The New York Times changed its mind Monday Wordle a riddle, citing close ties to the “big recent news event”. The Times reported on 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 decision “completely unintentional and accidental – today’s original response was loaded in Wordle last year.”
[Ed. note: Spoilers for Wordle’s answer for Monday, May 9.]
Some Wordle players were served a puzzle on Monday with the word “fetus” in response. Others were given a different five-letter word. But the word fetus is clearly part of the big news event, the possible reversal of Roe v. Wade, a legal precedent that, if reversed, would immediately render abortion illegal in more than 20 U.S. states.
The New York Times Games team said early Monday that “we take our role seriously as a place to have fun and escape and we want to Wordle stay away from the news. ”
“But because of the electricity Wordle technology, it can be difficult to change words that are already loaded into the game, ”the team said. “When we discovered last week that this particular word would be presented today, we changed it for as many solvers as possible.”
Wordle players who refresh the browser window will not get the outdated version (i.e. fetus), according to the Times. The gaming team is also in the process of updating Wordle to avoid a similar situation in the future.
“We want to emphasize that this is a very unusual circumstance,” the Times writes. “When we acquired Wordle in January it was built for a relatively small group of users. We are now busy renovating WordleIt’s technology so everyone always receives the same word. We are committed to ensuring that tens of millions of people have a satisfying and consistent experience every day. ”