The New York Times said Monday it has dropped the word "fetus" from its Wordle answers in a move to keep the game "distinct from the news."
“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," The Times said in a statement posted on its website.
"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," the newspaper added.
A spokesperson for The Times confirmed that the word it was referring to was “fetus.”
The Times said in its statement, “The answer was "entirely unintentional and a coincidence — today’s original answer was loaded into Wordle last year."
Wordle, which The Times acquired January, is an online puzzle that gives users six attempts to guess a five-letter word that resets every day. The game has accumulated millions of daily players since it launched, according to The Times.