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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 Berry1755215
2.Manny Nosowsky1614246
3.Elizabeth C. Gorski1510219
4.David J. Kahn1167170
5.Joe DiPietro1129124
6.Rich Norris1098186
7.Brendan Emmett Quigley1031156
8.Byron Walden96676
9.Randolph Ross960101
10.Nancy Salomon909185
11.Frank Longo66768
12.Cathy Allis65784
13.Alan Arbesfeld531104
14.Matt Gaffney52458
15.Harvey Estes522116
16.Jim Page50570
17.Paula Gamache49787
18.Fred Piscop494104
19.Mark Diehl48954
20.Joe Krozel47683
21.Bob Klahn46560
22.Patrick Merrell46085
23.Peter A. Collins45897
24.Robert H. Wolfe43660
25.Martin Ashwood-Smith43576
26.Richard Silvestri43084
27.Barry C. Silk40292
28.Peter Gordon37977
Nancy Nicholson Joline37948
30.Jeff Chen37062
31.A. J. Santora34068
32.Trip Payne33742
33.Joel Fagliano33648
34.Mike Nothnagel33350
35.Kevin G. Der33036
36.Brad Wilber31049
37.David Steinberg30756
38.Bob Peoples29739
39.Ian Livengood29455
40.David Quarfoot29041
41.Patrick Blindauer28354
42.Lynn Lempel27374
43.Matt Ginsberg27041
44.Charles M. Deber24319
45.Jeremy Newton23816
46.Michael Shteyman23147
47.Gregory E. Paul230116
48.Randall J. Hartman22873
49.Victor Fleming21745
50.Sherry O. Blackard21653
51.Chuck Deodene21538
52.Henry Hook21125
53.Bryant White20928
54.Eric Berlin20837
55.Tony Orbach20524
56.Tim Croce20033
Peter Wentz20025
58.Frances Hansen19640
59.Ed Early19553
Andrea Carla Michaels19555
61.Caleb Madison19331
62.Tom McCoy18824
63.John Farmer17633
Karen M. Tracey17632
65.Doug Peterson17438
66.Wayne Robert Williams16238
67.Zhouqin Burnikel15936
David Levinson Wilk15923
69.Samuel A. Donaldson15526
70.Raymond Hamel15027
Sarah Keller15051
Timothy Polin15030
73.Dana Motley14831
74.Will Nediger14719
75.Julian Lim13922
76.Dean Niles13715
Lou Sabin13729
78.Richard Hughes13635
79.Gary Cee13532
James Mulhern13522
81.Lee Glickstein13425
82.Edward Sessa13233
83.Tyler Hinman13122
84.Natan Last12919
85.Martin Schneider12712
86.Pete Muller12617
Stephanie Spadaccini12636
88.Myles Callum12522
89.Dan Schoenholz12321
90.Fran Sabin12025
91.Richard Chisholm11932
92.joon pahk11720
93.Michael Ashley11511
Daniel A. Finan11515
Ashish Vengsarkar11515
96.Rand H. Burns11321
97.David Woolf11215
98.Gerald R. Ferguson11022
Josh Knapp11021
Michael Torch11019
Dave Tuller11014
102.Craig Kasper10715
Jonathan Schmalzbach10730
Lois Sidway10718
105.Allan E. Parrish10439
Ned White10417
107.Alex K. Justin10314
Bill Zais10315
109.Greg Staples10225
110.Nelson Hardy10011
Bruce Venzke10019
112.Gilbert H. Ludwig9818
113.Charles E. Gersch9717
114.Damon J. Gulczynski9519
115.David Phillips9417
116.Mel Rosen9314
117.Janet R. Bender9227
118.Finn Vigeland9111
119.Sidney L. Robbins8950
Carolyn W. Stewart8921
121.Oliver Hill8816
122.Nancy Kavanaugh8726
123.Nancy S. Ross8622
124.Stanley Newman8321
125.Adam Cohen8219
126.Ethan Cooper8014
Kyle Mahowald8017
128.Mary Lou Guizzo7916
Adam G. Perl7927
Thomas W. Schier7917
131.Kevan Choset7826
Todd McClary7812
Michael Vuolo7814
134.Todd Gross7714
135.David Kwong7616
136.Bruce Haight7520
137.Karen Young Bonin7411
Christopher Hurt7411
Andrew Zhou7410
140.Kristian House7217
141.Ernie Furtado7112
Tracy Gray7118
143.Stella Daily7014
Mark Feldman7011
145.Sam Ezersky6910
Roy Leban6913
147.Jeffrey Wechsler6812
148.Kelly Clark6515
Jim Hyres6520
150.John R. Conrad6411
151.Seth A. Abel6311
Michael S. Maurer6317
Norman S. Wizer6314
154.Gareth Bain6214
155.Bernice Gordon6121
156.Levi Denham5910
157.John Wolting5814
158.Gene Newman5715
Jacob Stulberg5714
160.Ashton Anderson5610
Alan Olschwang5610
162.Michael Blake5512
Robert Dillman5516
Jason Flinn5512
William I. Johnston5515
Patrick Jordan5516
Susan Harrington Smith5510
168.David Liben-Nowell5410
169.Mike Buckley5313
Shannon Burns5310
Don Gagliardo5311
172.Holden Baker5216
Randy Sowell5222
Alex Vratsanos5213
175.Norma Steinberg4717
176.Susan Gelfand4614
John Lieb4610
Mark Elliot Skolsky4613
179.John Guzzetta4510
180.John Greenman4312
Mel Taub4310
182.Jim Hilger4011
183.Alfio Micci3911
Arthur S. Verdesca3914
185.Alex Boisvert3711
Jules P. Markey3712
Daniel Raymon3710
Gary J. Whitehead3714
189.Bill Ballard3610
Daniel R. Stark3616
191.Gail Grabowski3413
Elizabeth A. Long3412
193.Kurt Mengel3210
194.Sheldon Benardo2811
Daniel Kantor2810
196.Frederick J. Healy2713
197.Eileen Lexau2610
198.John Underwood2414
199.Robert Zimmerman2312