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XWord Info Freshness Factor™

FF: 3.1 = 3.1 percentile, 5.7 Tuesday percentile

Tuesday, May 27, 2008 by Adam G. Perl — 2 Unique Shortz Era words

Tue 5/27/2008
ADAMCROWDTOTE
SIDELEMONAVIS
SCENEOFANACCENT
TENUSERAORTA
BRERPERM
REPROSSALTAWAY
ARIAMERLEALI
CONTINENTALDIVE
EDUNEEDYEVIL
DEPOSITSDEFEND
BANSRELY
PREENNINETHE
RAPRESPONSETEAM
OREOARISEALII
PEENSEDERPERL

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
1RAPRESPONSETEAM SCENEOFANACCENT
2CONTINENTALDIVE PERL
5NOID SALTAWAY
6DEPOSITS
13REPROS
21DEFEND
23CLOSES
31CROWD
37ALVIN
40CARTEL
41DENSER
51PINUP
52WAIVE
54DEFY
55TACOMA
63INSANE
75PARTY
88RACED
89BANS
95MERLE
97YIELD
99PERM
115OBERON
120SAS
131SENDS
143PREEN
144MEETS PROP
146REFER
148EDU PEEN
149DICE
154WON
163BRAT NEIN
172LEMON
193NEEDY
208BRER
227AVIS
237ALII
242TINT
246HAIR
248EURO
256SEDER
258SIDE
259TOTE
278ELEE
308RINSE
310RELY
318DNA
335ESTA
341TELE
348TAP
364PRE
366MEN
374AORTA EMIL
378ARISE
415THE
417NINE
438OREO
461ERODE
465ASST
509USER
594ADEN
628OVER
652EVIL
656ELLA
667ADAM
693EPEE
710RARE
783TEN
835OMAR
996ALI
1193ARIA