Today's Wordle hints - answer, clues and tips for game #782, Thursday, August 10

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It's time for your daily round of Wordle hints, expertly crafted to help you keep your streak going even on the toughest of days. 

You might think that you don't need any clues for Wordle today, but remember: failure in this game is only ever six guesses away.   

Below, you'll find a selection of Wordle hints to guide you in the right direction. You don't have to use them all, but there are five in total should you need them, covering vowels, starting letter, ending letter and more. And if you don't have time to play at all, you can see the answer, too. 

Want more word-based fun? My Quordle today page contains hints and answers for that game, which remains the best of all the main Wordle alternatives.

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

Your Wordle expert
Marc McLaren
Your Wordle expert
Marc McLaren

Marc is TechRadar’s UK Editor in Chief and has been playing Wordle for more than a year. He's authored dozens of articles on the game for TechRadar and its sister site Tom's Guide, including a detailed analysis of the most common letters in every position. His Wordle streak just reached the 500 mark and he'll be inconsolable if he loses it. Yes, he takes it all too seriously. 

Wordle hints (game #782) - clue #1 - Vowels

How many vowels does today's Wordle have?

Wordle today has a vowel in one place*.

* 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 #782) - clue #2 - first letter

What letter does today's Wordle begin with?

The first letter in today's Wordle answer is 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.

Wordle hints (game #782) - 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 #782) - clue #4 - ending letter

What letter does today's Wordle end with?

The last letter in today's Wordle is Y.

Y is the second most common ending letter in the game, behind only E. In total, 364 Wordle answers end with a Y.

Wordle hints (game #782) - clue #5 - last chance

Still looking for more Wordle hints today? Here's an extra one for game #782.

  • Today's Wordle answer contains nothing.

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 #782)

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Today's Wordle answer (game #782) is… EMPTY.

Sometimes it just isn't your day. 

I'm pretty sure I've started previous columns with that exact same observation, but it's always worth a reminder that in Wordle you're always subject to the vagaries of fortune. However well you play, you may just not have luck on your side.

Today, I scored a 4/6 - pretty disappointing, considering WordleBot says the average for the game was 3.8. However, it awarded me 99/99 for skill; I could not have played it any better. 

Now, you may take issue with that. In fact, I take issue with that - because I think I should have scored a 3/6 and I'm annoyed at myself that I didn't. But mathematically, WordleBot is (probably) right.

First guess: STARE, as always. This is one of the best Wordle starting words, and has a 97/99 rating from WordleBot. It left 90 possible solutions today, which was itself quite unlucky, given that SLATE left just 11 and CRATE 13.

Second guess: TENET. A little controversial, maybe, but WordleBot thinks it's the best word to play in these circumstances. I'm yet to be convinced by the tactic of repeating yellow letters, feeling that it might be better to include more letters instead. But on the other hand, TENET did work, reducing those 90 options to just three: EMPTY, PIETY and EXTOL.

Third guess: PIETY. Now, this is where I screwed up. In probability terms, PIETY was just as likely as EMPTY. It includes four of the same five letters, and I is more common than M, so it has that in its favor. Plus, when faced with three choices like this, letter-probability is irrelevant anyway: I simply had a 1/3 chance of getting it right. All three had an equal (33.3333%) chance of being correct.

However, though I did nothing wrong mathematically, EMPTY is a far more common word than PIETY. I don't even know if the latter is a genuine Wordle answer. If I'd have spotted EMPTY, I'd definitely have played it. I didn't, so I was forced to play it on my fourth go instead and had to settle for a below-par 4/6. Frustrating.

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

Yesterday's Wordle hints (game #781)

In a different time zone where it's still Wednesday? Don't worry - I can give you some clues for Wordle #781, too.

  • Wordle yesterday had vowels in two places.
  • The first letter in yesterday's Wordle answer was L.
  • There were no repeated letters in yesterday's Wordle.
  • The last letter in yesterday's Wordle was R.
  • Yesterday's Wordle answer is someone you're (very) intimate with.

Yesterday's Wordle answer (game #781)

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Yesterday's Wordle answer (game #781) was… LOVER.

The Wordle rollercoaster continues, with a fourth hard puzzle in a row following nearly two weeks' worth of easy ones.

LOVER has an average score of 4.3, following on from 4.3 yesterday, 4.7 on Monday and (another) 4.3 on Sunday. That's a pretty hardcore run of games. And there's good reason to beware here. For one, it's an 'ER' answer - and they're always tricky. Plus, it has a V in it, one of the more uncommon letters in Wordle (the fifth least common, to be exact).

Against that, it's not as difficult as some ER words, mainly because it starts with an L. L isn't the most common starting letter, but it is very common in general within Wordle. There's a good chance many people will play one fairly early on, and once you do so it will narrow things down greatly. 

Compare with another recent(ish) ER game and you'll see what I mean. JOKER (game #675) pared that same -O-ER format with two uncommon letters in J and K, and that had an average score of 5.4, compared to 4.3 here!

