Sites that created Wordle archives have been pressured by the New York Times to shut down. That means there’s no longer any way to access the full archive, but we’ve provided a list of the past 15 Wordle answers for you to see what words have already been used, and plan your strategy going forward.
The free daily word game Wordle blew up in popularity at the start of 2022 despite not having an app and only allowing players to tackle one puzzle per day. Both were intentional choices, as Wordle founder Josh Wardle told the BBC, so fans couldn’t spend too much time on it. As such, previous puzzles aren’t available through the official website.
“Wordle is very simple and you can play it in three minutes — and that is all you get,” Wardle said in his BBC interview. “There are also no ads and I am not doing anything with your data — and that is also quite deliberate.”
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What is today’s Wordle?
You can find clues and the answer for each day’s Wordle right here.
Why was the Wordle Archive shut down?
Since the acquisition, the NYT has moved to safeguard what is now its wholly owned intellectual property by placing pressure on Wordle affiliates to shut down their “unauthorized” recreations of the game’s earlier daily puzzles, starting with the Wordle Archive in March. By the beginning of June, all of the best-known ways to play Wordle outside of the NYT website were gone, including the game’s original, pre-acquisition home.
While there’s no guarantee that the game will remain freely available for non-NYT subscribers to access, it hasn’t slipped behind the paywall yet. It’s also unknown whether the NYT will one day build an archive of its own so that players can play through old Wordle puzzles.
Past Wordle answers (and their meanings)
Wordle #453: DOUBT – A feeling of uncertainty or suspicion.
Wordle #454: PARER – A small knife or special tool used to peel or trim fruits and vegetables.
Wordle #455: CHUTE – A sloping channel of slide for transporting or loading items from a higher level.
Wordle #456: STICK – A long and thin piece of something, usually wood but also other substances (i.e. dynamite, gum). Also, to adhere.
Wordle #457: TRICE – A very short period of time — “in a trice” is like saying “in a flash” or “in a single moment”.
Wordle #458: ALIKE – Similar.
Wordle #459: RECAP – To recount or sum up.
Wordle #460: SAINT – A holy figure canonized by the church, or informally, a very virtuous or patient person.
Wordle #461: GLORY – High renown, honor, or beauty.
Wordle #462: GRATE – To irritate, or to shred; also a frame of metal bars.
Wordle #463: ADMIT – To confess or reveal, or to allow entry.
Wordle #464: BRISK – Energetic and quite fast, even dismissive — or when describing wind, cool and energising.
Wordle #465: SOGGY – Wet to the point of saturation and softness.
Wordle #466: USURP – To take over a position of power, by force or illegal means.
Wordle #467: SCALD – To injure with (or an injury caused by) extremely hot liquid or steam.
Wordle #468: SCORN – Contempt or derision, or as a verb, to reject something or someone with contempt or derision.
Best Wordle starting words
We have some ideas to help you pick the perfect first move (or as close to perfect as you can get without just magically guessing the exact right word). Such tips include choosing a word with at least two different vowels in it, plus a few common consonants such as S, T, R, or N.
Will Wordle run out of words?
Wordle as we currently know it is built to end sometime toward the end of 2027. That’s when the list of answers in the daily word puzzle’s source code stopped prior to the NYT acquisition, and the paper has trimmed a few words out of that master list since taking the reins.
Realistically, though, Wordle has been a big hit and there’s no reason to believe the ending built into its original source code is an actual end. The game will very likely continue past any suspected cutoff dates, even if it means cycling old words back in, or perhaps rewriting the rules around words that use more letters.
Thousands of people around the globe now play Wordle each day, and fans have even created alternatives inspired by the original format. This includes music identification game Heardle, Hollywood nerd faves Actorle and Framed, and variations like Dordle and Quordle that make you guess multiple words at once.