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TRex
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« on: September 11, 2017, 05:36:06 AM »

Is it my imagination, or have the Challenge and Standard puzzles been averaging a lot more common words than usual?
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oldpaul
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« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2017, 09:21:28 PM »

TRex: I keep a spreadsheet of my results against the maximum number of common words. Iím mad, I know, but Iím trying to keep track of any signs of dementia (remembering a good friend who died last year and who rapidly become incapable of solving target word puzzles).
I have nearly complete records (for between 25 and 31 days in each month) starting last year.  For months starting 11th and ending 10th of the following month, average number of common words were:
Challenge:  Aug-Sept 2016: 63.5; Nov-Dec 2016: 58.5; Feb-Mar 2017: 59.7; May-Jun 2017: 59.9; Aug-Sept 2017 (recent): 57.0
Standard (Same months): 40.4, 38.6, 38.3, 41.3, (recent): 39.3
In other words, I think the number of common words has been pretty constant
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TRex
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« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2017, 10:20:29 AM »

Thank you for those statistics. But what I was wondering about ó and I wasn't specific, for which I apologise ó but I was only wondering about the past week or so. It seemed to me the number of common words had been larger than usual.
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« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2017, 08:01:39 PM »

TRex: When you wrote on 10th September Australian time there were two puzzles with high numbers of common words that day (Challenge 71; Standard 61) but:
The 7 previous Challenge puzzles averaged 64.4 common words (slightly higher than average in my imperfect statistical record) and the 7 previous Standard puzzles averaged 37.4 (slightly lower than average). If one excludes the unusually high Standard result that day, then the average is even lower: 33.5.
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« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2017, 05:09:58 AM »

TRex I thought exactly the same as you about an hour ago! laugh  I don't like the puzzles with lots of words as I like to see what I have already played.  Ridiculous I know!  Penny
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« Reply #5 on: September 15, 2017, 07:35:17 PM »

It seemed to me the number of common words had been larger than usual.

On the other hand, the common word targets in the 10-letter games, which sometimes have targets in the 90s or even 100+ on occasion, seem to have been lower than normal: four of the last five 10-letter games have had common word targets in the 40s.

Cue a target of 150 in tomorrow's game!

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