Why is my wordle word different? Here's why players are getting different answers for Wordle 324

Wordle 324 has many fans scratching their heads and asking 'why is my wordle word different?'

Why is my wordle word different?
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Wordle 324 has confused fans with many questioning 'why is my wordle word different?' as it looks like the game is providing different answers for different players.

For some Wordle players, this morning they were greeted with the word 'shine' as the answer to the puzzle, but for others, they were challenged to solve the Wordle answer 'fetus.' This of course confused a number of fans who could not understand why they were not given the same challenge as other players.

"Hey @nytimes- WTF? My wife gets SHINE and I get FETUS #Wordle324 #wordle," said one annoyed player who felt the word 'fetus' was tricker to solve.

"Why does Wordle 324 have two different answers someone tell me I'm not alone... #Wordle324 #Wordle," said another.

"Is anyone else finding that wordle 324 is two different words? A friend and I always compare and we both got different words... #Wordle324," said yet another fan.

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So why is this happening? The word 'fetus' had originally been programmed as the wordle answer for May 9, 2022, but the New York Times attempted to reprogram the game and make the word 'shine' the answer of the day.  Unfortunately, this proved to be a difficult task and some players were still given the answer 'fetus' today. 

While the word 'fetus' is neither offensive nor an inherently bad word, the New York Times was mindful that given the recent news surrounding Roe V Wade, this word could be somewhat problematic and spark a negative backlash from players. 

The New York Times released an apology and explained why they wanted to change this answer today. "Some users may see an outdated answer that seems closely connected to a major recent news event. This is entirely unintentional and a coincidence—today’s original answer was loaded into Wordle last year," explained the owners.

The outlet went on to say that they wanted to keep this game separate from the news and as a place of 'escape' for players. "At New York Times Games, we take our role seriously as a place to entertain and escape, and we want Wordle to remain distinct from the news."

"But because of the current Wordle technology, it can be difficult to change words that have already been loaded into the game. When we discovered last week that this particular word would be featured today, we switched it for as many solvers as possible," said the brand.

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The statement concluded by saying that although this was a frustrating problem, this is an unusual problem that they have been faced with and the likelihood of this issue taking place again is very low.

"We want to emphasize that this is a very unusual circumstance. When we acquired Wordle in January, it had been built for a relatively small group of users. We’re now busy revamping Wordle’s technology so that everyone always receives the same word. We are committed to ensuring that tens of millions of people have a gratifying and consistent experience, every day," concluded the New York Times.

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