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Today's Wordle answer and hints — solution #352, Monday, June 6

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Today's Wordle answer is yet another difficult one. The NYT's WordleBot tool says people are solving it in an average of 4.3 guesses, which is one of the highest scores we've had in recent weeks, and it's certainly likely to present a tricky opening challenge for many people. 

With that in mind, you might find some hints to be helpful. After all, Wordle is a deceptively simple game and failure is only ever six guesses away.

I’ve played every Wordle so far and lost only once, so I've got plenty of Wordle tips and tricks to share. I've also analyzed every Wordle answer to look for patterns and got some further advice for you there. And if you're new to the game you should also take a look at my What is Wordle? guide.

Each day, I'll be updating this article with tips to help you find today's Wordle answer. And if the hints aren't enough, I'll even give you the solution, in case you're really stuck or just haven't had time to complete today's puzzle. I've also included my analysis of yesterday's puzzle, #351, in case you're reading this in a different time zone. 

So be warned: spoilers lie ahead for game #352. Only read on if you want to know today's Wordle answer!

PS: If you're a music fan then also check out our guide to today's Heardle answer.

Today's Wordle answer #352 — hints to help you solve it

My 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 uses vowels in two positions*
  • It has one repeated letter
  • It starts with a fairly common starting letter

* By vowel I'm meaning 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 my final hint: Today's Wordle answer is in near darkness.

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

Today's Wordle answer #352, Monday, June 6

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So, what is today's Wordle answer for game #352?

Drumroll please — it's GLOOM.

This one definitely has the potential to cause some problems. Recent games have mainly involved words with very common letters and the difficulty has been linked to just how many options there are. But here, it's more about the letters themselves. 

Either way, the NYT's WordleBot Tool (now sadly behind a paywall), says people are completing it in an average score of 4.3, which is pretty high as these things go.

As a word, there are unlikely to be too many issues; Word and Phrase Info (opens in new tab)ranks it at 9,639th in the English language, whereas Saturday's FROTH was down in 20,600th overall. 

So, what's the issue with those five letters? Well, there's a double-O for starters. Any repeated letter tends to make a puzzle more difficult, and a double letter, with the two together, is even less likely.

On the plus side, O is a fairly common letter for this to happen with. In fact, as I show in my analysis of every Wordle answer, two Os are found together in 58 Wordle answers — which is 2.8% of all games. To put that in context, you're more likely to get a double-O than you are to get a single Z, X, Q or J. On the other hand, it's still relatively uncommon compared to getting a single O, which happens in a whopping 32% of Wordles.

The unfortunate complicating factor here is that it's paired with two fairly uncommon letters, in M and G. They rank at 16th and 17th respectively overall, and M isn't much more common at the end of a word than it is elsewhere — just 13th. To make things slightly easier, G is eighth among starting letters, and L is a very common letter overall, appearing in 31% of Wordle answers, so it's not all bad.

One thing that will undoubtedly have driven the average score up today is that even with one of the best Wordle start words many people will have turned up no letters at all on the first guess, which is a fairly uncommon experience for most of us.

For instance, if you start with STARE, as I do, or with WordleBot's favored CRANE, you'll have got a blank first go. The last time this happened to me was with game #340 (VOUCH) and before that it was way back in #298 (CHUNK).

I have a bunch of words I consider in this situation: COULD, POUCH, DOILY, BUNCH, DOING, CHILD and a couple of others. They all have their pros and cons, but which one I play is mostly down to luck. Most contain two of the three remaining vowels, plus some out of the remaining most common letters: C, D, H, L, N etc. 

Today I happened to go with CLOUD, which was very fortunate as it gave me a green -LO--, and narrowed down my options from 226 to just four!

Wordle 352

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It didn't take me long to work out what those four were, either, because there aren't many letters that can go before an L at the start of a word. The most likely, S and C, had both been ruled out by now, which left me with just FL, BL, GL and PL to work through. 

Technically, the word could have started with a vowel before the L, but if that were to be the case it would almost certainly have been followed by another L — as in ALLOW, for instance — rather than by an O. So I dismissed this and set to work finding possible answers.

I came up with six in total: BLOOM, BLOWN, BLOOP, FLOWN, GLOOM and GLOOP. WordleBot told me afterwards that BLOOP and GLOOP weren't valid solutions, but as it happens that didn't matter because by playing BLOOM I was able to guarantee myself a 4/6 anyway.

This is a method I've learned from WordleBot: whenever I have a limited number of possible answers, I check each one to see if a failure would rule out all the other options other than the correct one or not. 

With BLOOM, that was the case — if only the B had turned green, the answer would have been BLOWN. If the B and the second O had been green, it would have been BLOOP. If the O and M, GLOOM. If the second O on its own, GLOOP. And if none of them, FLOWN.

So, assuming I hadn't missed any possible answers, I was going to escape with a 4/6 here. I duly played BLOOM, the OM at the end turned green, and I knew it had to be GLOOM.

Let me know how you did in the comments or via email (opens in new tab) — and if you have already got in touch then apologies for the delay in replying, you will get a response soon (honest)!

Yesterday's Wordle answer #351, Sunday, June 5

Reading this in another time zone where it's still Sunday? The Wordle answer for game #351 was DEPTH.

This is a similar game to Saturday's in several ways. It's difficult, but not to the extent that it will end too many streaks (hopefully), and according to the NYT's WordleBot Tool (now sadly behind a paywall), it has an average score of 3.9; Saturday's was 4.1.

