Today's 'Wordle' #611 Tips, Hints and Answer for Monday, February 20 Puzzle

Today's Wordle has some players stumped, so Newsweek has come up with five helpful hints to help point them in the right direction. And for fans who are still unsure of the word when they are down to their final guess, the answer is provided at the end of the article.

The game 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. 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 perfected the game during the COVID 19 lockdown, naming it 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."

Wardle 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 the following month. Wordle became so popular that it has inspired a number of other daily games like the music-based Heardle, and the math-based Nerdle.

'Wordle' #611, Hints for Monday, February 20

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: No letters in today's Wordle appear twice.

Hint #2: There are two vowels.

Hint #3: The word starts with the letter S.

Hint #4: This Wordle rhymes with the word "bet."

Hint #5: Merriam-Webster defines the word as meaning "to excrete moisture in visible quantities... to labor or exert oneself so as to cause perspiration."

'Wordle' #611 Answer for Monday, February 20

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

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.