Today’s Wordle Hints and Answer: Help for April 25, #1041

Today’s Wordle Hints and Answer: Help for April 25, #1041

Here are some hints, and the answer, for April 25, Wordle No. 1041.

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Today’s Wordle answer could trip you up. It’s not an obscure word, but it’s not one I thought qualified for Wordle. If you’re stuck, read on.

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

Today’s Wordle hints for April 25

Warning: If you keep reading, you’ll see the Wordle answer for Thursday, April 25, puzzle No. 1041. That could be a devastating spoiler for some players. But if you just need the answer — maybe you’re on your last guess and just don’t want to see an 800-game streak go poof — keep reading. 

Wordle hint No. 1: Vowels

Today’s Wordle answer has two vowels.

Wordle hint No. 2: Consonants

That leaves three consonants, and oddly, they’re all in the middle of the word, in spaces two, three and four.

Wordle hint No. 3: Starter letter

Today’s Wordle answer begins with the letter I.

Wordle hint No. 4: Abbreviated

Today’s Wordle answer is short for a longer word.

Wordle hint No. 5: Meaning

Today’s Wordle answer refers to the beginning of something, such as a book or piece or music.


Here comes the spoiler: Today’s Wordle answer is INTRO. I admit it, I was surprised the Wordle editors used this word, because I think of it as an abbreviation or slang for “introduction” and for some reason expected that would make it off-limits for Wordle. But after all, there are only so many five-letter words out there.

Yesterday’s Wordle answer

Yesterday’s answer, #1040, was OVERT.

Past Wordle answers

April 20, No. 1036: LUCID

April 21, No. 1037: JOLLY

April 22, No. 1038: LASER

April 23: No. 1039: ROVER

Everyday Wordle tips

I’ve written a lot about Wordle — from covering its 1,000th word to my list of the best starter words to a helpful two-step strategy to news about controversial word changes. I’ve even rounded up what I learned playing the hit online word puzzle for a full year. So if you’re rethinking your need for the actual answer, you might try tips from one of those stories.

Still need a starter word? One person told me they just look around and choose a five-letter object that they’ve spotted to use as their starter word — such as COUCH or CHAIR. I tend to stick to starter words that have the most popular letters used in English words. I like TRAIN as a starter, though I have a friend who uses TRAIL. I’ve read that 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 as to whether the letters you’ve guessed are in the puzzle, and if they’re in the same spot where you guessed they are. The New York Times bought the game from creator Josh Wardle for seven figures in 2022. Wardle famously created the game for his partner, and let her narrow down the 12,000 five-letter words in the English language to just 2,500, creating the database of answers. It was convenient, too, that he has a name that plays off “word.”

A Times spokesperson told me it lists the very first Wordle as appearing on June 19, 2021, and the paper celebrated the game’s 1000th word on March 15. Spoiler: That 1000th word was ERUPT. As in, “Dad will erupt if the Wordle is so tough he loses his streak.”

There are other fun games in the Times Games stable. My latest 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 put them into four groups of related words. Sometimes the relationships between the words are pretty out there — like the time when it was four words that all began with rock bands, such as “Rushmore” and “journeyman.” (Connections got a little sassy on April Fools’ Day with an all-emoji puzzle. Some gamers did NOT find that funny.)

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

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