December 8, 2023

It’s a new day, which means a new Wordle puzzle to tease your brain. The popular pastime went viral during the COVID-19 pandemic, after New York-based software engineer Josh Wardle created the game to entertain his crossword-loving partner during lockdown.

The game was designed to be challenging, but not so tough that users get frustrated and abandon it. Still, don’t worry if you occasionally struggle to get the answer, with even Wardle finding the daily enigmas difficult to solve at times.

When asked if he’d mastered the game himself, Wardle told Newsweek: “Well, I did create Wordle and I’m not very good at it, so there’s your answer! I’m afraid I’m not really the best.

“[My partner] and I play it on the couch together each morning. She will consistently get it in three goes, which is way, way better than I can ever hope to achieve. I normally need at least four or five attempts.”

A person playing Wordle on a phone
A person playing online word game “Wordle” on a cell phone. Over two years since it went viral, and online puzzle game “Wordle” is still hugely popular.
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Nevertheless, Wardle has some tips for players who are struggling to get the answer in the allocated six attempts or less.

“I’m reluctant to tell anybody how they should play,” he said. “I would encourage people to experiment with different ideas and to find their own [starting] words, rather than just sticking to the same proven tactics over and over again.”

He also recommended ruling out the incorrect grey letters first, before inputting your guesses.

“One thing I will say is that a lot of people tend to think that the game is just about finding those green and gold letters,” he explained. “If you get those, then you theoretically have the information you need, but you don’t want to get too hung up on that.”

Although he created Wordle as a gift, after Wardle uploaded the game online in October 2021, it quickly went viral—with 2 million daily players at its peak. It was purchased by The New York Times in January 2022 for a seven-figure sum, and has continued to amuse mobile gamers with extensive vocabularies.

If you’re having a tough time with today’s puzzle, don’t fret. Newsweek is here to help with some handy hints and tips.

‘Wordle’ Clues for Friday, November 10, Puzzle


Newsweek has put together five clues to help you solve today’s Wordle puzzle.

Hint #1: The answer contains two vowels.

Hint #2: There are no repeated letters in today’s answer.

Hint #3: The first letter is a consonant.

Hint #4: Related words include “dog,” “tie” and “tether”

Hint #5: The word begins with the letter “L.”

‘Wordle’ Answer for Friday, November 10, Puzzle #874

Today’s word was “Leash.”

According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of leash is to “to attach (someone or something) to something else by or as if by means of a line or cord.”

For example: “Dogs must be leashed while in the dog park.”

While you’re waiting for the game to reset at midnight, why not give these other word-based puzzle games a go?