It's a new day, and you know what that means - time for working out the Wordle answer for today, 21st July.
For the uninitiated, the aim of Wordle is to work out a daily five-letter word within six guesses. The fewer the guesses, the better - and if you fail to guess it at all, you'll break your streak.
The latter is why working out today's Wordle answer is such a priority, as players pride themselves on keeping their streak going. So why gamble on a risky final guess when you can learn a few clues and, failing that, get the definitive answer? This page can help with that.
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Clues for today's Wordle answer
Instead of going straight to the answer, you might only need a few hints to get you over the line:
- There are two vowels in this word
- One of the vowels is the beginning letter
- There are no repeating letters in this word
- We would say all three consonants are uncommon
- This is not a common word, and you may not even know it at all unless you're familiar with insects
Still not sure? Read on for the answer.
The Wordle answer for word 397 on 21st July, 2022
Even with the above clues, still not sure and want to keep that streak going?
The Wordle answer for today is APHID.
A difficult word today that I only guessed by inputting nonsensical words - so imagine my surprise when 'APHID' was the actual answer, which I now know is a garden insect more commonly refered to as a greenfly or blackfly. Congratulations if you were able to guess this tricky word and keep your streak going!
Now you have the answer, do not spoil it for others! Remember, you can share your results spoiler-free in the form of a grid.
Of course, no one has to know you came to this page to work it out. Maybe put in two or three fake guesses first to throw them off the scent, perhaps?
Want to read more about Wordle ahead of the next answer?
A lot has happened with Wordle since it's whirlwind arrival in October 2021, which saw millions of players checking in each day within just a few months.
App stores were quickly flooded with clones to capitalise on its popularity. Elsewhere, one developer who had a similarly named game available previously donate their windfall to charity after players mistook it for the new five-letter guessing game, with (the modern) Wordle's creator Dan Wardle calling him a "class act" in response.
The most notable development in Wordle's history is its purchase by the New York Times for an undisclosed seven-figure sum, folding the game into the paper's umbrella of online games.
Today, Wordle remains free and the game itself unchanged, though there has been some minor behind the scenes developments.
The initial migration saw streaks reset for some players and rude words being deleted from the dictionary - which has led to the word list changing, resulting in some players being given a different word. The New York Times has also since shut down an "unauthorised" archive site of older Wordle puzzles.