NYT Wordle today — answer and hints for game #1100, Sunday, June 23

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, and you can also take a look at my NYT Strands today and NYT Connections today pages for my verdict on two of the New York Times’ other brainteasers. 

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

Wordle hints (game #1100) – clue #1 – Vowels

How many vowels does today’s Wordle have?

Wordle today has 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). 

Wordle hints (game #1100) – clue #2 – first letter

What letter does today’s Wordle begin with?

The first letter in today’s Wordle answer is B.

B is a very, very common starting letter in Wordle. In fact, it’s the third most common overall, behind only S and C. 

Wordle hints (game #1100) – 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 #1100) – clue #4 – ending letter

What letter does today’s Wordle end with?

The last letter in today’s Wordle is 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.

Wordle hints (game #1100) – clue #5 – last chance

Still looking for more Wordle hints today? Here’s an extra one for game #1100.

  • Today’s Wordle answer is a musical instrument.

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 #1100)

Wordle answer for game 1100 on a green background

(Image credit: New York Times)

  • NYT average score: 4.2
  • My score: 3
  • WordleBot’s score: 4
  • Best start word performance*: STALE (17 remaining answers)
  • My start word performance: VIRUS (215)

* From WordleBot’s Top 20 start words

Today’s Wordle answer (game #1100) is… BUGLE.

There haven’t been many musical instrument Wordle answers so far; by my reckoning only ORGAN (#1082), PIANO (#885), VIOLA (#840) and KAZOO (#730). To that list we can now add BUGLE. I have no idea if any more remain, but don’t be surprised if the likes of CELLO, BANJO, BONGO and FLUTE appear at some stage. 

Anyway, BUGLE was not a word I expected to be a Wordle answer, for some reason, so I’m as surprised as anyone that I managed to solve it in three guesses – and more to the point, beat WordleBot for the second day in succession.

Full disclosure: I had a LOT of luck today. BUGLE is theoretically a fairly difficult Wordle answer, and one which WordleBot says has an average score of 4.2. The B at the start and E at the end are very common – as my analysis of every Wordle answer shows, B is the third most likely to begin a solution, while E is by a distance the most likely to appear at the end. However, U is the least common of the five standard vowels, G is a lower-middling letter in general and although it’s common at the start, B is actually below G in the rankings at 18th. And as I said, it’s not that likely people will have thought to play it. I don’t remember the last time I thought of a bugle at all, frankly. Apologies to any buglers reading this, but it’s true.

It’s also not a word that start words helped much with. CRANE left 127 options; STARE left 107; none of the popular choices worked particularly well. My start word was even worse: VIRUS left me with 215 options and a lot of work still to do.

Faced with a challenge like that I returned to an old favorite word, COULD. This enabled me to include three common consonants plus another vowel, and WordleBot said it was a “terrific choice”. It was lucky, too, giving me a green L and cutting those 200-plus answers down to seven. My luck was about to get even better, though.

I drew up a shortlist of six: BULLY, GULLY and FULLY, plus QUELL, QUALM and BUGLE. The one I missed, apparently, was TULLE. Based on the words I had, BUGLE seemed like a good choice to narrow down the options; I suspected the answer would be one of those first three, and it had B and G in there to help with that. And of course there was always the slim chance it might be correct.

Well, fortune favored me today, because all five letters turned green and I scored a fourth 3/6 in a row. If I had a bugle, I’d surely sound it now.

How did you do today? Send me an email and let me know.

Yesterday’s Wordle hints (game #1099)

In a different time zone where it’s still Saturday? Don’t worry – I can give you some clues for Wordle #1099, 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 E.

We don’t get many Wordle answers that start with an E – though it’s the most common letter in the game, it’s only the 14th most likely to begin a solution.

  • 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 T.

T is a very common letter to end a Wordle answer – in fact only E and Y are more likely in that position.

Still looking for more Wordle hints? Here’s an extra one for game #1099.

  • Yesterday’s Wordle answer is an order.

Yesterday’s Wordle answer (game #1099)

Wordle answer 1099 on a green background

(Image credit: New York Times)

  • NYT average score: 3.9
  • My score: 3
  • WordleBot’s score: 4
  • Best start word performance*: TRICE (2 remaining answers)
  • My start word performance: SPINE (26)

* From WordleBot’s Top 20 start words

Yesterday’s Wordle answer (game #1099) was… EDICT.

The days when I beat WordleBot are rare indeed (though we often tie), but my victory today was almost entirely due to luck.

The first thing to note about EDICT is that it’s a slightly more difficult Wordle after three that have been on the easy side. But not too difficult: the ‘bot says it has an average score of 3.9, which places it round about the norm for Wordle.  

