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XWord Info Freshness Factor™

FF: 25.3 = 31.2 percentile, 27.4 Thursday percentile

Thursday, March 26, 2009 by Edward Safran — 0 Unique Shortz Era words

Thu 3/26/2009
CORKGOLEMELAL
ORANASONENOME
MANOLLOYDTWIG
ALITTLEMADNESS
TIERSLEN
ADDSTODEADSEA
NORINTHESPRING
TWASHAMEXON
ISWHOLESOMEERE
CELADONALARMS
KIATUCKS
EVENFORTHEKING
AVISEMOTEODOR
MENURIVETULNA
PREPSTERETEEM

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
2ALITTLEMADNESS EVENFORTHEKING ISWHOLESOME
3INTHESPRING
4SHAKESUP
6MEDDLES
7ENTENDRE
8CELADON GALLEON TUCKS
11ASKOUT LOAFERS SIXER
13KNOTTS
15ADDSTO
23EXON
25DRAWL
26MACHETE
32DEADSEA
42GOLEM
43LOWS
45ENORM
48LOOMS
57LLOYD
58DOWSE
59ALARMS
68TWIG
75KIA
78CORK
82OSLER
90TROVE
96MANO
101GRAM
110RIVET
118TIERS
125DEMO
126VINE
127ENYA
132ELKE
134TITI
136TWAS
141COMA
178AGNES PREP
192THEN
201ASONE
203ANTIC
214ELAL
218AMIS
219NOME
227AVIS
232UTTER
244LEG
268TEEM
269NEAP
289STERE
294HAM
301AMP
315RANI
321LEN
346MENU
361HAS
371NONE
418EMOTE
441ULNA
453ODIN
521ORAN
607OMIT
638NOR
645IDLE
681EVER
863ODOR
958ORAL
1341ERE