It’s America’s birthday, but Wordle never takes a day off — it’s a worldwide phenomenon, baby! While it’s usually more satisfying to solve it all on your lonesome, sometimes you just get stuck. That’s where we come in.
The answer to the July 4 Wordle, puzzle #380, can be found at the end of this article, with the spoiler clearly signposted. If you’re not ready to cop the solution yet, read on for a few tips, gentle hints, and strategies to help you every day.
Who made Wordle? Where did Wordle come from?
Wordle‘s sudden explosion at the end of 2021 led to a round of press focused on its creator. Former Reddit engineer Josh Wardle actually came up with the game in 2021 as a private exercise for him and his word game-loving partner. It eventually became a staple of their family WhatsApp messaging, and that’s when Wardle started to suspect he might have something special enough to merit a wider release.
So special, in fact, that the New York Times bought it from him in early 2022. Hundreds of thousands of people now play it every day.
Is there a Wordle app for Android or iOS? Is Wordle free?
You might find “Wordle” results in an iOS App Store or Google Play Store search, but don’t mistake it for the real thing. Wordle, the original one Wardle came up with and kindly delivered unto the internet in late 2021, currently only exists as a browser game that lives right here on the New York Times website. If you’re playing it anywhere else, it’s — at best — a shameless knock-off that’s trying to capitalize on someone else’s success.
And, yes, it’s still free.
Not the day you’re after? Here’s the Wordle answer for July 3.
What’s the best Wordle starting word?
We have some ideas to help you pick the perfect first move (or as close to perfect as you can get without just magically guessing the exact right word). Such tips include choosing a word with at least two different vowels in it, plus a few common consonants such as S, T, R, or N.
Is Wordle getting harder?
If you’ve been finding Wordle too easy, there is a Hard Mode you can enable to give yourself more of a challenge. But unless you activate this mode, we can assure you that Wordle isn’t getting harder. (This past week has just happened to throw up some doozies, though, so don’t beat yourself up too much if you broke your streak.)
Why are there two different Wordle answers some days?
The whole point of Wordle is that everyone’s solving the same puzzle, with the same answer, no matter where you are in the world. However, occasionally the puzzle game will accept two different correct solutions on the same day, in apparent defiance of Wordle law.
This aberration is due to changes the New York Times began making after it acquired Wordle earlier this year, removing obscure or potentially sensitive words from the original list Wardle put together. (For example, the word GAILY was originally scheduled to be a solution this week, but has been removed.) To make sure you’re always getting the same puzzle as everyone else, refresh your browser before you play — don’t worry, the site will keep your streak.
A subtle hint for the July 4 Wordle answer:
It’s a verb!
Wordle today is a 5-letter word that starts with…
The letter S. It also has a letter that appears twice. Maybe it’s the S! Maybe it’s not!
C’mon, is it the S?
What’s the answer to Wordle on July 4?
We’ll finally tell you the answer.
Reporting by Caitlin Welsh, Amanda Yeo and Adam Rosenberg contributed to this article.