Crossword Innovators

Debut word count by constructor (Modern 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 Berry2656189
2.Manny Nosowsky2584246
3.Elizabeth C. Gorski2404216
4.David J. Kahn1687158
5.Rich Norris1676186
6.Joe DiPietro1538120
7.Nancy Salomon1527185
8.Brendan Emmett Quigley1450152
9.Randolph Ross129299
10.Byron Walden114965
11.Frank Longo88368
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 Joline60748
23.Mark Diehl60651
24.Peter A. Collins59783
25.Peter Gordon59376
26.Barry C. Silk59084
27.Bob Klahn58560
28.A. J. Santora54168
29.Martin Ashwood-Smith53670
30.Bob Peoples52839
31.Matt Gaffney51358
32.Trip Payne50942
33.Sherry O. Blackard47753
34.Mike Nothnagel47450
35.Lynn Lempel41267
36.Matt Ginsberg40238
37.Michael Shteyman39446
38.David Quarfoot38741
39.Kevin G. Der38631
40.Brad Wilber37340
41.Gregory E. Paul372116
42.Patrick Blindauer36853
43.Eric Berlin36437
44.Frances Hansen34740
45.Charles M. Deber34619
46.Randall J. Hartman33973
47.Victor Fleming32442
48.Dana Motley32131
49.Ed Early31553
Karen M. Tracey31532
51.Henry Hook31425
Ian Livengood31444
53.Joel Fagliano28433
54.Bryant White28328
55.Chuck Deodene28238
56.John Farmer27732
57.Sarah Keller26150
58.Tim Croce25431
59.Doug Peterson25034
60.David Steinberg24733
61.Tony Orbach24523
62.Andrea Carla Michaels23846
63.Caleb Madison23730
64.Jeff Chen23434
65.Myles Callum23122
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.Josh Knapp14817
95.Charles E. Gersch14717
Ashish Vengsarkar14715
97.Michael Ashley14510
98.Gerald R. Ferguson14322
99.Julian Lim14216
Michael Torch14218
101.Mel Rosen14113
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
Stanley Newman11320
122.Stella Daily11014
123.Ethan Cooper10814
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
Timothy Polin9410
134.Randy Sowell9222
135.James Mulhern9111
136.Holden Baker9016
John R. Conrad9011
138.Levi Denham8910
Norman S. Wizer8914
140.Todd Gross8811
William I. Johnston8815
142.Karen Young Bonin8711
143.Christopher Hurt8611
Gene Newman8614
145.John Wolting8514
146.Seth A. Abel8211
147.Alan Olschwang8010
148.Gary J. Whitehead7914
149.John Underwood7714
150.Alfio Micci7611
151.Patrick Jordan7516
152.Daniel R. Stark7416
153.John Greenman7112
Susan Harrington Smith7110
155.Gareth Bain7012
Robert Dillman7016
157.Mike Buckley6910
Kristian House6912
David Kwong6910
160.Shannon Burns6510
161.Alex Vratsanos6410
162.Zhouqin Burnikel6014
163.Gail Grabowski5913
164.Michael Blake5810
Elizabeth A. Long5811
Mel Taub5810
167.Mark Elliot Skolsky5613
Norma Steinberg5617
169.Alex Boisvert5310
Susan Gelfand5311
171.Sheldon Benardo5111
172.Tracy Gray5010
173.Arthur S. Verdesca4914
174.Bill Ballard4610
175.Frederick J. Healy4511
Robert Zimmerman4512
177.Eileen Lexau4310