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 Berry2689193
2.Manny Nosowsky2581246
3.Elizabeth C. Gorski2403216
4.David J. Kahn1687159
5.Rich Norris1673186
6.Joe DiPietro1535120
7.Nancy Salomon1525185
8.Brendan Emmett Quigley1450152
9.Randolph Ross128899
10.Byron Walden116766
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 Piscop680102
20.Joe Krozel66874
21.Richard Silvestri65884
22.Peter A. Collins61685
23.Mark Diehl60651
24.Nancy Nicholson Joline60548
25.Barry C. Silk59785
26.Peter Gordon59376
27.Bob Klahn58560
28.A. J. Santora53868
29.Martin Ashwood-Smith53670
30.Bob Peoples52839
31.Matt Gaffney50958
Trip Payne50942
33.Sherry O. Blackard47753
34.Mike Nothnagel47450
35.Lynn Lempel41868
36.Michael Shteyman40447
37.Kevin G. Der40332
38.Matt Ginsberg40238
39.David Quarfoot38741
40.Brad Wilber37641
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.Ian Livengood31945
50.Ed Early31553
Karen M. Tracey31532
52.Henry Hook31325
53.Joel Fagliano29435
54.Chuck Deodene28238
John Farmer28233
Bryant White28228
57.David Steinberg27036
58.Tim Croce26232
59.Sarah Keller26150
60.Doug Peterson25335
61.Jeff Chen25236
62.Tony Orbach24523
63.Andrea Carla Michaels24347
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 Hamel20727
73.Jeremy Newton20611
74.Greg Staples20125
75.Lou Sabin19729
76.Richard Hughes19135
77.Craig Kasper18815
78.Richard Chisholm18732
Edward Sessa18728
80.Peter Wentz18317
81.Daniel A. Finan17415
82.Fran Sabin17225
83.Pete Muller17017
joon pahk17019
85.Rand H. Burns16521
Gary Cee16527
87.Nelson Hardy16211
Allan E. Parrish16237
89.Josh Knapp16118
90.Gilbert H. Ludwig15718
Martin Schneider15712
92.Julian Lim15518
93.Nancy Kavanaugh15026
94.Bruce Venzke14918
95.Dean Niles14815
96.Charles E. Gersch14717
Ashish Vengsarkar14715
98.Michael Ashley14510
99.Gerald R. Ferguson14322
100.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
Kyle Mahowald10315
127.Bernice Gordon10221
Roy Leban10212
Thomas W. Schier10217
130.Alex K. Justin10114
131.Lois Sidway10018
132.Kelly Clark9514
Timothy Polin9511
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.Gene Newman8614
144.Christopher Hurt8511
John Wolting8514
146.Seth A. Abel8211
147.Alan Olschwang8010
148.Gary J. Whitehead7914
149.John Underwood7714
150.Mike Buckley7411
Kristian House7413
Patrick Jordan7416
Alfio Micci7411
Daniel R. Stark7416
155.John Greenman7112
Susan Harrington Smith7110
157.Gareth Bain7012
Robert Dillman7016
159.David Kwong6910
160.Shannon Burns6510
161.Alex Vratsanos6410
162.Elizabeth A. Long6212
163.Michael Blake6011
Zhouqin Burnikel6014
Jim Hilger6010
166.Gail Grabowski5913
167.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