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 Berry2748199
2.Manny Nosowsky2576246
3.Elizabeth C. Gorski2413217
4.David J. Kahn1678160
5.Rich Norris1671186
6.Joe DiPietro1546122
7.Nancy Salomon1525185
8.Brendan Emmett Quigley1457153
9.Randolph Ross1296100
10.Byron Walden119068
11.Cathy Allis87784
12.Frank Longo87668
13.Harvey Estes860116
14.Alan Arbesfeld804100
15.Patrick Merrell73481
16.Joe Krozel73381
17.Robert H. Wolfe70360
18.Jim Page69969
19.Paula Gamache69879
20.Fred Piscop678102
21.Richard Silvestri65784
22.Peter A. Collins64090
23.Barry C. Silk61988
24.Mark Diehl60551
25.Nancy Nicholson Joline60248
26.Peter Gordon59176
27.Bob Klahn57760
28.Martin Ashwood-Smith54872
29.A. J. Santora53168
30.Bob Peoples52839
31.Trip Payne50742
32.Matt Gaffney50358
33.Sherry O. Blackard47753
34.Mike Nothnagel47450
35.Kevin G. Der42834
36.Lynn Lempel42770
37.Matt Ginsberg41639
38.Michael Shteyman40447
39.Brad Wilber39644
40.David Quarfoot38541
41.Gregory E. Paul369116
42.Patrick Blindauer36853
43.Eric Berlin36437
44.Ian Livengood34549
45.Charles M. Deber34319
Frances Hansen34340
47.Randall J. Hartman33773
48.Joel Fagliano33339
49.Victor Fleming32843
50.Dana Motley32131
51.Karen M. Tracey31532
52.David Steinberg31443
53.Ed Early31253
Henry Hook31225
55.Jeff Chen29041
56.John Farmer28233
57.Chuck Deodene27838
Bryant White27828
59.Tim Croce27433
60.Doug Peterson26336
61.Sarah Keller26150
62.Andrea Carla Michaels25850
63.Jeremy Newton24613
64.Tony Orbach24523
65.Caleb Madison23730
66.Myles Callum23122
67.David Levinson Wilk21822
68.Lee Glickstein21725
69.Tyler Hinman21322
Will Nediger21319
71.Wayne Robert Williams21038
72.Bill Zais20914
73.Raymond Hamel20527
74.Peter Wentz20319
75.Greg Staples20225
76.Lou Sabin19529
77.Richard Hughes18935
78.Craig Kasper18815
79.Richard Chisholm18732
Edward Sessa18728
81.joon pahk17720
82.Daniel A. Finan17415
83.Gary Cee17229
84.Pete Muller17017
Allan E. Parrish17039
Fran Sabin17025
87.Josh Knapp16618
88.Rand H. Burns16521
89.Nelson Hardy16211
90.Gilbert H. Ludwig15718
91.Julian Lim15518
92.Martin Schneider15412
93.Samuel A. Donaldson15319
94.Nancy Kavanaugh14926
Michael Torch14919
Bruce Venzke14918
97.Ashish Vengsarkar14715
98.Charles E. Gersch14617
99.Michael Ashley14410
Tom McCoy14414
Dean Niles14415
102.Gerald R. Ferguson14122
Mel Rosen14113
104.Adam Cohen13919
Jim Hyres13920
Timothy Polin13917
107.Natan Last13715
108.Nancy S. Ross13622
109.Sidney L. Robbins13550
110.Stephanie Spadaccini13436
111.Dan Schoenholz13316
112.James Mulhern13215
Jonathan Schmalzbach13230
Carolyn W. Stewart13221
Dave Tuller13214
116.Oliver Hill12616
Michael Vuolo12614
Ned White12613
119.Mark Feldman12511
120.Todd McClary12012
121.Kevan Choset11425
122.Michael S. Maurer11316
123.Janet R. Bender11227
Stanley Newman11220
125.Stella Daily11014
126.Ethan Cooper10814
127.Adam G. Perl10725
128.Roy Leban10513
129.Zhouqin Burnikel10420
130.Ernie Furtado10312
Kyle Mahowald10315
132.Bernice Gordon10121
Alex K. Justin10114
Thomas W. Schier10117
135.Lois Sidway9918
136.Todd Gross9713
137.Kelly Clark9414
138.Randy Sowell9222
139.Holden Baker9016
Gene Newman9015
141.John R. Conrad8911
Levi Denham8910
143.William I. Johnston8815
144.Karen Young Bonin8711
145.John Wolting8414
146.Seth A. Abel8211
147.Christopher Hurt8111
148.Alan Olschwang8010
Norman S. Wizer8014
150.Kristian House7914
151.Gary J. Whitehead7814
152.Ashton Anderson7710
John Underwood7714
154.Jeffrey Wechsler7610
155.Mike Buckley7512
David Kwong7511
157.Patrick Jordan7416
Alfio Micci7411
159.Gareth Bain7313
160.Daniel R. Stark7216
161.John Greenman7112
162.Alex Vratsanos7011
163.Susan Harrington Smith6910
164.Robert Dillman6816
Jim Hilger6811
166.Michael Blake6612
167.Bruce Haight6413
168.Shannon Burns6310
169.Susan Gelfand6013
170.Gail Grabowski5913
Tracy Gray5912
172.Elizabeth A. Long5812
Mel Taub5810
174.Norma Steinberg5617
175.Mark Elliot Skolsky5513
176.Alex Boisvert5310
177.Sheldon Benardo5111
Jules P. Markey5110
179.Frederick J. Healy4912
Daniel Raymon4910
Arthur S. Verdesca4914
182.Bill Ballard4510
Robert Zimmerman4512
184.Eileen Lexau4110