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 Berry2719196
2.Manny Nosowsky2579246
3.Elizabeth C. Gorski2399216
4.David J. Kahn1682160
5.Rich Norris1671186
6.Joe DiPietro1536121
7.Nancy Salomon1525185
8.Brendan Emmett Quigley1450152
9.Randolph Ross1297100
10.Byron Walden119068
11.Cathy Allis87884
12.Frank Longo87668
13.Harvey Estes860116
14.Alan Arbesfeld80199
15.Patrick Merrell73481
16.Joe Krozel72280
17.Robert H. Wolfe70360
18.Jim Page69969
19.Paula Gamache69078
20.Fred Piscop678102
21.Richard Silvestri65784
22.Peter A. Collins63689
23.Mark Diehl60551
24.Nancy Nicholson Joline60348
Barry C. Silk60386
26.Peter Gordon59176
27.Bob Klahn57860
28.Martin Ashwood-Smith54972
29.A. J. Santora53268
30.Bob Peoples52839
31.Trip Payne50842
32.Matt Gaffney50458
33.Sherry O. Blackard47753
34.Mike Nothnagel47450
35.Lynn Lempel41868
36.Kevin G. Der41733
37.Michael Shteyman40447
38.Matt Ginsberg40138
39.Brad Wilber39243
40.David Quarfoot38541
41.Gregory E. Paul370116
42.Patrick Blindauer36853
43.Eric Berlin36437
44.Charles M. Deber34419
Frances Hansen34440
46.Randall J. Hartman33873
47.Ian Livengood33748
48.Victor Fleming32843
49.Dana Motley32131
50.Karen M. Tracey31532
51.Henry Hook31325
52.Ed Early31253
53.Joel Fagliano30637
54.David Steinberg30441
55.John Farmer28233
56.Chuck Deodene27938
Bryant White27928
58.Jeff Chen27839
59.Tim Croce26732
60.Doug Peterson26336
61.Sarah Keller26150
62.Andrea Carla Michaels25449
63.Jeremy Newton24613
64.Tony Orbach24523
65.Caleb Madison23730
66.Myles Callum23122
67.David Levinson Wilk21822
68.Lee Glickstein21725
69.Tyler Hinman21322
Will Nediger21319
71.Wayne Robert Williams21238
72.Bill Zais20914
73.Raymond Hamel20527
74.Greg Staples20225
75.Lou Sabin19529
76.Peter Wentz19318
77.Richard Hughes19035
78.Craig Kasper18815
79.Richard Chisholm18732
Edward Sessa18728
81.Daniel A. Finan17415
82.Pete Muller17017
joon pahk17019
Allan E. Parrish17039
Fran Sabin17025
86.Gary Cee16928
87.Josh Knapp16618
88.Rand H. Burns16521
89.Nelson Hardy16211
90.Gilbert H. Ludwig15718
91.Julian Lim15518
Martin Schneider15512
93.Nancy Kavanaugh14926
Bruce Venzke14918
95.Charles E. Gersch14717
Ashish Vengsarkar14715
97.Samuel A. Donaldson14618
Dean Niles14615
99.Michael Ashley14410
100.Michael Torch14218
101.Gerald R. Ferguson14122
Mel Rosen14113
103.Adam Cohen13919
Jim Hyres13920
105.Nancy S. Ross13622
106.Sidney L. Robbins13550
107.Stephanie Spadaccini13436
108.Jonathan Schmalzbach13330
Dan Schoenholz13316
110.Dave Tuller13214
111.Carolyn W. Stewart13020
112.Timothy Polin12915
113.Natan Last12814
114.Oliver Hill12616
Michael Vuolo12614
Ned White12613
117.Mark Feldman12511
118.Todd McClary12012
119.James Mulhern11814
120.Tom McCoy11512
121.Kevan Choset11425
122.Michael S. Maurer11316
123.Janet R. Bender11227
Stanley Newman11220
125.Stella Daily11014
126.Ethan Cooper10814
127.Adam G. Perl10725
128.Roy Leban10513
129.Ernie Furtado10312
Kyle Mahowald10315
131.Bernice Gordon10221
132.Alex K. Justin10114
Thomas W. Schier10117
134.Lois Sidway9918
135.Todd Gross9713
136.Kelly Clark9514
137.Randy Sowell9222
138.Holden Baker9016
Gene Newman9015
140.John R. Conrad8911
Levi Denham8910
142.William I. Johnston8815
143.Karen Young Bonin8711
144.John Wolting8414
145.Seth A. Abel8211
146.Christopher Hurt8111
Norman S. Wizer8114
148.Alan Olschwang8010
149.Kristian House7914
150.Gary J. Whitehead7814
151.John Underwood7714
152.Jeffrey Wechsler7610
153.Mike Buckley7512
Zhouqin Burnikel7517
David Kwong7511
156.Patrick Jordan7416
Alfio Micci7411
158.Gareth Bain7313
159.Daniel R. Stark7216
160.John Greenman7112
161.Robert Dillman7016
Susan Harrington Smith7010
Alex Vratsanos7011
164.Michael Blake6612
165.Shannon Burns6310
166.Bruce Haight6112
167.Susan Gelfand6013
Jim Hilger6010
169.Gail Grabowski5913
Tracy Gray5912
171.Elizabeth A. Long5812
Mel Taub5810
173.Norma Steinberg5617
174.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