Today’s Wordle hints – answer, clues and tips for game #874, Friday, November 10

It’s time for your daily round of Wordle hints, expertly crafted to help you keep your streak going even on the toughest of days. 

You might think that you don’t need any clues for Wordle today, but remember: failure in this game is only ever six guesses away.   

Below, you’ll find a selection of Wordle hints to guide you in the right direction. You don’t have to use them all, but there are five in total should you need them, covering vowels, starting letter, ending letter and more. And if you don’t have time to play at all, you can see the answer, too. 

Want more word-based fun? My Quordle today page contains hints and answers for that game, which remains the best of all the main Wordle alternatives.

SPOILER WARNING: Wordle hints and today’s answer are below, so don’t read on if you don’t want to see them.

Wordle hints (game #874) – clue #1 – Vowels

How many vowels does today’s Wordle have?

Wordle today has vowels in two places*.

* Note that by vowel we mean the five standard vowels (A, E, I, O, U), not Y (which is sometimes counted as a vowel too). 

Wordle hints (game #874) – clue #2 – first letter

What letter does today’s Wordle begin with?

The first letter in today’s Wordle answer is L.

L is a surprisingly uncommon starting letter in Wordle. Despite being the sixth most common letter overall, it’s only ranked 12th at the beginning of a word. 

Wordle hints (game #874) – clue #3 – repeated letters

Does today’s Wordle have any repeated letters?

There are no repeated letters in today’s Wordle.

Repeated letters are quite common in the game, with 748 of the 2,309 Wordle answers containing one. However, it’s still more likely that a Wordle doesn’t have one.

Wordle hints (game #874) – clue #4 – ending letter

What letter does today’s Wordle end with?

The last letter in today’s Wordle is H.

H is a regular visitor to the final spot in a Wordle word. It occurs 137 times at the end of a Wordle answer, making it the sixth most common letter there.

Wordle hints (game #874) – clue #5 – last chance

Still looking for more Wordle hints today? Here’s an extra one for game #874.

  • Today’s Wordle answer is a restraint.

If you just want to know today’s Wordle answer now, simply scroll down – but I’d always recommend trying to solve it on your own first. We’ve got lots of Wordle tips and tricks to help you, including a guide to the best Wordle start words.

If you don’t want to know today’s answer then DO NOT SCROLL ANY FURTHER BECAUSE IT IS PRINTED BELOW. So don’t say you weren’t warned!

Today’s Wordle answer (game #874)

Wordle answer for game 874 on a yellow background

(Image credit: New York Times)

Today’s Wordle answer (game #874) is… LEASH.

It’s been a while since I’ve scored a 2/6. In fact, you’d have to go all the way back to September, when I (implausibly) managed three of them in a row for STONE, BRUSH and CAROL. 

In those cases, my task was made easier by the fact that all three were straightforward games, as proven by their low average scores of 3.4, 3.6 and 3.8 respectively. Today’s answer, LEASH, is seemingly simpler still – WordleBot says people are solving it in an average of 3.2 guesses.

That may make today’s game one of the biggest swings from the previous day in Wordle history. Yesterday’s GLAZE had an average of 4.8, making it the 11th toughest of 2023. LEASH, in contrast, is the equal-fourth easiest.

Is it really so easy? Well, as always, it depends. Certainly it’s on the simpler side of things, with no repeated letters and no really uncommon letters either. H is the closest to an outlier – it’s only the 14th most common letter in the game overall, whereas the other four are all in the top 10. However, H is the sixth most likely letter to end a Wordle, so it’s not really so uncommon in context.

It’s a common word, too, so that’s not a factor as it might have been for NINJA and ARDOR and PIQUE, all of which were quite tough. No, there’s nothing to be scared of here. But all that said, exactly how easy it was will probably have depended on your choice of the best Wordle starting words, or indeed whether you used one at all.

Why? Well, SLATE, WordleBot’s favorite and the fourth most popular among Wordlers, left just a single answer today. What’s more, so did STARE, my favorite and the third most commonly played opener. Between them, those two words constitute 8% of all games. That’s 8% of people who almost certainly scored a 2/6 today.

Want more? Well, SLATE also left one answer, LEAST left two, and SLANT three. Lots of people will have had a nice start here. 

There’s not much more for me to talk about today, then! I realized fairly quickly that LEASH had to be the answer, and played that next for a welcome 2/6.

How did you do today? Send me an email and let me know. 

