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Can you name the most frequently used words in New York Times crosswords for each letter & length?
Enter a 3- 4- 5- or 6-letter word in the box below
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XWord Info - All about the NYT crossword
Based on 15 years of New York Times crosswords, these words appear most frequently for each letter and length. 3- and 6-letter hints are straight definitions. 4- & 5-letter clues are more... playful.
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Enter 3- 4- 5- or 6-letter word:
/104 words correct
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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)
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)
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)
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)
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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Mar 10th, 2011 at 15:41 GMT
Penny collector that starts with "J"? You're just asking for racist comments.
Mar 10th, 2011 at 23:12 GMT
I say "boo" to the oreo clue. Boo.
Game published: May 15th, 2011 at 04:03 GMT
May 15th, 2011 at 04:59 GMT
Crosswords + Sporcle = Utopia! Fun quiz.
May 15th, 2011 at 05:03 GMT
wouldn't have gotten the 5 letter R answer without misspelling the 6 letter one. Fun times.
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May 15th, 2011 at 05:04 GMT
As a crossword freak, I would have been ashamed of anything less than a perfect score. Got it, but the G word was tough
May 15th, 2011 at 05:06 GMT
Great quiz..except that for "Uncritical employee, y, 6 letters," I put in yuppie.
May 15th, 2011 at 05:12 GMT
For Penny Collector, J, 3 letters I put in something not so appropriate. The New York Times Crosswords are old though! :|
May 15th, 2011 at 05:20 GMT
Outstanding! Combining two of my favorite hobbies -- crosswords and sporcle! :-D Great clues ... very "crossword-y". I think my favorite clue was "Wind instrument" for V, 4-letters. And it's cool that the 4-letter words for S and T are anagrams.
May 15th, 2011 at 06:14 GMT
I assumed that for 5 letters beginning with a Y, the "get a rise out of" was about Yemen's uprising
May 15th, 2011 at 06:15 GMT
@Colmar, I put the same thing... Whoops!
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May 15th, 2011 at 08:01 GMT
i think jam or jelly container may be better then penny collector...i found myself wondering why my original answer wouldn't go through
May 15th, 2011 at 10:42 GMT
With clues like some of these, it's a wonder anyone ever manages to complete a NYT crossword.
May 15th, 2011 at 11:05 GMT
I was sure "Stand and Deliver", starting with O, 5 letters, would have been Olmos
May 15th, 2011 at 11:11 GMT
Can someone explain the 3-letter "G" clue?
May 15th, 2011 at 11:38 GMT
I like this quizz, much more straight forward than the ridiculous crosswords we got over here in England, example from todays paper: "Hiker by border following dog with no lead, one kept by Briton? (1,5,5,3) WTF?!
May 15th, 2011 at 12:05 GMT
I got 95...but I can NEVER come close to finishing the Times!
May 15th, 2011 at 12:11 GMT
Great quiz! Thanks Rockgolf. One of my new faves.
May 15th, 2011 at 12:14 GMT
Anyone else get tripped up by the 6-letter "A" answer because they included the space?
May 15th, 2011 at 12:24 GMT
Wait: "alakazam" neither starts with a P nor has six letters. Argh! Fun quiz.
May 15th, 2011 at 12:41 GMT
@WCRoentgen: In most every car, the gas gauge's highest rating is an "F" for Full and an "E" for Empty. How much gas you have is somewhere in between.
May 15th, 2011 at 13:04 GMT
Glad so many of you are enjoying this. Last Friday's New York Times (Yes, Friday the 13th) crossword referenced Sporcle in the clues, so I suggested we return the favor.
The clue for 51-Down that day was "Popular Sporcle subj." and the answer was "GEOG".
You can see the solved puzzle with clues here:
May 15th, 2011 at 14:12 GMT
I loved this! Thanks for giving us some time to think, too.
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May 15th, 2011 at 15:05 GMT
too much time, I finished with 4 minutes left...
May 15th, 2011 at 15:28 GMT
@maaxwell: A negative times a negative is a positive!
May 15th, 2011 at 15:34 GMT
Excellent quiz. Fun and good for the ego!
May 15th, 2011 at 16:15 GMT
Putting a space between "at" and "ease" killed me. Since when did Sporcle care about spaces?
May 15th, 2011 at 17:11 GMT
For some reason this quiz makes me want a banana
May 15th, 2011 at 17:14 GMT
I did not have to type a space between "AT" and "EASE". Not sure why several of you had to.
May 15th, 2011 at 17:16 GMT
I could have used more time, but this was a highly enjoyable quiz. I thought Loam would be the 4 letter L word.
May 15th, 2011 at 18:23 GMT
@manoftheworld: That's a "cryptic crossword," not a regular crossword. It's a completely different type of puzzle: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cryptic_crossword
May 15th, 2011 at 19:36 GMT
I was enjoying this quiz until I had to start scrolling down to see the next clue and scrolling back up to type the answer. ANNOYING!
May 15th, 2011 at 22:54 GMT
That's cool! Of course, we'll know that Sporcle has
made it when it's well-known enough to be mentioned in a clue on a Monday... something to aspire to!
May 15th, 2011 at 23:03 GMT
You know why they use Ulee's Gold? Because of the vowels.
May 15th, 2011 at 23:48 GMT
A good idea, executed well.
However, it would probably be best to avoid cases in which a (correct) shorter answer begins a (correct) longer one, as this makes it possible to get the shorter answer without knowing it. I see three instances of this phenomenon:
. It's particularly problematic in the case of N and R because the numbers suggest that in each case the longer answer may be "easier" (for many people) than the shorter, as the numbers of people getting the pairs are substantially the same even though it would be rare to get the longer but not the shorter (typically requiring very fast typing).
May 16th, 2011 at 00:14 GMT
Love this one, but need more time. Knew the answers, but couldn't type fast enough.
May 16th, 2011 at 01:10 GMT
@Atakdog: I get your point, but I wanted to keep the list accurate. It would be like having a College Football quiz eliminate Florida because it comes up when you enter Florida State.
May 16th, 2011 at 01:12 GMT
@rockgolf: Oops, of course. For a sec I had forgotten that you didn't choose the words yourself. Duh.
May 16th, 2011 at 05:04 GMT
@atakdog: I managed to get the 3 letter clue for R also because I knew the 6 letter answer and just had trouble spelling ;)
May 16th, 2011 at 13:08 GMT
The instructions state that "3- and 6-letter hints are straight definitions." The clue for 3 letter G clue is definitely not a straight definition, and the fact that it is the least guessed shows this. If you look at the source, the clue for gas actually includes a question mark (?), which indicates that the clue is playful.
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