty of vowels and commonly used letters. From there, it’s just a case of using the remaining letters in as many combinations as you can. If you limit the possibilities, eventually you will make the puzzle a lot easier. Even if you nail your first guess, sometimes you simply need a bit of a hint to get your brain moving. We’ve included a hint below for today’s Wordle, before we reveal the answer.
If you’re at your wits’ end, don’t stress – here’s today’s Wordle answer.
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Wordle hint for #333 (May 18)
For anyone playing catch-up, the Wordle answer for yesterday (May 17) was BEING. If you’d like a tip before reaching for the answer below, here’s a hint: it means to clean a surface with something rough or abrasive.
Wordle answer for today (May 17)
Today’s Wordle answer isn’t particularly easy. There’s a S and an C, which could help you along. It’s a word that you won’t commonly use, and not one that features commonly arranged letters. The Wordle answer for today (puzzle 333 on May 18) is SCOUR.
We’ll update this page each day to ensure it’s got the latest Wordle answer, but if you don’t want to make checking a habit, there are some handy tips to work out each day’s puzzle yourself. Try to open your guesses with a word that has plenty of vowels – as mathematician Jonathan Olson identifies, some great words to use first include ‘Salet’, ‘Rance’, ‘Alter’, and ‘Crate’.
Previous Wordle answer archive
When guessing the Wordle answer for today, it can help to know what words have come before. Here’s some recent answers:
Other games like Wordle
If you find yourself struggling to land each answer every day, good news: there’s plenty of other similar games that can test your knowledge in other areas. The success of Wordle has meant that everyone has tried their hand at making similar games – even Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo chipped in to launch Weezle, which predictably tasks players with working out a lyric from the band’s songs each day.
If Weezer‘s not the band for you, there’s always Taylordle – which is the same game, except with Taylor Swift lyrics.
Staying on the subject of music, Heardle is an audio-themed take on Wordle that has fans try to guess the song of the day by listening to small snippets.
Beyond that, there’s also a battle royale, a dungeon crawler, and one that tests your knowledge of geography – so there’s plenty to choose from at the moment. There’s even a NSFW version for adults-only!