Today's Wordle hints and answer — solution #663, Thursday, April 13

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Today's Wordle answer is, thankfully, a lot easier than yesterday's round from Hell. According to the New York Times' WordleBot (opens in new tab) tool, the average player will complete Wordle #663 in 3.6 turns in easy mode, or 3.4 if they choose to play to hard rules.

Each day, we will update this article with Wordle hints and tips to help you find today's answer. And if the hints aren't enough, we'll even give you the answer, in case you're really stuck or just haven't had time to complete today's puzzle. Plus, we are also including an analysis of yesterday's puzzle, #662, in case you're reading this in a different time zone.

So be warned: spoilers lie ahead for game #663. Only read on if you want to know today's Wordle answer!

Today's Wordle answer #663 — hints to help you solve it

Our first tip is that you should use one of the best Wordle start words for every game you play. But if you want some more specific clues to today's Wordle answer, then here you go:

  • It contains one of the five vowels.*
  • It has one repeated letter.
  • Four of the letters are in the five most common in all of Wordle.

* By vowel, we mean A, E, I, O, U. There are other letters that are sometimes considered to be vowels, depending on how they are used. 

Those hints should get you at least some of the way towards finding today's Wordle answer. If not, then you can read on for bigger clues; or, if you just want to know the answer, then skip down further for that.

Alright then, here's a larger hint: Today's Wordle answer is worth its weight in gold.

What does today's Wordle start with?

The answer to Wordle #663 starts with C, so combined with the hints above you should now have all the clues you need to get the answer and not break a Wordle streak. 

OK, it's now time to scroll down for the answer…

Today's Wordle answer #663, Thursday, April 13

The game Wordle displayed on two smartphones

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So, what is today's Wordle answer for game #663?

Drumroll, please — it's CARAT.

Hello Wordlers. Well, after yesterday's horribly difficult Wordle answer, today's was quite a bit more straightforward. 

Yes, there is a repeat letter, but given 'A', 'R' and 'T' are all in the five most common characters in the game, most players should sniff out the answer quite easily, if they play one of the best Wordle start words.

I did, of course, opting for RATIO, which turned the 'A' green and gave me two yellows in the forms of 'R' and 'T'. A great start that left only 13 possible answers remaining.

I could have done better. CRANE left ten possible answers, while TRACE left two. If I'd typed CARTE, only the right answer would have remained - unsurprising given that would provide you with three greens and a yellow from the get go. 

Wordle #663

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But I played RATIO, so my next move was to try and move my 'T' and 'R' around the green 'A'. I did this by playing TAPER, which seemed like a damp squib as both yellow letters remained so.

Still, I was down to three possible answers*, and I knew that the 'T' could only go in fourth or fifth place, while the 'R' could only sit in second or fourth.

After staring at the board for a while, I ended up playing a plural - and yes, I know that meant I was throwing away my chance of finishing in three. But it was still a great move, as both 'C' and 'R' went green, and while the 'T' remained yellow, I knew it had to sit in fifth position.

That meant my mystery word was CAR?T. It didn't take me long to realize that the 'A' that turned green on my first go was (confusingly) a red herring: there was another one. I typed CARAT and watched all five letters turn green.

Hope you smashed today's puzzle. See you tomorrow, Wordlers. 

* CARAT, KARAT and WARTY, if you're curious.

Yesterday's Wordle answer #662, Wednesday, April 12

Reading this in a later time zone? The Wordle answer for game #662 was BORAX

Well, that's one Wordle answer that few will have guessed quickly. Even chemists might not have had BORAX on the tip of their tongue (figuratively speaking), so I feel pretty grateful to have managed it in four turns. Helped, no doubt, by the fact I had three letters green from the second go.

That's due to my choice of the best Wordle start words: RATIO. It had an absolute stormer today, revealing three yellow letters: 'R', 'A' and 'O'. That meant that just 37 possible answers were left, which is a fabulous start (hence my luck score of 74%).

Few of WordleBot's suggested start words were better today, but CARTE and CARET (16 possible answers each) would have set you up very nicely. ROAST would have been even better, leaving just nine.

Anyway, I was happy with my choice, and set about shuffling those three yellow letters round. For some reason, I thought of eels and duly typed MORAY - which was another inspired move with an even higher luck score of 75%. That's because just three possible answers remained.

Wordle #662

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This was hard though. Only one of those words jumped out at me, perhaps with the related sea theme: CORAL. I duly typed it in, and was in exactly the same position as before as both the 'C' and 'L' stayed gray. Uh oh.

I'm not going to lie, Wordlers, at this point I was absolutely stumped. I went around the keyboard a number of times, pressing enter on things that sounded like they might plausibly be obscure words, only for the game to reject them.

Eventually, on a second parse typing random letters, I typed BORA and something at the back of my memory stirred. Is BORAX a thing? Yes, indeed it is - and today it was indeed the answer. Which is lucky, as an 'X' is a hell of a guess in Wordle.

That's going to ruin a lot of people's streaks, I suspect - and incidentally, it didn't even rule out the other possible solution, had it been incorrect. That word? KORAN.

I'll happily take a four-turn win there. Hopefully you did equally well, Wordlers. Catch you tomorrow.

Previous Wordle answers

If you're looking for a list of older Wordle answers, we can also help. Here's a list going back 20 games.