The inclusion of the L also helped one of the best Wordle starting words to perform better than is sometimes the case with an ER word. SLATE, WordleBot's favorite, left 95 possible solutions - still a lot, but far better than the 171 for TRACE, 181 for STARE or the 187 for CRANE. But really, it was slim pickings on this front, so the second guess was crucial for most people.

One thing not to do - but which many did anyway - was to guess another ER word. With so many options, your chance of getting it right was incredibly slim; better to leave out one of E or R (potentially both) and include another consonant.

My choice did far better than WordleBot's today, for that reason; it went with RIDER and still had 41 options left afterwards, whereas I went with LINED and only had five. Not that I found them all. With a green L and a fairly strong sense that it would end ER, I came up with LOWER, LOVER, LEVER and LEPER. WordleBot also thought LUGER was a possible.

Based on the four I'd shortlisted, I decided one of the -O-ER options was my best bet; LEPER didn't seem like a likely answer. So I went with LOWER for no real reason, then when that failed was able to play LOVER next for a satisfactory 4/6.

Wordle answers: The past 50

I've been playing Wordle every day for more than a year 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 #781, Wednesday 9 August: LOVER
  • Wordle #780, Tuesday 8 August: BULLY
  • Wordle #779, Monday 7 August: BROOK
  • Wordle #778, Sunday 6 August: POLYP
  • Wordle #777, Saturday 5 August: ANODE
  • Wordle #776, Friday 4 August: CHART
  • Wordle #775, Thursday 3 August: PARTY
  • Wordle #774, Wednesday 2 August: BEGET
  • Wordle #773, Tuesday 1 August: TENTH
  • Wordle #772, Monday 31 July: STYLE
  • Wordle #771, Sunday 30 July: BATHE
  • Wordle #770, Saturday 29 July: CURLY
  • Wordle #769, Friday 28 July: ETHOS
  • Wordle #768, Thursday 27 July: DISCO
  • Wordle #767, Wednesday 26 July: HEART
  • Wordle #766, Tuesday 25 July: WHEEL
  • Wordle #765, Monday 24 July: HOBBY
  • Wordle #764, Sunday 23 July: WHALE
  • Wordle #763, Saturday 22 July: FROZE
  • Wordle #762, Friday 21 July: BURLY
  • Wordle #761, Thursday 20 July: FLANK
  • Wordle #760, Wednesday 19 July: TONIC
  • Wordle #759, Tuesday 18 July: FLYER
  • Wordle #758, Monday 17 July: DROOP
  • Wordle #757, Sunday 16 July: TOPAZ
  • Wordle #756, Saturday 15 July: CRONE
  • Wordle #755, Friday 14 July: FIEND
  • Wordle #754, Thursday 13 July: BARGE
  • Wordle #753, Wednesday 12 July: WHIRL
  • Wordle #752, Tuesday 11 July: EARTH
  • Wordle #751, Monday 10 July: FOLLY
  • Wordle #750, Sunday 9 July: ENTER
  • Wordle #749, Saturday 8 July: COWER
  • Wordle #748, Friday 7 July: DONUT
  • Wordle #747, Thursday 6 July: WINDY
  • Wordle #746, Wednesday 5 July: VENOM
  • Wordle #745, Tuesday 4 July: IRATE
  • Wordle #744, Monday 3 July: HOTEL
  • Wordle #743, Sunday 2 July: MOSSY
  • Wordle #742, Saturday 1 July: BLEEP
  • Wordle #741, Friday 30 June: STRAW
  • Wordle #740, Thursday 29 June: DINER
  • Wordle #739, Wednesday 28 June: TRACT
  • Wordle #738, Tuesday 27 June: ABOUT
  • Wordle #737, Monday 26 June: GUEST
  • Wordle #736, Sunday 25 June: RODEO
  • Wordle #735, Saturday 24 June: GRAND
  • Wordle #734, Friday 23 June: COVET
  • Wordle #733, Thursday 22 June: TASTE
  • Wordle #732, Wednesday 21 June: CRANE
  • Wordle #731, Tuesday 20 June: FROST

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 2023.

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.

Marc McLaren
UK Editor in Chief

Marc is TechRadar’s UK Editor in Chief, the latest in a long line of senior editorial roles he’s held in a career that started the week that Google launched (nice of them to mark the occasion). Prior to joining TR, he was UK Editor in Chief on Tom’s Guide, where he oversaw all gaming, streaming, audio, TV, entertainment, how-to and cameras coverage. He's also a former editor of the tech website Stuff and spent five years at the music magazine NME, where his duties mainly involved spoiling other people’s fun. He’s based in London, and has tested and written about phones, tablets, wearables, streaming boxes, smart home devices, Bluetooth speakers, headphones, games, TVs, cameras and pretty much every other type of gadget you can think of. An avid photographer, Marc likes nothing better than taking pictures of very small things (bugs, his daughters) or very big things (distant galaxies). He also enjoys live music, gaming, cycling, and beating Wordle (he authors the daily Wordle hints page).