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XWord Info Freshness Factor™

FF: 19.3 = 20.0 percentile, 51.3 Monday percentile

Monday, February 27, 2012 by Bill Thompson — 3 Unique Shortz Era words

 P I P P I A S O F A D Z E E N R O N L O W E T O A D S T A N D S T A L L E G G S T R I G A O K I D I G L A S K I S S A N D T E L L E Y E L I D L E E R O E E N H A L O F E L T H A N D I N T H E T I L L R E N T G R A V E L A M A I R R I A M S A M H I G H W A Y T O L L U Z I R O O M I C E E T A S A R A B J E T H R O T U L L L I M B E L L E P A R E E P O S Y T I E R S T E A D

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
1HIGHWAYTOLL JETHROTULL STANDSTALL
3HANDINTHETILL INTRAY
4KISSANDTELL
5PIPPI
8IAMSAM
9HOBBY SAIDHI
12EVILER
13RAMJET
16ENHALO
19SUTURE
23GRAVEL
26DOGGEREL
27ANAGRAMS
31FELINE
33ATEIT MISLED
37SOAKS
41EYELID IDIG
49PESTLE
51PONG
53PRAISE
59ENRON
61AZALEA
65KIND ZAG
66ANGRY LOWE
72FILM
77POSY
80LTR
90UZI
108FELT
118LIMB
121OCHER
125IRR
126IWO
132HEMI
133PAREE
134ASOF
137AOK
141ALTOS
161TRIG
169LOLL
201OWL
208ROOM
219IND
240DDE
245TITLE
258OPS
300EGGS
301TEAL
338ALOHA
339LENT
385ETAS
387LAS
389ALP
409EDS
427ETAT
449TIER
499ELLE
503RAH
528RENT
560LET
597AMA RIO
632ROE
655ARAB
676ICE
732LEE
1117ELI