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XWord Info Freshness Factor™

FF: 15.1 = 14.2 percentile, 40.7 Monday percentile

Monday, April 20, 2009 by Randall J. Hartman — 3 Unique Shortz Era words

Mon 4/20/2009
JOUSTJOEYJOSH
OPRAHENNEAREA
JESSEJAMESNEAT
OLAMANYIDIOTS
JAYSTKOS
ABASEHUNGJURY
SLACKMENOONEA
ELMOJCREWPINK
ROBBEGOSPLOTS
FRIJOLESGAINS
ABLEMANN
HARVEYFALAALI
ALAIJOEJACKSON
HURTALTOHITON
AMESREAREXAMS

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
1JACOBJAVITS JANISJOPLIN JELLYJAR
2JAYE JOEJACKSON
3HUNGJURY YESIKNOW
4FRIJOLES
6THEMASK
7HARVEY ONMY
8JESSEJAMES
9JCREW
11JOJO
18JAYS JOUST
21ALLOR
22JOEY
28MCGEE MENO
29KIX
34HEROS SLACK
36GAINS PANACHE
40HITON IDIOTS
42PLOTS
46ROBB
49JEANS
55EXAMS
56JOSH
61TUNES
63PINK
69BAMBI
85FETA OPEL
87OPRAH
90HURT
100TKOS
110MAJOR YAKS
114OBE
120SAS
121ENNE
131FALA
140MANY
164LOOM
166DOG UNION
168RENTS
172HATS
179SERF
204MANN
229ABASE
260ONEA
277ALUM
296INNS
307GALA
310HAHA
337EGOS
347ELMO
348OLA
402URSA
403SEAT
438OREO
455AMES
515REAR
529ASTA
617NEAT
669ABLE
695ALTO
710RARE
772ALAI
948OLE
996ALI
1101ENE
1502AREA