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XWord Info Freshness Factor™

FF: 16.2 = 15.6 percentile, 23.8 Wednesday percentile

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 by Jennifer Nutt — 2 Unique Shortz Era words

Wed 10/3/2018
THEMGROGYACHT
IOTAEAVEAGREE
DAHLTHENEREIDS
EXILEDRENDSGT
OSLOSOLACES
GAPKNEWKILOS
UNIXEXAMINE
SNARFIDAEXPAT
AUSTEREAONE
BRYCESXSWSON
LEASHEDTOTE
AHISTEMUNRIPE
CASSIOPEIAIDOL
EVITAOMARCOPS
SENDSTONYKNEE

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
1FUCHSIAS THENEREIDS
3CASSIOPEIA GETDONE
4YARDLINE
8BRYCE
9POSEIDON SXSW
10LEASHED
13SNARF
14CRISCO
15EXPAT SOLACES
18ETHIOPIA
19BEHAVE
22HEDGES
23EXAMINE EXILED
25KILOS
26ALEXA ENOKI
30ESTUARY
31AUSTERE
32UNIX
34UNRIPE
36WADES
37MALLS
42XRAYS
45TRICK
50COPS
51HOAX
55RAISIN
58MARX
72YACHT
78AHI
90GROG
99DAHL
107LACES
108GUS
119GENES
122DEPOT
131SENDS
132STD THEM
136POPE
150SEETO
154WON
156EVITA
163KNEW
168TONY
192SGT
195MEMO TESTS
219GAP
254TIDE
259TOTE
270ANO
273REND
334AGREE
343EAVE
391EXIT
400ELK
414SON
485IAN
503RAH
505KNEE
538IDA
543STEM
571ANN
609IOTA
628OVER
633AONE
642OSLO
726IDOL
783TEN
786AGE
835OMAR
1082ELSE