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XWord Info Freshness Factor™

FF: 9.8 = 8.0 percentile, 4.5 Thursday percentile

Thursday, October 16, 1997 by Brendan Emmett Quigley — 1 Unique Shortz Era word

Thu 10/16/1997
JUMPSWEBBVIOL
UNARMAREAESSE
THREEFREETHROWS
ATEAMHOBBES
APTDEMIOSAGE
REHABRANDRROE
TROVESGROAN
UNIQUENEWYORK
SUEDEDERAIL
HEREDITSDAILY
AMEBAESAUNOS
REBATECHILD
PRESHRUNKSHIRTS
OGLEISEEOVOID
NESSNEEDPEPSI

Calculations here are based on the number of other times each word in this puzzle has been used in the Shortz Era. The Freshness Factor is determined by subtracting the average count from 100.

Since Freshness Factor erodes over time as more puzzles get added to the database, percentiles are a much more meaningful measurement. The overall percentile compares this puzzle to all other Shortz Era crosswords. The day-of-week percentile only compares against other puzzles published on the same weekday. This allows puzzles that are, for example, "fresh for a Monday" to get proper credit.

For example, a percentile of 75 would mean that for this puzzle, only 25% of all puzzles (or puzzles for this day of week) have a higher Freshness Factor. Note that this completely mathematical calculation does not and cannot include such subjective factors as the cleverness of the clues. Obscure words are "fresh" but may not be any good.

For comparison, the second chart below shows word frequencies across all NYT puzzles. It is not used for Freshness Factor calculations since older usages are less relevant.

Click on any answer word below to see all the definitions for that word.

Usage based on Shortz Era frequencies only

The Freshness Factor calculations are based on this chart showing only Shortz Era usage stats.

Usage frequencies across all NYT puzzles

For comparison, here's the full view across all NYT puzzles: pre-Shortz, Modern and Variety.

CountWords
1PRESHRUNKSHIRTS
2HOORAYED THREEFREETHROWS UNIQUENEWYORK
4BEQUEATH
5HARPON
6SACKED
7MAGNETS
8HOBBES
9WARMER
10JUMPS
13RAINDROP TROVES
16OSWEGO
19VERBS
21REBELS
24DOWD
25RANDR
27UHS
29MARATHON UNH
35DERAIL JUT
39PRET
46UNARM
51CHILD WEBB
53PEPSI
54ISOBAR
57DAILY GROAN
67OVOID SDI
69LESSEE
75REBATE
85IHOP
89BASES
92VIOL
98SUED
103AMEBA KILO
115REHAB
117LYS
138ATEAM
139FAD
148SUEDE
164BATH
165DEMI
169EMERGE
194LIVE
209EDITS
227AVIS
252OSAGE
268NOS
324SMEE
341EDIE
357PERU
372BEE
374TIS
400NORA
451HER
469APT
479OGLE
525NEED
581NESS
583ESAU
591USE
632ROE
644ISEE
719INRE
796ERIN
807ART
848ESSE
907NEE
1341ERE
1502AREA