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XWord Info Freshness Factor™

FF: 27.1 = 35.4 percentile, 63.5 Tuesday percentile

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 by Kristian House — 0 Unique Shortz Era words

Tue 6/4/2013
CMDRROBOTMPEG
ROUEEDITHIAMA
ARBSADDTONUMB
BRAESBEEISLAS
SAINTPATRICK
TULLSROFDA
SCAFFOLDENURES
OAHUSEANASH
IMELDAIRONDUKE
REMRHOMOLE
SNAKECHARMER
CINCOANATWINE
AMAHLYNNEEDDY
PATESEEDSAGUE
EYEDDDAYSREPS

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
2RESENTFUL SNAKECHARMER UNDERWEAR
3ARMCANDY SCAFFOLD
4MORRA ODDBALLS SAINTPATRICK
7IRONDUKE STUF
10TULL
11MPEG OKAYED
13DDAYS
14ARBS
16LYNNE
17CINCO DUBAI
18NLAT
19BIDET
20CMDR SCHED
22IMELDA
25IMAY
26ISLAS
34ENURES
38CRABS
39BRAES MIDGE
44ADDTO
49ENNEA
50MINSK
61ENDUP
63REYES
69NUMB TWINE
79OTTERS
86IAMA
91DRNO GABS
96FDA
103SOIR
108EDITH
110PAUL
118FRAU
135PLO
136ROBOT
146SEEDS
154OOH
157CAME
160DEI
163REPS
170NATE
181THO
183MOLE NASH
197CAPE
222REM ROUE
236PATE
255DESK
262EYED
263LSD
296AGUE OAHU
328AHEM
343RHO
348EDDY
372BEE
378REA
401AMAH
411EMMA
420ICON
550SRO
582ASHE
606AHA
718ANA
756SEA
943ESS
996IRE