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Did The New York Times Just Ruin Wordle? Fortunately, no. When the popular puzzle game was bought by the news media company in January for a low seven-figure sum, the deal came with promises that there would be “no changes” to Wordle’s gameplay after the move. But that turned out not to be true this week when some Wordle addicts found they got different solutions than others playing the same day puzzle. If so, it may have destroyed one of Wordle’s main selling points. The joy in Wordle isn’t just guessing the five letter word in less than six tries – it’s sharing your results on social media and comparing how well you did with others.
Spoilers below for Wordle puzzle 284 on Wednesday, March 30, 2022.
However, on Wednesday, many Wordle players found that the solution to their puzzle was different from others playing the same game, Wordle No. 284.
For some, the winning word was “stove,” but for others, it was “harry.” The latter does not refer to a person’s name, we should note, but rather to the somewhat obsolete word meaning “persistently harassed” or “torment from constant attack”.
Wordle players were surprised to find that they had a different solution to their puzzle than others and took to social media to complain. Some noted that they had experienced this problem before, indicating that the game had changed as they knew. For example, The Wall Street Journal pointed out that this problem had emerged earlier with game No. 241 when some users had the solution “agora” and others got “aroma”.
But it turns out The New York Times doesn’t change the way Wordle works. (Wow!)
Instead, the company told TechCrunch that it removed a few more obscure words from the game to make the puzzle more accessible. “Harry” was apparently one of them. That meant that the people who play Wordle on a daily basis – leaving the game’s webpage open on their device – weren’t getting the game’s updates. In other words, their version of the game was out of sync with others loading Wordle in a new browser window.
“We haven’t changed the way Wordle works,” said NYT spokesman Jordan Cohen. “We have not made any changes to the basic functionality or rules of the game and we are committed to continuing what makes the game great. We will continue to review the solutions and remove obscure or potentially insensitive words,” he added.
Fortunately, this problem is easy to solve. All you need to do is refresh the Wordle website to make sure your game is synced. After this you will no longer receive the obscure words that have been removed from the Wordle database and you can compare your scores with those of others.
We understand that The New York Times is looking for a more sustainable long-term solution to this problem in the future, so this kind of discrepancy will no longer occur. But that hasn’t been rolled out yet.
The New York Times Games division tried to explain the problem on Twitter. But it is tweet instructed users to copy and paste a particular URL into their browser, and still left some confused as to what was happening or why a fix was needed at all.
However, the fact that the “two Wordles” issue even exploded in the first place is a good indication of how popular the game remains among its fans. In fact, it’s so popular that players didn’t even bother to close their browser window when they finished the game – knowing full well that they’d be back tomorrow for the next puzzle. That level of addiction holds great promise for the game’s future. But the chaos caused by the minor tweak also shows how susceptible users will be to further changes, bugs, or anything else that changes the nature of Wordle gameplay.
Created by Brooklyn software engineer Josh Wardle, the puzzle was first launched in October 2021. On November 1, 2021, only 90 people played the puzzle. But in two months, Wordle had grown to 300,000 users. Today it has millions of players. What wasn’t clear, though, is how many of those players actually launched Wordle each day.
As this incident shows, there must have been quite a few!