Today’s Wordle hints – answer, clues and tips for game #875, Saturday, November 11

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 #875) – 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 #875) – clue #2 – first letter

What letter does today’s Wordle begin with?

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

A is a reasonably common starting letter in Wordle: 140 games begin with this letter. It ranks 6th among starting letters, behind S, C, B, T and P.

Wordle hints (game #875) – 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 #875) – clue #4 – ending letter

What letter does today’s Wordle end with?

The last letter in today’s Wordle is R.

R is a very common letter to end a Wordle answer – it’s actually the 4th most common there, behind E, Y and T.

Wordle hints (game #875) – clue #5 – last chance

Still looking for more Wordle hints today? Here’s an extra one for game #875.

  • Today’s Wordle answer is not what they appear to be.

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 875 on a yellow background

(Image credit: New York Times)

Today’s Wordle answer (game #875) is… ACTOR.

I made a bit of a mess of this Wordle, turning it into a game of chase-the-yellow-letters-around-the-board for a couple of guesses before eventually solving it on the fourth attempt.

Others will almost certainly not have found it so frustrating, given that WordleBot says people are solving it in an average of 3.6 guesses. That’s not quite as low as yesterday’s LEASH (see below), which had a 3.2 average, but still well below the norm for Wordle, which is around 4.0.

There are no real complications to it, so that lowish average should not be a surprise. All five letters are common, although C sits just outside the top 10 most overall, and is not very often found in position #2 in an answer. But as a word, it’s about as common as they get.

Some of the best Wordle starting words made it easier still: CRATE left only one remaining answer, while TRACE left two and CARTE three. Plenty of people will have scored a 2/6 today.

I was not one of them. STARE gave me three yellows and cut the options to 17, which was pretty good. But the next two guesses were a little unlucky, with PARTY cutting the number to five and then TRIAL – which was one of those five – narrowing it down to a single option. That was ACTOR and I finally played it next for a 4/6 score.

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

Yesterday’s Wordle hints (game #874)

In a different time zone where it’s still Friday? Don’t worry – I can give you some clues for Wordle #874, 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 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.

  • 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 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.

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

  • Yesterday’s Wordle answer is a restraint.

Yesterday’s Wordle answer (game #874)

Wordle answer for game 874 on a yellow background

(Image credit: New York Times)

Yesterday’s Wordle answer (game #874) was… 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. Thursday’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.

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 #874, Friday 10 November: LEASH
  • 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

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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