Today’s ‘Wordle’ #884 Hints and Answer for Monday, November 20 Puzzle

Another day, another Wordle enigma to sink your teeth into. Since its launch in October 2021, the word puzzle game has kept more than 2 million daily players guessing, but apparently, how you play Wordle says a lot about you.

According to a neuroscientist, two factors impact how players approach the game; their cognitive profile and their cognitive style.

Your cognitive profile includes your “working memory”—how quickly your brain processes information—and your vocabulary.

A person playing "Wordle" on a cellphone
A person playing “Wordle” on a cellphone. According to a neuroscientist, how you play “Wordle” says a lot about you.
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Wordle relies very heavily on working memory,” Catherine Loveday, a cognitive neuroscience expert at the University of Westminster in the U.K., told Newsweek.

“You have to be able to hold in mind the letters you already know are right, move them into alternative spots and then hold in mind different combinations of the letters still available to you, and then assess whether each of these makes a viable word.”

However, your cognitive style includes your personality, life experiences and tendencies.

“For example someone who is reflective and considered when they do Wordle are also more likely to take this approach to life more generally,” Loveday explained.

“On the other hand, someone who makes very snap decisions in Wordle may tend to do this more in real life—going with their gut and instinct and maybe taking more risks but being quicker and using more heuristics.”

Whatever your Wordle style, if you’re struggling with today’s puzzle, Newsweek is here to help.

‘Wordle’ #884, Clues for Monday, November 20

Newsweek has gathered five hints to help you solve today’s Wordle brainteaser.

Hint #1: Today’s Wordle puzzle contains one vowel.

Hint #2: There are no repeated letters.

Hint #3: The second letter is a vowel.

Hint #4: Related words include “sugar” and “sweet.”

Hint #5: The answer ends with a “y.”

‘Wordle’ #884, Answer for Monday, November 20

The answer to today’s Wordle puzzle is “Candy.”

Merriam-Webster defines candy as a “crystallized sugar formed by boiling down sugar syrup,” but also as “something that is pleasant or appealing in a light or frivolous way.”

Did you guess today’s word in the six allocated guesses or less? Don’t feel bad if it took you a few tries. Even Wordle’s creator, Josh Wardle, admits to struggling sometimes, taking at least four or five attempts to get it right—although he shared some tips with Newsweek if you need a hand.

If you can’t wait for Wordle to reset at midnight, why not try NerdleWordle’s math-themed counterpart—or Worldle, if you’re a geography buff.