  • Wordle #662: BORAX
  • Wordle #661: QUALM
  • Wordle #660: UNDER
  • Wordle #659: SNAFU
  • Wordle #658: LEDGE
  • Wordle #657: LOCUS
  • Wordle #656: LEAFY
  • Wordle #655: SMASH
  • Wordle #654: RATIO
  • Wordle #653: FLORA
  • Wordle #652: STOCK
  • Wordle #651: MARCH
  • Wordle #650: EVERY
  • Wordle #649: BREAD
  • Wordle #648: BESET
  • Wordle #647: HURRY
  • Wordle #646: GUANO
  • Wordle #645: UNTIE
  • Wordle #644: VOTER
  • Wordle #643: GROUT

Wordle tips — how to win at Wordle

The best tip I can give is to use one of the best Wordle start words. I can't stress this enough — it makes a massive difference.

Without one, you'll be scrabbling around in the dark trying (and possibly failing) to find the right five letters (or possibly fewer) out of the 26 possibles. But clever people (not me) have done the math and identified the best start words based on both frequency in English and frequency among Wordle answers. So use them! 

Secondly, think about combinations, especially at the start and end. Some options are far more common than others — for instance, SH, ST, CR and CH all feature frequently. 

Vowels obviously need consideration too: not all Wordle answers will contain more than one, but plenty do, and some even have three. A good Wordle start word should have used a couple, but if they don't feature you might well want to try another one or two on your next go. Plus, remember the Y — this sometimes acts as a surrogate vowel, and is easy to forget. It also appears at the end of plenty of words.

Finally, try out possibilities. So long as you don't press 'Enter' you can try possible answers to see how they look on screen. Put in likely letters plus any you know are definitely in the word, then mentally change one to the other available options. This technique has worked for me multiple times, and it's particularly helpful when the word in question is not an obvious one (like FJORD or ISLET). 

But if you're still struggling with Wordle, check out how Tom's Guide's Wordle experts have honed their strategy after playing every Wordle so far and losing only once.

We also have plenty of Wordle tips and tricks to share, like how we've analyzed every Wordle answer to look for patterns and have some further advice for you there. And if you're new to the game you should also take a look at our What is Wordle? guide.

What else should I know about Wordle?

Wordle officially launched in October 2021, but actually started in June of that year and celebrated its first birthday on June 19, 2022. (You can read my thoughts on the 5 things Wordle needs to improve if it's to keep us playing for its second year.)

However, it only grew in popularity towards the end of the year, then went viral in January as the world woke up to its charms. In fact, it proved so successful that The New York Times bought Wordle for a seven-figure sum in early February and the game is now part of NYT Games.

It's played via the NYT Games website here (opens in new tab), and is entirely free. Both the NYT and the game's creator, Josh Wardle, have stated that it will remain free. Some people think that Wordle has got harder since the NYT takeover, but it really hasn't.

Wordle is a simple game in which your challenge is to guess a five-letter word in six attempts. Each time you guess, you're told which of your chosen letters are in the target word, and whether they are in the right place. 

If a letter is in the correct place, it turns green. If it's in the word but in the wrong place, it turns yellow. And if it's not in the word at all, it turns gray.

There's just one puzzle a day, and everyone completes the same one. It resets at midnight each day. You'll find more information about the game in our What is Wordle? article.

Wordle Alternatives

If you're eager for another game to pass the time while you wait, we've put together a list of the best Wordle alternatives. We also have a page on today's Quordle answers, because it's our favorite.  

Other Wordle alternatives to try are the ultra-stressful (but very good) Squabble and the soccer-themed, Who Are Ya?. We also like the geography-based Wordle clone Worldle, the Star Wars-themed SWordle and the math-based Mathler.

There are certainly plenty of options once you've finished Wordle for the day!

Alan Martin

Freelance contributor Alan has been writing about tech for over a decade, covering phones, drones and everything in between. Previously Deputy Editor of tech site Alphr, his words are found all over the web and in the occasional magazine too. When not weighing up the pros and cons of the latest smartwatch, you'll probably find him tackling his ever-growing games backlog. Or, more likely, playing Spelunky for the millionth time.

With contributions from
  • fraochmuir
    There is no yellow E in Stare for March 27th.
  • John II
    I used to use SUITE which uses 3 common vowels and 2 common consonants. Lately, it seems like some of the words have been a bit more obscure, so I've switched to HAVER (thanks goes out to The Proclaimers and 500 Miles for this obscure word). If no hits, that's fine, I burn some more letters to narrow the field by using two more vowels and other common consonants... MOIST. Yeah, I know... no one likes MOIST, but it reveals two more vowels and three more consonants . That combo helped me get today's HAIRY on the third guess! 🆒
  • Nhobuna
    The may 10th answer might also be a double. I was working through it but I have a b,u, and t as letters that are in the actual word.
  • TexTechie
    There are 2 answers again evidently.. I have the same word as you and it's not gecko obviously 😅
  • Scotth71
    Far from Gecko for me. Not sure what is going on but seems someone has mucked up.
  • SS2021user
    Was in the exakt same position with the end of 335, but chose wrong. Didn't think GAMER would be a very likely word, so I chose GAZER instead. Goodbye 40 day streak!
  • Jarmeister
    Ugh. Today's (#344) was near impossible for a non native English speaker. Word I've only heard in couple of songs and would probably not use naturally in conversation.
  • JES2000
    I'm surprised to see the misspelled "alright" in a wordle story.
  • SS2021user
    I got Wordle 348 in 3 guesses as well, but I got... slightly luckier with my second guess. After guessing STARE I guessed PHONY, leaving me with 1 possible solution, and 4 green letters.
  • R_macus
    Streak ended with #357. Stare, House, poise, loose, moose, noose.