Wordle’s WordleBot has come up with a new opening word that should give you the best possible start to your games.
The new featured word is the result of an upgrade to WordleBot’s algorithm, announced by the game’s owner, The New York Times (NYT), on Wednesday, August 17.
Introduced in April, WordleBot is designed to help you hone your Wordle skills so that you spend less time pulling out your hair if you can’t find the solution as quickly as you’d like.
WordleBot reviews all of your guesses in a given game, then provides succinct analysis and helpful tips – as well as a slew of stats – designed to help you improve your game.
So what exactly is WordleBot’s new featured opening word? Slatesubstitute crane.
It actually has two recommended words, one for Wordle’s normal mode (slate) and another for hard mode: Leastsubstitute treated.
The NYT says that crane and treated are still “excellent opening guesses”, explaining that the difference between the recommended opening guess and the next best option is actually miniscule.
The news outlet said WordleBot came up with the new featured launch word after making some changes to the way the bot works.
“The biggest change since we introduced the bot four months ago is the solution method,” explains the NYT. “WordleBot has lost the list of Wordle solutions of 2,300 words, putting it on a more even level with people. Instead, it awards about 4,500 relatively common English words a chance to be a Wordle solution, based on what it has observed about the words that have been solutions so far.”
It added that the more frequently a word appears (according to how many times it has appeared in the NYT since 2010), the more likely it is to be a Wordle solution. “On the other hand, plural nouns and past tense verbs were rarely solutions, so the bot considers these words less likely,” it said.
It noted that WordleBot’s estimates aren’t perfect, but added that it should get better, with the improvements over time sure to lead to new opening word recommendations.
While Wordle itself is free, WordleBot’s wisdom is not. The most cost-effective way to get full access to WordleBot is through Times Games, which costs 75 cents a week and is billed $3 every four weeks.
Wordle quickly became a global phenomenon when it hit the web late last year as a daily word challenge. Created by Welsh software engineer John Wardle, the game’s popularity prompted the NYT to buy the rights to it in January for over a million dollars.
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