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Today's Wordle Hints, Answer and Help for June 21, #1098

Here are some hints, and the answer, for the June 21 Wordle, No. 1098.

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Wordle fans might need a few tips to keep their streak going.

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Today's Wordle answer shouldn't be too tough, but read on if you're stumped. You can scroll straight down and find the answer, or scroll slowly and see if our hints help you get it on your own. Also, we've ranked all the letters in the alphabet by popularity if you want to use this list to decide on your best start words.

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

Do you also play NYT Connections? We've got today's Connections answers and hints too

We've also got today's answer for Strands, a new game from the Times that's still in beta, and some tips for how to play that game.

Read more: NYT Connections Could Be the New Wordle: Our Hints and Tips

Today's Wordle hints

Warning: If you keep reading, you'll see the Wordle answer for June 21, puzzle No. 1098 (preceded by hints that might give it away). That could be a devastating spoiler for some players. But if you just need the answer -- maybe you're on your last guess and simply don't want to see a 900-game streak go poof -- keep reading. 

Wordle hint No. 1: Repeats

Today's Wordle answer has no repeated letters.

Wordle hint No. 2: Vowels

Today's Wordle answer has two vowels.

Wordle hint No. 3: Start letter

Today's Wordle answer starts with the letter P.

Wordle hint No. 4: Meaning

Today's Wordle answer can be a verb describing what some artists do.

Wordle hint No. 5: Second meaning

Today's Wordle answer can also refer to the colorful substance that those artists use.

TODAY'S WORDLE ANSWER

Here comes the spoiler: Today's Wordle answer is PAINT.

Yesterday's Wordle answer

Yesterday's Wordle answer, June 20, No. 1097, was SCENT.

Past Wordle answers

June 16, No. 1093: GRIND

June 17, No. 1094: PRIOR

June 18, No 1095: COVER

June 19, No. 1096: TERSE

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 1,000th word on March 15. Spoiler: That 1,000th word was ERUPT. As in, "Dad will erupt if the Wordle is so tough he loses his streak."