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Why is my Wordle a day behind? The game is running out of sync lately

Olivia Olphin March 31, 2022
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Wordle has become a worldwide phenomenon with people loving to test their linguistic prowess on a five letter puzzle every morning. Half of the fun is playing along with family and friends to see who can figure out the answer in the least attempts, but some fans are complaining that their Wordle is a day behind.

The New York Times just bought Wordle from the original creator Josh Wardle and has started to make some subtle changes, including to the answers.

This has caused some Wordle users to become out of sync with other players.

What is Wordle?

Wordle is a game where you simply try and guess a five-letter word in the least amount of guesses.

Each day a new word is released and you have six attempts to guess what that word is. Don’t worry, you do have some help! The tiles change colour to help you sort through the many thousands of word options.

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A green tile means the letter you have guessed is in the word and in the right position. A yellow tile means that the letter is in the word but is in the wrong place, and a grey tile means that the letter isn’t in today’s word.

Warning: This game is highly addictive!

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Fans are wondering, ‘Why is my Wordle a day behind?’

Many Wordle players have taken to social media to share their confusion at having a different word to their family and friends. On 30 March 2022 there were two winning words: HARRY and STOVE. This caused frustration in the solver community.

The NYT recently bought Wordle from its original owner and creator and has been changing some of the answers to the game’s puzzles.

Jordan Cohen, the New York Times’ executive director of communications, previously told Mashable that answers had been changed to make the words more accessible:

“In an effort to make the puzzle more accessible, we are reviewing the solutions and removing obscure or potentially insensitive words over time. HARRY is an example of an obscure word.”

The NYT set up a new hosted site for the game, but some people were still playing on the previous, and original URL. If you refresh your browser or open the link in a new browser you should be automatically redirected to the new site.

However, if you have the original site open or had downloaded the game you may be playing the old version of Wordle. The original answers were embedded in the code of the downloaded version. However, the NYT have made some small changes to the answers, which may explain some users being slightly out of sync.

How can you fix this?

It is advised that solvers simply refresh their browsers. If this doesn’t work you can also try clearing your cache. It also looks like it is best to move over to the new, New York Times, version of the game.

Another option to rejoin today’s Wordle is to reset your data. However we must warn you that this may lose your Wordle streak.

Some users on Reddit also suggested that they had some luck by changing their time zone forward to the next day and refreshed the page, and then changed the time and zone back to the current day and refreshed the page again. However, we must say that this is not a guaranteed method!

If you do want to play the original Wordle, then simply keep the old version open in your browser and do not refresh the game

Happy solving!

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Olivia Olphin is an English Literature graduate and a film and literature fanatic. She has many years of reviewing experience, recently working as accredited press for the London Film Festival. She has also written widely about culture and sex education, as well as LGBTQ+ and women's issues.