I used to think there was no better starting word for Wordle. I was wrong and the new Wordle Bot has proven it to me.
While we’ve all been busy wasting a few minutes each day playing Wordle, the game that asks you to guess a five-letter word in six attempts, The New York Times has quietly launched a Wordle Bot to help you in your quest to become a world-class Wordler.
In my first test, I learned that, yes, there are some Wordle first guesses that are much better than others. I mean much better.
Before we continue, though, I’ll warn you about it There are spoilers Forward to today’s Wordle answer #298.
As The New York Times explains, it built the robot with the express goal of finding the best starting words for Wordle, but this task soon evolved into understanding “how well our guesses match those that would be chosen by a machine designed to solve words.”
As a longtime Wordle player and someone who has been writing a bit of daily Wordle and Wordle tips (like how to win Wordle every day), I think I already know a thing or two about correct starting words. One of my favorite things is “FRAME”.
However, in this Wordle task, I put myself in the hands of the Wordle Bot. somewhat.
To use the Worlde Bot, it turns out that you first have to solve Wordle on your own. The bot literally turns you away if you haven’t solved Wordle on the system you’re accessing.
If you solved it on a different system, but you still want the bot to analyze your work, you can upload an image of the completed Wordle.
Punished, I went back to Wordle today and started solving it. With or without the robot, I am always determined to finish in third place. Usually more successful. Today, not quite.
Apply below in the gallery. Again, if you haven’t played Wordle today, stop, go play, and come back.
Although I failed to solve this wordle in three, I was satisfied with my results. I was curious if Worlde Bot would agree.
The bot starts with a comprehensive analysis, which ranks you on skill, luck, and steps. I’m glad they have “luck” in there because that’s a big part of the game, especially on that first word where, if you’re lucky, you can pull out four letters or even an entire word. If your guessing takes you a big leap forward in solving the puzzle, it increases your “lucky” rating.
The skill relates to how to reduce guesses how many cycles it would take to solve a Wordle problem.
The steps are the number of turns it took to guess the Wordle for the day. My ratings, which compare me to the average of all New York Times Wordle players, are below.
I won’t lie, the skill rating 77 is a bit disappointing. I don’t like being “below average”.
The best part about Worlde Bot is its step-by-step analysis, and this is where I learned what might be the best starting words ever.
It turns out that “CRATE”, a word I rarely use in this game, is a perfect starting word. It lowers Wordle’s possible guesses from 2309 to 73. That’s solid work there and I think I’ll use ‘CRATE’ again in the future.
My second guess might sound poor because it doesn’t use the single character I got correctly on the first guess. However, this is my tried-and-true strategy of building a Wordle win in three by collecting as many extra letters as possible in a guess of two.
The Wordle Bot doesn’t talk about this strategy but notes that “POUND” is an excellent option because it roughly halves the number of possible remaining answers.
What I’m starting to realize is that I’ve been thinking wrongly about winning Wordle the whole time. It’s not about finding the word by deleting and adding the letter, but by radically changing the number of possible guesses left with each turn.
The Wordle Bot is also there to let you know, as gently as possible, when I made a mistake and, at my next guess, chose a mistake.
“CLUNK” was a poor choice for many reasons. It’s not an obvious word, and as the Wordle Bot notes, I’ve eliminated one of the remaining two options – but the wrong one.
With only one option left, the Wordle Bot told me, without sarcasm, I suppose, that I should solve this on my next guess.
I had literally one choice, and yes, I got it.
Wordle Bot is kind of a brag. The last action is to compare your solution to the way it would have solved it – a bot, think of you.
The Wordle Bot would have had the answer in three tries. Good for you, Wordle Bot, good for you.