Wordle Answer Today #503 (Friday November 4th)

Looking for the Wordle Answer for Friday, November 4, 2022? They say we all have a destiny, and for Wordle puzzle squares, there’s only one satisfying outcome: turning green when you get the right letter in the right space. You wouldn’t deny a simple square its fate, would you? They only exist to make you happy, after all. Give something back.

In case you need help continuing your philanthropic efforts on behalf of Squares, we’ve found a few clues to help you. Or you can even scroll down the video and see the full answer if you want to jump straight to the good part (don’t blame us if it’s not as satisfying that way).


Wordle November 4 tips

Struggling to guess the Wordle answer today? Here are some tips to help you:

  • This word contains a non-consecutive double vowel.
  • The fourth letter is “T”.
  • This abbreviation for a visual arts medium is so common that even the dictionary recognizes it as a word in its own right these days!
Are you looking for an alternative to Wordle? Here are eight of our favorite Wordle-likes to add to your morning puzzle routine.

Wordle Answer Today November 4th

It’s time to reveal the answer to today’s Wordle. The word is…

PHOTO.

“Photo-” is the Greek root of the word “light”, but that’s not why this is a Wordle answer. The word “photography” was coined in 1839 to refer to the brand new process of capturing a likeness by recording light (“-graph” meaning “writing” in Greek). Over time we got a little lazy with it and started referring to photographs simply as photos, and the informality remained, to the point where “photo” is now fully understood to mean the product resulting from the photography. Even more informally, you can use “photo” as a verb, meaning “to take a picture”.

As interesting as this trip down the path of etymology is, be sure to keep your enthusiasm to yourself! I wouldn’t want to spoil today’s wordle answer by accident, after all.


How to play Wordle

Wordle is a very simple word guessing game. The goal is to guess the correct five-letter word in just six guesses. With each guess, the individual letters of the chosen word will be highlighted in green if they are in the correct place, or yellow if they are in the wrong place. If a letter does not appear in the word solution at all, it will not be highlighted.

Using these clues, you can begin to narrow down the correct word by determining which letters are included in the word and which positions they belong to. Head over to the Wordle site to try it out for yourself. Remember: there is only one Wordle puzzle released per day, so if you want to play again, you’ll have to wait until tomorrow.


How did Wordle start?

Wordle started life as a small family game created by software engineer Josh Wardle. He created the game so he and his partner could play a fun little word game together during the pandemic, and they quickly realized there was something quite special about this simple little guessing game. So, after a bit of refinement, Wardle made it public on his website, Power Language.

The game was released in October 2021 and by the end of the year the game had two million daily players. It became a viral hit, thanks in large part to the ease with which players could share their spoiler-free results on Twitter and other social media sites. In January 2022, Wardle accepted an offer from The New York Times to acquire Wordle for a seven-figure sum. Well done, Mr Wardle. Well done indeed.

Are some Wordle words not allowed?

You can type in just about any five-letter word in English and Wordle will accept it as a guess. However, the answer is chosen each day from a much smaller list of more common five-letter words. There are still thousands of possible answers, of course, but that means the answer will never be such an obscure word as, say, “THIOL”, or “CAIRD”, or “MALIC” (yes, those are all real words).

There are very occasional words that The New York Times will choose not to publish as the Wordle Answer of the Day, perhaps for reasons related to recent news or politics. For example, shortly after the announcement of the cancellation of Roe v Wade in the United States, the NYT decided to change the word for March 30 from “FETUS” to “SHINE”, because the feeling was that the word “fetus” was too politically charged a word in the context of recent events.

The New York Times has also been careful to never allow what it considers foul words as an answer to a Wordle riddle. But of course, there’s nothing stopping you from using even the dirtiest words as guesses, as long as they’re accepted words in the dictionary and as long as you realize they’ll never end up being the answer.


Is Wordle getting too easy for you?

If Wordle is starting to get too easy, there are several ways to make the game harder for yourself. The first choice is to enable hard mode. You can do this on the Wordle site by clicking on the cog icon at the top right of the screen. Hard mode means all letters highlighted to have to be used in all future guesses. This prevents you from using the common tactic of choosing two words like “ONCE” and “PAINS” to test all five vowels from the start.

You can take it up a notch by playing by what we call the “ultra-hard” rules. This means that every guess you enter to have to potentially be the answer. If you were just playing on Hard mode and you typed “MOIST” and the “O” appeared in yellow, then there would be nothing stopping you from making “POLAR” your next word, even though that might not be the answer because you already know the “O” is in the wrong place. If you are playing under “Ultra-Hard” rules, this is not allowed. You must adhere to every clue and ensure that every word you enter is potentially the answer.

If, after all, Wordle is still too easy for you, you can always try one of the many other Wordle-inspired online games that have popped up over the past year. One of our favorites is Worldle, where you have to guess a country in the world based on its shape. There’s also Waffle, which involves swapping letters in a full grid to complete all the words; Moviedle, which shows you an entire movie in a tiny space of time and challenges you to guess the movie in six guesses; and Quordle, which tasks you with solving four Wordles at once with the same guesses.


If you need help with future Wordles, be sure to check out our list of the best Wordle starter words for the best chance of success. You can also check our Archive of Previous Wordle Answers to see which words have been chosen previously.

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