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 50,894 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
ALPINESKI Sun 3/18/2012Item of winter sports equipmentMike Nothnagel and Byron Walden
BEGETTER Fri 9/3/2010SireJohn Farmer
BORINGBOAR Mon 9/2/2002Tunneling tusker?Norma Johnson and Nancy Salomon
CABLEGRAM Mon 11/20/1995Ancestor of a faxSidney L. Robbins
CADENZAS Mon 12/22/2003Aria flourishesJoy C. Frank
CALIBRES Sat 7/15/2006Round numbers in England?Patrick Berry
CARIOLE Sat 9/8/2001Small two-wheeled vehicleJim Page
CHARDREMAINS Wed 9/1/1999Leftover veggie?Alan Arbesfeld
COMBATANT Thu 1/7/2010Enemy encounterXan Vongsathorn
COMMERCIALFREE Thu 2/22/2007Like 20-, 25- and 43-Across?Mike Nothnagel
CSI:NY Sun 2/17/2013Gotham police proceduralIan Livengood and J.A.S.A. Crossword Class
CYBERPUNK Tue 6/3/2014Science fiction subgenreSusan Gelfand
EDDO Sun 6/29/1997Taro rootDavid J. Kahn
EMIN Sun 8/7/2011Key of Brahms's Symphony No. 4: Abbr.Tony Orbach and Janie Smulyan
FINGERPAINT Mon 8/10/2009Messy art medium for kidsPaula Gamache
FLAGONWAVER Sun 5/18/2003Enthusiastic drinker at an old English inn?Nancy Nicholson Joline
GAINSON Sat 2/6/2016Prepares to pass, perhapsDavid Steinberg
GIGAHERTZ Fri 5/15/2015One billion cycles per secondDavid Phillips
GOLDENSPIKE Sat 8/3/2013Image on Utah's state quarterBrad Wilber and Doug Peterson
HELPED Sun 11/1/2015Cooperated with, e.g.Zhouqin Burnikel
IMPATIENCE Sat 6/22/2013Toe-tapping triggerBruce Sutphin and Doug Peterson
LASTHURRAH Fri 5/16/2014Swan songMartin Ashwood-Smith
MULTIGRAIN Tue 3/11/1997Kind of cerealAlan Arbesfeld
NEXTEL Fri 10/26/2007Sprint acquisition of 2005David Quarfoot
OGGI Tue 2/25/1997Today, in TurinGregory E. Paul
OLDFORD Fri 2/23/1996Model T, e.g.A. J. Santora
OUTLOUD Sat 1/4/2003One way to thinkPatrick Berry
PRECOLOR Sat 8/18/2007Give shades to in advanceJim Page
PUMPERNICKE Wed 9/4/2002Short bread?Eric Berlin
QUADRUPEDS Sun 6/14/2015Most mammalsRandolph Ross
REDSUNS Sat 7/8/1995Scenes at duskRandolph Ross
ROBOTICS Thu 6/4/2009Branch of technologyPeter A. Collins and Joe Krozel
SAINTNECKLACE Sun 5/25/1997Patron of jewelers?Cathy Millhauser
SCOTLANDYARDAGE Thu 10/17/2013Distance at St. Andrews golf course?Gary J. Whitehead
SHEREHITE Sat 10/17/1998"Women and Love" authorBryant White
SHIPOFTHEDESERT Wed 12/14/2005CamelJames R. Leeds
TWODOLLARBILL Tue 2/24/2004Jefferson's noteAlan Arbesfeld
URALRIVER Fri 3/12/2010Course in Russian geography?Tim Croce
YOUKNOWWHO Fri 1/16/2009Unnamed individualMike Nothnagel
ZENITHS Sat 10/23/2010Climbers' goalsWill Nediger