Wordle: Two different words in today’s game leave players confused after New York Times makes changes due to ‘recent major event’ | world news

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Wordle players around the world have been left baffled after a “recent major news event” prompted the people behind the game to change the word to today.

Spoiler alert: This story contains the answer to today’s edition of Wordle.

A number of people expressed a mix of confusion and annoyance after sharing their result with friends on Monday, only to learn there appeared to be two different answers.

Many who played the daily puzzle were given the word “fetus” – the American English spelling of foetus.

However, for others who loaded up the game – which resets every 24 hours at midnight – the word posed was “shine”.

Many learned of the gap after using the “share” option on the online puzzle – a feature credited with the game’s huge success – and finding friends had not been set to the same word.

The New York Times, which acquired the rights to the game in January for an “undisclosed seven-figure price” after it exploded, said the change was the result of “a highly unusual circumstance”.

A statement released by the newspaper said it was still discovering “new challenges” in switching to “Times technology”.

“Today, for example, some users may see an outdated answer that seems closely related to a recent major event. This is completely unintentional and coincidental – today’s original answer was uploaded to Wordle the year last,” he said.

“At The New York Times Games, we take our role as a place of entertainment and escape seriously, and we want Wordle to remain distinct from the news.

“But due to current Wordle technology, it can be difficult to change words that have already been loaded into the game.

“When we found out last week that this particular word would be featured today, we changed it to as many solvers as possible.”

A number of people who received the original word had pointed to the connection to recent news surrounding the US Supreme Court, which last week ordered an inquiry into a leaked draft document suggesting landmark law that legalized abortion could be annulled.

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The New York Times statement said that anyone who refreshes their browser window will not receive “the outdated version” but that “we know that some people will not and therefore will be prompted to solve the outdated puzzle”.

“We want to emphasize that this is a very unusual circumstance,” the statement added.

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