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 Berry2674191
2.Manny Nosowsky2583246
3.Elizabeth C. Gorski2403216
4.David J. Kahn1686158
5.Rich Norris1674186
6.Joe DiPietro1536120
7.Nancy Salomon1526185
8.Brendan Emmett Quigley1450152
9.Randolph Ross129099
10.Byron Walden114965
11.Frank Longo88168
12.Cathy Allis87884
13.Harvey Estes860116
14.Alan Arbesfeld78798
15.Patrick Merrell73481
16.Robert H. Wolfe70460
17.Jim Page70269
18.Paula Gamache69078
19.Fred Piscop681102
20.Joe Krozel66773
21.Richard Silvestri65884
22.Peter A. Collins61685
23.Nancy Nicholson Joline60748
24.Mark Diehl60651
25.Peter Gordon59376
26.Barry C. Silk59084
27.Bob Klahn58560
28.A. J. Santora54068
29.Martin Ashwood-Smith53670
30.Bob Peoples52839
31.Matt Gaffney51058
32.Trip Payne50942
33.Sherry O. Blackard47753
34.Mike Nothnagel47450
35.Lynn Lempel41267
36.Kevin G. Der40332
37.Matt Ginsberg40238
38.Michael Shteyman39446
39.David Quarfoot38741
40.Brad Wilber37340
41.Gregory E. Paul371116
42.Patrick Blindauer36853
43.Eric Berlin36437
44.Frances Hansen34640
45.Charles M. Deber34419
46.Randall J. Hartman33973
47.Victor Fleming32442
48.Dana Motley32131
49.Ed Early31553
Karen M. Tracey31532
51.Henry Hook31425
Ian Livengood31444
53.Joel Fagliano28934
54.Bryant White28328
55.Chuck Deodene28238
56.John Farmer27732
57.Sarah Keller26150
58.Tim Croce25431
59.David Steinberg25234
60.Doug Peterson25034
61.Tony Orbach24523
62.Jeff Chen23835
Andrea Carla Michaels23846
64.Caleb Madison23730
65.Myles Callum23122
66.David Levinson Wilk21822
67.Lee Glickstein21725
68.Tyler Hinman21322
Will Nediger21319
Wayne Robert Williams21338
71.Bill Zais20914
72.Raymond Hamel20827
73.Greg Staples20125
74.Lou Sabin19729
75.Richard Hughes19135
76.Craig Kasper18815
77.Richard Chisholm18732
78.Jeremy Newton18510
79.Peter Wentz18317
80.Edward Sessa17927
81.Daniel A. Finan17415
82.Fran Sabin17225
83.Pete Muller17017
joon pahk17019
85.Rand H. Burns16721
86.Nelson Hardy16211
Allan E. Parrish16237
88.Josh Knapp16118
89.Gary Cee15926
90.Gilbert H. Ludwig15718
Martin Schneider15712
92.Nancy Kavanaugh15026
93.Dean Niles14915
Bruce Venzke14918
95.Charles E. Gersch14717
Ashish Vengsarkar14715
97.Michael Ashley14510
98.Gerald R. Ferguson14322
99.Julian Lim14216
Michael Torch14218
101.Mel Rosen14113
102.Adam Cohen13919
Jim Hyres13920
104.Sidney L. Robbins13750
105.Nancy S. Ross13622
Jonathan Schmalzbach13630
107.Stephanie Spadaccini13436
108.Dave Tuller13314
109.Carolyn W. Stewart13020
110.Natan Last12814
111.Oliver Hill12616
Michael Vuolo12614
113.Mark Feldman12511
114.Samuel A. Donaldson12316
115.Todd McClary12012
116.Michael S. Maurer11516
Dan Schoenholz11515
Ned White11511
119.Kevan Choset11425
120.Stanley Newman11320
121.Janet R. Bender11227
122.Stella Daily11014
123.Ethan Cooper10814
124.Adam G. Perl10725
125.Ernie Furtado10312
Thomas W. Schier10317
127.Bernice Gordon10221
Alex K. Justin10214
Roy Leban10212
130.Lois Sidway10018
131.Kelly Clark9514
Timothy Polin9511
133.Kyle Mahowald9414
134.Randy Sowell9222
135.James Mulhern9111
136.Holden Baker9016
John R. Conrad9011
138.Levi Denham8910
Norman S. Wizer8914
140.Todd Gross8811
William I. Johnston8815
142.Karen Young Bonin8711
143.Christopher Hurt8611
Gene Newman8614
145.John Wolting8514
146.Seth A. Abel8211
147.Alan Olschwang8010
148.Gary J. Whitehead7914
149.John Underwood7714
150.Alfio Micci7611
151.Patrick Jordan7516
152.Daniel R. Stark7416
153.John Greenman7112
Susan Harrington Smith7110
155.Gareth Bain7012
Robert Dillman7016
157.Mike Buckley6910
Kristian House6912
David Kwong6910
160.Shannon Burns6510
161.Alex Vratsanos6410
162.Michael Blake6011
Zhouqin Burnikel6014
Jim Hilger6010
165.Gail Grabowski5913
166.Elizabeth A. Long5811
Mel Taub5810
168.Norma Steinberg5617
169.Susan Gelfand5512
Mark Elliot Skolsky5513
171.Alex Boisvert5310
172.Sheldon Benardo5111
173.Tracy Gray5010
174.Arthur S. Verdesca4914
175.Bill Ballard4610
176.Frederick J. Healy4511
Robert Zimmerman4512
178.Eileen Lexau4310