Today’s Wordle answer: Wordle 272 will test your knowledge of foreign languages

Wordle 272 cooks up a challenge but just 3 guesses and we were in

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Today’s Wordle answer – number 272 – is one of the harder words that’s been chosen so far. It is probably going to infuriate a lot of people, in fact, but we got it in 3 guesses so ner-ner-ne-ner-nerr. Wordle 272 is also another vowel-packed word like yesterday’s winner – here’s our guide to Wordle 271. However, we were ready for it this time. 

Alternatively, you may now want to move on to Wordle 273 – it’s an easier one, you’ll be pleased to learn. 

One of the charms of Wordle is that it will occasionally pick a word like Rupee or caulk that is outside of what many Wordlers expect. Today’s Wordle solution is arguably saucier than either of those words – ooh la la! But we aced it like a chef, so we’re ultimately very happy with Wordle 272, as now we feel knowledgeable and successful. 

Hints for Wordle 272

How to buy and care for the best non-stick pans

Wordle 272 has been panned by the critics 

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The trick to aceing this Wordle – like we just did – is to remember that although Wordle is an English-language quiz, the winning word is sometimes a foreign-language word that’s commonly used in English. So while haters may ‘pan’ this Wordle solution, we don’t give a ‘toss’. It’s got a certain je ne sais quoi.

Wordle #272 answer

Wordle 272 answer

How you like them onions?

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Yeah, so today’s answer is SAUTÉ. If that sounds a little French to you, that’s because it’s the French word for ‘jump’. Not very fair, right? ‘Putain merde!’ you might very well exclaim. Bien sur, zut alors.

Except that Sauté is also a cooking term widely used in English – it means to fry food while keeping it constantly on the move – ‘jumping’, if you will. Classically this is done by tossing the pan dextrously, but you could also use a spatula or spoon to keep the food a-hoppin’. It’s the closest European cooking style to wok cookery, and the idea is you get caramelisation and fast cooking, but without burning. 

As you can see from above, we nailed ALL FIVE letters without even breaking sweat. Then we were left with a surprisingly hard problem: organise the letters S, E, A, U and T into a 5-letter English word, and S must be the first letter. Our first thought was ‘there is no such English word.’ And it turned out we were right. 

If you want to know more about the world's best loved word game that isn't Scrabble  and also how to win at it, we suggest you read T3's guide to Wordle. It explains how the game is played and reveals our 'secret' moves that have still, to this point, given us a 100% Wordle win rate, even when it’s some hard-ass French cooking word. 

You can buy deep sided sauté pans that are specifically designed for sautéing. Some even have lids, so cack-handed chefs don’t project their onion, garlic, olive oil and potatoes all over the walls. But strictly speaking you can sauté food in any type of cooking vessel – it’s software not hardware. The most important thing is to make that food JUMP. Allez! Salut maintenant. 

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."