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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 51,769 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
ADAMITE Fri 10/11/2002NudistA. J. Santora
BERKS Sat 5/27/2000Reading's county, informallyRobert H. Wolfe
BESPOKE Wed 12/19/2001IndicatedDon West
CIRCADIANRHYTHM Fri 7/18/2008It helps you sleep at nightMike Nothnagel
CLUBOFKNAVES Thu 8/29/2002Scoundrels' society?William Schaub
COILER Sun 11/20/2011Rattlesnake, at timesTrip Payne
COINING Wed 5/10/1995Offering a neologismJeremy Thomas Paine
DAILYRACINGFORM Tue 1/25/1994Bettor's bibleJoel Davajan
DEFENSED Wed 5/29/2002Tried to stop from scoringAlan Olschwang
FIBRE Tue 3/12/1996British strandR. J. Hartman
FIREBOX Sun 3/13/2011Locomotive furnacePatrick Berry
GEOMETRICSERIES Fri 2/12/20109 + 3 + 1 + 1/3 + 1/9 + ..., e.g.Kevin G. Der
GREATLYMYSTIC Sun 9/4/2011Extremely occult?Dana Delany and Matt Ginsberg
GROUNDCHUCKLE Sun 6/13/1999Little laughter while still on the runway?Rich Norris
HERALDIC Sun 7/23/2000Like some decorationsPatrick Berry
HOOKED Sat 5/12/2001AddictedMichael Shteyman
HOROSCOPER Fri 6/15/2007One who deals in futuresNancy Joline
KINGED Sun 1/30/2005Like a double-decker checkerDerrick Niederman
KOVIC Sun 7/10/2011"Born on the Fourth of July" hero RonBen Pall and David Kahn
LADRONE Sat 8/27/1994Southwestern banditJoy L. Wouk
LEWISANDCLARK Wed 1/27/1999RAMSEYSLeslie Billig
LIBRETTI Thu 12/19/2013Opera textsGeorge Barany and Michael Shteyman
MEGATONIC Sun 10/5/2003Gigantic gin mixer?Richard Silvestri
MISSEND Mon 1/14/2013Mail to the wrong addressSteve Salmon
MRSCRATCHIT Wed 12/21/2005Tiny Tim's mother in 38-AcrossDavid J. Kahn
MYOPIAS Sun 1/24/2016Narrow-minded viewsFrancis Heaney and Brendan Emmett Quigley
NIMBLEST Fri 11/28/2003Least lumberingBrendan Emmett Quigley
OFWAY Sun 5/29/2005Right ___Frank Longo
OVERLORD Sat 5/24/2014BossPeter Wentz
PETTRAINER Fri 8/31/2001Whistle blower, perhapsElizabeth C. Gorski
PLAYERSCLUB Sat 7/31/20041998 Ice Cube film, with "The"Byron Walden
POULENC Sat 2/12/1994French composer FrancisRand H. Burns
RAILBIRDS Tue 7/1/2008Horse-racing devotees, slangilyKen Bessette
REHEARSES Sun 3/18/2012Runs throughMike Nothnagel and Byron Walden
SLIDEON Sun 2/27/2011Use for skatingPeter A. Collins
SLIGHTMISTAKE Tue 8/20/2002Boo-booBob Peoples
TAPEDELAYS Thu 3/12/2009Features of many Olympic broadcastsDavid Chapus
TRAFFICYAMS Thu 2/23/2006Deal in sweet tubers?Todd McClary
XLVI Thu 12/7/2000Year Plutarch was bornHenry Hook
YOURSTRULY Mon 12/2/1996Complimentary closeD. L. Wilk