Today's Wordle Answer 278, Thursday 24 March: clues and discussion for five-letter fiends

Wordle 278 answer explained, with clues and solution

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We got today’s Wordle answer – #278, if you’re keeping count – in 3 guesses and under 1 minute. How? Through the method that we call ‘the T3 Wordling Technique’. It’s some next-level Bene Gesserit-type shit that you probably won’t know about. Basically, we use all the vowels plus S and T in our first two guesses and then everything falls into place. Usually. It did on this occasion, anyway.

What was today’s Wordle solution then? Read on to find out…

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Hints and clues for Wordle 278

Today’s Wordle answer is on the front of your body. But it’s also something you might keep good, or bedding in. Charlton Heston had one of these. 

Want more before we move on to the big reveal? Try our guide to Wordle 276 from two days ago and yesterday’s Wordle 277. We also have complete-ish Wordle strategy guide, plus an archive. 

Wordle #278 answer

Wordle answer 278

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Today’s Wordle answer is simply the CHEST: better than all the rest. A chest is often somewhere treasure is stored, and also part of the human body, located in between the stomach and the neck/head. 

Reverting to our eternally successful ALIEN/SHOUT opening gambit, we establish 4 out of the 5 Wordle winner letters, with 2 in the right place. From there, we could only really see one possible word, and that was CHEST. There are no words in English that include an H followed by an S so S had to be the 4th letter. There are no 5-letter words that begin with EH and end in ST. Ergo, it had to be a word that ended HEST. Which means it had to be CHEST. You see: spelling can be fun! 

Duncan Bell

Duncan is the former lifestyle editor of T3 and has been writing about tech for almost 15 years. He has covered everything from smartphones to headphones, TV to AC and air fryers to the movies of James Bond and obscure anime. His current brief is everything to do with the home and kitchen, which is good because he is an excellent cook, if he says so himself. He also covers cycling and ebikes – like over-using italics, this is another passion of his. In his long and varied lifestyle-tech career he is one of the few people to have been a fitness editor despite being unfit and a cars editor for not one but two websites, despite being unable to drive. He also has about 400 vacuum cleaners, and is possibly the UK's leading expert on cordless vacuum cleaners, despite being decidedly messy. A cricket fan for over 30 years, he also recently become T3's cricket editor, writing about how to stream obscure T20 tournaments, and turning out some typically no-nonsense opinions on the world's top teams and players.

Before T3, Duncan was a music and film reviewer, worked for a magazine about gambling that employed a surprisingly large number of convicted criminals, and then a magazine called Bizarre that was essentially like a cross between Reddit and DeviantArt, before the invention of the internet. There was also a lengthy period where he essentially wrote all of T3 magazine every month for about 3 years. 

A broadcaster, raconteur and public speaker, Duncan used to be on telly loads, but an unfortunate incident put a stop to that, so he now largely contents himself with telling people, "I used to be on the TV, you know."