Yesterday’s Wordle hints (game #873)

In a different time zone where it’s still Thursday? Don’t worry – I can give you some clues for Wordle #873, too.

  • Wordle yesterday had vowels in two places.

* Note that by vowel we mean the five standard vowels (A, E, I, O, U), not Y (which is sometimes counted as a vowel too). 

  • The first letter in yesterday’s Wordle answer was G.

G is the eighth most common starting letter, featuring in 115 Wordle answers. It’s often paired with an L to make GL— – but I’m not revealing whether that’s the case today.

  • There were no repeated letters in yesterday’s Wordle.

Repeated letters are quite common in the game, with 748 of the 2,309 Wordle answers containing one. However, it’s still more likely that a Wordle doesn’t have one.

  • The last letter in yesterday’s Wordle was E.

E is the most common letter to end a Wordle answer by far. That’s one of the reasons why many of the best start words, including SLATE, CRANE, CRATE and STARE, all end with one.

Still looking for more Wordle hints? Here’s an extra one for game #873.

  • Yesterday’s Wordle answer is a glossy coating.

Yesterday’s Wordle answer (game #873)

Wordle answer for game 873 on a yellow background

(Image credit: New York Times)

Yesterday’s Wordle answer (game #873) was… GLAZE.

They say that lightning never strikes twice, but today’s Wordle answer proves that to be entirely untrue. 

Yesterday’s Wordle word, NINJA, had an average score of 4.7 when I wrote the column, although WordleBot now says that’s dropped to 4.6. At the time, that made it the equal 11th toughest of 2023 so far. But GLAZE… well, that’s even harder; WordleBot says it has an average of 4.8.

There were two problems with yesterday’s game, a repeated letter and an uncommon letter (I did have one email suggesting there was a third, namely that it’s also not a widely used word – which is probably fair). GLAZE, though, only has one obvious issue, in that it contains a Z.

Now, Z is not as uncommon as J. It features in 40 of Wordle’s original 2,309 answers, compared to only 27 which include a J. However, 40 games out of more than 2,300 is still very low – you’d only expect to get one every 57 games. We’re a little ahead of schedule today, because we last saw one for AZURE, which was game #832 back in September.

I say Z is the only obvious issue, but my theory as to why GLAZE is seemingly tougher than NINJA is that unlike the latter solution, there are lots of other words that have a similar format to GLAZE. The –A-E format is incredibly common, and there are also lots that look like -LA-E, for instance BLADE and PLATE and FLAME. Worse still, there are a couple that also begin with a G; you could have played GLARE or GLADE for instance, and both are arguably more obvious than GLAZE. 

On the plus side, some of the best Wordle starting words did cut the options list today, which couldn’t be said of yesterday’s game. SLATE, WordleBot’s favorite, left 13 possible solutions, while STALE was at 14 and LEAST at 15. My pick, STARE, was not too bad either – I had 27 options left, compared to more than 100 yesterday.

I didn’t try to solve it outright on the second guess, instead playing BLIND in order to narrow things down further. I think this was the right decision: BLIND was “a solid guess” according to WordleBot, but by cutting the options to only four, I’d say it was worthy of slightly higher praise.

Those four were quite obvious: PLACE, FLAME, FLAKE, GLAZE. And with four guesses remaining, I couldn’t now fail and lose my streak. But I decided not to guess yet even so, because I didn’t want a 5/6 or 6/6. Instead, I settled for a 4/6, playing MAGIC in order to guarantee solving it on the next go. If the M had turned yellow the answer would be FLAME, if the G then GLAZE, if the C then PLACE and if none of them then it would have to be FLAKE.

The plan worked, with that G turning yellow and confirming that the solution was GLAZE. I played that next for my 4/6 score.

Wordle answers: The past 50

I’ve been playing Wordle every day for more than a year now and have tracked all of the previous answers so I can help you improve your game. Here are the last 50 solutions starting with yesterday’s answer, or check out my past Wordle answers page for the full list.

