NY Times Changed Wordle Answer Monday Due To “Significant Recent News Event”

The New York Times has changed the solution to Monday’s wordle puzzle, citing close ties to “an important recent news event”. The Times posted about the change in the games section, explaining why some wordle players may have a different solution than their friends, family or colleagues.

The Times called today’s drawn solution word “completely unintentional and coincidence – today’s original answer was loaded in wordle last year.”

[Ed. note: Spoilers for Wordle’s answer for Monday, May 9.]

Some wordle players were presented with a puzzle on Monday with the word ‘fetus’ as the answer. Others were given a different five-letter word. But the word fetus is clearly and visibly part of a major news event, the possible overthrow of Roe v. Wade, setting a legal precedent that, if reversed, would immediately make abortion illegal in more than 20 states in the US.

The New York Times Games team said early Monday that “we take our role seriously as a place to entertain and escape, and we want to” wordle to stay distinct from the news.”

“But by the stream wordle technology, it can be difficult to change words that are already loaded into the game,” the team said. “When we found out last week that this particular word would be used today, we swapped it out for as many solvers as possible.”

wordle players who have refreshed their browser windows will not receive the outdated version (fetus, that is), the Times said. The games team is also updating wordle to avoid a similar situation in the future.

“We want to emphasize that this is a very unusual circumstance,” the Times said. “When We Bought” wordle in January it was built for a relatively small group of users. We are now busy refurbishing wordle‘s technology so that everyone always gets the same word. We are committed to ensuring that tens of millions of people have a satisfying and consistent experience every day.”

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