Today’s Wordle hint and answer on Friday 16th February for 972

Happy Friday! We hope you start your weekend off right by getting Wordle’s answer for today, February 16.

For the uninitiated, the goal of Wordle is to solve a daily five-letter word with six puzzles. The less guessing the better, and if you can’t guess anything, you’ll break your streak.

The latter is why finding today’s Wordle answer is a priority, as players pride themselves on maintaining their streak. So why go for a risky final guess when you can learn a few clues and otherwise get the definitive answer? This page can help with that.

Once you have the word today, learn more about Wordle and how the New York Times became interested in games in this interview with Jonathan Knight, NYTimes games director. In keeping with the theme of words, we also discuss why the NYTimes Mini Crossword Puzzle is a reliable delight.

Clues for today’s Wordle answer

Instead of jumping straight to the answer, you may just need a few tips to get you over the line:

  • There is a repeated letter that is used as the initial letter.
  • This word ends with ‘H’.
  • There is only one vowel.
  • This word sounds like the shortened slang word for mustache, but is often spelled differently.

I’m not sure yet? Read on to find out the answer.

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Wordle’s response for word 972 on February 16, 2024

Even with the clues above, are you still unsure and want to keep that streak going?

Wordle’s answer today is STASH.

I was stuck in the classic Wordle loop of knowing the first three letters of today’s word, but all my assumptions were wrong. It took me a worryingly long time to finally guess correctly on my last attempt after ‘STAMP’, ‘STALE’, ‘STAND’ and ‘STACK’ did nothing to help place the final letters. Phew!

Sharing a Wordle answer
Don’t forget to share your answer on Wordle once you’re done. | Image credit: MichaelJBerlin –

Now you have the answer, don’t tell others! Remember, you can share your spoiler-free results in grid form.

Of course, no one has to know that you came to this page to solve it. Maybe make two or three false guesses first to throw them off, perhaps?

The current etymology of Wordle

The current word ‘STASH’ actually has unknown origins, but is believed to be a portmanteau of ‘stick and cache’, or ‘cache and stow’. However, we do know that it emerged as criminal slang for hiding or concealing something, used as early as the 18th century.

Previous Wordle answers for this week

So far, these are this week’s answers:

  • Sunday February 11 (967) – NEVER
  • Monday February 12 (968) – PASTA
  • Tuesday February 13 (969) – SCRAM
  • Wednesday February 14 (970) – TALON
  • Thursday February 15 (971) – ASCOT

If you want to know all the words that have appeared in Wordle in the past, check out our archive of previous Wordle answers.

What to play after Wordle

Once you’ve completed your daily Wordle, the question is: what will you play next?

Of course, you can try other word games offered by the New York Times, such as Spelling Bee, Mini Crossword, and Letter Boxed. You can also try Connections, daily Sudokus, and Tiles, a fairly additive pattern matching game.

NYT games

There are also a variety of games that have put a twist on Wordle’s formula. Squaredle challenges you to find a series of words by connecting letters on a four-by-four grid. Meanwhile, Dordle, Quorodly, Octordly, and Sedecordle keep the standard Wordle, while increasing the number of words you have to find. The challenge lies in how your guesses count for all the words, so you must decide whether you will focus on a specific word or try to solve several words at the same time. Fortunately, the number of guesses you receive increases along with the number of words you are expected to solve.

However, if you want a break from spelling, try GeoGuessr. Here you will be given an image of some place, anywhere in the world and you will have to place a marker where you think that location is. There’s even an old-school RuneScape version.

I hope you enjoyed playing Wordle today!

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