Crossword Innovators

Debut word count by Modern-era constructor

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 Berry2656189
2.Manny Nosowsky2587246
3.Elizabeth C. Gorski2392215
4.David J. Kahn1687158
5.Rich Norris1678186
6.Joe DiPietro1530119
7.Nancy Salomon1527185
8.Brendan Emmett Quigley1452152
9.Randolph Ross129299
10.Byron Walden114965
11.Frank Longo88468
12.Cathy Allis87984
13.Harvey Estes862116
14.Alan Arbesfeld77497
15.Patrick Merrell73481
16.Robert H. Wolfe70560
17.Jim Page70269
18.Paula Gamache69078
19.Fred Piscop681102
20.Richard Silvestri65984
21.Joe Krozel63470
22.Nancy Nicholson Joline60848
23.Mark Diehl60651
24.Peter A. Collins59783
25.Peter Gordon59376
26.Barry C. Silk59084
27.Bob Klahn58560
28.A. J. Santora54168
29.Martin Ashwood-Smith53770
30.Bob Peoples52839
31.Matt Gaffney51358
32.Trip Payne50942
33.Sherry O. Blackard47753
34.Mike Nothnagel47450
35.Lynn Lempel40866
36.Michael Shteyman39446
37.Matt Ginsberg38637
38.David Quarfoot38440
39.Kevin G. Der37830
40.Gregory E. Paul373116
41.Patrick Blindauer36652
42.Eric Berlin36437
Brad Wilber36439
44.Frances Hansen34840
45.Charles M. Deber34619
46.Randall J. Hartman33973
47.Victor Fleming32442
48.Dana Motley32131
49.Ed Early31553
Karen M. Tracey31532
51.Henry Hook31425
52.Ian Livengood30643
53.Bryant White28428
54.Chuck Deodene28238
55.John Farmer27732
56.Joel Fagliano26332
57.Sarah Keller26150
58.David Steinberg24733
59.Tony Orbach24523
60.Tim Croce24430
61.Doug Peterson24133
62.Caleb Madison23730
63.Andrea Carla Michaels23545
64.Myles Callum23122
65.Jeff Chen22233
66.David Levinson Wilk21822
67.Lee Glickstein21725
68.Tyler Hinman21322
Will Nediger21319
Wayne Robert Williams21338
71.Raymond Hamel20927
Bill Zais20914
73.Greg Staples20125
74.Lou Sabin19729
75.Richard Hughes19135
76.Craig Kasper18815
77.Richard Chisholm18732
78.Jeremy Newton18510
79.Peter Wentz18317
80.Daniel A. Finan17415
81.Edward Sessa17326
82.Fran Sabin17225
83.Pete Muller17017
joon pahk17019
85.Rand H. Burns16821
86.Nelson Hardy16211
Allan E. Parrish16237
88.Gary Cee15926
89.Gilbert H. Ludwig15718
Martin Schneider15712
91.Nancy Kavanaugh15026
Dean Niles15015
93.Bruce Venzke14918
94.Charles E. Gersch14717
Ashish Vengsarkar14715
96.Michael Ashley14510
97.Gerald R. Ferguson14422
98.Julian Lim14216
Michael Torch14218
100.Mel Rosen14113
101.Josh Knapp14016
102.Adam Cohen13919
Jim Hyres13920
104.Nancy S. Ross13822
105.Sidney L. Robbins13750
Jonathan Schmalzbach13730
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.Janet R. Bender11327
121.Stella Daily11014
122.Ethan Cooper10814
123.Stanley Newman10619
124.Ernie Furtado10312
Adam G. Perl10324
Thomas W. Schier10317
127.Bernice Gordon10221
Alex K. Justin10214
Roy Leban10212
130.Lois Sidway10018
131.Kelly Clark9514
132.Kyle Mahowald9414
133.Randy Sowell9222
134.Holden Baker9016
John R. Conrad9011
136.Levi Denham8910
Norman S. Wizer8914
138.Todd Gross8811
William I. Johnston8815
140.Karen Young Bonin8711
141.Christopher Hurt8611
Gene Newman8614
John Wolting8614
144.James Mulhern8410
145.Seth A. Abel8211
146.Alan Olschwang8010
147.Gary J. Whitehead7914
148.John Underwood7714
149.Alfio Micci7611
Daniel R. Stark7616
151.Patrick Jordan7516
152.John Greenman7112
Susan Harrington Smith7110
154.Gareth Bain7012
Robert Dillman7016
156.Mike Buckley6910
Kristian House6912
David Kwong6910
159.Shannon Burns6610
160.Alex Vratsanos6410
161.Gail Grabowski5913
162.Michael Blake5810
Elizabeth A. Long5811
Mel Taub5810
165.Zhouqin Burnikel5613
Mark Elliot Skolsky5613
Norma Steinberg5617
168.Alex Boisvert5310
Susan Gelfand5311
170.Sheldon Benardo5111
171.Arthur S. Verdesca4914
172.Bill Ballard4610
173.Frederick J. Healy4511
Robert Zimmerman4512
175.Eileen Lexau4310