Wordle Has Another New Best Starting Word

Wordle Bot—the New York Times’s AI Wordle analyzer—just can’t make up its mind.

Back in August, I wrote about how the Wordle Bot 2.0 update had introduced a new best starting word. Crane was out and slate was the new top pick.

A couple weeks later, I noticed a change. Wordle Bot was back to using crane again, and sure enough The New York Times confirmed it: Slate was out and crane was now the top pick—again.

Now, it appears that Wordle Bot has once again flip-flopped and is using slate again instead of crane, though this hasnt been officially announced. Slate is what pops up once again when I go to assess my Wordle guesses:

Back and forth and back and forth—it seems these two are so neck-and-neck, either would make an excellent guess (though Wordle Bot will surely tell you that using the other one is better).

I recently posted about other contenders for the best Wordle starting word. Both Microsoft founder, Bill Gates, and researches at MIT have other top picks. MIT’s best word was a whopping 1% more effective than Wordle Bot’s according to the university’s research team.

I’m still sticking with my strategy: A new word every day, to keep the mind sharp.

What’s your starting guess or strategy? Let me know on Twitter or Facebook.

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