Wordle today: Here’s the answer, hints for January 26

Thursday has arrived once again, Wordle heads, and today’s puzzle is here for you to puzzle over. Today’s solution is not the kind of word that will stump most players, but it’s a little off kilter nonetheless. Maybe you could use a hand.

The bottom of this article features January 26’s Wordle solution. If that’s not why you’re here, scroll down and see what’s on offer here, from clues, to strategies. You’ll find what you need.

Where did Wordle come from?

Originally created by engineer Josh Wardle as a gift for his partner, Wordle(Opens in a new window) rapidly spread to become an international phenomenon, with thousands of people around the globe playing every day. Alternate Wordle versions created by fans have even sprung up, including battle royale Squabble, music identification game Heardle, and variations like Dordle and Quordle that make you guess multiple words at once. 

Wordle eventually became so popular that it was purchased by the New York Times, and TikTok creators even livestream themselves playing.

Not the day you’re after? Here’s the Wordle answer for January 24.

What’s the best Wordle starting word?

The goal of Wordle is to have fun, and there’s no right way to have fun. Just choose whatever starting word feels right to you, and don’t let anyone shame you for it. However, if you want to take a more strategic approach, we have a few ideas to help you pick a word that will spark joy. One tip is to select a word that includes at least two different vowels, plus some common consonants like S, T, R, or N.

What happened to the Wordle archive?

The entire archive of past Wordles used to be available for anyone to play in glorious days gone by. Unfortunately it has since been taken down, with the website’s creator stating it was done at the request of the New York Times.

Is Wordle getting harder?

It may feel as though Wordle is getting harder, but we can assure you it isn’t. Conversely, if you’re finding it too easy, you can turn on Wordle‘s Hard Mode.

Why are there two different Wordle answers some days?

Occasionally the Wordle gods will accept two different answers on a single day, defying the accepted norm of one correct solution per day. This anomaly is due to changes the New York Times made to Wordle after it acquired the puzzle game.

The Times has since added its own updated word list, so this should happen even less frequently than before. To avoid any confusion, it’s a good idea to refresh your browser before getting stuck into a new puzzle.

SEE ALSO:

Wordle-obsessed? These are the best word games to play IRL.

Here’s a subtle hint for today’s Wordle answer:

It may be take a hearty effort to guess it.

Does today’s Wordle answer have a double letter?

Yep!

Today’s Wordle is a 5-letter word that starts with…

Today’s Wordle starts with the letter B.

What’s the answer to Wordle today?

If you want to guess today’s Wordle yourself, now’s the time to do so! 

Is your answer locked in?

The solution to Wordle #586 is…

BEEFY.

Don’t be sad if you didn’t get it this time — we still have many more Wordle puzzles ahead of us. Come back tomorrow for more helpful clues and hints!

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