Times changes the puzzle to avoid loaded words

NEW YORK – The New York Times quickly changed Monday’s answer to theirs daily wordle puzzle for fear that it could be seen as some sort of commentary on the abortion rights debate.

The game that became and continued to be a sensation at the end of last year bought by The Times in Januarygives users six attempts to guess a different five-letter word each day.

But The Times faltered when it discovered that the word on Monday entered into Wordle’s computer program last year was “foetus”.

The timing was particularly tight given last week leaked report on a draft US Supreme Court decision that would overturn a 50-year-old ruling governing women’s ability to obtain abortions.


The appearance of “Fetus” was “completely unintentional and a coincidence,” the newspaper said in a note to readers on Monday.

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

The Times changed Monday’s response to a different word, and a spokesperson said a “vast majority” of users saw it. But some people who didn’t update their browsers saw “fetus” instead, spokesman Jordan Cohen said.

He didn’t want to say if The Times had received any complaints about “foetus”.

Wordle was invented by Josh Wardle, a Brooklyn software developer, as a gift for his partner and started when he started putting it online. Players guess words and refine the correct answer as the game tells them if their guesses include letters in the Word of the Day.

The Times bought his invention for more than a million dollars and is revamping the technology to ensure every user sees the same word every day, the paper said. Cohen said millions of people play Wordle every day.

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