Wordle answer #414 (Sunday 7 August) – Rock Paper Shotgun

Looking for the Wordle answer for Sunday 7 August 2022? Sundays are about relaxing, not muttering curse words at a grid of incorrect letters while trying to guess today’s Wordle answer. If you can relate to that feeling and could do with some help to find today’s Wordle answer, we’re here to help.
Below, you’ll find three helpful hints that will help you solve today’s Wordle answer without giving outright spoilers. Of course, those of you who want a break from all the brainteasers can simply scroll down a little further to find today’s Wordle answer.
Wrong day? Check out the Wordle answer for Wednesday 24 August instead!
If you’re committed to guessing today’s Wordle answer but would appreciate some help, you can find our three handy hints below:
It’s time to reveal the answer to today’s Wordle. The word is…
Smear can refer to a lot of things, including a streak of a substance such as mud which might be used to mark someone’s body or an object. In an action movie, characters might smear dirt on their face to look particularly cool before they run off to kick ass. Smear can also refer to an attempt to ruin someone’s reputation through false statements.
Now that you know today’s Wordle answer, don’t ruin your own reputation by spoiling the answer for others. Keep it a secret until midnight, at which point you can smear the word smear across every wall in your house.
Wordle is a very straightforward word guessing game. The aim is to guess the correct five-letter word in just six guesses. With each guess, the individual letters of your chosen word will highlight green if they’re in the correct place, or yellow if they’re in the wrong place. If a letter doesn’t appear in the solution word at all, it’ll remain unhighlighted.
Using these clues you can start to narrow down the correct word by figuring out which letters are included in the word and in which positions they belong. Head over to the Wordle site to try it for yourself. Just remember: there’s only one Wordle puzzle released per day, so if you want to play again, you’ll have to wait until tomorrow.
Wordle began life as a little family game created by software engineer Josh Wardle. He created the game so that he and his partner could play a fun little word game together during the pandemic, and they quickly realised that there was something quite special in this simple little guessing game. So after a bit of refinement, Wardle released it to the public on his website, Power Language.
The game was released in October 2021, and by the end of the year the game had two million daily players. It became a viral hit, thanks in large part to the ease with which players could share their results in a spoiler-free manner on Twitter and other social media sites. In January 2022, Wardle accepted an offer form the New York Times to acquire Wordle for a seven-figure sum. Well done, Mr Wardle. Well done indeed.
You can type in pretty much any five-letter word in the English language and Wordle will accept it as a guess. However, the answer is picked each day from a much smaller list of more common five-letter words. There are still thousands of possible answers, of course, but it means the answer will never be a word as obscure as, say, “THIOL”, or “CAIRD”, or “MALIC” (yes, those are all real words).
There are very occasional words which the New York Times will choose not to publish as the day’s Wordle answer, perhaps for reasons relating to recent news or politics. For example, shortly after news broke that Roe v Wade might be overturned in the United States, the NYT decided to change the March 30th word from “FETUS” to “SHINE”, as the feeling was that the word “fetus” was too politically charged a word in the context of recent events.
The New York Times has also been careful never to allow what they consider to be rude words as the answer to a Wordle puzzle. But of course there’s nothing stopping you from using even the dirtiest of words as guesses, as long as they’re accepted words in the dictionary, and as long as you realise that they’ll never end up being the answer.
If Wordle is starting to get too easy, there are a few ways you can make the game more challenging for yourself. The first choice is to turn on Hard Mode. You can do this on the Wordle site by clicking the cog icon in the top-right of the screen. Hard Mode means that any highlighted letters must be used in all future guesses. This stops you from using the common tactic of choosing two words like “OUNCE” and “PAINS” to test all five vowels early on.
You can take it up another notch by playing by what we call “Ultra-Hard” rules. This means that every guess you enter must potentially be the answer. If you were just playing on Hard Mode, and you typed “MOIST”, and the “O” appeared yellow, then nothing would stop you from making “POLAR” as your next word, even though it couldn’t possibly be the answer because you already know the “O” is in the wrong place. If you play by “Ultra-Hard” rules, that’s not allowed. You must adhere to every clue, and make sure every single word you enter is potentially the answer.
If after all that Wordle is still too easy for you, then you could always try one of the many other Wordle-inspired games online that have cropped up over the past year. One of our favourites is Worldle, in which you must guess a country of the world based on its shape. There’s also Waffle, which is about swapping letters in a completed grid to complete all the words; Moviedle, which shows you an entire movie in a tiny space of time and challenges you to guess the movie within six guesses; and Quordle, which tasks you with solving four Wordles at once with the same guesses.
That wraps up our guide on today’s Wordle answer, but check back tomorrow for more handy hints. Since Wordle solutions can only appear once, make sure to spend some time familiarising yourself with our list of past Wordle answers to avoid wasting guesses in the future. If you want to get off to a flying start with future puzzles, take a look at our breakdown of the best Wordle starting words.
Hayden Hefford
Guides Writer
Zombies. Walkers. Shamblers. Whatever you call them, Hayden is definitely a fan. He can usually be found in front of a screen, playing the latest survival games and trying to hide from the real world. His eyes haven’t turned square yet, but the possibility is certainly scary.
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