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 December 17, 2017.

 

Misc Stats (Mini)
Total Puzzles Attempted 1142
Total Completed 1142
Total Incomplete 0
Percent Incomplete 0%
Total Completed with Help 47
Percent Completed with Help 4%
Average to Complete 1m 30s
Misc Stats (Midi)
Total Puzzles Attempted 74
Total Completed 74
Total Incomplete 0
Percent Incomplete 0%
Total Completed with Help 1
Percent Completed with Help 1%
Average to Complete 2m 20s

 

5 Most Frequent Time-To-Complete (Mini)
Time Times Seen
43s
27 times
51s
26 times
1m 4s
26 times
49s
20 times
46s
20 times
5 Most Frequent Time-To-Complete (Midi)
Time Times Seen
1m 54s
5 times
2m 0s
3 times
1m 39s
3 times
1m 40s
3 times
2m 5s
2 times

 

5 Fastest Puzzles (Mini)
Date Time
May 22, 2017 15s
August 15, 2016 17s
November 2, 2017 19s
September 8, 2016 20s
October 27, 2017 21s
5 Fastest Puzzles (Midi)
Date Time
October 22, 2016 48s
January 17, 2017 58s
October 7, 2017 59s
April 15, 2017 1m 07s
September 30, 2017 1m 08s

 

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
April 22, 2017 6m 18s
August 12, 2017 6m 8s
June 17, 2017 4m 39s
May 20, 2017 4m 31s
April 29, 2017 4m 25s

 

10 Most Common Words (Mini)
Word Frequency
obama 21
yes 17
email 14
elite 11
alien 11
ash 11
eyes 11
sky 11
adele 11
ocean 11
10 Most Common Words (Midi)
Word Frequency
sad 4
oreilly 3
has 3
one 3
ira 3
wee 3
rna 3
thrones 2
sassy 2
ukraine 2

 

Character Distribution (Mini)
Character Frequency Percent
a5,58511.08%
 
b1,2072.39%
 
c1,4962.97%
 
d1,8133.60%
 
e6,07612.05%
 
f6161.22%
 
g1,0322.05%
 
h1,3642.71%
 
i3,0506.05%
 
j2360.47%
 
k7891.56%
 
l2,6995.35%
 
m1,6053.18%
 
n2,7965.55%
 
o3,6627.26%
 
p1,5703.11%
 
q720.14%
 
r3,1186.18%
 
s4,2358.40%
 
t2,8495.65%
 
u1,4362.85%
 
v5201.03%
 
w7261.44%
 
x3300.65%
 
y1,2802.54%
 
z2590.51%
 
Character Distribution (Midi)
Character Frequency Percent
a00.00%
 
b00.00%
 
c00.00%
 
d00.00%
 
e00.00%
 
f00.00%
 
g00.00%
 
h00.00%
 
i00.00%
 
j00.00%
 
k00.00%
 
l00.00%
 
m00.00%
 
n00.00%
 
o00.00%
 
p00.00%
 
q00.00%
 
r00.00%
 
s00.00%
 
t00.00%
 
u00.00%
 
v00.00%
 
w00.00%
 
x00.00%
 
y00.00%
 
z00.00%