In short: The New York Times bought the viral word game Wordle late last month, and the paper has now fully ported the game to its website in less than two weeks. At the moment it works almost the same, with a few changes.
Those who play Wordle on a daily basis may have already noticed that now jumping to the old game URL redirects them to the New York Times. Even the Wordle logo is now printed in newspaper font. This is supposed to be a smooth transition, but there have been some hiccups along the way.
Wordle keeps track of your winning streaks, as well as statistics on how many guesses it takes someone to solve puzzles. This information is stored in browser data that should automatically navigate to the New York Times site if you use the same browser. FAQ. Some users have reported that their series has been reset and the Times said he identified the problem and is working on a fix.
🚨 Wordle update! We have identified an issue impacting user bands and are actively working to resolve it. Thank you for your patience.
— NYTimes Wordplay (@NYTimesWordplay) February 11, 2022
A confirmed glitch that occurred during the migration reset users’ guesses about that day’s puzzle. So users who couldn’t decide in the morning got another chance after The Times took over, and those who already knew the answer got a free win.
Other users noticed the paper also removed several possible words. One of them is spelled differently in British and American English, and most of the others are considered offensive.
Some of the missing words should have been answers to the original version of Wordle. As such, players who use the Web Archive version instead of the NYT will soon see puzzle solutions diverge between them.
When the New York Times bought Wordle, it said it would remain free, at least initially. The company appears to have kept that promise as no account is required to play on its website.