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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 Berry1773218
2.Manny Nosowsky1614246
3.Elizabeth C. Gorski1509219
4.David J. Kahn1167170
5.Joe DiPietro1129124
6.Rich Norris1098186
7.Brendan Emmett Quigley1035157
8.Byron Walden96676
9.Randolph Ross960101
10.Nancy Salomon909185
11.Frank Longo66768
12.Cathy Allis65784
13.Alan Arbesfeld537105
14.Matt Gaffney52458
15.Harvey Estes522116
16.Jim Page50570
17.Paula Gamache50489
18.Mark Diehl49755
19.Fred Piscop494104
20.Joe Krozel47884
21.Bob Klahn46560
22.Peter A. Collins46098
Patrick Merrell46085
24.Martin Ashwood-Smith44277
25.Robert H. Wolfe43660
26.Richard Silvestri43084
27.Barry C. Silk40292
28.Jeff Chen39467
29.Peter Gordon38578
30.Nancy Nicholson Joline37948
31.Joel Fagliano34950
David Steinberg34960
33.Kevin G. Der34037
A. J. Santora34068
35.Trip Payne33742
36.Mike Nothnagel33350
37.Brad Wilber31049
38.Bob Peoples29739
39.Ian Livengood29455
40.David Quarfoot29041
41.Patrick Blindauer28755
42.Lynn Lempel27975
43.Matt Ginsberg27041
44.Jeremy Newton24817
45.Charles M. Deber24319
46.Michael Shteyman23748
47.Gregory E. Paul230116
48.Randall J. Hartman22873
49.Chuck Deodene21939
50.Victor Fleming21745
51.Sherry O. Blackard21653
52.Henry Hook21125
53.Bryant White20928
54.Eric Berlin20837
55.Tony Orbach20524
56.Tim Croce20033
Peter Wentz20025
58.Andrea Carla Michaels19856
59.Frances Hansen19640
60.Ed Early19553
61.Caleb Madison19331
Tom McCoy19325
63.Zhouqin Burnikel17839
64.John Farmer17633
Karen M. Tracey17632
66.Doug Peterson17438
67.Timothy Polin16834
68.Wayne Robert Williams16238
69.Samuel A. Donaldson16127
70.David Levinson Wilk15923
71.Raymond Hamel15027
Sarah Keller15051
73.Dana Motley14831
74.Will Nediger14719
75.James Mulhern14023
Dan Schoenholz14022
77.Julian Lim13922
78.Natan Last13720
Dean Niles13715
Lou Sabin13729
Edward Sessa13734
82.Richard Hughes13635
83.Gary Cee13532
84.Lee Glickstein13425
85.Tyler Hinman13122
86.Martin Schneider12712
87.Pete Muller12617
Stephanie Spadaccini12636
89.Myles Callum12522
90.Josh Knapp12222
91.Fran Sabin12025
92.Richard Chisholm11932
93.joon pahk11720
94.Michael Ashley11511
Daniel A. Finan11515
Ashish Vengsarkar11515
97.Rand H. Burns11321
98.David Woolf11215
99.Gerald R. Ferguson11022
Michael Torch11019
Dave Tuller11014
102.Ned White10918
103.Craig Kasper10715
Jonathan Schmalzbach10730
Lois Sidway10718
106.Allan E. Parrish10439
107.Alex K. Justin10314
Bill Zais10315
109.Damon J. Gulczynski10221
Greg Staples10225
111.Bruce Haight10123
112.Nelson Hardy10011
Bruce Venzke10019
114.Gilbert H. Ludwig9818
David Phillips9818
116.Charles E. Gersch9717
117.Finn Vigeland9412
118.Mel Rosen9314
119.Janet R. Bender9227
120.Sidney L. Robbins8950
Carolyn W. Stewart8921
122.Oliver Hill8816
123.Nancy Kavanaugh8726
124.Nancy S. Ross8622
125.Kyle Mahowald8518
126.Kevan Choset8427
127.Mary Lou Guizzo8317
Stanley Newman8321
129.Adam Cohen8219
Tracy Gray8220
131.Sam Ezersky8111
132.Ethan Cooper8014
Jim Hyres8021
134.Adam G. Perl7927
Thomas W. Schier7917
Andrew Zhou7911
137.Todd McClary7812
Michael Vuolo7814
139.Todd Gross7714
140.David Kwong7616
Jacob Stulberg7619
142.Karen Young Bonin7411
Christopher Hurt7411
144.Jeffrey Wechsler7313
145.Kristian House7217
146.Ernie Furtado7112
147.Stella Daily7014
Mark Feldman7011
149.Roy Leban6913
150.Kelly Clark6515
151.John R. Conrad6411
152.Seth A. Abel6311
Michael S. Maurer6317
Norman S. Wizer6314
155.Gareth Bain6214
156.Bernice Gordon6121
157.Levi Denham5910
158.Michael Blake5813
John Wolting5814
160.Gene Newman5715
161.Ashton Anderson5610
Alan Olschwang5610
163.Robert Dillman5516
Jason Flinn5512
William I. Johnston5515
Patrick Jordan5516
Susan Harrington Smith5510
168.John Guzzetta5412
David Liben-Nowell5410
170.Mike Buckley5313
Shannon Burns5310
Don Gagliardo5311
173.Holden Baker5216
Randy Sowell5222
Alex Vratsanos5213
176.Susan Gelfand4715
Norma Steinberg4717
178.John Lieb4610
Mark Elliot Skolsky4613
180.John Greenman4312
Mel Taub4310
182.Jules P. Markey4114
183.Jim Hilger4011
184.Alfio Micci3911
Arthur S. Verdesca3914
Robyn Weintraub3910
187.Alex Boisvert3711
Daniel Raymon3710
Gary J. Whitehead3714
190.Bill Ballard3610
Daniel R. Stark3616
192.Gail Grabowski3413
Elizabeth A. Long3412
194.Kurt Mengel3210
195.Frederick J. Healy2914
196.Sheldon Benardo2811
Daniel Kantor2810
198.Eileen Lexau2610
199.John Underwood2414
200.Robert Zimmerman2312