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 Berry2741198
2.Manny Nosowsky2577246
3.Elizabeth C. Gorski2413217
4.David J. Kahn1681160
5.Rich Norris1671186
6.Joe DiPietro1546122
7.Nancy Salomon1525185
8.Brendan Emmett Quigley1457153
9.Randolph Ross1297100
10.Byron Walden119068
11.Cathy Allis87884
12.Frank Longo87668
13.Harvey Estes860116
14.Alan Arbesfeld80199
15.Patrick Merrell73481
16.Joe Krozel73381
17.Robert H. Wolfe70360
18.Jim Page69969
19.Paula Gamache69879
20.Fred Piscop678102
21.Richard Silvestri65784
22.Peter A. Collins64090
23.Barry C. Silk61087
24.Mark Diehl60551
25.Nancy Nicholson Joline60348
26.Peter Gordon59176
27.Bob Klahn57860
28.Martin Ashwood-Smith54972
29.A. J. Santora53268
30.Bob Peoples52839
31.Trip Payne50742
32.Matt Gaffney50458
33.Sherry O. Blackard47753
34.Mike Nothnagel47450
35.Kevin G. Der42834
36.Lynn Lempel42069
37.Matt Ginsberg41639
38.Michael Shteyman40447
39.Brad Wilber39644
40.David Quarfoot38541
41.Gregory E. Paul370116
42.Patrick Blindauer36853
43.Eric Berlin36437
44.Charles M. Deber34319
Frances Hansen34340
46.Randall J. Hartman33773
Ian Livengood33748
48.Victor Fleming32843
49.Dana Motley32131
50.Karen M. Tracey31532
51.Ed Early31253
Henry Hook31225
53.Joel Fagliano30637
54.David Steinberg30441
55.Jeff Chen28440
56.John Farmer28233
57.Chuck Deodene27938
58.Bryant White27828
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 Williams21138
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
92.Martin Schneider15412
93.Nancy Kavanaugh14926
Bruce Venzke14918
95.Ashish Vengsarkar14715
96.Samuel A. Donaldson14618
Charles E. Gersch14617
98.Dean Niles14515
99.Michael Ashley14410
100.Michael Torch14218
101.Gerald R. Ferguson14122
Mel Rosen14113
103.Adam Cohen13919
Jim Hyres13920
105.Timothy Polin13716
106.Nancy S. Ross13622
107.Sidney L. Robbins13550
108.Tom McCoy13413
Stephanie Spadaccini13436
110.Dan Schoenholz13316
111.James Mulhern13215
Jonathan Schmalzbach13230
Dave Tuller13214
114.Carolyn W. Stewart13020
115.Natan Last12814
116.Oliver Hill12616
Michael Vuolo12614
Ned White12613
119.Mark Feldman12511
120.Todd McClary12012
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 Gordon10121
Alex K. Justin10114
Thomas W. Schier10117
134.Lois Sidway9918
135.Todd Gross9713
136.Kelly Clark9414
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.Zhouqin Burnikel8319
146.Seth A. Abel8211
147.Christopher Hurt8111
Norman S. Wizer8114
149.Alan Olschwang8010
150.Kristian House7914
151.Gary J. Whitehead7814
152.Ashton Anderson7710
John Underwood7714
154.Jeffrey Wechsler7610
155.Mike Buckley7512
David Kwong7511
157.Patrick Jordan7416
Alfio Micci7411
159.Gareth Bain7313
160.Daniel R. Stark7216
161.John Greenman7112
162.Alex Vratsanos7011
163.Robert Dillman6916
Susan Harrington Smith6910
165.Michael Blake6612
166.Bruce Haight6413
167.Shannon Burns6310
168.Susan Gelfand6013
Jim Hilger6010
170.Gail Grabowski5913
Tracy Gray5912
172.Elizabeth A. Long5812
Mel Taub5810
174.Norma Steinberg5617
175.Mark Elliot Skolsky5513
176.Alex Boisvert5310
177.Sheldon Benardo5111
178.Frederick J. Healy4912
Daniel Raymon4910
Arthur S. Verdesca4914
181.Bill Ballard4510
Robert Zimmerman4512
183.Eileen Lexau4110