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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 51,939 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
ADIEUOARSMAN Sun 11/17/2013Last words from a coxswain?Julian Lim
APARADE Sun 3/14/1999What I love, in songMartin Schneider
ASSAMSILKWORM Thu 9/17/2009EriArthur Schulman
ASSTATED Sat 7/18/2015Per a previous stipulationJoe Krozel
BELLEEPOQUE Sun 7/31/2005Period of high artistic developmentMark Feldman
BIONICLEG Sun 12/15/2013"Six Million Dollar Man" featureJeff Chen
BOBUECKER Sun 8/15/2004Source of the quipBrendan Emmett Quigley
BUTTOCKS Sat 12/13/2014Cheeky couple?James Mulhern and Ashton Anderson
CLAMATO Sat 9/20/2014Red juice hybridErik Agard
CLOSETEATERS Tue 3/3/1998Secret diet-breakersElizabeth C. Gorski
DRILLPRESS Sat 4/6/2013Its boring bits can be quite longMichael Wiesenberg
FISCALQUARTER Fri 5/25/2007Subject of a financial reportMike Nothnagel
FORYOU Sun 10/31/2010Gift giver's wordsElizabeth C. Gorski
FOURPIN Sun 12/8/2002It's on the left side of the third row backPeter Gordon
FUTURESCONTRACT Thu 5/30/1996Wall Street actionN. S. Wizer
GETHOME Thu 2/21/2013Pull in the driveway, sayPaul Hunsberger
HANDTOHANDCOMBAT Thu 10/9/2003Fierce military actionAlan Arbesfeld
HOLIST Sat 4/16/2016One taking the big view, medicallyAndrew Zhou
HOMBRES Tue 6/16/2009Men of La ManchaPaula Gamache
HOTELWERESOBIGI Wed 10/25/2006Quip, part 2Adam G. Perl
IMPOUNDED Sun 11/14/2004Penned upHarvey Estes and Nancy Salomon
IOWACITY Thu 10/15/2009It's west of DavenportVictor Fleming
JUMBUCK Thu 3/18/1999Sheep, in 37-AcrossRand H. Burns
LACEWORKER Fri 4/4/1997TwisthandGerald R. Ferguson
LIFTONESELBOW Sat 9/30/2000DrinkBrendan Emmett Quigley
LINCOLNALARMFIRE Sun 11/29/1998Big blazeMatt Gaffney
MACADAMIAS Mon 1/24/2011Nuts grown in HawaiiFred Piscop
MERITORIOUS Sat 9/14/2002PraiseworthyBruce L. Bliven
MINISKIRT Mon 11/13/2006Attire covering little of the legsPeter A. Collins
NOONDAYS Tue 4/24/2007Lunchtimes, typicallyBrendan Emmett Quigley
OPENTOCRITICISM Fri 4/24/2015Not discouraging feedbackJoe Krozel
PESCARA Sat 7/15/1995Italina port on the AdriaticRand H. Burns
RAINSTORMS Tue 9/7/2010Nor'easters, oftenMaryEllen Uthlaut
RULEDOUT Fri 12/24/1999ExcludedBrendan Emmett Quigley
SNOWYOWL Sun 5/10/2009Quebec's official birdPatrick Berry
SOLARIZE Sun 12/30/2007Shed some light on?Elizabeth C. Gorski
SOPORIFICS Fri 9/18/1998Long-winded speeches, e.g.Frank Longo
STOPPEDONAPENNY Wed 10/26/2011Exhibited perfect brakingMilo Beckman
THEBESTTHINGTHATCAN Sun 9/6/1998Beginning of a quoteRich Norris
TOUGHCOOKIES Fri 5/4/2007Ones who can handle adversityManny Nosowsky