Wordle #242 Guide: Clues and Answer for the February 16 Puzzle

Wordle #242 is one of the hardest puzzles yet and so there is no shame in looking for a bit of help. To that end, Newsweek has pulled together some useful hints and tips to get you started.

Given that their order has been randomized (so that the game's creator can play along with everyone else), these daily brainteasers can fluctuate wildly in terms of difficulty. One day you might get a relatively straightforward one—such as "robin" or "those"—while the next could be extremely difficult, like "rebus" or "ulcer."

Of course, the ease with which you solve any given puzzle here is entirely dependent on how lucky you get with your starting word and what strategy you use. For instance, some people like to prioritize eliminating all of the vowels at first, which can be beneficial if the word of the day has several of them. However, you could equally be barking up the wrong tree if the solution is more consonant-heavy, like "skill."

While there is technically no right or wrong way to play Wordle, this guide will help you beat the puzzle on February 16 as efficiently as possible.

The below graphic from Statista illustrates the extraordinary rise of Wordlesince it launched in October 2021.

Wordle Use Stats

Wordle #242 Tips for February 16

As always, we have included the final answer to Wordle #242 at the very bottom of this article. For those who just want a gentle nudge in the right direction, here are some clues.

These tips get progressively easier (with the last one giving you a dictionary definition of the word of the day), so you can choose how much assistance you need.

  • Hint #1: Wordle #242 might come easier to those who do DIY projects around the house
  • Hint #2: It has a pair of adjacent vowels, which are placed in the second and third tiles
  • Hint #3: A good starting word for February 16 is "Chalk", as this reveals three green tiles and a yellow one
  • Hint #4: Although the spellings are not giveaways, words that phonetically rhyme with today's answer include "Balk" and "Stalk"
  • Hint #5: Merriam-Webster defines Wordle #242 as a material used "to stop up and make tight against leakage".

Wordle #242 Answer for February 16

The answer to Wordle #242 is "caulk". If you don't know what this is, it's a waterproof filler that is used to seal up joints and cracks in building works.

The Wordle puzzle resets every 24 hours at 7 p.m. ET. If you are eager to solve more crosswords and cannot wait until then, you might want to consider some of these alternative word games.

There is also a new geography-themed variant of the daily puzzle that you can try, known as Worldle.

Wordle #242 Answer
Image shows the answer for "Wordle #242". The latest word of the day is "Caulk". The New York Times Company