Wordle decided to call it off.
Amid the controversy surrounding the Roe v. The Supreme Court’s Wade draft has eliminated the popular Wordle “fetus” game as a possible answer to Monday’s game, calling it “unintentional and coincidental” – although many users reported they can still submit it.
“We take our role as a place of entertainment and escape seriously, and we want Wordle to be different from the news,” wrote the New York Times — which acquired the game three months ago — on its website about the move.
Monday’s word of the day was changed from “foetus” to a less politically charged answer. The decision came after it was leaked that the Supreme Court could overturn Roe Vs. Wade — a landmark 1973 ruling granting women federal abortion rights — sparked fierce pro-choice protests nationwide.
According to the Times, the discrepancy in solutions was because “fetus” had been in the database prior to the Times acquisition in January and they couldn’t jettison the latecomer.
“This is completely unintentional and a coincidence – today’s original answer was loaded into Wordle last year,” the Times explained. “Due to current Wordle technology, it can be difficult to change words that have already been loaded into the game.”
They continued, “When we discovered last week that this particular word would be featured today, we swapped it out for as many solvers as we could.”
They explained that users who updated their browser got the new unloaded answer, while those who didn’t still saw “fetus”.
However, despite the Times’ efforts to undo their solution, confused players still received the “stale answer” for Wordle #234.
“Anybody know why people are getting two different #Wordle replies today?” wrote one amazed gamer the daily brain teaser where players try to guess a five letter word in six tries.
“‘Hey @nytimes – WTF? my wife gets [redacted] and I get FETUS” another stuttered.
This isn’t the first time The Times has attempted a solution switch. In February, the newspaper changed the answer for Wordle #241 from “Agora” to “Aroma” after Wordlers complained that the former was too unclear. Meanwhile, in March, Wordle answer #284 was updated from “harry” to “stove” for the same reason. In both cases, however, Wordlers report being able to submit the original answer.
The Times has successfully eliminated offensive terms such as “lynching,” “slave,” “slut,” “sluts,” and other derogatory terms as part of its ongoing rebranding campaign.