Today's 'Wordle' Answer—How To Solve #251, Friday, February 25 Word Puzzle

The Wordle puzzle for Friday, February 25 could trip you up due to its unusual combination of letters. To narrow things down a little, Newsweek has prepared the following guide.

Unlike most games, Wordle does not have a calculated difficulty curve. Its designer, Josh Wardle, did curate a list of 2,500 daily brainteasers before launching the website (that's enough to last for approximately seven years) but they're not structured in any particular order.

Instead, the sequence has been totally randomized so that Wardle himself can play along without having an unfair advantage. This makes sense, given that he originally devised the game as a way for both him and his partner to pass time during lockdown.

The randomized nature of Wordle means that one day's puzzle can be relatively hard, while the following day could be quite easy. There is just no rhyme or reason dictating this.

As such, you occasionally get stumpers that come totally out of the blue, causing a sudden and sharp difficulty spike. Such is the case with Wordle #251, which is considerably harder to guess than the last few entries have been.

Before we break that puzzle down, it's worth reflecting on the incredible popularity of Wardle's game. It launched with just 90 active players in October 2021 and is now pulling in well over a million users each and every day. It has also sparked a new craze for guessing games (inspiring the likes of Dordle, Quordle, Worldle and the mathematics-themed Nerdle) and has even been acquired by The New York Times Company for an undisclosed seven-figure sum.

The stratospheric growth in users is depicted by the below graphic from Statista.

Wordle Use Stats

'Wordle' #251 Clues for February 25

The final answer for Wordle #251 has been saved for the very end of this article. If you'd rather just have a gentle nudge in the right direction, these clues should help you figure it out by yourself.

  • Hint #1: Wordle #251 has two repeating letters, meaning that you only have to guess three characters for February 25.
  • Hint #2: One of these repeating letters is a vowel, filling the second and fourth tiles. Meanwhile, there is a consonant that fills the first and third tiles.
  • Hint #3: The new word of the day rhymes with "Rigid."
  • Hint #4: It is synonymous with "Bright," "Colorful" and "Vibrant."
  • Hint #5: Merriam-Webster defines Wordle #251 as an adjective that means "very strong of color." It can also be used to describe something that creates "a strong or clear impression on the senses."

'Wordle' #251 Answer for February 25

The answer to Wordle #251 on Friday, February 25, is "Vivid." This could have caused you some trouble, as "V" is not likely to be in your typical starting word and it is easy to forget that repeating characters are a possibility here.

Wordle refreshes every 24 hours at 7 p.m. ET. While you wait for the next puzzle to appear, you might want to check out some alternative word games.

Wordle #251 Answer for February 25
Image shows the "Wordle" answer for February 25. "Wordle" #251 is "Vivid." The New York Times Company