In April this year, the NYTimes launched the Wordle Bot. It was all I needed to add to my repertoire of nerdy things to do every morning. I’d been playing Wordle for a while, and even though I joined it late, I became a regular. I solve the puzzle and tweet my results every morning. And now I have the Wordle bot too, to tell me how well or badly I am doing!
In case you haven’t heard of it, the Wordle Bot is a piece of software or a tool that analyses your Wordle results. It tells you how good each guess was and ranks it against its own guesses, and even shows the sequence of similar guesses made by fellow Wordlers (not sure if that’s what folks who do Wordle are usually called but consider it coined by me if it hasn’t been already). You can ask the bot to analyse today’s wordle the one you just completed or you can even give it a screenshot of an old puzzle and it will analyse that one.
I love the bot because it has helped me improve my Wordle results! It’s reduced my average guesses to 3 from 4, and also, it’s very cute!
Before I absorbed the bot’s advice for the best opening words (it started with Crane then changed to Slate but now I see it flits between Slate and Crane), I would just plug in whatever word came to mind. I had a few steady options, and would choose from adieu, heart, chaos or some similar word. But thanks to the bot, I now choose only either slate or crane, lol!
Also, I like some of the tricks the bot suggests, like trying various options and ignoring the letter placement of even green letters. I usually prefer not to disturb those, but I can see from the bot’s guesses that its perfectly possible and doable.
Apart from my fascination with the Wordle bot, I couldn’t resist sharing a few fantastic links that I came across:
My brilliant friends have some super stories out!
Journalist Bhavya Dore writes a fascinating tale in The Match, about how “A generation of Europeans is now returning to Sri Lanka, a country from which they were adopted as children, to search for their birth mothers. What they learn about their families, and themselves, has deep consequences.”
Have you tried the Wordle bot? Are you as fond of it as I am? Or do you have other wordy tools that you adore? Let me know in the comments!