Today’s Wordle answer 259: no you don't need to be a scientist to get this one

Stuck on today's Wordle? Here's the word you are looking for

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Saturday night, and the air is getting hot – like you, baby. No wonder: it’s Saturday March 5 and Wordle 259 is still live, with the next one bearing down on us in just a few hours. The bad news is, some people are saying you need to be a scientist to get this Wordle answer right. But the good news is, you don't need to be a scientist to get this Wordle answer right. 

If you’re in Europe, Asia, Australasia and all parts in between, we’re now on to Wordle 260. If you’re in the USA now’s your chance to get in early – it’s almost like time travel! 

Danish singer Whigfield had a massive hit with Saturday Night many years ago and while she may have had dancin' and sexin' on her mind, we're all about the Wordlin' right now. Oh dear, what has gone wrong with our lives?  You can find the answer to today’s Wordle at the bottom of the page. Coming up next is a very obvious clue, so hopefully you can get it from that. But if not, you can educate yourself with T3’s official guide to Wordle, which contains answers to all your most burning questions about Wordle, such as ‘how can I always win at Wordle, like T3 does?’, ‘has Wordle got harder’ (no) and ‘what was the answer to Wordle last Tuesday?’ 

The reason Wordle is so enjoyable, for us, is that it can be done quickly, and you’re usually going to win, so long as English is your first language and you can spell. Come to think of it, Wordle is massive in India, so in fact, English doesn’t even need to be your first language.

Today's Wordle hint

If you don’t get this one correct you might feel salty, and weep bitter tears. It’s salt water, is what we’re saying. 

If you're struggling with this one, rest assured that other news outlets are saying 'only science students will get this.' Either we live in a world of quite unbelievably thick dumb-dumbs and it's passed us by up till now, or those outlets are being deliberately provocative. We're not scientists – we're not even science journalists – and we found this one, as we say here in the UK, 'piss-easy'. And ironically, urine is a form of salty water as well. However, URINE is not today's answer. Read on to find out what it actually is. if you still haven't worked it out. 

Is there any Wordle controversy today?  

Controversy over Wordle seems to have dwindled now, due to the answers all being pretty easy and maybe also people feel like there’s other stuff in the world that’s more deserving of their outrage and anxiety. 

Sure, there were some seemingly full-grown adults complaining on Twitter that yesterday’s Wordle 258 solution – AHEAD – had ‘too many vowels‘ in it. We got that one without even trying, whilst more or less asleep, so it can't have been that difficult.

It also seems some people think today's Wordle solution is a word only a scientist would have heard of. But on the whole, people seem satisfied with their Wordle experience at present, as well they might.

Today's Wordle solution

Wordle 259 answer

Aced that one

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Today’s answer is BRINE. We got this one in 3 – or ‘iiiiiiiiiiiiin three!‘ as Tony from darts-based UK 80s gameshow Bullseye would have put it, in the 80s.

As usual, we started with ALIEN and SHOUT but the latter guess yielded no letters at all, so that was a total waste on this occasion. Thankfully the first guess gave us 1 letter in the right place and 2 in the wrong place, and there are just not that many words with an I in the middle plus an N and an E. And as either fortune or our genius would have it, our very first guess after that proved to be the correct one. 

Brine, of course, is salt water. Generally used in a maritime or culinary sense – ‘I swam upon the salty brine and then I brined a chicken‘ is a typical everyday sentence in which loads of regular people often use that word. Wikipedia suggests that, ‘In diverse contexts, brine may refer to the salt solutions ranging from about 3.5% up to about 26%,’ so it’s a versatile word, as words about salty water go. Maybe the most versatile. 

Italians will tell you that you should always cook pasta in brine that’s ‘like the Mediterranean’, and by that they mean ‘very salty’ and not ‘horribly polluted, with lots of obnoxious rich people sunbathing nearby.’ 

Until tomorrow then. Ciao ciao! 

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."