Monday, January 15, 2007
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 Members in RED.
PROMOTED or DEMOTED or newly RETIRED Members in PURPLE.
1. Oleo (President) 2. Asps 3. Eero 4. Aria 5. Epée
Ewer (Captain), Élan, Etna, SSTS, Apse, STET, Alai, Etui
Rea (Captain), Sloe, Aloe, Otoe, Dele, Obi, Tiara. Ogee, Eerie, Omoo, Isms, Eno, Ulna, Alee, Rae (from C)
Igor (Captain), Essen, Estes, 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, Eri Tu, Elia (retired), Asta (retired)
Kicked out of Pantheon:
Deion (from C) - for excessive celebration in the end zone; and Neon (from C), for being far, far too ordinary a word, as well as for being related, in common parlance, to DEION.
Next year, the 2008 Pantheon Selection Committee will be taking up new bids from worthy eligible crossword fill. Look for strong showings from the anagrammic pair of OATER and ERATO, as well as fan favorites ILSA and OMANI.
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.