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 Berry2710195
2.Manny Nosowsky2585246
3.Elizabeth C. Gorski2402216
4.David J. Kahn1683159
5.Rich Norris1658185
6.Joe DiPietro1535120
7.Nancy Salomon1525185
8.Brendan Emmett Quigley1450152
9.Randolph Ross128399
10.Byron Walden117667
11.Frank Longo88068
12.Cathy Allis87884
13.Harvey Estes860116
14.Alan Arbesfeld80299
15.Patrick Merrell73481
16.Robert H. Wolfe70660
17.Joe Krozel70078
Jim Page70069
19.Paula Gamache69078
20.Fred Piscop678102
21.Richard Silvestri65984
22.Peter A. Collins62086
23.Mark Diehl60651
24.Nancy Nicholson Joline60348
Barry C. Silk60386
26.Peter Gordon59376
27.Bob Klahn58060
28.Martin Ashwood-Smith54271
29.Bob Peoples52839
30.A. J. Santora52766
31.Trip Payne50842
32.Matt Gaffney50458
33.Sherry O. Blackard47853
34.Mike Nothnagel47450
35.Lynn Lempel41868
36.Kevin G. Der40532
37.Michael Shteyman40447
38.Matt Ginsberg40238
39.David Quarfoot38741
40.Brad Wilber37741
41.Gregory E. Paul371116
42.Patrick Blindauer36953
43.Eric Berlin36437
44.Frances Hansen34540
45.Charles M. Deber34419
46.Randall J. Hartman33973
47.Victor Fleming33043
48.Ian Livengood32246
49.Dana Motley32131
50.Karen M. Tracey31532
51.Ed Early31353
Henry Hook31325
53.Joel Fagliano30136
54.David Steinberg29740
55.John Farmer28233
56.Chuck Deodene28138
57.Bryant White28028
58.Jeff Chen26738
59.Tim Croce26332
60.Sarah Keller26150
61.Doug Peterson25335
62.Andrea Carla Michaels24948
63.Tony Orbach24523
64.Caleb Madison23830
65.Jeremy Newton23412
66.Myles Callum23122
67.David Levinson Wilk21822
68.Lee Glickstein21725
69.Tyler Hinman21322
Will Nediger21319
Wayne Robert Williams21338
72.Bill Zais20914
73.Raymond Hamel20727
74.Greg Staples20125
75.Lou Sabin19629
76.Richard Hughes19035
77.Craig Kasper18815
78.Richard Chisholm18732
Edward Sessa18728
80.Peter Wentz18317
81.Daniel A. Finan17415
82.Fran Sabin17125
83.Pete Muller17017
joon pahk17019
85.Gary Cee16928
86.Allan E. Parrish16638
87.Rand H. Burns16521
88.Nelson Hardy16211
89.Josh Knapp16118
90.Gilbert H. Ludwig15718
91.Julian Lim15518
Martin Schneider15512
93.Nancy Kavanaugh15026
94.Bruce Venzke14918
95.Charles E. Gersch14717
Dean Niles14715
Ashish Vengsarkar14715
98.Michael Ashley14510
99.Michael Torch14218
100.Gerald R. Ferguson14122
Mel Rosen14113
102.Adam Cohen13919
Jim Hyres13920
104.Nancy S. Ross13622
105.Sidney L. Robbins13550
Jonathan Schmalzbach13530
Dave Tuller13514
108.Stephanie Spadaccini13436
109.Dan Schoenholz13316
110.Carolyn W. Stewart13020
111.Natan Last12814
112.Oliver Hill12616
Michael Vuolo12614
114.Mark Feldman12511
115.Samuel A. Donaldson12316
116.Ned White12212
117.Todd McClary12012
118.Kevan Choset11425
Michael S. Maurer11416
120.Janet R. Bender11227
Stanley Newman11220
122.Stella Daily11014
James Mulhern11013
124.Ethan Cooper10814
Timothy Polin10813
126.Adam G. Perl10725
127.Ernie Furtado10312
Kyle Mahowald10315
129.Bernice Gordon10221
Roy Leban10212
Thomas W. Schier10217
132.Alex K. Justin10114
133.Lois Sidway10018
134.Tom McCoy9911
135.Kelly Clark9514
136.Todd Gross9312
137.Randy Sowell9222
138.Holden Baker9016
139.John R. Conrad8911
Levi Denham8910
141.William I. Johnston8815
142.Karen Young Bonin8711
143.Gene Newman8614
144.John Wolting8514
145.Christopher Hurt8411
146.Seth A. Abel8211
147.Alan Olschwang8010
148.Gary J. Whitehead7914
149.Norman S. Wizer7813
150.John Underwood7714
151.Zhouqin Burnikel7617
152.David Kwong7511
153.Mike Buckley7411
Kristian House7413
Patrick Jordan7416
156.Daniel R. Stark7316
157.John Greenman7112
158.Gareth Bain7012
Robert Dillman7016
Susan Harrington Smith7010
Alex Vratsanos7011
162.Alfio Micci6910
163.Michael Blake6612
164.Shannon Burns6310
165.Elizabeth A. Long6212
166.Jim Hilger6010
167.Gail Grabowski5913
168.Mel Taub5810
169.Bruce Haight5611
Norma Steinberg5617
171.Susan Gelfand5512
Tracy Gray5511
Mark Elliot Skolsky5513
174.Alex Boisvert5310
175.Sheldon Benardo5111
176.Frederick J. Healy4912
Arthur S. Verdesca4914
178.Bill Ballard4610
179.Robert Zimmerman4512
180.Eileen Lexau4210