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 DiPietro1534120
7.Nancy Salomon1525185
8.Brendan Emmett Quigley1450152
9.Randolph Ross128699
10.Byron Walden117667
11.Frank Longo88168
12.Cathy Allis87884
13.Harvey Estes860116
14.Alan Arbesfeld80199
15.Patrick Merrell73481
16.Robert H. Wolfe70460
17.Jim Page70169
18.Paula Gamache69078
19.Fred Piscop678102
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 Klahn58460
28.A. J. Santora53868
29.Martin Ashwood-Smith53570
30.Bob Peoples52839
31.Trip Payne50942
32.Matt Gaffney50658
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. Paul370116
42.Patrick Blindauer36853
43.Eric Berlin36437
44.Frances Hansen34640
45.Charles M. Deber34419
46.Randall J. Hartman33973
47.Victor Fleming33043
48.Ian Livengood32246
49.Dana Motley32131
50.Karen M. Tracey31532
51.Ed Early31453
52.Henry Hook31325
53.Joel Fagliano29435
54.David Steinberg28338
55.Chuck Deodene28238
John Farmer28233
57.Bryant White28028
58.Tim Croce26232
59.Sarah Keller26150
60.Jeff Chen25637
61.Doug Peterson25335
62.Tony Orbach24523
63.Andrea Carla Michaels24347
64.Caleb Madison23730
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.Allan E. Parrish16638
86.Rand H. Burns16521
Gary Cee16527
88.Nelson Hardy16211
89.Josh Knapp16118
90.Gilbert H. Ludwig15718
91.Martin Schneider15612
92.Julian Lim15518
93.Nancy Kavanaugh15026
94.Bruce Venzke14918
95.Charles E. Gersch14717
Dean Niles14715
Ashish Vengsarkar14715
98.Michael Ashley14510
99.Gerald R. Ferguson14222
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
James Mulhern10312
128.Bernice Gordon10221
Roy Leban10212
Thomas W. Schier10217
131.Alex K. Justin10114
132.Lois Sidway10018
133.Timothy Polin9812
134.Kelly Clark9514
135.Todd Gross9312
136.Randy Sowell9222
137.Holden Baker9016
John R. Conrad9011
139.Levi Denham8910
Norman S. Wizer8914
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.John Underwood7714
150.David Kwong7511
151.Mike Buckley7411
Kristian House7413
Patrick Jordan7416
Alfio Micci7411
Daniel R. Stark7416
156.John Greenman7112
157.Gareth Bain7012
Robert Dillman7016
Susan Harrington Smith7010
160.Shannon Burns6410
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.Bruce Haight5210
173.Sheldon Benardo5111
174.Tracy Gray5010
175.Frederick J. Healy4912
Arthur S. Verdesca4914
177.Bill Ballard4610
178.Robert Zimmerman4512
179.Eileen Lexau4310