In a statement on its website, The Times warned that some users playing the game on Monday “may see an outdated answer that appears closely related to a recent major news event.”
While the statement did not specify which word it was referring to, the publisher confirmed to CNN that it was “a fetus.”
The Times said the word was uploaded into the game last year – before the publisher got hold of it – adding: “When we found out last week that this particular word was coming up today, we swapped it out for as many parsers as possible.”
The statement added that some users who had not refreshed their browser window could still get the word out from the “outdated puzzle”.
“At The New York Times Games, we take our role very seriously as a place of entertainment and escape, and we want Wordle to stand out from the news,” the newspaper said in its statement.
“But due to existing Wordle technology, it can be difficult to change words that are already loaded into the game,” she added.
A draft of the Supreme Court’s controversial opinion was circulated in early February, according to Politico, which obtained it. The final opinion has not been published and voices and language may change before opinions are officially published. An opinion on the issue is not expected to be published until late June.
The court confirmed the authenticity of the document on Tuesday, and also stressed that it was not the final decision.
Josh Wardle, a Brooklyn-based software engineer formerly at Reddit, released the game in October 2021, and it quickly became a cultural phenomenon, with millions of people playing the game daily, according to the Times.
CNN’s Tierney Snead, Ariane de Vogue, Joanne Biskubek, and Jennifer Korn contributed to this report.
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