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XWord Info Freshness Factor™

FF: 19.8 = 21.0 percentile, 39.7 Tuesday percentile

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 by Lynn Lempel — 0 Unique Shortz Era words

Tue 3/3/2020
TESTSECOLPVT
STIRUPLAVAAIR
ANNIEOAKLEYUSE
RASPSRSREFLEX
OMITSHRUB
GASLITGOESNUTS
EMAILBOARKNEE
TONALROKERYAW
AUTOOAFSABASE
TRAVESTYSTONED
CARESGWEN
YELLATCUEFETA
AVASIMONEBILES
LIUEMITPARIAH
ELSSEXYGEEKY

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
2GOESNUTS SIMONEBILES
4GEEKY
5PAULBUNYAN
8ANNIEOAKLEY GOOFY
9LOSETIME YELLAT
10ALROKER
11BONFIRE
13FUNK OVERHERE
15GASLIT
18SANTACLAUS
19STIRUP
20REFLEX
22LAYERS TRAVESTY
31PARIAH
32PVT
36MILA
37SOAKS
43SHRUB TRIPOLI
46BRATS
54COTY
55TREX
60MIX SWEEP
71GWEN
77YAW
79GETAT
83STONED
85FETA
90CARES SEWED
92LIU
96VISE
97GUN
103POSIT
109SEXY
115OAFS
134TEAK
135SINS
141BOAR
149ERASES
153BAG
157AMOUR
159ECOL
174EMAIL
195TESTS
215ASHY
227ELKS
230ABASE
233CUE
286CAL
291ELIE
328RASP
332SUE
342YALE
350TEASE
358AUTO
363SRS
384LAVA TON
455AVA
505KNEE
507RATE
559ELS
574OVAL
592USE
603AIR
607OMIT
641EMIT
652EVIL
759ETNA
808ART
860TSAR