Today’s Wordle hint and answer on Tuesday 20th February for 976

It’s time to curl up and warm up to face Wordle’s response for today, February 20.

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 floor 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 are no repeated letters.
  • This word ends with ‘H’.
  • This word has a vowel.
  • You can use this word to start a fire.

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

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Wordle’s response for word 976 on February 20, 2024

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

Wordle’s answer today is MATCH.

It took me too long to get to Wordle’s answer today and I had to throw out a couple of words just to get rid of the letters. ‘Tammy’ was, in retrospect, a terrible assumption; fortunately ‘Math’ served me much better (even if I had to use S, which I already knew wasn’t in the answer), as it gave me all but one of the letters.

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

Whether you mean a match to start a fire or a match in terms of a pair of objects, this word has its origins in Middle English ‘Macche’. From this point on, however, the etymology of this word differs depending on its use.

When analyzing ‘Match’ in terms of lighting a fire, it appears that ‘Macche’ comes from the Old French word, ‘Meiche’, which refers to the ‘wick of a candle’. This in itself could come from the Vulgar Latin word ‘Micca’ and although the origin of this word is unknown, it could be a version of ‘Myxa’, meaning ‘lamp wick’, from ancient Greek.

If you are using ‘Match’ to refer to a set of objects or people, then its origins can be found in Old English ‘Mæcca’. This means “companion” or “companion” and comes from the Proto-Germanic word “gemæcca” meaning “they fit well together.”

Previous Wordle Answers from Last Week

And now our ‘Previously on Wordle’ segment! (I know ‘in’ works better, but let me tell you this…) The following words have appeared in Wordle this week so far:

  • Monday February 19 (975) – PRICE

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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