New York Times changes Wordle solution amid US Supreme Court draft opinion leak

The solution to Monday's Wordle was changed at the last minute after it was "entirely unintentionally" closely connected to a major recent news event.

Monday's solution was originally "fetus", but the New York Times, which bought Wordle earlier this year, had a last-minute scramble to change it after a leaked draft opinion last week indicated the US Supreme Court may overturn abortion rights.

The change in solution caused confusion after it was only implemented for some of the game's players.

"Today, for example, some users may see an outdated answer that seems closely connected to a major recent news event.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," the New York Times said in a statement.

"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."

Wordle's answer list is pre-written and assigned to a date

"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," the New York Times said.

The decision to change the word is speculated to be over avoiding using a politically-charged term.

In last week's leaked draft US Supreme Court opinion, authored by conservative Justice Samuel Alito, it indicated it may overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v Wade decision that legalised abortion in the country.

If finalised, the ruling wouldn't ban abortion nationwide but would instead be a matter for individual states to rule upon.

The leaked opinion has sparked protests across the United States to defend Roe v Wade, and President Joe Biden has vowed to try to protect abortion rights.

It isn't the first time there have been two Wordle solutions on the same day. In March, users were baffled when the two correct answers were either "harry" or "stove". In this instance, the New York Times said it had removed the answer "harry" since it was an obscure word and they are trying "to make the puzzle more accessible".

When it acquired Wordle in January, it also removed other potentially "offensive" words including "lynch", "slave", and "wench".