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XWord Info Freshness Factor™

FF: 39.5 = 63.4 percentile, 91.1 Tuesday percentile

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 by Chris A. McGlothlin — 7 Unique Shortz Era words

Tue 7/10/2012
ATLASSKITOMS
THEREKINGREET
RETARGETSHANEY
ANTRIGHTTOVOTE
FANHUE
ADMITSCROLLSBY
NEALEAHEMDORA
TAXESDIPWATER
ITISLIPOETHAN
CHEESIESTNEEDS
RHOMTS
PROVENANCESEFS
AOLERREEDORGAN
BOARDFARLOOSE
AMYSSRAOESTE

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
1FILESERVERS PROVENANCES RETARGETS RIGHTTOVOTE SCROLLSBY SOTHE TRAVELDATES
2CHEESIEST
3REEDORGAN
7MAXIE SERRATES
8WENTSOLO
11HANEY
12SHERD
17AOLER
18PABA
20GHOUL THOM
27OESTE
31REPOT
38SKEG
41CHIPS KITH
43EFS
46DEATH
50TAXES
53AMYS CERA OLAY
61BREAD
62ARFS
65YARNS
70BOARD TOMS
76LIPO
93GREET
103NEALE
108OENO
111WATER
117SADIE
120MTS
122MED
124ATRA
155ADMIT
163STYE
174FAST
176THERE
181DIP
183KIN
185LOOSE
192THEN
198INST
201FAN
203ANTIC
205ITIS
207LETT
208ROOM
214FAR
218GIN
233HUE
245ETHAN
252DORA
262NEEDS
324MEET
328AHEM
331SKI
337EGOS
343RHO
355LION
372SRA
393SNEE
404ATLAS
579NEAR
632ROE
708ARA
828ANT