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 49,872 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
BAV Sat 3/25/1995Ger. stateWalter Webb
BEESKNEES Fri 5/30/2008Living endNatan Last
BENEFIC Fri 12/2/2011Of some goodEd Sessa
BOXERS Sun 1/25/2009Some underwearMichael Torch
BROKETHERECORD Wed 1/9/2013Did or didn't surpass a D.J.'s mark for accident-free days?David Ben-Merre
BUDGED Thu 4/12/2007Moved a bitJim Page
CALICOS Sun 4/1/2012Cloths with repeating patternsPatrick Merrell
COLET Fri 9/21/2001St. Paul's School founder John ___Brendan Emmett Quigley
ENDUSE Sat 1/17/2004PurposePatrick Berry
ENGLISHLAVENDER Sat 3/13/2010Aromatic plant native to the PyreneesTyler Hinman and Byron Walden
EUREKACA Thu 10/8/199895501Alan Arbesfeld
FREEKITTENS Mon 1/14/2008Good sign on a lawnRobert Dillman
GAGREFLEX Thu 4/2/2009Palate-raising responseBrendan Emmett Quigley
HELLEN Sun 2/13/1994Greeks' ancestorCathy Millhauser
HERETICAL Tue 7/24/2001Dissenting, to the churchGayle Dean
JACKTHEGRIPPER Thu 4/23/1998Boston Strangler's cousin?Cathy Millhauser
JEDIS Fri 6/8/2007Film knightsRandolph Ross
LORDOFTHESTRINGS Sun 4/18/2004Master violinist?Richard Chisholm
MAILSACKS Thu 6/24/2010Loot in an old train robberyJohn Farmer
MISGUIDED Fri 10/10/2003WrongArlan and Linda Bushman
MODERATO Thu 7/25/1996Musical directionA. J. Santora
NEURONS Fri 7/23/2010Cell transmittersJohn Farmer
OUTBOARDS Sun 9/12/1999Some boat motorsNancy Scandrett Ross
PAPELBON Sat 9/5/2009Pitcher who struck out the final batter of the 2007 World SeriesMike Nothnagel
PERSONALITYQUIZ Tue 10/2/2007Cosmopolitan stapleOliver Hill
PORGIES Sun 1/9/2000Atlantic food fishesCharles M. Deber
PRICEY Tue 5/31/1994ExpensiveRoger H. Courtney
PROCOLHARUM Tue 8/24/2010"A Whiter Shade of Pale" groupCaleb Madison and J.A.S.A. Crossword Class
RUMBLESEATS Sun 10/6/2013Model A featuresPatrick Berry
SCOOTUP Sun 6/30/1996Climb like a squirrelR. Norris
SEEMEFEELME Thu 12/23/1999"Tommy" tuneJoe DiPietro
SIXTE Sun 12/25/2011Fencing positionElizabeth C. Gorski
SOUNDLESS Sun 3/21/2004SilentRoy Leban
STATEOFSHOCK Sun 5/1/1994Astounded conditionPeter Gordon
THEAMAZINMETS Thu 9/2/2004Team in 1969 headlinesDavid J. Kahn
THEREFOR Wed 9/20/2000In place of thatEdgar R. Fontaine
TIEDHANDANDFOOT Mon 6/28/1999Trussed upEd Early
TITOPUENTETEPEE Sun 10/4/2009Tent used by a Latin musician?Todd McClary
UNIONOHIO Wed 7/31/2013Midwest town whose name is the longest example of 52-Across [on the right]H. David Goering
UWAIT Sat 8/13/2005While-___ (shop sign)Bob Peoples