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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 Berry1760216
2.Manny Nosowsky1614246
3.Elizabeth C. Gorski1509219
4.David J. Kahn1167170
5.Joe DiPietro1129124
6.Rich Norris1098186
7.Brendan Emmett Quigley1035157
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 Krozel47884
21.Bob Klahn46560
22.Peter A. Collins46098
Patrick Merrell46085
24.Martin Ashwood-Smith44277
25.Robert H. Wolfe43660
26.Richard Silvestri43084
27.Barry C. Silk40292
28.Jeff Chen38164
29.Peter Gordon37977
Nancy Nicholson Joline37948
31.Joel Fagliano34649
32.Kevin G. Der34037
A. J. Santora34068
34.Trip Payne33742
35.Mike Nothnagel33350
36.David Steinberg31257
37.Brad Wilber31049
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 Shteyman23748
47.Gregory E. Paul230116
48.Randall J. Hartman22873
49.Chuck Deodene21939
50.Victor Fleming21745
51.Sherry O. Blackard21653
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.Zhouqin Burnikel16937
67.Wayne Robert Williams16238
68.Samuel A. Donaldson16127
69.Timothy Polin15932
David Levinson Wilk15923
71.Raymond Hamel15027
Sarah Keller15051
73.Dana Motley14831
74.Will Nediger14719
75.Julian Lim13922
76.Dean Niles13715
Lou Sabin13729
Edward Sessa13734
79.Richard Hughes13635
80.Gary Cee13532
James Mulhern13522
82.Lee Glickstein13425
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.Damon J. Gulczynski9819
Gilbert H. Ludwig9818
114.Charles E. Gersch9717
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.Kevan Choset8427
125.Stanley Newman8321
126.Adam Cohen8219
127.Ethan Cooper8014
Kyle Mahowald8017
129.Mary Lou Guizzo7916
Adam G. Perl7927
Thomas W. Schier7917
132.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
Jacob Stulberg6416
152.Seth A. Abel6311
Michael S. Maurer6317
Norman S. Wizer6314
155.Gareth Bain6214
156.Bernice Gordon6121
157.Levi Denham5910
158.John Wolting5814
159.Gene Newman5715
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
Robyn Weintraub3910
186.Jules P. Markey3813
187.Alex Boisvert3711
Daniel Raymon3710
Gary J. Whitehead3714
190.Bill Ballard3610
Daniel R. Stark3616
192.Gail Grabowski3413
Elizabeth A. Long3412
194.Kurt Mengel3210
195.Sheldon Benardo2811
Daniel Kantor2810
197.Frederick J. Healy2713
198.Eileen Lexau2610
199.John Underwood2414
200.Robert Zimmerman2312