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Today’s NYT Wordle Hints & Answer – Help for May 6 #1052

Today’s Wordle answer is a common word, but contains a very unusual letter. We’ve ranked all the letters in the alphabet by popularity if you want to use this list to determine your best seed words.

Every day we post hints and then the answer for the current day’s Wordle, in case you need it.

Today’s Wordle tips

Warning: If you keep reading, you’ll see the Wordle answer for Monday, May 6, puzzle #1052. That could be a devastating spoiler for some players. But if you just need the answer (maybe you’re on your last bet and just don’t want an 800-game streak to fail) then read on.

Wordle hint No. 1: No repetitions

Today’s Wordle answer does not contain any repeated letters.

Wordle hint no. 2: Vowels

There are two vowels in today’s Wordle answer.

Wordle hint no. 3: Initial letter

Today’s Wordle answer starts with the letter S.

Wordle hint no. 4: Unusual letter

We have a list of all the letters in the alphabet, sorted by popularity. One of the letters in today’s Wordle answer is really unusual; in fact, it is among the lowest five letters on our list.

Wordle hint no. 5: Meaning

Today’s Wordle answer refers to cutting hair in a certain way, usually on the face or legs. Think “(BLANK) and a haircut, two pieces.”


Here comes the spoiler: today’s Wordle answer is SHAVE. If you answered correctly on your last Wordle guess, you could say this was a close shave.

Yesterday’s Wordle answer

Yesterday’s answer, #1051, May 5, was DECAL

Past Wordle Answers

May 1, No. 1047: AGENDA

May 2, #1048: SLICE

May 3, No. 1049: EBBEN

May 4, No. 1050: VALUE

Daily Wordle Tips

I’ve written a lot about Wordle – from covering the thousandth word, to my list of the best starter words, to a handy two-step strategy, and to news about controversial word changes. I even completed what I learned by playing the popular online word puzzle for a year. So if you’re rethinking your need for the actual answer, try the tips from one of those stories.

Need another starting word? One person told me that they simply look around and choose a five-letter object they noticed to use as a seed word, such as COUCH or CHAIR. I tend to stick to starter words with the most popular letters used in English words. I like TRAIN as a starter, although I have a friend who uses TRAIL. I’ve read people use the financial term ROATE, but I like to use words I actually know.

What is Wordle?

If you read this far, you know how to play. You have six chances to guess a five-letter word, and the game gives you feedback on whether the letters you guessed appear in the puzzle or not, and whether they are in the same place as where you she had guessed. The New York Times bought the game from creator Josh Wardle in 2022 for seven figures. Wardle famously created the game for his partner and had her reduce the 12,000 five-letter words in the English language to just 2,500, creating the database of answers. . It was also handy that he had a name that spelled out ‘word’.

A spokesperson for the Times told me that it mentions the very first Wordle, which was published on June 19, 2021, and that the newspaper celebrated the game’s thousandth word on March 15. Spoiler: that thousandth word was ERUPT. As in, “Daddy will erupt if the Wordle is so strong he loses his streak.”

There are even more fun games in the Times Games stable. My newest addiction is Connections, which I think is trickier than Wordle. This is the game where you look at a grid of 16 words and try to place them into four groups of related words. Sometimes the relationships between the words are quite clear – like the time when it was four words that all started with rock bands, like “Rushmore” and “journeyman.” (Connections got a little cheeky on April Fool’s Day with an all-emoji puzzle. Some gamers did NOT find that funny.)

Spelling Bee is also a popular Times game. And there’s a new game still in beta, Strands, that I’m trying to master.