Puzzled and frustrated Wordle users are venting on social media Tuesday after finding two possible solutions for answer #241, the latest in a string of issues for the wildly popular game since it migrated to the New York Times website less than a week ago.
Wordle has two different answers on Tuesday.
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Every day, Wordle has players around the world trying to guess the same five-letter word in six tries.
Until Wordle #241 on Tuesday, that is, according to players on Twitter, who have reported getting two different—yet correct—answers to the puzzle.
The difference appears to stem from the website players use to access the game, with those who have migrated onto the Times’ newer site having a different answer to those still on the older Powerlanguage site.
The disparity does not appear to be an intentional move by the Times, which did not immediately respond to Forbes’ request for comment.
What To Watch For
Changes to Wordle. The Times has denied it has made any changes to the game and previously told Forbes it does not “have set plans for the game’s future” when asked if it would remain free. Despite this, an analysis of the games’ source code reveals the publisher has made multiple changes to the Wordle’s word and answer list to remove some words upon migration to the Times.
Wordle’s popularity skyrocketed over the course of a few months, going from fewer than a hundred daily players in November to millions every day in the first months of 2022. The New York Times purchased the game in late January, reportedly for a seven-figure sum, sparking fears the popular app would be rolled into the publisher’s paid content like its crossword and Spelling Bee game. The migration over to the Times’ site in early February has not been smooth, with players complaining of much harder games and that their data—including winning streaks—was deleted in transit. The company said the issue has been fixed and denies making the game harder.
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