Wordle #399 Clues, Hints and Answer for Saturday, July 23 Game

For a man of letters, Wordle creator Josh Wardle can boast of some impressive numbers.

Since its launch less than a year ago when it was played by only a few dozen people, the addictive game is now a daily habit for tens of millions of people.

The premise is simple enough—you have six attempts to get a five-letter word. But sometimes it can tie you up in knots to such an extent that a few four-letter words can spring to mind.

But before you start screaming into the void in frustration, Newsweek has some handy hints to get you over the line, and hopefully, lower that blood pressure.

Tactics are important, and it is always smart to start with a word that is rich in vowels like AUDIO. You might do well to avoid lesser used letters at the start, like X, Q and Z , at least until you have a better idea of what the word might be.

This photo illustration shows a person playing online word game "Wordle" on a mobile phone in Arlington, Virginia, on May 9, 2022. Newsweek has some hints to help you solve the puzzle for July 23, 2022. MICHAEL DRAPER//Getty Images

If a letter is correct and in the right place, the tile turns green, if it is correct and in the wrong place, it goes yellow. An incorrect letter turns gray.

If you solve the puzzle, and sometimes that can be a big 'if', a box appears showing your track record, which you can share with your friends for bragging rights. If you didn't manage to solve it, you might want to keep that to yourself.

Wardle started work on his creation in 2013 and finished it during the COVID lockdown with a little help from his partner Palak Shah. It attained a truly global reach when it was sold to The New York Times for undisclosed seven-figure sum.

The graphic below from Statista below shows just how much the game has grown in a short time.

Wordle Use Stats

Wordle #399 Hints and Clues for Saturday, July 23

So let's get down to business for Wordle #399. The aim is for each clue to bring you closer to the answer.

Hint #1: Today's Wordle is a noun with two vowels and starts with the letter M.

Hint #2: Today's Wordle is a living thing that is rather small.

Hint #3: You might see the answer to today's Wordle around swamps or marshy areas.

Hint #4: The answer to today's Wordle rhymes with a household appliance that keeps your food cool.

Hint #5: The Merriam-Webster definition of Wordle 399 is a "a tiny dipteran fly."

Wordle #399 Answer for Saturday, July 23

The answer to Wordle #399 is "MIDGE."

Wordle updates every day at 7 p.m. ET, so it won't be long until you can have another go. While you're waiting for the game to refresh, why not try another online brainteaser, such as the geography guessing game Worldle or one of these word puzzles?