My good luck – and WordleBot’s bad – came from the choice between EDICT and EVICT, a dilemma which will have confronted many. Around 9% of people went for EVICT on the third guess, and 10% on the fourth, so there will be lots of unhappy Wordlers today.

I was not one of them. Things got off to a good start: my opener was SPINE, which cut my answers to only 26. That was only a little behind the tally for WordleBot’s favored CRANE (21), although the best results were for TRICE and ADIEU (2). The former is probably not a big factor here, because not many people play it, but the latter definitely is: ADIEU is the most popular opener in the game, so that will have brought down the overall average. That in turn implies that EDICT might be slightly harder to solve than its middling average suggests (unless you began with ADIEU, of course).

Anyway, I had a green I and a yellow E, and drew up a shortlist that mainly consisted of -RIE- words (BRIEF, GRIEF, FRIED, DRIED) and -HIE- words (THIEF, CHIEF), plus an assortment of miscellaneous options such as QUIET, WEIRD and WEIGH. I went with GRIEF, but probably shouldn’t have done – the ‘bot suggested DRAFT would have been better. However, it was reasonably lucky and cut my options to three.

I found two of them, EVICT and EDICT, but missed DEITY, which was poor work on my part. Not that it would have mattered, because I’d always have gone with one of those two anyway. And ultimately, I was always going to go with EDICT, because at this stage I didn’t know that I hadn’t missed other options, and on that front D is a more common letter, so it made sense to include it over the V in EVICT.

Anyway, that’s a convoluted way of explaining why I guessed EDICT next and scored my 3/6, while WordleBot and others went for EVICT first. But really, I just got lucky.  

Wordle answers: The past 50

I’ve been playing Wordle every day for more than two years 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 #1099, Saturday 22 June: EDICT
  • Wordle #1098, Friday 21 June: PAINT
  • Wordle #1097, Thursday 20 June: SCENT
  • Wordle #1096, Wednesday 19 June: TERSE
  • Wordle #1095, Tuesday 18 June: COVER
  • Wordle #1094, Monday 17 June: PRIOR
  • Wordle #1093, Sunday 16 June: GRIND
  • Wordle #1092, Saturday 15 June: PROUD
  • Wordle #1091, Friday 14 June: VAULT
  • Wordle #1090, Thursday 13 June: ANGST
  • Wordle #1089, Wednesday 12 June: DETER
  • Wordle #1088, Tuesday 11 June: SWUNG
  • Wordle #1087, Monday 10 June: MANGA
  • Wordle #1086, Sunday 9 June: CROWD
  • Wordle #1085, Saturday 8 June: HENCE
  • Wordle #1084, Friday 7 June: MELON
  • Wordle #1083, Thursday 6 June: ETHER
  • Wordle #1082, Wednesday 5 June: ORGAN
  • Wordle #1081, Tuesday 4 June: GROOM
  • Wordle #1080, Monday 3 June: STARK
  • Wordle #1079, Sunday 2 June: BRAVO
  • Wordle #1078, Saturday 1 June: BASIN
  • Wordle #1077, Friday 31 May: CHAOS
  • Wordle #1076, Thursday 30 May: GUMMY
  • Wordle #1075, Wednesday 29 May: PAPAL
  • Wordle #1074, Tuesday 28 May: MINUS
  • Wordle #1073, Monday 27 May: SKIER
  • Wordle #1072, Sunday 26 May: BEVEL
  • Wordle #1071, Saturday 25 May: TITAN
  • Wordle #1070, Friday 24 May: GLIDE
  • Wordle #1069, Thursday 23 May: SWISH
  • Wordle #1068, Wednesday 22 May: EXALT
  • Wordle #1067, Tuesday 21 May: DINGO
  • Wordle #1066, Monday 20 May: NICER
  • Wordle #1065, Sunday 19 May: HITCH
  • Wordle #1064, Saturday 18 May: BRINY
  • Wordle #1063, Friday 17 May: TUTOR
  • Wordle #1062, Thursday 16 May: STALL
  • Wordle #1061, Wednesday 15 May: PINCH
  • Wordle #1060, Tuesday 14 May: AMASS
  • Wordle #1059, Monday 13 May: CUMIN
  • Wordle #1058, Sunday 12 May: OUTER
  • Wordle #1057, Saturday 11 May: TIDAL
  • Wordle #1056, Friday 10 May: MEDIA
  • Wordle #1055, Thursday 9 May: JERKY
  • Wordle #1054, Wednesday 8 May: PIOUS
  • Wordle #1053, Tuesday 7 May: MUSTY
  • Wordle #1052, Monday 6 May: SHAVE
  • Wordle #1051, Sunday 5 May: DECAL
  • Wordle #1050, Saturday 4 May: VALUE
  • Wordle #1049, Friday 3 May: EBONY

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.