Today's 'Wordle' Word of the Day #471, Hints and Clues—October 3 Game

Newsweek has put together five hints to help point players in the right direction if they're struggling with today's Wordle. 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 game 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 identify the correct word by using a color-coded system; each correct letter in a guess turns green, or yellow if it's in the word but is currently in the wrong place, or gray if it is incorrect.

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A player successfully works out the mystery word during a "Wordle" game. Getty Images

The Origins of 'Wordle'

Game inventor Josh Wardle, a Welsh software engineer, created the puzzle to play with his partner. 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.

Wardle sold his game to The New York Times for an undisclosed seven-figure sum in late 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' #471, 5 Hints for Monday, October 3

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 may have guessed the right answer.

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

Hint #2: No letters are repeated.

Hint #3: The word starts with the letter S.

Hint #4: The word rhymes with "bring."

Hint #5: Merriam-Webster defines Wordle #471 as "to prick painfully: such as (a) to pierce or wound with a poisonous or irritating process (b) to affect with sharp quick pain or smart."

'Wordle' #471 Answer for Monday, October 3

The answer to Wordle today is "STING."

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 fans who need something to keep themselves busy while they wait for Wordle to refresh can have a go at other word-based puzzles such as Typochondria, Spellspire and Wordscapes.