This Data Visualization Shows the Average Word Length for New York Times Crosswords Per Weekday

Average word length for NYTimes Crossword answers, 1994-2017
Average word length for NYTimes Crossword answers, 1994-2017
Photo: rrreaderrr

The New York Times crossword puzzle formula is pretty well known. The puzzles get progressively harder throughout the weeks starting on Monday, with Sunday being a little easier that Saturday but a larger puzzle. Now you can quantify this formula through a great data visualization from Redditor rrreaderrr who plotted out the average word length of the puzzles per weekday from 1994 through 2017.

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