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XWord Info Freshness Factor™

FF: 20.3 = 21.8 percentile, 41.4 Tuesday percentile

Tuesday, March 5, 2002 by Marjorie Richter — 0 Unique Shortz Era words

Tue 3/5/2002
ADMSSPASMZANY
BRIOHELLOALOE
YALUEPCOTPEWS
SMARTASAWHIP
MANDARINSALSA
ORSLOUAOL
ETTUNIETZSCHE
BRIGHTASABUTTON
BIGHEADEDROTE
ETHABAUSE
DETATAPPLEPIE
SHARPASATACK
JIMILEIGHCLII
AREAMINEOAMAN
BEANANGSTRANG

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
2BIGHEADED BRIGHTASABUTTON
3SMARTASAWHIP
4SHARPASATACK SOURDOUGH
9ABYSM
11ICIAN NIETZSCHE
19CLII
20MANDARIN
22JIMI ZAPPA
23ISUZU STREETCAR
24DETAT
26SOHOT
29UPSHOT
30ADMS
34LEIGH SHEARS
36PALMA
37APPLEPIE
39LACTO
42TIGHT
46EKING
48EPCOT
53PEPSI
55MINEO
60PAGES SLA
68PEWS
69APING
80OTB
81HEATH
83ZANY
87EBBED
94BRIO
95ANGST
100MOTH
107ALCAN
111SALSA
115MILAN
117YALU
119JAB
130ALENE
136BEAN
146HELLO
148SPASM
175AOL SLOW
176NADA
179DRAMA
188ORS
198AMAN
211NOW
213ISE
214MEA
223TRITE
230LOU
240RANG
241LEAD
308TAB
310ASIAN
327ALMA
330ETH
336ETTU
345ROTE
376REIN
467ABA
591USE
601YES
708TAR
995IRE
1139ALOE
1234ALE
1502AREA