Random unique answer words

40 answers which have never been reused

This page is just for fun. It's a random collection of rare crossword answers; so rare that each appears only in a single Shortz-era puzzle.

Not all these words make sense. Some of them are unique because they're part of some wacky theme. Some are errors that don't fit the standard Across Lite format. There are 49,360 unique Shortz-era answer words in the database.

Click any word to see it in the context of its puzzle. Words in this color did appear in pre-Shortz crosswords.

WordDateClueAuthor
AMEMO Sat 2/11/2006"Take ___" (office order)David Quarfoot
BASINETS Wed 3/4/2009Steel helmets with visorsC. W. Stewart
BELLONA Sun 7/2/2000Roman war goddessNancy Nicholson Joline
CONDS Thu 10/3/1996Orch. leadersJ. R. Leeds
CROSSHAIR Thu 9/5/2002Target-centering aidMichael Shteyman
DARRYL Sun 9/28/2008Strawberry of noteCathy Allis Millhauser
ELEPHANTTRUNK Tue 2/12/2013What a blind man mistakes for a snake, in a fableDan Schoenholz
FERTILIZE Sat 5/25/2002Render productiveFrank Longo
GNOSTIC Sun 5/2/2010Early ChristianKelsey Blakley
INCOOLPARENTIS Sun 10/12/2008How beatniks raise kids?Rich Norris
INDICATE Sun 7/10/2011Point toBen Pall and David Kahn
JAVANICETIME Wed 10/15/2003"Enjoy yourself?" in Jakarta?John Greenman
KOPPEL Wed 5/8/2013Ted once of ABC newsBruce Venzke
LITTLEREADWRITINGHOOD Sun 4/23/2006Thug whose books aren't selling?Joe DiPietro
MENTALTELEPATHY Fri 4/2/2010Special communicationAlan Olschwang
MERGED Sun 9/26/1999JoinedRandolph Ross
MERRYCHRISTMASEVERYON Sun 12/22/1996End of the verseF. Hansen
MOPSOFHAIR Wed 3/28/2001The Beatles had themElizabeth C. Gorski
NEWYORKPOST Mon 7/23/2007Gotham tabloidRandall J. Hartman
NOSYORINQUISITIVE Sun 2/5/200617-20-24-12-8-9-13Eric Berlin
ONEREED Sat 12/29/2012Clarinet needJoe Krozel
ONTHEDOTCOM Mon 3/18/2002Exact-time Web site?John Greenman
OVERBORE Sat 7/23/2005DominatedJoe DiPietro
PALEY Wed 8/5/2009Longtime CBS boss WilliamDonna S. Levin
QUIVERFUL Sat 9/27/2008Supply of arrowsKaren M. Tracey
RETRACEONESSTEPS Sun 5/26/2002Double backElizabeth C. Gorski
SPOKENWORDALBUM Tue 10/2/2012It has its own Grammy categoryEthan Cooper
SQUAMATA Sat 9/17/1994Snakes and lizards, taxonomicallyRich Norris
STEAMTABLE Fri 4/3/2009Caterer's setup for a hot buffetJohn Farmer
SVENS Sun 2/13/1994Pals of Olaf and LarsCathy Millhauser
SWATCHTEAM Wed 1/11/2012Fabric store employees?Chuck Deodene
TAKETIME Thu 12/23/2004Not rushNancy Salomon
THATISOURMOTTO Mon 10/29/2001End of the quoteRichard Hughes
THEBIGCHILI Sun 6/25/20001983 movie cause of heartburn?Cathy Millhauser
TIMONTIED Thu 11/9/2000Shakespearean character ended in a deadlock?Richard Silvestri
TITANESS Fri 11/24/1995Phoebe, Rhea or TethysBob Klahn
VENDERBENDERS Sun 5/10/1998Salesman's sprees?Rich Silvestri
WESTMYTH Sun 9/14/2014Urban legend about rapper Kanye?Tony Orbach and Patrick Blindauer
WINDOWTRIM Fri 4/8/2005Carpenter's decorationManny Nosowsky
WOODENRULER Sun 11/24/2002Stiff sultan?Nancy Salomon and Lee Glickstein