Today’s Wordle answer: Wordle 273 is another tester – despite bad guesswork we got it in 5

Wordle 273 could cause problems – but not if you 'remember' to read this first

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Today’s Wordle answer, number 273, is probably the easiest of the week, but it took us a whopping FIVE guesses to nail it, including one attempt – ALAMO – which was totally stupid. Then again, we did drastically oversleep, and awoke feeling all discombobulated, so go easy on us. Discombobulated is a good word, isn’t it? 

Good morning to our American readers, good afternoon to our British readers and, uh, good night to our Southern Hemisphere chums, by the way. Wordle is a truly international community of 5-letter word enthusiasts. Wherever you hail from, be aware that Wordle answer 273 contains some duplicate letters, and we know a lot of Wordlers – that’s the official name for folks who play Wordle – often find that troubling. 

Want more Wordling – that's the present participle of Wordle, as used as a verb? Here’s our guide to Wordle 271, and yesterday’s Wordle 272 – that was easy, so long as you know about the French language, or cooking. We also have our extended guide to the history and best practice of Wordle. But now, back to our Wordle 273 solution!

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Wordle 273 today's answer is…

Wordle 273 is a ‘standard’ word 

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Today’s is not a French word like yesterday, it’s a common English word. You don’t need to ask our permission to get this right, but if you need extra help, we can reveal [spoilers] that it contains the same letter twice, and two vowels. And also that it’s definitely not Alamo. 

Wordle #273 answer

Wordle 273: today’s Wordle answer

Allow it, fam

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Why the hell did we guess ALAMO? We may never know. Perhaps it’s just because we ‘remember’ the Alamo: good joke for Western movie historians there. Having totally squandered a guess by doing that, we hastily moved on and got the answer – ALLOW – in two more stabs.

The word allow means to grant permission. Its more interesting use is in contemporary British slang, where people will say ‘allow it’ to mean ‘don’t worry about it’ or ‘okay, fine’. However, confusingly, the same people also use it as slang for ‘nah mate, not doing that’. How do these people ever get things done, when one slang term can mean two completely contradictory things?!  

ALLOY – a metal formed by combining two or more other metals – would have been a more interesting answer but there we are. If the answer had been ALLOY instead, we would have ended on this song, as it details how copper has uses both on its own and as part of an alloy, plated or anodised. Too bad. 

Duncan Bell

Duncan has been writing about tech for almost 15 years, during which time he has attended every event going, apart from Apple ones, as he mysteriously doesn't get invited to them. He has covered everything from smartphones to headphones, TV to AC and air fryers to the movies of James Bond and obscure anime. 

Duncan's 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. Duncan also edits T3's golf section because fuck it, someone has to. Dave Usher does all the real work on that bit, though. 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."