Crossword Innovators

Debut word count by constructor (Shortz Era only)

This table shows the number of new answer words introduced by each constructor.
Only Shortz Era constructors with 10 or more puzzles are shown here.

*** Click any constructor name for the complete list of still-unique and since-reused words. ***

RankConstructorDebutsPuzzles
1.Patrick Berry2714195
2.Manny Nosowsky2589246
3.Elizabeth C. Gorski2403216
4.David J. Kahn1674158
5.Rich Norris1662185
6.Joe DiPietro1540121
7.Nancy Salomon1528185
8.Brendan Emmett Quigley1451152
9.Randolph Ross128399
10.Byron Walden119168
11.Cathy Allis87984
12.Frank Longo87067
13.Harvey Estes849115
14.Alan Arbesfeld80599
15.Patrick Merrell73581
16.Joe Krozel71479
17.Jim Page70269
18.Robert H. Wolfe69259
19.Paula Gamache69178
20.Fred Piscop669101
21.Richard Silvestri66184
22.Peter A. Collins62687
23.Mark Diehl60851
24.Barry C. Silk60386
25.Peter Gordon59276
26.Nancy Nicholson Joline58947
27.Bob Klahn57960
28.Martin Ashwood-Smith54271
29.Bob Peoples52939
30.A. J. Santora52666
31.Trip Payne50842
32.Matt Gaffney50458
33.Sherry O. Blackard47853
34.Mike Nothnagel47450
35.Lynn Lempel41968
36.Kevin G. Der40532
37.Michael Shteyman40447
38.Matt Ginsberg40238
39.David Quarfoot38741
40.Brad Wilber37741
41.Gregory E. Paul370115
42.Patrick Blindauer36953
43.Eric Berlin36437
44.Charles M. Deber34419
45.Randall J. Hartman33973
46.Ian Livengood33147
47.Victor Fleming33043
48.Frances Hansen32939
49.Dana Motley32131
50.Karen M. Tracey31532
51.Ed Early31353
Henry Hook31325
53.Joel Fagliano30136
54.David Steinberg29740
55.John Farmer28233
56.Chuck Deodene28138
Bryant White28128
58.Jeff Chen26738
59.Tim Croce26432
60.Sarah Keller26250
61.Doug Peterson25435
62.Andrea Carla Michaels25048
63.Tony Orbach24523
64.Caleb Madison23830
65.Jeremy Newton23412
66.Myles Callum23122
67.Lee Glickstein21825
David Levinson Wilk21822
69.Tyler Hinman21422
70.Will Nediger21319
Wayne Robert Williams21338
72.Bill Zais20914
73.Raymond Hamel20727
74.Greg Staples20125
75.Peter Wentz19318
76.Richard Hughes19035
77.Lou Sabin18928
78.Craig Kasper18815
Edward Sessa18828
80.Richard Chisholm18732
81.Daniel A. Finan17415
82.Pete Muller17017
joon pahk17019
Allan E. Parrish17039
85.Gary Cee16928
86.Rand H. Burns16521
87.Fran Sabin16424
88.Nelson Hardy16211
89.Josh Knapp16118
90.Gilbert H. Ludwig15718
91.Julian Lim15518
Martin Schneider15512
93.Nancy Kavanaugh15126
94.Bruce Venzke14918
95.Ashish Vengsarkar14715
96.Michael Ashley14510
97.Mel Rosen14313
98.Michael Torch14218
99.Gerald R. Ferguson14122
100.Adam Cohen13919
Charles E. Gersch13916
Jim Hyres13920
103.Nancy S. Ross13622
104.Sidney L. Robbins13550
Jonathan Schmalzbach13530
Dave Tuller13514
107.Dan Schoenholz13416
Stephanie Spadaccini13436
109.Dean Niles13314
110.Carolyn W. Stewart13020
111.Natan Last12814
112.Oliver Hill12616
Michael Vuolo12614
114.Mark Feldman12511
115.Samuel A. Donaldson12316
116.Ned White12212
117.Todd McClary12012
118.Kevan Choset11425
Michael S. Maurer11416
120.Janet R. Bender11227
Stanley Newman11220
122.Stella Daily11014
James Mulhern11013
124.Timothy Polin10913
125.Ethan Cooper10814
126.Adam G. Perl10725
127.Kyle Mahowald10315
Thomas W. Schier10317
129.Bernice Gordon10221
Roy Leban10212
131.Alex K. Justin10114
132.Tom McCoy9911
133.Lois Sidway9617
134.Kelly Clark9514
135.Todd Gross9312
136.Holden Baker9016
Gene Newman9015
138.John R. Conrad8911
Levi Denham8910
Ernie Furtado8911
141.Karen Young Bonin8811
William I. Johnston8815
143.Christopher Hurt8411
Randy Sowell8420
John Wolting8414
146.Seth A. Abel8211
147.Alan Olschwang8010
148.Kristian House7914
Gary J. Whitehead7914
150.Norman S. Wizer7813
151.John Underwood7714
152.Zhouqin Burnikel7617
David Kwong7611
154.Jeffrey Wechsler7510
155.Mike Buckley7411
Patrick Jordan7416
157.Daniel R. Stark7316
158.John Greenman7112
Alex Vratsanos7111
160.Gareth Bain7012
Robert Dillman7016
Susan Harrington Smith7010
163.Alfio Micci6910
164.Michael Blake6612
165.Shannon Burns6310
166.Elizabeth A. Long6212
167.Jim Hilger6010
168.Gail Grabowski5913
169.Mel Taub5810
170.Norma Steinberg5717
171.Bruce Haight5611
172.Susan Gelfand5512
Tracy Gray5511
Mark Elliot Skolsky5513
175.Alex Boisvert5310
176.Sheldon Benardo5111
177.Frederick J. Healy4912
Arthur S. Verdesca4914
179.Bill Ballard4610
180.Robert Zimmerman4512
181.Eileen Lexau4110