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Wordle Today: Wordle answer and hints for July 20

We have the solution to Wordle on July 16, as well as some helpful hints to help you figure out the answer yourself, right here. We’ve placed the answer at the bottom of the page, so we don’t ruin the surprise before you’ve had a chance to work through the clues. So let’s dive in, starting with a reminder of yesterday’s answer.

Yesterday’s Wordle answer

Let’s start by first reminding ourselves of yesterday’s Wordle answer for those new to the game or who don’t play it daily, which was “REFER.” So we can say that the Wordle answer today definitely isn’t that. Now, with that in mind, perhaps take another stab at it using one of these Wordle starting words and circle back if you have no luck.

Hints for today’s Wordle

Still can’t figure it out? We have today’s Wordle answer right here, below. But first, one more thing: Let’s take a look at three hints that could help you find the solution, without giving it away, so there’s no need to feel guilty about keeping your streak alive — you put in some work, after all! Or just keep scrolling for the answer.

  • Today’s Wordle includes the letter f.
  • Today’s Wordle uses one vowel.
  • Today’s Wordle can mean a long tunnel.
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Today’s Wordle answer

No luck? Don’t sweat it — you can’t get them all! If you just want to see today’s Wordle answer to continue your streak, you can find it below.

The answer to today’s Wordle is …

SHAFT

Today’s Wordle definition

And here’s what it means, according to our good friend ChatGPT:

The term “shaft” can have several meanings depending on the context:

  1. Mechanical Engineering: In mechanical engineering and machinery, a shaft typically refers to a rotating member, usually cylindrical in shape, that transmits power from one part of a machine to another. It often connects different components such as gears, pulleys, and wheels, allowing them to rotate together.
  2. Mining and Construction: In mining and construction contexts, a shaft refers to a vertical or inclined tunnel that provides access to underground mines or facilitates the movement of materials or personnel.
  3. Anatomy: In anatomy, a shaft can refer to the main, long portion of a bone, especially the long part of a long bone.
  4. Architecture: In architecture, a shaft is a long, slender part of a column, typically between the base and the capital, sometimes adorned with decorative elements.
  5. Other Uses: The term can also be used metaphorically or in various specialized contexts, such as a golf club shaft, the main part of a pen or pencil, or even in literary contexts to describe a beam of light or an arrow.

The precise meaning of “shaft” depends on the field in which it is used, but generally, it refers to a long, slender, and often cylindrical structure or component.

Tips for tomorrow’s Wordle

It might seem like Wordle is all luck, but there are a few good practices you can use to help get as many clues as possible in just a few guesses, making it that much more likely you can figure out the final word before you run out of tries. The most important guess is your first, and the trick is to load up on vowels (A, E, I, O, and U).

Some popular starting words people have had good luck with are “adieu,” “media,” “arise,” and “radio.” Just make sure not to pick a word with double letters, or you’re wasting precious guesses. The aim here is to try to figure out which vowels the mystery word contains, then layer in common consonants and close in from there.

Your second word, assuming that the first one gave you a good jumping-off point, should begin to lean more heavily on common consonants like R, S, and T. More good ones here we’ve seen are “stern,” “irate,” and “atone.” You never want to reuse any letters from a prior round that showed up as gray — you know they aren’t in the word.

Now that’s all solved and the definition is taken care of, and you’re armed with some tips to crush tomorrow’s Wordle, here are some games like Wordle you can try today.

Sam Hill
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