Today's Wordle #548 Clues, Tips and Answer for Monday, December 19 Game

Wordle fans struggling to guess the correct answer today may need some of the helpful hints and clues below. And for those players down to their final guess, who can't bear to break a winning streak, then the answer is provided at the end of this article.

The game, which involves players from around the world, asks users to solve the puzzle by guessing a mystery five-letter word—in six tries or fewer.

The puzzle refreshes each day, with a new word that needs to be worked out from scratch. Wordle tries to help users stumble across the correct word by using a color-coded system; each correct letter in a guess turns green, or yellow if it's in the word but is currently in the wrong place, or gray if it is incorrect.

Wordle game on phone
A player tries to guess the answer to a Wordle game on their cell phone. Getty Images

The Origins of 'Wordle'

Game inventor Josh Wardle, a software engineer, created the puzzle to play with his partner. He had first started working on it back in 2013, but returned to it during the pandemic and perfected it, naming the game with a riff on his own surname.

Wardle made the game public in October 2021 and it quickly became a global phenomenon—gaining more than 45 million users after starting out with just 90 active players. He said he only wanted to provide a single game each day because he has always been "wary of apps that want to consume all of your time."

The software engineer sold his game to The New York Times for an undisclosed seven-figure sum in January 2022 and the puzzle moved over to the publication in February. The word game has become so popular that it has inspired a number of other daily games like the music-based Heardle, and the math-based Nerdle.

'Wordle' #548, Five Hints for Monday, December 19

Newsweek has put together five clues to help players baffled by today's Wordle.

Each hint is more revealing than the last, so players should stop reading at the point they feel confident they may have guessed the right answer.

Hint #1: Today's Wordle is both a noun and a verb.

Hint #2: The word starts with the letter S.

Hint #3: The word rhymes with "bait."

Hint #4: Merriam-Webster gives several meanings for the use of the word as a verb, including "to designate (someone or something) for a specified purpose."

Hint #5: Merriam-Webster gives several meanings for the use of the word as a noun too, including "a dense fine-grained metamorphic rock produced by the compression of various sediments (such as clay or shale)" and "a tablet...used for writing on."

'Wordle' #548 Answer for Monday, December 19

The answer to today's Wordle is "SLATE."

Wordle updates every day at 7 p.m. ET, at which point the next word will become available for players to try and solve.

But for fans who need something to keep themselves busy while they wait for Wordle to refresh can have a go at these similar word-based puzzles.