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Most Frequent Letter Usage

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Letter Count NYT Puzzle and Constructor From other sources*
A 69 March 21, 2002 by Patrick D. Berry 64, LAT, Mar 5, 2008 by Derek Bowman
B 48 August 25, 2010 by Clive Probert 29, LAT, May 19, 2010 by Don Gagliardo
C 20 October 10, 2011 by Ian C. Livengood 18, CS, Dec 1, 2006 by Mel Rosen
D 24 June 6, 2000 by Alan Arbesfeld 42, LAT, Jun 6, 2005 by Teddy A. Claiborne
E 78 February 9, 1999 by Janet R. Bender  
F 12 December 20, 2000 by Alan Arbesfeld 19, CS, May 25, 2001 by Ray Hamel
G 19 January 30, 2008 by Peter A. Collins 21, LAT, Apr 16, 2009 by Don Gagliardo
H 16 May 12, 2008 by Randall J. Hartman 28, LAT, Jul 09, 2010 by Jascha Smilack
I 25 January 12, 2006 by Kyle Mahowald 53, CS, Nov 22, 2004 by Harvey Estes
J 11 April 20, 2009 by Randall J. Hartman 13, CS, May 17, 2003 by Randolph Ross
K 18 May 24, 2007 by Patrick Merrell 30, LAT, Feb 21, 2008 by Don Gagliardo
L 35 July 18, 1994 by Wayne Robert Williams 33, LAT, April 21, 2003 by Eric Berlin
M 15 December 21, 2005 by David J. Kahn 24, CS, Mar 26, 2001 by Frank A. Longo
N 26 April 1, 2004 by Byron Walden 24, CS, July 24, 2001 by Martin Ashwood-Smith
O 34 December 16, 1993 by Nancy Nicholson Joline 37, LAT, Sep 22, 2005 by Thomas W. Schier
P 19 June 6, 2009 by Paula Gamache 20, LAT, Apr 23, 2008 by Billie Truitt
Q 12 February 16, 1996 by Manny Nosowsky  
R 30 March 8, 2011 by Paul Hunsberger 52, NYS, Nov 27, 2002 by Ogden Porter
S 36 December 15, 2005 by Patrick Merrell 37, LAT, Sep 1, 2006 by Patrick Blindauer
T 55 April 1, 2000 by Manny Nosowsky 29, LAT, Mar 27, 2000 by Elizabeth Gorski
U 19 February 16, 1996 by Manny Nosowsky 30, LAT, Jul 26, 2007 by David J. Kahn
V 9 November 4, 2008 by Peter Collins & Joe Krozel 20, NYS, Sep 25, 2003 by Byron Walden
W 14 September 14, 2004 by Salomon &  Estes 15, LAT, Dec 9, 2008 by Don Gagliardo
X 13 October 9, 2002 by Peter Gordon 16, NYS, Jul 16, 2004 by Trip Payne
Y 15 January 6, 2010 by Julian Lim 14, CS, Jan 26, 1998 by Frank A. Longo
Z 18 January 30, 2007 by Nancy Salomon 17, CS, May 9, 2007 by Patrick Blindauer

Words, lengths, squares, etc

Record Name Record Puzzle and Constructor
Fewest Black Squares 18 August 22, 2008 by Kevin Der
Lowest Word Count 52 January 21, 2005 by Frank Longo
Fewest Down Entries 27 6 times, first on August 23, 1996 by Martin Ashwood-Smith
Fewest Across Entries 17 February 14, 2004 by Frank Longo
Average Word Length (AWL) 7.19 January 21, 2005 by Frank Longo
Down Entry AWL 7.22 August 4, 2001 & November 29, 2003 both by Randolph Ross
Across Entry AWL 11.47 February 14, 2004 by Frank Longo
Most 15-letter Entries 10 7 times, first on June 30, 2000 by Martin Ashwood-Smith
Most Entries 10-Letters or longer 16 May 14, 1999 by Frank Longo
Highest Scrabble Score per Letter 2.49 January 30, 2007 by Nancy Salomon
Most Pangrams 3 twice, first November 14, 1998 by Matt Gaffney
Most Buzz Lots Nov 5, 1996 or Nov 5, 1996 by Jeremiah Farrell
Most Rebus Entries 22 January 12, 2006 by Kyle Mahowald

Thanks to Sherry O. Blackard for the idea for this page.

*Added "other sources" record on August 12th, 2009 from data extracted June 23rd, 2009 for Amy Reynaldo.

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