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 Berry1720210
2.Manny Nosowsky1614246
3.Elizabeth C. Gorski1510219
4.David J. Kahn1152167
5.Joe DiPietro1117123
6.Rich Norris1098186
7.Brendan Emmett Quigley1023155
8.Randolph Ross960101
9.Byron Walden94974
10.Nancy Salomon909185
11.Frank Longo66768
12.Cathy Allis65784
13.Alan Arbesfeld528103
14.Matt Gaffney52458
15.Harvey Estes522116
16.Jim Page50269
17.Paula Gamache49586
18.Fred Piscop494104
19.Joe Krozel46982
20.Mark Diehl46652
21.Bob Klahn46560
22.Patrick Merrell45984
23.Peter A. Collins45396
24.Robert H. Wolfe43660
25.Richard Silvestri43084
26.Martin Ashwood-Smith42374
27.Barry C. Silk39891
28.Peter Gordon37977
Nancy Nicholson Joline37948
30.A. J. Santora34068
31.Trip Payne33742
32.Mike Nothnagel33350
33.Kevin G. Der33036
34.Joel Fagliano31846
35.Brad Wilber31049
36.Jeff Chen30653
37.Bob Peoples29739
38.David Quarfoot29041
39.Patrick Blindauer28354
40.Ian Livengood28253
41.David Steinberg28051
42.Lynn Lempel27173
43.Matt Ginsberg25939
44.Charles M. Deber24319
45.Michael Shteyman23147
46.Gregory E. Paul230116
47.Randall J. Hartman22873
48.Jeremy Newton21715
49.Sherry O. Blackard21653
50.Chuck Deodene21538
51.Victor Fleming21244
52.Henry Hook21125
53.Bryant White20928
54.Eric Berlin20837
55.Tony Orbach20524
56.Tim Croce20033
57.Frances Hansen19640
58.Ed Early19553
59.Andrea Carla Michaels18552
Peter Wentz18523
61.Caleb Madison18130
62.John Farmer17633
Karen M. Tracey17632
64.Doug Peterson17037
65.Wayne Robert Williams16238
66.David Levinson Wilk15923
67.Raymond Hamel15027
Sarah Keller15051
69.Tom McCoy14920
70.Dana Motley14831
71.Will Nediger14719
72.Dean Niles13715
Lou Sabin13729
74.Richard Hughes13635
75.Gary Cee13532
76.Lee Glickstein13425
77.Julian Lim13321
78.Zhouqin Burnikel13231
79.Tyler Hinman13122
80.Samuel A. Donaldson12722
Martin Schneider12712
82.Pete Muller12617
Timothy Polin12624
Stephanie Spadaccini12636
85.Myles Callum12522
86.James Mulhern12419
Edward Sessa12431
88.Dan Schoenholz12320
89.Fran Sabin12025
90.Richard Chisholm11932
91.joon pahk11720
92.Daniel A. Finan11515
Ashish Vengsarkar11515
94.Rand H. Burns11321
95.Natan Last11217
96.Gerald R. Ferguson11022
Michael Torch11019
Dave Tuller11014
99.Craig Kasper10715
Josh Knapp10720
Jonathan Schmalzbach10730
Lois Sidway10718
103.Michael Ashley10510
104.Allan E. Parrish10439
105.Alex K. Justin10314
Bill Zais10315
107.Greg Staples10225
108.Nelson Hardy10011
Bruce Venzke10019
110.Gilbert H. Ludwig9818
111.Charles E. Gersch9717
112.David Woolf9413
113.Janet R. Bender9227
Mel Rosen9213
115.Sidney L. Robbins8950
Carolyn W. Stewart8921
117.Oliver Hill8816
118.Damon J. Gulczynski8715
Nancy Kavanaugh8726
Ned White8714
121.Nancy S. Ross8622
Finn Vigeland8610
123.Adam Cohen8219
124.Stanley Newman8120
125.Ethan Cooper8014
Kyle Mahowald8017
David Phillips8014
128.Thomas W. Schier7917
129.Kevan Choset7826
Todd McClary7812
Adam G. Perl7826
Michael Vuolo7814
133.Todd Gross7714
134.David Kwong7616
135.Karen Young Bonin7411
Christopher Hurt7411
137.Ernie Furtado7112
138.Stella Daily7014
Mark Feldman7011
140.Sam Ezersky6910
Roy Leban6913
142.Tracy Gray6617
143.Jim Hyres6520
144.Kelly Clark6414
John R. Conrad6411
146.Seth A. Abel6311
Michael S. Maurer6317
Jeffrey Wechsler6311
Norman S. Wizer6314
150.Gareth Bain6214
151.Bernice Gordon6121
Kristian House6115
153.Levi Denham5910
Mary Lou Guizzo5912
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.Mike Buckley5313
Shannon Burns5310
166.Holden Baker5216
Randy Sowell5222
Alex Vratsanos5213
169.Bruce Haight4717
Norma Steinberg4717
171.Susan Gelfand4614
Mark Elliot Skolsky4613
173.Jacob Stulberg4511
174.John Greenman4312
Mel Taub4310
176.Jason Flinn4010
Jim Hilger4011
178.Alfio Micci3911
Arthur S. Verdesca3914
180.Alex Boisvert3711
Daniel Raymon3710
Gary J. Whitehead3714
183.Bill Ballard3610
Daniel R. Stark3616
185.Gail Grabowski3413
Elizabeth A. Long3412
187.Jules P. Markey3211
188.Sheldon Benardo2811
Daniel Kantor2810
190.Frederick J. Healy2713
191.Eileen Lexau2610
192.John Underwood2414
193.Robert Zimmerman2312