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 49,239 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
#ED Thu 9/2/1999Like some daysJoe DiPietro
BELOT Sun 6/17/2012Trick-taking gameKyle T. Dolan
BOCKS Sun 2/28/1999Strong beersDave Tuller
BROWNBELT Sun 7/6/2014High level in karateDaniel C. Bryant
BUYERSREMORSE Wed 9/5/2012"Sorry I paid for that" feelingPaula Gamache
DIDANUMBERON Sat 6/20/1998Dyed brown?Cathy Millhauser
EEXCEPT Thu 6/7/2012See 13-AcrossJoe Krozel
FACECREAMS Sun 7/31/2005Some cosmeticsMark Feldman
FOURSTATESMEET Thu 9/2/2004See 18-AcrossDavid J. Kahn
FRANCISBACON Sun 9/27/1998He should have written "Green Eggs and Ham"Randolph Ross
GRAPELEAVES Sun 11/3/2013They get stuffed at Greek restaurantsAndy Kravis and Victor Barocas
GREASEGUNS Fri 6/15/2001LubricatorsManny Nosowsky
GULPER Sat 11/21/1998Voracious oneJoe DiPietro
HITRECORD Fri 4/27/2007Billboard listingRandolph Ross
HOSTESSING Fri 7/28/2006Greeting at the door, serving the hors d'oeuvres, etc.Sherry O. Blackard
HOUSEHOLDANIMALS Sun 12/28/1997PMatt Gaffney
ICONIFY Sun 5/27/2012Reduce to a symbolByron Walden
JUNIPER Sun 8/25/2013Berry used to make ginVictor Barocas
KNEEBRACES Mon 5/26/2008Strap-on leg supportsMark Sherwood
LDG Sun 9/15/1996Ahead: Abbr.A. K. Justin
NBAALLSTARGAME Thu 7/25/1996Hoop extravaganzaA. J. Santora
NOJOYINMUDVILLE Wed 4/11/2012Result of three strikes for 38-AcrossDavid Kwong
OLIVEASUDDEN Sun 4/28/1996Quickly, in a grove?D. C. Baldwin
POMPEO Sun 12/7/2008Ellen of "Grey's Anatomy"Jim Page
PRECALC Tue 5/6/2014Advanced algebra class, informallyAlex Bajcz
PRETRIAL Sat 6/15/1996Like some motionsR. Ross
RESILIENCE Fri 2/20/2004BuoyancyBob Peoples
SKISLOPES Mon 12/16/2013Locales for T-barsGreg Johnson
STEPFOUR Sat 4/14/2012"Make a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves," in Alcoholics AnonymousMark Diehl
STOOLSKITS Sun 3/15/2009Comedic bits by guys sitting at a bar?Patrick Berry
SYBARITES Thu 7/1/2010Lovers of luxuryClive Probert
TABLECLOTH Fri 6/21/2013Dinner spreadMichael Sharp
THIMBLEWEED Mon 1/13/2003White-flowered plantGregory E. Paul
TOKNOWTHEEXTENT Thu 2/2/2012Aphorism's middleStu Ockman
TOMAHAWKS Mon 11/8/2004Weapons on the warpathDamon J. Gulczynski
TOOTHSOME Sun 5/3/1998DeliciousBrendan Emmett Quigley
TREEN Sat 9/28/2013WoodenwareJoe Krozel
USELESSNESS Fri 7/21/1995Obsolescence, in a wayMatt Gaffney
WETTSHIRT Sat 2/10/2007Top in a certain contestBob Peoples
WRECKLESSDRIVER Tue 5/18/1999One who pays low auto insurance?Cynthia Joy Higgins