Today’s Wordle hints – answer, clues and tips for game #886, Wednesday, November 22

Today’s Wordle hints – answer, clues and tips for game #886, Wednesday, November 22
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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 #886) – 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 #886) – clue #2 – first letter

What letter does today’s Wordle begin with?

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

P is a very common first letter among Wordle answers. It’s the fifth most common in the alphabet and begins 141 solutions in total.

Wordle hints (game #886) – 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 #886) – clue #4 – ending letter

What letter does today’s Wordle end with?

The last letter in today’s Wordle is L.

L is a really common letter to find at the end of a Wordle. There are 155 games that finish with an L, and it ranks as the fifth most likely letter there.

Wordle hints (game #886) – clue #5 – last chance

Still looking for more Wordle hints today? Here’s an extra one for game #886.

  • Today’s Wordle answer is used to make an image.

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 #886)

Today’s Wordle hints – answer, clues and tips for game #886, Wednesday, November 22

(Image credit: New York Times)

Today’s Wordle answer (game #886) is… PIXEL.

At heart, Wordle is a game of luck. Yes, skill comes into it too, but you can play perfectly and get a below-par score, or randomly lob words at the board and get a 2/6. Over the course of many games that luck will even out, so your overall average is probably the best indicator of your Wordling ability (mine is 3.63 over 687 games, for what it’s worth). But your score for an individual game often says nothing beyond how lucky you were.

That’s the case with my game today, at least – I scored a 3/6, on a day when the Wordle word was a pretty tough one that has an average of 4.2, according to WordleBot. And I achieved that good score purely because I got lucky.

PIXEL owes its difficulty to the X sitting right in the middle of the word. X is the third least common letter in the game, ahead of only Q and J, and appears in a mere 37 out of Wordle’s original 2,309 answers. At least I think that must be the problem, because the other four letters are all common. 

Another factor could have been the performance of the best Wordle starting words; very few helped much, with most returning more than 100 possible answers. Only PLATE and PLANE (each of which left four solutions) bucked that trend.

My pick, STARE, left 249 possibles, so a score of 3/6 seemed an impossible dream. Things improved slightly with my second guess – BLEND gave me a yellow L to add to the E, but the latter stayed stubbornly yellow too and I still had 17 answers to choose from.

I didn’t list all 17, but came up with a half dozen: HOVEL, HELLO, CELLO, EXCEL, HELIX and PIXEL. I wasn’t trying to be comprehensive, but I’m still annoyed I didn’t spot the likes of JEWEL, VOWEL, LEVEL and JELLY – although I’m less bothered by my failure to come up with JULEP or KUGEL.

Anyway, I didn’t think I’d solve the Wordle at this stage of proceedings, so I just wanted a word to point me in the right direction. Several of my answers contained an X, so I decided to go for one of those. 

Now, as it happens, I had my phone beside me on the desk. And my phone is a Google Pixel 8 (which I can highly recommend, there are some great Google Pixel Black Friday deals right now if you’re interested). So, for want of a better option, I played PIXEL because it was in my mind and might help.

A 17-to-1 shot is not one that often comes off, but today fortune smiled upon me and all five letters turned green. And to round things off, I beat WordleBot (which could only score a 4/6). I’ll take that.

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

Yesterday’s Wordle hints (game #885)

In a different time zone where it’s still Tuesday? Don’t worry – I can give you some clues for Wordle #885, too.

  • Wordle yesterday had vowels in three 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 P.

P is a very common first letter among Wordle answers. It’s the fifth most common in the alphabet and begins 141 solutions in total.

  • 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 O.

O is a middling ending letter. It ranks 12th in this regard, and finishes 58 Wordle answers in total.

Still looking for more Wordle hints? Here’s an extra one for game #885.

  • Yesterday’s Wordle answer is a musical instrument.

Yesterday’s Wordle answer (game #885)

Wordle answer for game 885 on a yellow background

(Image credit: New York Times)

Yesterday’s Wordle answer (game #885) was… PIANO.

Some Wordles are ‘easy’ because they genuinely are easy, with no particular complications to trip people up. Others have a low average score, as reported by WordleBot, because some of the best Wordle starting words gave a particular set of people an advantage.

And then there are the games that are both of those things, of which today’s is a prime example. For starters, anyone who began today’s game by playing AUDIO – the second most popular of all starting words, behind ADIEU – will have had a massive advantage, because it cut the number of remaining answers to a single option.

Given that 5% of players started with AUDIO today, 5% will presumably have scored a 2/6. And that’s part of the reason why it has an overall average of 3.3. The other part, obviously, is that PIANO is fundamentally an easy Wordle. It contains three vowels, one very common consonant, a very common starting letter and is a very common word. There’s nothing to worry about here.

My own game started with a single green A, which left 43 possible solutions. But I need not have worried, because my second guess, CLING, cut that to only one.

CLING is a great second word to use in these kind of situations. It contains four common consonants, including two (L and N) that I think of as among the best ‘linking letters’, by which I mean that they pair nicely with a select group of other letters. If you get a yellow or green L, for instance, you know that it will often follow a C, B, F, G or P, but that many others letters don’t work with it. This helps to identify the pattern that the answer takes.

As it happens, the L wasn’t included but the N and I were. The only ways I could arrange my letters now were I-AN-, -IAN- and –ANI, and I quickly realized that neither the first or last of those pointed towards any answers. The middle one, however, gave me PIANO, and I played that next for a 3/6. 

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 #885, Tuesday 21 November: PIANO
  • Wordle #884, Monday 20 November: CANDY
  • Wordle #883, Sunday 19 November: QUEUE
  • Wordle #882, Saturday 18 November: THINK
  • Wordle #881, Friday 17 November: TARDY
  • Wordle #880, Thursday 16 November: TRUST
  • Wordle #879, Wednesday 15 November: SIGHT
  • Wordle #878, Tuesday 14 November: SASSY
  • Wordle #877, Monday 13 November: GREEN
  • Wordle #876, Sunday 12 November: MEANT
  • Wordle #875, Saturday 11 November: ACTOR
  • 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

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.