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Today's Wordle answer for Thursday, March 21

 Wordle today puzzle on a smartphone.
Wordle today puzzle on a smartphone.

Protect your Wordle win streak with our daily help. Come read a few general tips that'll show you how to make the best out of every guess, scroll down and take a look at a quick hint for the March 21 (1006) puzzle, or go straight for the win with today's answer.

I love it when a plan comes together. Okay, maybe less of a plan, and more that every single guess I made somehow went my way, the answer to Thursday's Wordle practically falling onto my keyboard with next to no effort. Same again tomorrow? I can only hope.

Today's Wordle hint

Wordle hint
Wordle hint

Wordle today: A hint for Thursday, March 21

You might seek today's answer if you need to cool off on a hot sunny day, somewhere out of direct sunlight.

Is there a double letter in Wordle today?

No letters are used twice in today's puzzle.

Wordle help: 3 tips for beating Wordle every day

If you're new to the daily Wordle puzzle or you just want a refresher after taking a break, I'll share some quick tips to help you win. There's nothing quite like a small victory to set you up for the rest of the day.

  • A mix of unique consonants and vowels makes for a solid opening word.

  • A tactical second guess should let you narrow down the pool of letters quickly.

  • There may be a repeat letter in the answer.

You're not up against a timer, so you've got all the time in the world—well, until midnight—to find the winning word. If you're stuck, there's no shame in coming back to the puzzle later in the day and finishing it up when you've cleared your head.

Today's Wordle answer

Wordle answers
Wordle answers

What is today's Wordle answer?

Let's make sure you win. The answer to the March 21 (1006) Wordle is SHADE.

Previous Wordle answers

The last 10 Wordle answers

Keeping track of the last handful of Wordle answers can help to eliminate current possibilities. It's also handy for inspiring opening words or subsequent guesses if you're short on ideas for the day.

Here are the last 10 Wordle answers:

  • March 20: LINGO

  • March 19: ABIDE

  • March 18: SPELT

  • March 17: SNORT

  • March 16: TOXIN

  • March 15: ERUPT

  • March 14: SINCE

  • March 13: LOCAL

  • March 12: HEAVE

  • March 11: PESKY

Learn more about Wordle

Today's Wordle being played on a phone
Today's Wordle being played on a phone

Wordle presents you with six rows of five boxes every day and the aim is to figure out the correct five-letter word by entering guesses and eliminating or confirming individual letters.

Getting off to a good start with a strong word like ARISE—something containing multiple vowels, common consonants, and no repeat letters—is a good tactic. Once you hit Enter, the boxes will show you which letters you've got right or wrong. If a box turns ⬛️, it means that letter isn't in the secret word at all. 🟨 means the letter is in the word, but not in that position. 🟩 means you've got the right letter in the right spot.

Your second guess should compliment the starting word, using another "good" word to cover any common letters you missed last time while also trying to avoid any letter you now know for a fact isn't present in today's answer. With a bit of luck, you should have some coloured squares to work with and set you on the right path.

After that, it's just a case of using what you've learned to narrow your guesses down to the right word. You have six tries in total and can only use real words (so no filling the boxes with EEEEE to see if there's an E). Don't forget letters can repeat too (ex: BOOKS).

If you need any further advice feel free to check out our Wordle tips, and if you'd like to find out which words have already been used, you can scroll to the relevant section above.

Originally, Wordle was dreamed up by software engineer Josh Wardle, as a surprise for his partner who loves word games. From there it spread to his family, and finally got released to the public. The word puzzle game has since inspired tons of games like Wordle, refocusing the daily gimmick around music or math or geography. It wasn't long before Wordle became so popular it was sold to the New York Times for seven figures. Surely it's only a matter of time before we all solely communicate in tricolor boxes.