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 49,557 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
ARTMODELL Sun 7/28/2013N.F.L. owner who moved the Cleveland Browns to Baltimore in 1996Andrew Reynolds
ASASON Wed 9/2/2009How a particularly close nephew may be treatedJim Hyres
ASODD Sun 10/13/2002"Doesn't this strike you ___?"Elizabeth C. Gorski
BINGONIGHT Fri 9/26/2014Someone might call your number this eveningPatrick Berry
COOTIES Wed 10/14/2009-Richard Silvestri
COUSTEAU Wed 3/4/1998Aqualung inventorJonathan Schmalzbach
DARKSECRET Fri 5/9/2008Potential reputation ruinerJim Page
DURESSREHEARSALS Sun 1/21/2007Practice sessions for coercion?Patrick Berry
FERTILIZE Sat 5/25/2002Render productiveFrank Longo
FROTHED Sun 12/29/2013Formed rising bubblesJoel Fagliano
GETITRIGHT Fri 11/2/2012Not make a mistake on somethingDerek Bowman
GONEWITHTHED Thu 4/27/2006Expelled because of a low grade?George Barany and Michael Shteyman
GOTAMATCH Sat 5/1/2010Light seeker's questionPaula Gamache
HANGSIN Fri 11/5/2004PerseveresManny Nosowsky
HEATON Fri 5/29/2009"Everybody Loves Raymond" Emmy winner PatriciaRandolph Ross
HEIRTOTHETHRALL Sun 1/16/2005Next in line for slavery?Damon J. Gulczynski
INDELIBLY Sat 12/12/1998ForeverRich Norris
JETPACKS Thu 9/24/2009Aids for spacewalkersBrendan Emmett Quigley
JUANITA Mon 1/1/1996Spanish girl of old songA. Klaus
LEFTFIELDER Thu 4/4/2002Ted Williams was oneTrip Payne
LITERARYCIRCLES Mon 12/11/2000What 20-, 39- and 56-Across might travel inMyles Callum
NANCYS Fri 2/5/1999Kwan and KerriganBrendan Emmett Quigley
NICKIMINAJ Sat 4/20/2013Singer with the platinum album "Pink Friday"David Steinberg
NIPSINTHEBUD Tue 10/4/2011Squelches earlyDan Feyer
PALTERED Wed 9/13/1995EquivocatedEileen Lexau
PHONIES Sun 12/27/2009FakesElizabeth C. Gorski
RAINGAUGE Wed 1/19/2011Meteorologist's toolKristian House
REPINER Fri 1/10/2003GrumblerManny Nosowsky
SNOWSHOES Sun 10/31/2004Mukluk attachmentsPatrick Merrell
TANNEST Sun 11/21/1993Most colored by the sunPeter Gordon
TERMINALMAN Mon 8/7/2000Michael Crichton novel, with "The"Nick Grivas
THEVELVETFOG Mon 9/24/2012Mel Tormé's nicknameJohn Dunn
TOMHOOPER Sat 5/24/2014"The King's Speech" directorPeter Wentz
TRANSFIX Thu 4/15/2010FascinateBrendan Emmett Quigley & Joon Pahk
UHNO Wed 5/1/2013"Well, I don't think so"Paula Gamache
USEBOATHANDS Sun 10/1/2006Advice for an understaffed yachtsman?Ashish Vengsarkar
WEARSOFF Thu 8/24/1995Loses effectivenessMatt Gaffney
WOODCARVER Sun 1/9/2000Grant & George Washington's favorite artisan?Charles M. Deber
WWJACOBS Wed 11/10/2010"The Monkey's Paw" authorSamuel A. Donaldson
YOURSONG Thu 6/23/1994EIton John's first hitTrip Payne