Wordle players around the world were confused after a “major recently reported event” caused the developers to modify today’s word.
Spoiler Alert: This story answers today’s Wordle.
Many people were confused and annoyed when they shared their results with their friends on Monday. However, it turned out that there were two answers.
Many people who participated in the daily puzzle were given the word “fetus”, which is the American English spelling for foetus.
Others who loaded the game, which resets every 24 hours at midnight, were however greeted with “shine”.
Many people discovered the discrepancy by using the “share” option on the online puzzle. This feature was credited with the game’s enormous success and helped them discover that their friends hadn’t been given the same word.
The New York Times bought the rights to the game for an undisclosed amount in January. This was after the game’s explosion.
The newspaper released a statement saying it was still finding “new challenges” after switching to “The Times’s technology”.
“Some users might see an old answer today that is closely related to recent major news events. It is completely unintentional and coincidental – Wordle’s original answer to today’s question was loaded into Wordle last January,” it stated.
“At New York Times Games we take our role as a place for entertainment and escape very seriously. Wordle is a distinct entity from the news.
“But, because of the Wordle technology it can be difficult for words to be changed that have been loaded into the game.
“When we found out that this word would be featured today last week, we switched it to as many solvers possible.”
Many people had received the original word and pointed out the connection to the recent news about the US Supreme Court. Last week, the court ordered an investigation into the leaked draft of a document that suggested that a historic law which legalised abortion might be overturned.
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According to the New York Times, anyone who refreshes their browser window will not be able to see “the old version”, but “we know some people won’t do that” and they will be asked for help solving the “old puzzle”.
The statement continued, “We want you to know that this is an unusual situation.”