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XWord Info Freshness Factor™

FF: 37.5 = 59.2 percentile, 88.3 Tuesday percentile

Tuesday, August 10, 2010 by Peter A. Collins — 2 Unique Shortz Era words

Tue 8/10/2010
LEADADDUPLOAD
INSONUEVALPGA
STEWILLERCEES
TRANSMUTATION
POETBOOSTS
SCANHESULTRA
HOOTIETUBJAIL
AIMALCHEMYNET
SLEWKAYWARCRY
TETONBLUNAES
ADORNSRANT
PSEUDOSCIENCE
AMATZIPITDOOS
NOPEIRENEPLAT
GOADEELEDGOLD

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
1PSEUDOSCIENCE TRANSMUTATION
2HOOTIE
4COMETOPAPA OPENSTANCE SUZIE
5LLCOOLJ
6DOOS RATEDPG
7ZIPIT
8ALCHEMY DOWNPAT NUEVA WARCRY
11DULUTH
13PARTB
17BLU BOOSTS YANNI
18TRIERS WORSTED
25SOILED
26DELT
37URSINE
44ILLER
45LPGA
46BMW ETHYL
49ADDUP
58ADORNS
67ANIME
69ESTD
71NAES
72HASTA
75ENTR
79SALTY
81KAY
85OPEL
87INSO SONIA
93JAIL
94GOLD
100EELED
115TETON
124ANG
128GOAD
134CEES
139TUB
142NOPE
150PLAT
166ACTED
177COAL
181NOLO
192LOAD
193HES
200ULTRA
212DIRE
241MOO
242LEAD
250CAB
252UVEA
261DAS
262LIST
266POET
271SLEW
278IOU
292AMAT
332SUE
365SCAN
367AIM
393RANT
400ELK
456STEW
536NNE
696IRENE
781NET
786AGE
912ASEA