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Can you name the most frequently used words in New York Times crosswords for each letter & length?

Updated Aug 23, 2012

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3-letter words
A - Ingested (278 occurrences) 
B - Bikini part (106) 
C - Airport rental (106) 
D - Place for trophies (143) 
E - Cenozoic or Mesozoic (368) 
F - Away's partner (61) 
G - Something graded between E & F ?(118) 
H - Ship's pronoun (105) 
I - Ill temper (253) 
J - Penny collector (59) 
K - 'Toy Story 3' character (62) 
L - Stan of Marvel Comics (172) 
M - Sex kitten West (100) 
N - Social register word (233) 
O - Cosine of zero degrees (306) 
P - Each (137) 
Q - Proof ending (46) 
R - Image specification, for short (173) 
S - Upscale hotel offering (222) 
T - Tobacco smoke component (185) 
U - Consume (153) 
V - By way of (83) 
W - Itsy-bitsy (92) 
X - Crosses out (36) 
Y - Ouija option (158) 
Z - Kind of state in the East (63) 
4-letter words
A - Square footage (349 occurrences) 
B - Crosby/Hope film locale (62) 
C - Alternative to plastic (63) 
D - 'Submarine' base? (95) 
E - View from Buffalo (292) 
F - Gratis (60) 
G - It may be given from father to son (77) 
H - Something about Mary? (100) 
I - Comic strip light bulb (217) 
J - Joe (34) 
K - Last word in 'Oh Suzanna' (138) 
L - Look like a wolf (109) 
M - File Edit or Help (100) 
N - Famous fiddler (143) 
O - Cookie with 12 flowers per side (208) 
P - 'Hey … over here!' (104) 
Q - Call it a day (23) 
R - Like a 1943 copper penny (150) 
S - Macy's logo (172) 
T - Pre-1917 autocrat (187) 
U - Union member since 1896 (139) 
V - Wind instrument (38) 
W - St. Paul's architect (53) 
X - Lawless role (46) 
Y - French river deliberately flooded in WWI (91) 
Z - Part of binary code (55) 
5-letter words
A - How hermits like to be (120 occurrences) 
B - Rafter's wood (39) 
C - Olympics craft (62) 
D - Caterpillar rival (68) 
E - Shake an Etch A Sketch (186) 
F - Two-faced (32) 
G - Romance or horror (41) 
H - McCain residence for 5 1/2 years (68) 
I - Really steamed (122) 
J - Honda's home (21) 
K - Where Hawkeye served (40) 
L - New Hampshire's state flower (65) 
M - Free-for-all (54) 
N - Egg containers (78) 
O - Stand and deliver? (106) 
P - 'Casablanca' music maker (51) 
Q - Home to Al Jazeera (25) 
R - 'Malcolm in the Middle' boy (96) 
S - Billy Idol expression (82) 
T - To the point (81) 
U - Come together (65) 
V - Restaurant employee (22) 
W - He's found in books (24) 
X - Element 54 (17) 
Y - You may get a rise out of it (45) 
Z - Congo, once (20) 
6-letter words
A - Order to relax (2 wds) (73 occurrences) 
B - Fruit with a peel (17) 
C - Kodak product (23) 
D - Computer key (26) 
E - Lord and lady's home (83) 
F - Sheep's coat (12) 
G - Auto repair shop (17) 
H - Candid and genuine (28) 
I - Spain and Portugal (29) 
J - High-flying clique (12) 
K - 'The Wizard of Oz' setting (18) 
L - Makeshift shelter (30) 
M - Slobs' creations (18) 
N - Christmas tree dropping (35) 
O - Ukrainian port city (63) 
P - Cousin of 'Abracadabra!' (31) 
Q - Airline with a kangaroo logo (9) 
R - _____ Peanut Butter Cups (22) 
S - Less than quadraphonic (63) 
T - Sleeping sickness carrier (73) 
U - Best of all possible worlds (26) 
V - Plywood layer (14) 
W - Lech of Poland's Solidarity (11) 
X - Persian king who destroyed Athens (8) 
Y - Uncritical employee (16) 
Z - Fanatic (11) 

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