'Wordle' #388 Answer: Clues To Solve Tuesday, July 12 Puzzle

Today's brainteaser has some players scratching their heads, so Newsweek has put together five hints to help point them in the right direction. And if that's still not enough, the answer is provided at the end of the article for fans who don't want to break their winning streak.

The concept behind Wordle is simple enough. The game, which involves players from around the world, asks users to solve the puzzle by guessing a mystery five-letter word —in six tries or fewer.

The game refreshes each day with a new word that needs to be worked out from scratch. Wordle tries to help users stumble across the correct word by using a color-coded system; each correct letter turns green, or yellow if it's in the word but is currently in the wrong place, or gray when it is incorrect.

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A player tries to work out the daily "Wordle." Getty Images

The Origins of 'Wordle'

Game inventor Josh Wardle, a software engineer, created the game to play with his partner Palak Shah. He had first started working on it back in 2013, but returned to it during the pandemic and perfected it.

Wardle made the game public in October 2021 and it quickly became a global phenomenon—gaining more than 45 million users after starting out with just 90 active players.

The software engineer sold his game to The New York Times for an undisclosed seven-figure sum in January 2022 and the puzzle moved over to the publication in February.

The word game has become so popular that it has inspired a number of other daily games like the music-based Heardle, and the math-based Nerdle.

'Wordle' #388 Five Hints for Tuesday, July 12

Newsweek has put together five clues to help players baffled by today's Wordle.

Each hint is more revealing than the last, so players should stop reading at the point they feel confident they have guessed the right answer.

Hint #1: Today's Wordle contains just one vowel.

Hint #2: The letter "G" is contained within the word.

Hint #3: The word starts with the letter "N."

Hint #4: The word rhymes with "might," "light," and "sight."

Hint #5: Merriam-Webster defines today's word as "the time from dusk to dawn when no sunlight is visible."

'Wordle' #388 Answer for Tuesday, July 12

The answer to Wordle #388 is "night."

Wordle updates every day at 7 p.m. ET, at which point the next word will become available for players to try and solve.

But for fans who need something to keep themselves busy while they wait for Wordle to refresh can have a go at these similar word-based puzzles.

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