Today's Wordle answer and hints — solution #487, Wednesday, October 19

 Wordle displayed on a smartphone
Wordle displayed on a smartphone

Today's Wordle answer is another standard-issue game that will like pull in a lot of 3/6 and 4/6 scores. According to WordleBot, players solved Wordle #487 in an average 4.0 steps in easy mode and 3.8 in hard mode.

Need a bit of assistance? At Tom's Guide, we've honed our strategy after playing every Wordle so far and losing only once, so hopefully our advice will be helpful.

Aside from a list of the best Wordle start words, we have plenty of Wordle tips and tricks to share. We have also 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.

Each day, we will update this article with tips to help you find today's Wordle answer. And if the hints aren't enough, we'll even give you the solution, 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, #486, in case you're reading this in a different time zone.

So be warned: spoilers lie ahead for game #487. Only read on if you want to know today's Wordle answer!

Today's Wordle answer #487 — 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 two of the five vowels.*

  • It has no repeated letters.

  • One letter is among the top three infrequently used by 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 a bigger clue; or, if you just want to know the answer, then skip down further for that.

Alright then, here's the final hint: Today's Wordle is rather odd. 

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

Today's Wordle answer #487, Wednesday, October 19

The game Wordle displayed on two smartphones
The game Wordle displayed on two smartphones

So, what is today's Wordle answer for game #487?

Drumroll please — it's QUIRK.

After enjoying a mini-spell of 3/6 scores, of course I finally ran into a ho-hum 4/6 today. That puts me essentially at the average mark. Call it a 'C' grade, if you will. Maybe a 'B-.'

As usual, I began with my favorite out of the best Wordle start words, which is RAISE. I like it because it has three vowels and two very common consonants.

The New York Times' WordleBot rated it a 63 on luck, since it left me with 35  possible solutions.

I fared better that players who started with TRAIN (87), CRANE (165), REACT (181), LEAST (309) and SLANT (531). But those of you start with STARE did better, as you had just 22 answers remaining.

I had one vowel, a green 'I,' and one consonant, a yellow 'R.' Since I play in hard mode, I had to use the 'I' in that third slot. I wanted to try to position the 'R' and get some more consonant info. I like to try words with some combination of the common consonants 'T,' 'L,' 'N' and 'C.' In this instance, I went with FLIRT.

It was wrong, though I did manage to place the 'R.' Still, whiffing on all consonants was troubling.

Others in my position entered TRICK, which probably would've led me to the correct solution faster.

Wordle 487
Wordle 487

After FLIRT, Wordlebot says I had just two possible answers, though I couldn't know that at the time. I ended up choosing the wrong one.

I relied on the statistics we've gathered about Wordle. I wanted to get a 'C' or 'N' in my third guess, and I figured the former was better. It's the second most common starting letter. And with the 'IR' locked into place where they were, I needed a consonant pairing. So, I came up with CHIRP.

Again, wrong! I didn't have a ton of letters left on the board. After glancing around and typing in some inane combinations, I finally realized ... oh, QUIRK. With that, I had all greens.

Did you find today's Wordle quirky? Let me know how you fared today in an email. I may not be able to get back to everybody, but I'll try!

Yesterday's Wordle answer #486, Tuesday, October 18

Reading this in a later time zone? The Wordle answer for game #486 was EXIST.

Hello, Kelly here to take on Wordle for the rest of the week. The last couple of puzzles have been pretty easy, and I breezed through today's with a 3/6.

As usual, I began with my favorite out of the best Wordle start words, which is RAISE. I like it because it has three vowels and two very common consonants.

The New York Times' WordleBot rated it as "extraordinarily lucky," because it left me with just three possible solutions! Of course, I didn't know that at the time.

RAISE left me in a better position than almost any other start word, including LEAST (6), REACT (34), SLATE (59), STARE (85), TRAIN (108) and CRANE (508).

Whenever RAISE gives me multiple correct vowels, I always try a word incorporating common consonants like 'T,' 'L' and 'N.' I knew that yellow 'E' had to be in first or second position. I thought it more likely it was in second, and the only word I could think of with a 'EIS' in the middle was HEIST.

I typed it in and was bummed to see it wasn't right. I would've loved to get a 2/6.

Wordle 486
Wordle 486

Oh well, Wordlebot apparently also would've chosen HEIST so I don't feel too bad. And it left me with just one possible answer remaining.

Now, I knew the 'E' had to go in first position and I'd gotten the 'T' in last position. After running through a few consonants, I confirmed the open letter had to be an 'X.' I entered EXIST and notched my third 3/6 in a row.

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 #486: EXIST

  • Wordle #485: STEIN

  • Wordle #484: SPADE

  • Wordle #482: CATCH

  • Wordle #482: FLOOR

  • Wordle #481: EQUAL

  • Wordle #480: IONIC

  • Wordle #479: VALID

  • Wordle #478: ENJOY

  • Wordle #477: HOWDY

  • Wordle #476: VIGOR

  • Wordle #475: DANDY

  • Wordle #474: SLOTH

  • Wordle #473: MARSH

  • Wordle #472: BOUGH

  • Wordle #471: STING

  • Wordle #470: TWINE

  • Wordle #469: LEAVE

  • Wordle #468: SCORN

  • Wordle #467: SCALD

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).

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, 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, and also today's Heardle answer — because that's great too.

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!