New week, new Wordle, and some new rules to go with it: The New York Times made some big changes last week to the word list, which is no longer be based on the original game's list. You can read all about them in detail here, but the gist is that the list will no longer includes regular plurals (the kind ending in ES or S), so the answer will never be FOXES but it might be GEESE. The Times joked that yes, you'll finally be able to blame them for the harder days. If you get stuck on today's puzzle, we're here to help with handy hints, as we are every day.
If you just want today's word, you can jump straight to the end of this article for November 15's Wordle solution, for puzzle #514. If you'd rather work through it yourself, keep reading for some tips, tricks, and clues.
Where did Wordle come from?
Wordle was initially created by engineer Josh Wardle as a gift for his partner, though it quickly spread until it became an international phenomenon. Thousands of players across the globe tackle Wordle each day, with some fans even having created alternate versions of the daily word puzzle game. These include battle royale format Squabble, music identification game Heardle, and variations like Dordle and Quordle that make you guess multiple words at once.
What's the best Wordle starting word?
The goal of Wordle is to have fun, and there's no right way to have fun. Just choose whatever starting word feels right to you, and don't let anyone shame you for it. However, if you want to take a more strategic approach, we have a few ideas to help you pick a word that will spark joy. One tip is to select a word that includes at least two different vowels, plus some common consonants like S, T, R, or N.
What happened to the Wordle archive?
The entire archive of past Wordles used to be available for anyone to play in glorious days gone by. Unfortunately it has since been taken down, with the website's creator stating it was done at the request of the New York Times.
Is Wordle getting harder?
If you're finding Wordle too easy, you can try enabling its Hard Mode to give your brain a tougher challenge. But Wordle isn't getting any harder by itself — it's the same difficulty that it's always been.
That said, the Times did joke when it changed the word list that it might be a little harder now. Time will tell.
Why are there two different Wordle answers some days?
Wordle is a fun, collective experience specifically because everyone's solving for the same word every day. Occasionally, though, Wordle has accepted two different solutions as correct on the same day. This was because the New York Times made changes to the Wordle word list after acquiring it, and sometimes swapped out words from the original list. This will probably happen even less often now that the Times has it own updated word list, but just to ensure you're getting the right answer every day, refresh your browser before you play — the site will save your streak.
Here's a subtle hint for today's Wordle answer:
It can be a facial expression.
Does today's Wordle answer have a double letter?
Today's Wordle is a 5-letter word that starts with...
The letter... S.
What's the answer to Wordle today?
Get your guesses in — it's the last call before we reveal the answer to today's Wordle!
Are you ready?
The solution to Wordle #514 is...