Today’s ‘Wordle’ #1,061 Clues and Answer for Wednesday, May 15 Puzzle

Wordle holds the distinction of being The New York Times‘ most-played game, more than two years after the news outlet acquired the popular brainteaser.

The game was invented by New York-based software engineer Josh Wardle, who perfected Wordle during the COVID-19 lockdowns. Welsh-born Wardle then released it to the public in October 2021.

Following its debut, Wordle went from having 90 users on November 1, 2021, to 300,000 on January 2, 2022, according to figures by Statista. The New York Times purchased the game for an undisclosed seven-figure fee soon after.

A major part of Wordle’s appeal is its simplicity. Players get six attempts to guess a five-letter word. Gray tiles behind each letter indicate that they’re not in the word at all; yellow means the letter features, but is in the wrong position, while green lets players know the letter is in the word and in the correct place.

A person plays “Wordle” on May 9, 2022, in Arlington, Virginia. The daily brainteaser is “The New York Times'” most popular game.


Speaking to Newsweek in January 2022, Wardle explained why he decided on five-letter words being the gold standard for the game.

“There is a reason that every word is five letters long and that you are allowed six attempts to guess it,” he said. “That might seem arbitrary but, with the prototype version, I tested different word lengths and experimented with the number of tries that players were allowed.

“Through that process of refinement, I figured out that five letters and six tries was the ideal sweet spot. It’s just limited enough to feel challenging and to make you think, but most of the time people still manage to solve it. So, you feel a real sense of real accomplishment.”

Newsweek has provided some clues below for today’s Wordle puzzle. The answer will be revealed at the end of this article, so scroll down with caution if you want to work it out for yourself.

‘Wordle’ #1,061 Hints for Wednesday, May 15 Game

Newsweek has put together five hints to help you figure out today’s Wordle puzzle.

Hint #1: Today’s answer contains one vowel.

Hint #2: “P” is the first letter of today’s word.

Hint #3: There are no repeated letters.

Hint #4: Today’s answer is a verb, a noun, and an adjective.

Hint #5: For the correct answer, think of squeezing or a small amount.

‘Wordle’ #1,061 Answer for Wednesday, May 15 Game

The answer to today’s Wordle is “Pinch.”

If you failed to guess it, don’t worry. Wordle creator Wardle previously told Newsweek that he usually needs four or five attempts before getting it right.

“[My partner] and I play it on the couch together each morning,” he said. “She will consistently get it in three goes, which is way, way better than I can ever hope to achieve. I normally need at least four or five attempts.”

Wordle is released at midnight in your local time zone. Newsweek will be back with another round of hints and tips for each new game.

Players who would like something to keep themselves busy while they wait can have a go at other word-based puzzles such as Typochondria and Spellspire.