The Times’ Mini Crosswords

Statistics from doing the Times’ mini crossword puzzles

 

I enjoy doing crossword puzzles, and especially enjoy the daily mini crossword puzzles offered by the New York Times’ iPhone app. The mini crossword is a five-by-five daily puzzle that is usually quickly dispatched. Sometimes, however, there’s one word or two that I just can’t get right away. In that case, abandoning the puzzle and coming back to it after a spell allows my mind to approach it fresh and I’m able to finish it up. Once in a while, though, I just can’t get it, and have to avail myself of a hint. After a hundred puzzles or so, I began to wonder how I do on them and, of course, I started keeping track.

On Saturday, June 25, 2016, I was surprised to find the daily puzzle to be a “midi” (7x7). Thinking it was a mistake, I just skipped it. However, since that time, every Saturday has been larger than a “mini” in some way. As a result, the statistics have been split into “mini” and “midi”.

Below are various statistics of the puzzles from August 21, 2014 though and including March 31, 2017.

 

Misc Stats (Mini)
Total Puzzles Attempted 915
Total Completed 915
Total Incomplete 0
Percent Incomplete 0%
Total Completed with Help 46
Percent Completed with Help 5%
Average to Complete 1m 35s
Misc Stats (Midi)
Total Puzzles Attempted 39
Total Completed 39
Total Incomplete 0
Percent Incomplete 0%
Total Completed with Help 0
Percent Completed with Help 0%
Average to Complete 2m 14s

 

5 Most Frequent Time-To-Complete (Mini)
Time Times Seen
1m 4s
23 times
43s
19 times
49s
18 times
58s
17 times
55s
16 times
5 Most Frequent Time-To-Complete (Midi)
Time Times Seen
2m 0s
2 times
1m 40s
2 times
1m 58s
1 times
2m 34s
1 times
2m 28s
1 times

 

5 Fastest Puzzles (Mini)
Date Time
August 15, 2016 17s
September 8, 2016 20s
August 2, 2015 25s
April 7, 2016 25s
May 26, 2016 25s
5 Fastest Puzzles (Midi)
Date Time
October 22, 2016 48s
January 17, 2017 58s
October 15, 2016 1m 17s
December 3, 2016 1m 19s
July 16, 2016 1m 24s

 

5 Slowest Puzzles (Mini)
Date Time
March 11, 2016 7m 55s
December 17, 2015 6m 57s
May 3, 2015 6m 46s
March 21, 2016 6m 15s
February 16, 2015 6m 9s
5 Slowest Puzzles (Midi)
Date Time
November 19, 2016 4m 19s
January 14, 2017 3m 53s
September 17, 2016 3m 40s
July 30, 2016 3m 38s
October 8, 2016 3m 27s

 

10 Most Common Words (Mini)
Word Frequency
obama 18
yes 14
email 12
three 10
alien 10
ocean 10
sky 10
adele 10
oscar 9
ash 9
10 Most Common Words (Midi)
Word Frequency
seine 2
ore 2
ran 2
ors 2
rna 2
era 2
dar 2
rca 2
apt 2
sad 2

 

Character Distribution (Mini)
Character Frequency Percent
a4,45511.09%
 
b9312.32%
 
c1,2123.02%
 
d1,4213.54%
 
e4,83212.03%
 
f4621.15%
 
g8122.02%
 
h1,1022.74%
 
i2,4206.02%
 
j1980.49%
 
k6431.60%
 
l2,1315.30%
 
m1,2733.17%
 
n2,1955.46%
 
o2,9207.27%
 
p1,2523.12%
 
q540.13%
 
r2,4786.17%
 
s3,3748.40%
 
t2,3275.79%
 
u1,1342.82%
 
v4201.05%
 
w5901.47%
 
x2720.68%
 
y1,0562.63%
 
z2150.54%
 
Character Distribution (Midi)
Character Frequency Percent
a36511.58%
 
b662.09%
 
c882.79%
 
d1243.93%
 
e39712.60%
 
f421.33%
 
g621.97%
 
h762.41%
 
i2036.44%
 
j80.25%
 
k381.21%
 
l1384.38%
 
m932.95%
 
n2096.63%
 
o2006.35%
 
p1073.39%
 
q40.13%
 
r2648.38%
 
s2648.38%
 
t2126.73%
 
u561.78%
 
v220.70%
 
w300.95%
 
x120.38%
 
y601.90%
 
z120.38%