  • Wordle #873, Thursday 9 November: GLAZE
  • Wordle #872, Wednesday 8 November: NINJA
  • Wordle #871, Tuesday 7 November: LIMIT
  • Wordle #870, Monday 6 November: TRADE
  • Wordle #869, Sunday 5 November: FLARE
  • Wordle #868, Saturday 4 November: MANIA
  • Wordle #867, Friday 3 November: ARDOR
  • Wordle #866, Thursday 2 November: UNTIL
  • Wordle #865, Wednesday 1 November: NOISE
  • Wordle #864, Tuesday 31 October: BLEAK
  • Wordle #863, Monday 30 October: GRAIL
  • Wordle #862, Sunday 29 October: PHONY
  • Wordle #861, Saturday 28 October: MASON
  • Wordle #860, Friday 27 October: NOBLE
  • Wordle #859, Thursday 26 October: PIQUE
  • Wordle #858, Wednesday 25 October: RETRY
  • Wordle #857, Tuesday 24 October: CAUSE
  • Wordle #856, Monday 23 October: TEMPO
  • Wordle #855, Sunday 22 October: GIVEN
  • Wordle #854, Saturday 21 October: SMIRK
  • Wordle #853, Friday 20 October: OCCUR
  • Wordle #852, Thursday 19 October: SPLAT
  • Wordle #851, Wednesday 18 October: MERCY
  • Wordle #850, Tuesday 17 October: ADULT
  • Wordle #849, Monday 16 October: GRAPH
  • Wordle #848, Sunday 15 October: LEAKY
  • Wordle #847, Saturday 14 October: AGENT
  • Wordle #846, Friday 13 October: UNCLE
  • Wordle #845, Thursday 12 October: KNELT
  • Wordle #844, Wednesday 11 October: SKUNK
  • Wordle #843, Tuesday 10 October: SNAIL
  • Wordle #842, Monday 9 October: TRUTH
  • Wordle #841, Sunday 8 October: BINGE
  • Wordle #840, Saturday 7 October: VIOLA
  • Wordle #839, Friday 6 October: CHIME
  • Wordle #838, Thursday 5 October: BUNCH
  • Wordle #837, Wednesday 4 October: SPURT
  • Wordle #836, Tuesday 3 October: WHILE
  • Wordle #835, Monday 2 October: MERRY
  • Wordle #834, Sunday 1 October: BERET
  • Wordle #833, Saturday 30 September: DADDY
  • Wordle #832, Friday 29 September: AZURE
  • Wordle #831, Thursday 28 September: COACH
  • Wordle #830, Wednesday 27 September: SMILE
  • Wordle #829, Tuesday 26 September: LOYAL
  • Wordle #828, Monday 25 September: ROCKY
  • Wordle #827, Sunday 24 September: RIGHT
  • Wordle #826, Saturday 23 September: CAROL
  • Wordle #825, Friday 22 September: BRUSH
  • Wordle #824, Thursday 21 September: STONE

What is Wordle?

If you’re on this page then you almost certainly know what Wordle is already, and indeed have probably been playing it for a while. And even if you’ve not been playing it, you must surely have heard of it by now, because it’s the viral word game phenomenon that took the world by storm last year and is still going strong in 2023.

We’ve got a full guide to the game in our What is Wordle page, but if you just want a refresher then here are the basics.

What is Wordle?

Wordle challenges you to guess a new five-letter word each day. You get six guesses, with each one revealing a little more information. If one of the letters in your guess is in the answer and in the right place, it turns green. If it’s in the answer but in the wrong place, it turns yellow. And if it’s not in the answer at all it turns gray. Simple, eh? 

It’s played online via the Wordle website or the New York Times’ Crossword app (iOS / Android), and is entirely free. 

Crucially, the answer is the same for everyone each day, meaning that you’re competing against the rest of the world, rather than just against yourself or the game. The puzzle then resets each day at midnight in your local time, giving you a new challenge, and the chance to extend your streak.

What are the Wordle rules?

The rules of Wordle are pretty straightforward, but with a couple of curveballs thrown in for good measure.

1. Letters that are in the answer and in the right place turn green.

2. Letters that are in the answer but in the wrong place turn yellow. 

3. Letters that are not in the answer turn gray.

4. Answers are never plural.

5. Letters can appear more than once. So if your guess includes two of one letter, they may both turn yellow, both turn green, or one could be yellow and the other green.

6. Each guess must be a valid word in Wordle’s dictionary. You can’t guess ABCDE, for instance.

7. You do not have to include correct letters in subsequent guesses unless you play on Hard mode.

8. You have six guesses to solve the Wordle.

9. You must complete the daily Wordle before midnight in your timezone.

10. All answers are drawn from Wordle’s list of 2,309 solutions. However…

11. Wordle will accept a wider pool of words as guesses – some 10,000 of them. For instance, you can guess a plural such as WORDS. It definitely won’t be right (see point 4 above), but Wordle will accept it as a guess.

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