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 Berry1715209
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 Walden93673
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 Piscop490103
19.Joe Krozel46982
20.Mark Diehl46652
21.Bob Klahn46560
22.Patrick Merrell45984
23.Peter A. Collins44795
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. Der32336
34.Joel Fagliano31846
35.Bob Peoples29739
Brad Wilber29748
37.Jeff Chen29352
38.David Quarfoot29041
39.Patrick Blindauer28354
40.Ian Livengood28253
41.David Steinberg27150
42.Lynn Lempel26872
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
68.Dana Motley14831
69.Sarah Keller14750
Tom McCoy14719
Will Nediger14719
72.Dean Niles13715
Lou Sabin13729
74.Richard Hughes13635
75.Gary Cee13532
76.Lee Glickstein13425
77.Julian Lim13321
78.Tyler Hinman13122
79.Samuel A. Donaldson12722
Martin Schneider12712
81.Pete Muller12617
Stephanie Spadaccini12636
83.Myles Callum12522
84.Zhouqin Burnikel12430
Edward Sessa12431
86.Dan Schoenholz12320
87.Timothy Polin12223
88.James Mulhern12118
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
Jonathan Schmalzbach10730
Lois Sidway10718
102.Michael Ashley10510
103.Josh Knapp10419
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.Janet R. Bender9227
Mel Rosen9213
114.Sidney L. Robbins8950
Carolyn W. Stewart8921
116.Oliver Hill8816
117.Nancy Kavanaugh8726
Ned White8714
119.Nancy S. Ross8622
120.Damon J. Gulczynski8414
121.Adam Cohen8219
122.Stanley Newman8120
123.Ethan Cooper8014
Kyle Mahowald8017
David Phillips8014
126.Thomas W. Schier7917
David Woolf7912
128.Todd McClary7812
Adam G. Perl7826
Michael Vuolo7814
131.Kevan Choset7625
132.Karen Young Bonin7411
Christopher Hurt7411
134.Todd Gross7313
135.Ernie Furtado7112
David Kwong7115
137.Stella Daily7014
Mark Feldman7011
139.Sam Ezersky6910
Roy Leban6913
141.Jim Hyres6520
142.Kelly Clark6414
John R. Conrad6411
144.Seth A. Abel6311
Michael S. Maurer6317
Jeffrey Wechsler6311
Norman S. Wizer6314
148.Gareth Bain6214
149.Bernice Gordon6121
Tracy Gray6116
Kristian House6115
152.Levi Denham5910
153.John Wolting5814
154.Gene Newman5715
155.Ashton Anderson5610
Mary Lou Guizzo5611
Alan Olschwang5610
158.Michael Blake5512
Robert Dillman5516
William I. Johnston5515
Patrick Jordan5516
Susan Harrington Smith5510
163.Mike Buckley5313
Shannon Burns5310
165.Holden Baker5216
Randy Sowell5222
167.Alex Vratsanos5012
168.Bruce Haight4717
Norma Steinberg4717
170.Mark Elliot Skolsky4613
171.Jacob Stulberg4511
172.John Greenman4312
Mel Taub4310
174.Susan Gelfand4213
175.Jim Hilger4011
176.Alfio Micci3911
Arthur S. Verdesca3914
178.Alex Boisvert3711
Daniel Raymon3710
Gary J. Whitehead3714
181.Bill Ballard3610
Daniel R. Stark3616
183.Gail Grabowski3413
Elizabeth A. Long3412
185.Jules P. Markey3211
186.Sheldon Benardo2811
Daniel Kantor2810
188.Frederick J. Healy2713
189.Eileen Lexau2610
190.John Underwood2414
191.Robert Zimmerman2312