JetPunk Word Search Puzzle Statistics - Updated to May 2022!

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Introduction

It's been almost a month since I wrote the last blog about the statistics for the puzzles of JetPunk's Daily Word Search, and I feel like this is the perfect time to write an updated version in which I share with you the latest stats and evaluate how things have changed since last month. Furthermore, I began collecting data of the letters that appear in the words as soon as I released the last blog (and after seeing Stewart's comment), so I'm going to share some of those too! Excited? Without further ado, let's get started!

Part 1: Word Stats

1. Overview

✓ From March 1 (#29) to May 8 (#97), there were 1,229 total words in all grids. The average number of words per grid now stands at 17.8, which is similar to last month's level.

✓ Puzzle #41 (Sun, Mar 13) remains the largest word search puzzle, with 30 words. Meanwhile, the puzzle with the fewest words was puzzle #89 (Sat, Apr 30), with just 10 words.

✓ Overall, Sundays' puzzles had the most words (19.2 in average grid, a slight decrease compared to last month), whereas Mondays' puzzles had the fewest words (13.6 in average grid, also dropped slightly compared to last month).

✓ For Saturdays (since April 9), the following countries have appeared more than once: Benin (2), Chile (2), Ghana (3), India (4), Iraq (2), Ireland (2), Italy (3), Libya (2), Mali (2), Oman (2), Qatar (2), Samoa (2), Sudan (2), Uruguay (2).

2. Highest & Lowest

Just like last time, let's start by listing the top 5 puzzles with the most and fewest words:

# Puzzle Day Words
1 41 Sunday 30
2 36 Tuesday 28
3 51 Wednesday 26
4 4-way tie (35, 64, 80, 88) 24
# Puzzle Day Words
1 89 Saturday 10
2 42 Monday 11
2 53 Friday 11
2 56 Monday 11
2 66 Thursday 11

3. Average Words per Grid by Weekday

The following table summarizes the average number of words per grid for each weekday, as well as how they compare with last month:

Day Avg. words/grid Change
Monday 13.6 -1.0
Tuesday 18.9 -0.9
Wednesday 18.5 -0.2
Thursday 18.4 +1.1
Friday 18.5 +1.7
Saturday 17.2 0.0
Sunday 19.2 -1.8

4. Measures of Spread

Now let's take a look at the variance (a measure of how spread out the data are) of the number of words in each weekday's puzzles, as well as how they compare with last month:

Day Variance Change
Monday 14.9 -9.3
Tuesday 17.3 -7.8
Wednesday 15.5 -5.4
Thursday 14.0 +2.4
Friday 18.1 +3.3
Saturday 14.2 +10.7
Sunday 19.2 -2.4

As you may have already noticed, one of the most notable changes is that Saturdays' puzzles have become significantly more unpredictable in terms of the number of words in the grids.

Part 2: Letter Stats

0. Caveats

Before we dive into the stats for the letters, let me point out a few things:

- These data are for letters in the words, not the grids.

- Only words from April 9 onwards are included since that's when I started collecting data.

- For Sundays, the actual words are used instead of the clues.

1. Overview

✓ From April 9 (#68) to May 8 (#97), there were 513 total words in all puzzles (excluding the numbers in puzzle #81) made up of 3,177 individual letters, implying an average word length of approximately 6.19 letters and an average of about 109.6 letters per puzzle.

✓ Overall, Fridays' puzzles had the most letters in them (149 in average puzzle, excluding #81), and Mondays' puzzles had the fewest letters in them (73 in average puzzle).

✓ The puzzle with the most letters was puzzle #80 (Thu, Apr 21), with an astounding 174 letters! Meanwhile, the puzzle with the fewest letters was puzzle #89 (Sat, Apr 30), with just 54 letters (excluding puzzle #81, which was all numbers).

✓ The letters A and E have dominated the word searches since data collection began on April 9. Over the 30-day period, they have appeared 403 and 322 times respectively. Just these two letters alone have accounted for nearly a quarter (or 22.8%, to be precise) of all letters in the puzzles' words!

2. Average Letters per Puzzle by Weekday

The following table summarizes the average number of letters per puzzle for each weekday:

Day Avg. letters/puzzle
Monday 73
Tuesday 117
Wednesday 90
Thursday 145
Friday 149
Saturday 105
Sunday 101

3. Table of Letter Occurrences and Percentages

The following is a detailed table summarizing the number of occurrences of each letter, as well as the percentage that each letter accounts for:

Letter Occurrences % of Total
A 403 12.68
B 60 1.89
C 105 3.31
D 119 3.75
E 322 10.14
F 26 0.82
G 80 2.52
H 93 2.93
I 254 7.99
J 11 0.35
K 41 1.29
L 158 4.97
M 103 3.24
N 225 7.08
O 210 6.61
P 77 2.42
Q 8 0.25
R 240 7.55
S 225 7.08
T 185 5.82
U 112 3.53
V 36 1.13
W 28 0.88
X 8 0.25
Y 40 1.26
Z 8 0.25
Total 3,177 100.00

Conclusion

In the past month we have seen lots of positive and neutral changes in the word search puzzles. As always, I am hoping to see even more improvements to this awesome daily minigame, and I'm also looking forward to compiling and sharing with you more stats in the future. Thanks for reading!

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Level 38
May 8, 2022
Damn, I love these blogs...
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Level 68
May 8, 2022
Amazing stats again!

Sorry for making your life a little difficult with the Number Grid :)

Interesting that Z, X and Q are all used 8 times exactly.

With the letter counts, does it take into account reused letters? So for example if 4 words shared the same "E" on the grid, is this counted once or 4 times? I imagine if it's the latter, that is what is inflating A and E, since these are common letters that are easily shared between words.

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Level 49
May 8, 2022
Thanks!

Reused letters are counted separately, for example if 4 words shared the same "E" on the grid it's counted 4 times

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Level 50
May 12, 2022
Excellent blog, like for the last one. I really like all theses stats. It probably asks you many efforts, but believe me, you are not doing it for nothing. Thank you very much!
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Level 49
May 12, 2022
You're welcome! :)