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 Berry1743213
2.Manny Nosowsky1614246
3.Elizabeth C. Gorski1510219
4.David J. Kahn1155168
5.Joe DiPietro1117123
6.Rich Norris1098186
7.Brendan Emmett Quigley1031156
8.Byron Walden96275
9.Randolph Ross960101
10.Nancy Salomon909185
11.Frank Longo66768
12.Cathy Allis65784
13.Alan Arbesfeld528103
14.Matt Gaffney52458
15.Harvey Estes522116
16.Jim Page50570
17.Paula Gamache49787
18.Fred Piscop494104
19.Mark Diehl47753
20.Joe Krozel46982
21.Bob Klahn46560
22.Patrick Merrell45984
23.Peter A. Collins45396
24.Robert H. Wolfe43660
25.Martin Ashwood-Smith43075
Richard Silvestri43084
27.Barry C. Silk40292
28.Peter Gordon37977
Nancy Nicholson Joline37948
30.A. J. Santora34068
31.Trip Payne33742
32.Jeff Chen33657
33.Mike Nothnagel33350
34.Kevin G. Der33036
35.Joel Fagliano32247
36.Brad Wilber31049
37.Bob Peoples29739
38.Ian Livengood29455
39.David Steinberg29153
40.David Quarfoot29041
41.Patrick Blindauer28354
42.Lynn Lempel27374
43.Matt Ginsberg26240
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
57.Frances Hansen19640
58.Ed Early19553
Andrea Carla Michaels19555
60.Peter Wentz19324
61.Caleb Madison18130
62.John Farmer17633
Karen M. Tracey17632
64.Doug Peterson17037
65.Tom McCoy16522
66.Wayne Robert Williams16238
67.David Levinson Wilk15923
68.Samuel A. Donaldson15125
69.Raymond Hamel15027
Sarah Keller15051
71.Dana Motley14831
72.Will Nediger14719
73.Dean Niles13715
Lou Sabin13729
75.Zhouqin Burnikel13633
Richard Hughes13635
77.Gary Cee13532
78.Lee Glickstein13425
Timothy Polin13427
80.Julian Lim13321
81.Tyler Hinman13122
82.Martin Schneider12712
83.James Mulhern12620
Pete Muller12617
Stephanie Spadaccini12636
86.Myles Callum12522
87.Edward Sessa12431
88.Dan Schoenholz12321
89.Fran Sabin12025
90.Richard Chisholm11932
91.Natan Last11718
joon pahk11720
93.Daniel A. Finan11515
Ashish Vengsarkar11515
95.Rand H. Burns11321
96.Gerald R. Ferguson11022
Josh Knapp11021
Michael Torch11019
Dave Tuller11014
100.Craig Kasper10715
Jonathan Schmalzbach10730
Lois Sidway10718
103.Michael Ashley10510
104.Allan E. Parrish10439
105.Alex K. Justin10314
Bill Zais10315
107.Greg Staples10225
David Woolf10214
109.Nelson Hardy10011
Bruce Venzke10019
Ned White10016
112.Gilbert H. Ludwig9818
113.Charles E. Gersch9717
114.Janet R. Bender9227
Mel Rosen9213
116.Damon J. Gulczynski9116
Finn Vigeland9111
118.Sidney L. Robbins8950
Carolyn W. Stewart8921
120.Oliver Hill8816
121.Nancy Kavanaugh8726
122.Nancy S. Ross8622
123.David Phillips8515
124.Stanley Newman8321
125.Adam Cohen8219
126.Ethan Cooper8014
Kyle Mahowald8017
128.Adam G. Perl7927
Thomas W. Schier7917
130.Kevan Choset7826
Todd McClary7812
Michael Vuolo7814
133.Todd Gross7714
134.David Kwong7616
135.Karen Young Bonin7411
Christopher Hurt7411
137.Ernie Furtado7112
Tracy Gray7118
139.Stella Daily7014
Mark Feldman7011
141.Sam Ezersky6910
Roy Leban6913
143.Kristian House6816
Jeffrey Wechsler6812
145.Kelly Clark6515
Jim Hyres6520
147.John R. Conrad6411
148.Seth A. Abel6311
Michael S. Maurer6317
Norman S. Wizer6314
151.Gareth Bain6214
152.Bernice Gordon6121
Mary Lou Guizzo6113
154.Levi Denham5910
155.John Wolting5814
156.Gene Newman5715
157.Ashton Anderson5610
Alan Olschwang5610
159.Michael Blake5512
Robert Dillman5516
William I. Johnston5515
Patrick Jordan5516
Susan Harrington Smith5510
164.David Liben-Nowell5410
165.Mike Buckley5313
Shannon Burns5310
167.Holden Baker5216
Bruce Haight5218
Randy Sowell5222
Alex Vratsanos5213
171.Jacob Stulberg5112
172.Don Gagliardo4810
173.Norma Steinberg4717
174.Susan Gelfand4614
Mark Elliot Skolsky4613
176.Jason Flinn4511
177.John Greenman4312
Mel Taub4310
179.Jim Hilger4011
180.Alfio Micci3911
Arthur S. Verdesca3914
182.Alex Boisvert3711
Jules P. Markey3712
Daniel Raymon3710
Gary J. Whitehead3714
186.Bill Ballard3610
Daniel R. Stark3616
188.Gail Grabowski3413
Elizabeth A. Long3412
190.Kurt Mengel3210
191.Sheldon Benardo2811
Daniel Kantor2810
193.Frederick J. Healy2713
194.Eileen Lexau2610
195.John Underwood2414
196.Robert Zimmerman2312