Today’s Wordle Hints, Answer and Help for June 20, #1097

Today’s Wordle answer shouldn’t be too tough, but read on if you’re stumped. Also, we’ve ranked all the letters in the alphabet by popularity if you want to use this list to decide on your best Wordle start words.

Every day, we’ll post hints and then the answer for the current day’s Wordle, just in case you need it.

And do you also play NYT Connections? We’ve got today’s Connections answer and hints too.

We’ve also got today’s answer for Strands, a new game from the Times that’s still in beta, and some tips for how to play that game.

Read more: NYT Connections Turns 1: These Are the 5 Toughest Puzzles So Far

Today’s Wordle hints for June 20

Warning: If you keep reading, you’ll see the Wordle answer for Thursday, June 20, puzzle No. 1097. That could be a devastating spoiler for some players. But if you just need the answer — maybe you’re on your last guess and just don’t want to see an 800-game streak go poof — keep reading. 

Wordle hint No. 1: Repeats

Today’s Wordle answer has no repeated letters.

Wordle hint No. 2: Vowels

There is one vowel in today’s Wordle answer.

Wordle hint No. 3: Start letter

Today’s Wordle answer starts with the letter S.

Wordle hint No. 4: Meaning

Today’s Wordle answer is often used to describe perfume.

Wordle hint No. 5: Second meaning

Today’s Wordle answer also refers to something certain trained dogs are able to pick up while hunting or assisting with police work.


Here comes the spoiler: Today’s Wordle answer is SCENT.

Yesterday’s Wordle answer

Yesterday’s Wordle answer, June 19, No. 1096, was TERSE.

Past Wordle answers

June 15, No. 1092: PROUD

June 16, No. 1093: GRIND

June 17, No. 1094: PRIOR

June 18, No 1095: COVER

Everyday Wordle tips

I’ve written a lot about Wordle — from covering its 1,000th word to my list of the best starter words to a helpful two-step strategy to news about controversial word changes. I’ve even rounded up what I learned playing the hit online word puzzle for a full year. So if you’re rethinking your need for the actual answer, you might try tips from one of those stories.

Still need a starter word? One person told me they just look around and choose a five-letter object that they’ve spotted to use as their starter word — such as COUCH or CHAIR. I tend to stick to starter words that have the most popular letters used in English words. I like TRAIN as a starter, though I have a friend who uses TRAIL. I’ve read that people use the financial term ROATE, but I like to use words I actually know.

What is Wordle?

If you read this far, you know how to play. You have six chances to guess a five-letter word, and the game gives you feedback as to whether the letters you’ve guessed are in the puzzle, and if they’re in the same spot where you guessed they are. The New York Times bought the game from creator Josh Wardle for seven figures in 2022. Wardle famously created the game for his partner, and let her narrow down the 12,000 five-letter words in the English language to just 2,500, creating the database of answers. It was convenient, too, that he has a name that plays off “word.”

A Times spokesperson told me it lists the very first Wordle as appearing on June 19, 2021, and the paper celebrated the game’s 1,000th word on March 15. Spoiler: That 1,000th word was ERUPT. As in, “Dad will erupt if the Wordle is so tough he loses his streak.”