we are several months in our new era Wordle (along with an expanded universe of clones like World, to listen, numb, Poeltland many others) and just over two months later The New York Times acting as game administrators after a “low seven figure” purchase. Besides modify the word listthe Times is introducing its biggest change yet by adding WordleBota tool that serves as a “daily companion” for your new favorite puzzle game.
Like Wordle, WordleBot works in the browser and runs locally, evaluating completed puzzles on whatever computer and stored session you’re using to play the game. What The New York Times describes itthe bot started as an attempt to mathematically prove the best starting word, developed with its The Upshot section focusing on data visualizations for news.
Of the 4,500 five-letter English words chosen by WordleBot, the NYT saying “crane” in easy mode and “spread” in hard mode are the ones that make the bot respond with the fewest attempts. However, you may play differently and know different words, which doesn’t make them the best initial guesses for you.
WordleBot tries to take both skill and luck into account. You have the list of all Wordle answers but you don’t know what the answer is on a particular day. As a result, what they have created is a sort of standardized comparison to measure how well you did at solving the puzzle of the day and suggest ways to improve or compare who did better even when using the same number of tries. Yes, analytical breakdowns are now part of Wordle.
If you’re obsessed with efficiency and appreciate the optimization that advanced stats can provide, pressing a button and seeing what the bot thinks of your process could make the game even more satisfying. Maybe one day, Wordle’s ranked competition will launch, and you’ll need this breakdown to move up the global leaderboards or eventually make a case for Wordle’s Hall of Fame, proving to voters that he really was among the best. players of his era before rule changes. they emphasized downfield passes, 3-point shooting, and banned the at-bat, completely ruining comparisons to previous numbers.
But if you’re playing a bit more casually, then maybe it’s good enough to get to the solution (or not) and just leave the game until a new word comes tomorrow, efficiency be damned.