Mathematician Finds Best Wordle Opener

February 9, 2022 6:13 pm in by
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A mathematician has crunched the numbers (or should we say letters) to find the best opener for Wordle and so far his video has almost 2 million views.

3Blue1Brown (or 3b1b) is a YouTube Channel all about advanced mathematics.

Its creator, Grant Sanderson, is a certified math genius. And by that, I mean that he has a Bachelor of Maths.

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His channel has over 4 million subscribers and

Grant released “Solving Wordle using information theory” which gained almost 2 million views within a few days.

This is some very advanced mathematics (think Good Will Hunting’s Matt Damon).



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For those whose brains may explode whilst watching the 30 minutes of math formulas, here’s the skinny.

Based on the bot that he coded, the word to use first is CRANE.

In the comments of his video he goes on to further explain that as a human, CRANE may not be the best starter word.

But for a computer program, it is. Not to leave you on a sour note, Grant gives us the second line you should use based on the outcome of CRANE.

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⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛ -> sloth
⬛⬛🟨⬛⬛ -> toils
⬛⬛⬛⬛🟨 -> spilt
⬛🟨⬛⬛🟨 -> rosit
⬛⬛⬛⬛🟩 -> toils
⬛🟨⬛⬛⬛ -> shout
⬛🟨🟨⬛⬛ -> party
⬛⬛⬛🟩⬛ -> gluts
⬛⬛⬛🟨🟨 -> lemon
⬛⬛⬛🟨⬛ -> pilot
🟨⬛⬛⬛⬛ -> kutis
⬛🟩⬛⬛⬛ -> pilot
⬛🟨🟨⬛🟨 -> patly
⬛⬛🟩⬛⬛ -> slipt
⬛⬛🟨⬛🟩 -> lambs
⬛⬛🟨🟨⬛ -> toils
⬛⬛🟨⬛🟨 -> tepal
⬛⬛🟩⬛🟩 -> glost
⬛🟨⬛⬛🟩 -> south

If I was to put that into today’s wordle as an example, here’s what CRANE would get me.

⬜🟨⬜⬜⬜ -> crane

So based on the second word to choose from his list, that should be “shout”.

⬜🟨🟨🟨⬜ -> shout

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Now we know 4 different letters but they are all in the wrong position. 🤦

But it put us on the right path to getting the answer.

What’s your Wordle strategy for getting the answer in the least amount of guesses?

Also, let us know if you’ve tried this method and had a win!


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