Okay, that was close. Wordle 271 pushed us to the maximum 6 guesses and while the answer seems obvious in hindsight, at one point we were on the verge of rage quitting. And then probably tweeting about the New York Times making this much-loved word game too hard for mere mortals. However, today's Wordle answer – 271 in an ongoing series that will last until at the very least the end of the world – was hiding in plain sight the whole time.
But hey, why are you still reading this? We’re on to the Wordle 272 answer now…
Hints for Wordle 271
A great director couldn't have scripted today's Wordle drama better. There were twists, turns, red herrings and – very nearly – an unhappy ending. Not very Hollywood. However, in the end, the good guys won – ie: we won. At Wordle 271.
How to solve Wordle #271
DON'T PANIC! We started with our usual vowel-heavy opening hand. If you do that too, you'll find that there are a lot of vowels in this answer. This caused us some panic as we were like this: OMFG this word has so many vowels in and we don't know that many words with loads of vowels in what can we do oh shit it's all gone wrong god damn.
However, do you know why we don't know all that many words with lots of vowels in? It's because there aren't all that many.
So with the help of your favourite deity and a grasp of the English tongue – sorry if that sounds gross. Imagine grasping a tongue; so slippery – you will be able to work out the answer before the clock strikes 6 guesses and out. Or like when James Bond or Captain Kirk stops the bomb timer just when it is down to 1.
Wordle #271 answer
Yeah, so you can see how we panicked here. Discovering today's word was made up mainly of vowels we basically burnt a guess by trying ELBOW – what the hell were we thinking of? That doesn't even have an I in it. VIDEO was the guess we should have gone for instead of elbow and in fact we typed that in with an air of 'checkmate, Comrade Wordle. Freedom wins again.'
Then when that turned out to be a little premature, we panicked again. You can clearly see from our first guess that the winning word does NOT have the letter I as its third letter. So why did we pick VOICE? We don't know. We're not proud of it.
Then we realised the answer must be MOVIE, and we felt very silly. But also very grateful that we were not playing on hard mode. Although if we were playing on hard mode, we just wouldn't have been allowed to make those two stupid guesses, so maybe we would have concentrated more and got it sooner.
Anyway, the answer is MOVIE. Like a film, in which an actor may use their VOICE, and which you may watch on VIDEO cassette if you are either very old, or excessively hipster. So it's like we knew all along really.
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. Albeit only just.
When it comes to Wordle, who knows what tomorrow brings? In a world few hearts survive. All I know is the way I feel. When it's real, I keep it alive.