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There are many sites that help with solving Wordle, including some that use Information Theory to find an optimal solution There is also a New York Times app called Wordle Bot (behind their paywall unfortunately) that scores your solution on SKILL (Did you minimize the expected number of turns it would take to solve the puzzle?) and LUCK (Did your guesses eliminate more solutions than expected?).

I'd like to do something different. I'd like to find a strategy that minimizes LUCK, i.e. I'd like to do worse than my friend (we compete on doing the puzzle) by taking more turns to guess the answer, but in a clever way that doesn't affect my SKILL score too much. I can start from a position of knowing the true answer by solving it elsewhere (or looking it up on one of the "cheat" sites) but I'd like to make many good but wrong guesses before putting in the right answer.

My objective is to "prove" to my friend that the reason she always does better than me is just pure luck ;-). No, really it's because I thought it's an interesting puzzle problem.

What's the best strategy to minimize LUCK?

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  • $\begingroup$ "What's the best strategy to minimize LUCK?" Law of large numbers. $\endgroup$
    – WhatsUp
    Jun 17, 2022 at 22:14
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    $\begingroup$ I’m voting to close this question because open-ended puzzles are off-topic $\endgroup$
    – bobble
    Jun 17, 2022 at 23:39
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    $\begingroup$ @bobble it is inconsistent to flag this as open-ended and not other open-ended puzzles. If we really were strict about open-endedness, then even cool puzzles like florian's new one (and most riddles) must be flagged too. Just my opinion. $\endgroup$
    – JLee
    Jun 18, 2022 at 0:30
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    $\begingroup$ @JLee in this case we're being asked to optimize something that most people don't have access to: a paywalled algorithm which isn't described. There's no way to prove a best answer. For riddles, there is a way to have a best answer: what fits the clues best, which for a well-designed puzzle is obvious. Furthermore, we're never going to have perfect consistency, especially now that I have a summer job and can't watch the site as much :) $\endgroup$
    – bobble
    Jun 18, 2022 at 1:28
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    $\begingroup$ Would we be assuming that this is on Hard mode or not? $\endgroup$
    – LeppyR64
    Jun 18, 2022 at 12:10

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