You can also add to that the fact that it uses five fairly common letters in fairly regular positions, and even ends in the same two-letter combination, TH.

On the other hand, it's a much more common word: Word and Phrase Info (opens in new tab) has it at 2,571st in the English language, whereas FROTH was down in 20,600th overall. 

So, what about those letters? Well, as I show in my analysis of every Wordle answer, most of them are fairly common in the positions in which they are used. D is the ninth most common starting letter in the game, and H is the sixth most common ending letter. 

E, meanwhile, is the most common overall in the game (by some distance), and is the fourth most common letter in position #2. And T is the fifth most common letter overall, although it's slightly less likely to be found in #4, where it ranks ninth.

That just leaves P, which is the anomaly here. It's about average overall — 15th, just below D and H, but whereas those two letters are used in very common positions within DEPTH, P is typically found at the start of a Wordle answer. In fact, it features in 365 games in total, but 141 of those place it at the start, and only 57 have it in third position as it is here.

As far as my game went, it was a case of 'chase the yellow letters around' for much of it, which taxed my anagram-solving skills on a Sunday morning.

As always, I started with one of the best Wordle start words, STARE, and that gave me a yellow T and yellow E. WordleBot says I had 54 options remaining, which is fairly high, but anyone playing its choice of CRANE had 127 solutions left, so if you were one of them then you faced a harder path.

As with Saturday's game, I set about trying to find patterns, rather than comprehensively finding every possible solution, as I could see there would be too many for me to easily do that.

The most likely option seemed to be T--E-, typically with a D at the end; that gave me the likes of TIMED, TONED, TOKEN, TOWEL, TILED, TYPED and TUNED. There were also quite a few that had the format --TE- (OFTEN, VOTED, HOTEL, MOTEL) or E---T, sometimes with an extra E in play too (EDICT, EVICT, ELECT, EVENT, EXTOL, EIGHT).

But there were plenty of other answers that didn't fit any of those patterns, for instance FLEET, THEFT, TEPID and COVET. 

I decided to go for TONED, as the T--E- option seemed the likeliest and it also allowed me to play O, N and D, all of which featured among lots of the answers I'd found.

Wordle 351

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This was wrong, but it did give me a yellow D, which proved to be very important. At this point, WordleBot says, I had narrowed it down to just six answers — a good reduction from the 54 I'd had previously. 

However, another thing I realized after looking at WordleBot subsequently is that none of my ---ED words had actually been possible solutions. By that I mean that they were valid guesses (or at least TONED was), but none appeared in WordleBot's list of the answers that I had ruled out.

This isn't necessarily a hard and fast rule — it's quite possible that some Wordle answers do have the format T--ED or --TED — but it's interesting that none of mine did. TONED was a good choice in terms of narrowing things down, but playing it would never have got me a 2/6, and neither would NOTED, VOTED, TIMED, TUNED, TYPED, TOWED, TILED or any of the others I'd identified. I'll certainly bear it in mind in future games.

Anyway, I digress. What it did do was tell me there was a D in there, but not at the end. I'd actually only found one of the six possible solutions at this stage — EDICT — and I duly played it next.

Part of me thinks I should have spent a little time here looking for other options, but EDICT fit and I assumed there wouldn't be many other possibles left at this stage. For the record, if I had looked properly, I'd have been able to choose from DEBUT, DWELT, DEBIT, DEITY or DEPTH, as well as EDICT. So clearly I need to make more effort in thinking of words that start with D next time.

As it happens, it didn't matter much. I doubt I'd have chosen DEPTH over EDICT even if I had identified all six of them, and though EDICT wasn't correct, it did leave me with just the one possible answer for my fourth go.

It took me a little while to find DEPTH, but as soon as I realized it was an option I was confident it was today's Wordle answer, and duly scored a 4/6. 

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 #351: DEPTH
  • Wordle #350: FROTH
  • Wordle #349: PHASE
  • Wordle #348: SHOWY
  • Wordle #347: CREAK
  • Wordle #346: MANOR
  • Wordle #345: ATOLL
  • Wordle #344: BAYOU
  • Wordle #343: CREPT
  • Wordle #342: TIARA
  • Wordle #341: ASSET
  • Wordle #340: VOUCH
  • Wordle #339: ALBUM
  • Wordle #338: HINGE
  • Wordle #337: MONEY
  • Wordle #336: SCRAP
  • Wordle #335: GAMER
  • Wordle #334: GLASS
  • Wordle #333: SCOUR
  • Wordle #332: BEING

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 launched in October 2021, but 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, 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!

As Editor in Chief (U.K.) on Tom’s Guide, Marc oversees all gaming, streaming, audio, TV, entertainment, how-to and cameras coverage, and is also responsible for the site’s U.K.-focused output. He previously edited the tech website Stuff and has tested and written about phones, tablets, wearables, streaming boxes, smart home devices, Bluetooth speakers, headphones, games, TVs, cameras and much more. He also spent years on a music magazine, where his duties mainly involved spoiling other people’s fun, and on a car magazine. An avid photographer, Marc likes nothing better than taking pictures of very small things (bugs, his daughters) or very big things (distant galaxies). When he gets time, he also enjoys gaming (console and mobile), cycling and attempting to watch as much sport as any human can. He's also fallen in love with Wordle over the past six months and is the author of our today's Wordle answer column, in which he supplies hints and strategy tips for the mega-popular word game. Given he's completed every single Wordle so far and only lost once, and analyzed every Wordle answer in search of patterns, he's well qualified to help you safeguard your streak.

  • 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.