A tool for exploring Wordle consonant-vowel patterns

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I hope you’re having fun solving Wordle puzzles; I know I am. As I attempt the puzzles, I’m often thinking about how vowels and consonants appear in different patterns in five-letter words. I wanted to start exploring those patterns, so I wrote a Python program to probe the results of different patterns. If you want … Continued

Wordle: Revised mathematical analysis of the first guess

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Yesterday’s mathematical analysis of the popular word puzzle Wordle was flawed. It assumed that the words used in the puzzle were similar to other word lists, but they’re not — and that changes everything. What word list does Wordle use — and why does that matter? Wordle actually uses two word lists (or properly speaking, … Continued

A mathematical analysis of the best first guess for Wordle

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Wordle, the simple word-guessing game, has become insanely popular. Your job is to guess a common five-letter English word and see which of the letters in your guess are in the unknown word, either in the correct or incorrect location. You can only play once a day, you have six tries, and everyone is guessing … Continued