I had occasion to generate another word list, this time with all the PUZ files I have in my possession as of today (04/17/2019).

Any questions are welcome, if I didn’t think of them in the questions I wanted answered…

Note: Some of the words will be invalid/nonsensical because some gimmicks involve taking a universal part of a theme set and moving it up or down from the across entry (the WSJ has run at least one puzzle like this in this time frame). So the whole list won’t be that exact or accurate.

Anyhow, here’s some readily identifiable random facts I found:

- Let’s start with the commonly known rule that a single word generally almost always is not allowed to appear more than once in a specific grid. Applying this rule will make looking at this data a lot easier.
- I processed 3,839 PUZ files.
- There are 101,860 unique words.
- All other trends are indicative of what was described in the other post.

It’s hard to know how many to include, to make such a list useful. But I settled at 250, simply because that seemed like it’d cover a lot of the more common words. Now here’s the list, sorted according to usage:

ERA 195 ALI 157 ORE 154 ELI 150 ALE 149 ASH 149 AREA 148 ATE 147 ERR 147 ETA 145 ALA 143 ONE 142 ALOE 135 ASS 134 ADO 131 OLE 127 ACE 123 ANT 123 ARE 123 EAR 121 EEL 120 OREO 120 SPA 114 IRE 112 END 111 ARIA 110 ARI 108 APE 107 ODE 107 YES 106 ERIE 105 AHA 104 ORAL 104 EAT 103 ERA 103 TEE 103 ART 102 AGE 99 EDEN 99 IRA 98 SEE 98 ANTE 97 STY 97 TEA 97 ALOT 96 ANTI 96 ARC 96 EGO 96 ELS 95 ERE 95 ILL 95 TAR 95 ASIA 94 ANN 92 EMU 92 AMI 91 ELSE 91 ICE 91 AIR 90 IDO 90 ACT 89 NEE 89 ODOR 89 AGO 88 EYE 87 ORE 87 PER 87 ECO 86 NOR 86 OAR 86 SEA 86 ADS 85 AMEN 85 ENE 85 EPEE 84 NET 84 ESS 82 EVE 82 SHE 82 ALL 81 ENO 81 INN 81 OLE 81 EST 80 EWE 80 LEE 80 TNT 80 ALEC 79 IDEA 79 USE 79 EON 78 ONO 78 ARM 77 LEI 76 OMAR 76 TEN 76 ABE 75 ACRE 75 ANI 75 ESE 75 SIR 75 TOE 75 TSA 75 OIL 74 SON 74 ARENA 73 EMO 73 ERASE 73 OSLO 73 RED 73 SET 73 ROE 72 USA 72 ATM 71 EASE 71 ERIC 71 ALAS 70 AWE 70 ADD 69 ALAN 69 ALE 69 ANY 69 ATARI 69 AXE 69 ERAS 69 AMA 68 ECHO 68 RAN 68 UNO 68 ABS 67 ASP 67 ETC 67 HER 67 LEO 67 SNL 67 SOS 67 ARTS 66 EDIT 66 ELSA 66 EPA 66 ETON 66 OLD 66 ANNE 65 DEN 65 ENS 65 IRS 65 RIO 65 URN 65 ALES 64 EPIC 64 EROS 64 EVER 64 IAN 64 ION 64 IRON 64 ISEE 64 SAL 64 ALSO 63 ARK 63 ELM 63 ENDS 63 IMAC 63 ONES 63 OTIS 63 RAT 63 SSN 63 ADA 62 APT 62 ASK 62 ATOM 62 ETE 62 OAT 62 OBOE 62 STAR 62 ACHE 61 AIL 61 AKA 61 ANA 61 ARE 61 NEO 61 OGRE 61 ORR 61 PEN 61 TAN 61 ERRS 60 ESC 60 INC 60 IRA 60 ISLE 60 LES 60 ONCE 60 PEA 60 STIR 60 TIE 60 ADAM 59 AND 59 ANON 59 EAST 59 ELI 59 ELO 59 ESP 59 LIE 59 NED 59 ODE 59 SSE 59 ALTO 58 ARAB 58 INK 58 ITS 58 RAE 58 TEE 58 TOT 58 AOL 57 APR 57 EBB 57 ELF 57 ENOS 57 ETNA 57 IDA 57 IDLE 57 IDOL 57 RNA 57 SAT 57 STE 57 STEM 57 ALT 56 ANEW 56 ELK 56 ERIE 56 IKE 56 ITEM 56 OMIT 56 OPT 56 PAR 56 TRE 56 ACAI 55 ACNE 55 ALA 55 ASAP 55 ASHE 55 CSI 55 EMIT 55 ENT 55 EVE 55 INRE 55 MEL 55 NSA 55 OPEN 55 RYE 55 SAD 55