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 Berry1691206
2.Manny Nosowsky1614246
3.Elizabeth C. Gorski1503218
4.David J. Kahn1120162
5.Joe DiPietro1117123
6.Rich Norris1098186
7.Brendan Emmett Quigley1023155
8.Randolph Ross955100
9.Nancy Salomon909185
10.Byron Walden90871
11.Frank Longo66768
12.Cathy Allis65784
13.Alan Arbesfeld528103
14.Matt Gaffney52458
15.Harvey Estes522116
16.Jim Page50269
17.Fred Piscop487102
18.Paula Gamache48083
19.Joe Krozel46982
20.Bob Klahn46560
21.Patrick Merrell45984
22.Mark Diehl45751
23.Peter A. Collins44594
24.Robert H. Wolfe43660
25.Richard Silvestri43084
26.Martin Ashwood-Smith41473
27.Barry C. Silk39891
28.Nancy Nicholson Joline37948
29.Peter Gordon37576
30.A. J. Santora34068
31.Trip Payne33742
32.Mike Nothnagel33350
33.Kevin G. Der31735
34.Bob Peoples29739
35.Brad Wilber29347
36.David Quarfoot29041
37.Jeff Chen27849
38.Ian Livengood27552
39.Joel Fagliano27442
40.Patrick Blindauer27153
41.Lynn Lempel26771
42.Matt Ginsberg25939
David Steinberg25947
44.Charles M. Deber24319
45.Michael Shteyman23147
46.Gregory E. Paul230116
47.Randall J. Hartman22873
48.Jeremy Newton21715
49.Sherry O. Blackard21653
50.Chuck Deodene21538
51.Victor Fleming21244
52.Henry Hook21125
53.Bryant White20928
54.Eric Berlin20837
55.Tim Croce20033
56.Tony Orbach19923
57.Frances Hansen19640
58.Ed Early19553
59.Andrea Carla Michaels18552
Peter Wentz18523
61.Caleb Madison18130
62.John Farmer17633
Karen M. Tracey17632
64.Doug Peterson16636
65.Wayne Robert Williams16238
66.David Levinson Wilk15923
67.Raymond Hamel15027
68.Dana Motley14831
69.Sarah Keller14750
Will Nediger14719
71.Dean Niles13715
Lou Sabin13729
73.Richard Hughes13635
74.Gary Cee13531
75.Lee Glickstein13425
76.Tyler Hinman13122
77.Tom McCoy12917
78.Samuel A. Donaldson12722
Martin Schneider12712
80.Pete Muller12617
Stephanie Spadaccini12636
82.Myles Callum12522
83.Julian Lim12319
84.Fran Sabin12025
85.Richard Chisholm11932
Edward Sessa11929
87.joon pahk11720
88.Zhouqin Burnikel11627
James Mulhern11617
90.Daniel A. Finan11515
Ashish Vengsarkar11515
92.Dan Schoenholz11418
93.Rand H. Burns11321
Timothy Polin11321
95.Gerald R. Ferguson11022
Michael Torch11019
Dave Tuller11014
98.Craig Kasper10715
Jonathan Schmalzbach10730
Lois Sidway10718
101.Michael Ashley10510
102.Allan E. Parrish10439
103.Alex K. Justin10314
Bill Zais10315
105.Greg Staples10225
106.Nelson Hardy10011
Bruce Venzke10019
108.Josh Knapp9918
109.Natan Last9816
Gilbert H. Ludwig9818
111.Charles E. Gersch9717
112.Janet R. Bender9227
Mel Rosen9213
114.Sidney L. Robbins8950
Carolyn W. Stewart8921
116.Oliver Hill8816
117.Nancy Kavanaugh8726
Ned White8714
119.Nancy S. Ross8622
120.Adam Cohen8219
121.Stanley Newman8120
122.Ethan Cooper8014
123.Thomas W. Schier7917
124.Todd McClary7812
Adam G. Perl7826
Michael Vuolo7814
127.Kevan Choset7625
128.Karen Young Bonin7411
Christopher Hurt7411
130.Todd Gross7313
131.Ernie Furtado7112
132.Stella Daily7014
Mark Feldman7011
Kyle Mahowald7015
David Woolf7010
136.Sam Ezersky6910
Roy Leban6913
138.David Kwong6813
139.Damon J. Gulczynski6711
David Phillips6712
141.Jim Hyres6520
142.Kelly Clark6414
John R. Conrad6411
144.Seth A. Abel6311
Michael S. Maurer6317
Jeffrey Wechsler6311
Norman S. Wizer6314
148.Gareth Bain6214
149.Bernice Gordon6121
Tracy Gray6116
151.Levi Denham5910
152.John Wolting5814
153.Gene Newman5715
154.Ashton Anderson5610
Alan Olschwang5610
156.Michael Blake5512
Robert Dillman5516
Kristian House5514
William I. Johnston5515
Patrick Jordan5516
Susan Harrington Smith5510
162.Mike Buckley5313
Shannon Burns5310
164.Holden Baker5216
Mary Lou Guizzo5211
Randy Sowell5222
167.Alex Vratsanos5012
168.Norma Steinberg4717
169.Mark Elliot Skolsky4613
170.Bruce Haight4516
171.John Greenman4312
Mel Taub4310
173.Susan Gelfand4213
174.Jim Hilger4011
175.Alfio Micci3911
Arthur S. Verdesca3914
177.Daniel Raymon3710
Gary J. Whitehead3714
179.Bill Ballard3610
Daniel R. Stark3616
181.Gail Grabowski3413
Elizabeth A. Long3412
183.Alex Boisvert3210
Jules P. Markey3211
185.Sheldon Benardo2811
Daniel Kantor2810
187.Eileen Lexau2610
188.John Underwood2414
189.Frederick J. Healy2312
Robert Zimmerman2312