Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Welcome to the NYT CrossWorld Pantheon:
A Hall of Fame for Crossword fill
Selection to the Pantheon is determined by a top-secret formula that looks something, but not exactly, like this:
Where "F" = the Frequency with which a word appears, x = the number of letters in the word (in singular form), and "U" = likelihood that anyone in the general public would ever Use said word in a sentence.
Membership is a fluid thing - new words are being inducted all the time, and the status of a word's membership is always subject to review, particularly if for some reason a Pantheon Word stops appearing in the grid with any frequency, or develops a currency with the General Public. Membership is divided into FOUR categories: The Security Council (limited to the FIVE highest-ranking members, all of whom have veto power), the A-List, the B-List, and the C-list.
NEW WORDS in RED.
PROMOTED or DEMOTED or newly RETIRED words in PURPLE.
1. Oleo (President) 2. Asps 3. Eero 4. Aria 5. Epée
Ewer (Captain), Élan, Etna, SSTS, Apse, STET, Alai
Rea (Captain), Sloe, Aloe, Otoe, Dele, Obi, Tiara. Ogee, Eerie, Omoo, Isms, Eno, Ulna, Alee, Rae (from B)
Igor (Captain), Essen, Estes, Neon, NTWT, Pei, Eel, Tat, Ulan, Uma, Eli, eBay, iMac, Esai, Olla, Alou, Aioli, Set-to, Estee, Enola, Née, Nene, Olio (from A), Riga (from B), Tarn (from B)
Honorary members (The Eugene T. Maleska Award):
Adit, Abie, Amah, Elia (retired), Asta (retired)
Kicked out of Pantheon: Deion (from C) - for excessive celebration in the end zone
Induction to The Pantheon occurs only by the autocratic authority of Rex Parker, who is happy to be advised, but only in a properly deferential manner.