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The NYT intervenes to change the Wordle fetus response


The New York Times quickly changed the answer Monday to its daily Wordle puzzle, fearing it would be seen as some kind of commentary on the abortion rights debate.

The game, which became a sensation late last year and was bought by the NYT in January, gives users six attempts to guess different five-letter words each day.

However, the NYT was frustrated when it discovered that Monday’s word, which was introduced into Wordle’s computer program last year, was “fruit”.

The deadlines were particularly difficult, given last week’s tracking report on a draft U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning a 50-year-old ruling regulating women’s ability to have abortions.

The appearance of the “fruit” was “completely unintentional and accidental,” the newspaper said in a statement to readers on Monday.

“At the New York Times Games, we take our role as a place to have fun and escape, and we want Wordle to stay separate from the news,” the statement said.

The NYT changed Monday’s response to another word, and a spokesman said it was seen by the “vast majority” of users.

But some people who did not update their browsers saw “fruit” instead, said spokesman Jordan Cohen.

He did not say whether the newspaper had any complaints about the “fruit”.

Wordle was invented by Josh Wardle, a software engineer from Brooklyn, as a gift to his partner and took it off when he started posting it online.

Players guess the words and hone the correct answer when the game tells them whether their guesses contain the letters in the word of the day.

The Times bought his invention for more than $ 1 million ($ 1.4 million) and is perfecting the technology to make sure every user sees the same word every day, the newspaper said.

Cohen said millions of people play Wordle every day.


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