December 9, 2023

For a global sensation, Wordle has remarkably humble origins, first being invented during coronavirus lockdown by Josh Wardle, a New York-based software engineer, who simply wanted a game “for me and my partner to enjoy.”

After being released to the public in October 2021, Wordle quickly built up a dedicated following across the English-speaking world, with some players taking to social media each day to share their results and discuss tactics. In January 2022, Wardle sold Wordle to The New York Times for an undisclosed low seven-figure sum, though the game remains free to play.

Speaking to Newsweek, Erhan Aslan, associate professor of applied linguistics at the University of Reading in the U.K., provided some advice for Wordle players.

Aslan said: “One thing that I think is important in this game is the starting word chosen. Starting off with words that include commonly used vowels, for example, e and a, consonants such as r and t, and sound sequences might be helpful. Choosing a word that starts with q, z, j, or x, for instance, may not be the best choice.

“As you get more feedback after a few guesses, users need to draw on some knowledge of phonics to narrow down or eliminate some words that they might be thinking. For example, if the second letter of the target word is l (indicated by green) and the player feels that the word starts with a consonant, they will need to know that there are only a few consonant cluster possibilities (such as bl, cl, fl, gl, pl, sl),” Aslan added.

The answer to today’s puzzle will be revealed at the end of this article, so scroll down with caution if you want to work it out for yourself.

‘Wordle’ #882, Clues for Saturday, November 18

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

Hint #1: The answer contains only one vowel.

Hint #2: There are no repeated letters.

Hint #3: Synonyms for Saturday’s Wordle include “consider,” “determine” and “judge.”

Hint #4: None of the first three letters in the alphabet features.

Hint #5: The third letter is a vowel.

Wordle hints for 18 November 2023 puzzle
In this photo illustration, the word game “Wordle” is shown on a mobile phone on January 12, 2022 in Houston, Texas. Newsweek has some hints and tips to help you solve Saturday’s puzzle.
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‘Wordle’ #882, Answer for Saturday, November 18

The answer to today’s Wordle puzzle is “think.”

Did you get it? A relatively common word means Saturday’s Wordle may not have been the toughest puzzle we’ve yet faced, but, with only one vowel, it was still a good brainteaser.

Please don’t be put off if you struggled, though. One of the best things about Wordle is seeing if you can improve your performance over time, and Newsweek will be back with another round of hints and tips for the latest puzzle tomorrow.

What Does ‘Think’ Mean?

The Cambridge Dictionary defines “think” as “to believe something or have an idea or opinion.”

For example: “I don’t think that Emma will get the job.”