Answers to New York Times Crossword Puzzles

After a year of doing New York Times crossword puzzles on my phone every day during subway rides, I’ve noticed certain patterns. There are a handful of words the editors really like, and some of them seem to appear virtually every time. Here they are:

These words appear in WAY more NYT crosswords than makes sense statistically.

These words appear in WAY more NYT crosswords than makes sense statistically.

In alphabetical order, they are:

  1. Aar (Swiss river)
  2. Aloe (moisturizer)
  3. Alp (Swiss mountain)
  4. Aria (opera solo)
  5. Asta (dog from TV show)
  6. Dre (rapper)
  7. EMT (first aid)
  8. Elia Kazan (filmmaker)
  9. Elie Wiesel (author)
  10. Elis (Yale alumni)
  11. Ella (Fitzgerald)
  12. Emit (radiate)
  13. Epee (sword)
  14. Iago (villain)
  15. Idle (doing nothing)
  16. Jai-Alai (sport)
  17. SNL (tv show)
  18. SST (plane no longer used)
  19. TKO (ends boxing)
  20. Zsa-Zsa (Gabor sister)

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