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XWord Info Freshness Factor™

FF: 27.7 = 36.4 percentile, 64.3 Tuesday percentile

Tuesday, March 18, 2003 by William Schaub — 0 Unique Shortz Era words

Tue 3/18/2003
XFILESTSHIRT
RECIPESTHEOREM
ARABIANDEPLANE
YAMCLAWSTENON
SLEDERATIS
ENDERMICREV
DISCODEANVOLS
DOWAGERRAVIOLI
AWAYMUSSINDEX
YAPHUMPHREY
GUSALELEST
TSARSPSALMRIB
REGATTANIAGARA
EARFLAPDECATUR
XRATEDFSTOPS

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
2MARSHLAND
3ENDERMIC
7HUMPHREY
10VSIX
12DECATUR
13DEPLANE DOWAGER EARFLAP
14FSTOPS SNAREDRUM XFILES
15THEOREM
19SEPTIC XRATED
23RECIPES
25HUSTLE
28VOLS
29GRAFT
30CLAWS
34RELIEF
35VINYL
37RAVIOLI
38SIRUP
39SEALED
42DECAY XRAYS
46TSHIRT
49TBARS
50REGATTA
51DISCO
54INDEX
55TREX
59HOLES
69MUSS
73ICAME
76ARABIAN
82NIAGARA
92MACS
103PAP
108FERAL GUS
110LIB
114WARE
127ROOD
136TENON
151YAM
155NOG
156YAP
165PSALM
180DDAY SWAP
200AWAY
210VIE
211EMUS
214GAT
218TMEN
223TINA
232RIB
248REV
259IOWA
267LEST
268TSARS
275TDS
289SEAR
301DEAN
318TAD
374TIS
386SPAS
415THE
499ELLE
529AGRA
538EPIC
549ERATO
587SLED
639RENO
732IRAN
1234ALE
1491ERA