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 49,153 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
ACTYOURAGE Mon 11/29/2004"Stop behaving like a child!"Kendall Twigg and Nancy Salomon
ALCHEMISTS Sat 2/22/2014Ones who think things are good as gold?Evan Birnholz
ALLOVERCREATION Sat 9/1/2012EverywhereTim Croce
APERCUS Fri 3/13/2009Quick impressionsJoon Pahk
ATTESTEDTO Sat 6/24/2006Gave evidence forHarvey Estes
BASEMENTBASEMEN Tue 2/19/2002Last-place team's infielders?Arlan and Linda Bushman
BRINGSON Fri 4/12/2013InducesPatrick Berry
BROWBEATERS Thu 1/27/2000BulliesDavid Ainslie Macleod
BUSMAP Wed 8/4/2010Urban commuter's aidElizabeth C. Gorski
CHASEIOOOO Wed 6/19/2013Face value?Richard F. Mausser
CUTTHEMUSTARD Thu 9/18/1997Hacked it, as a farmer?Cathy Millhauser
DAYTODAYLIVING Wed 2/11/2004Quote, part 3Ethan Friedman
DEBRIEFED Fri 8/1/1997Questioned, in a wayGerald R. Ferguson
EXCLAIMS Sat 7/1/1995Lets loose withEileen Lexau
FALLSFOR Tue 8/9/2011Becomes smitten byTony Orbach
FRANKENSENSE Sun 10/28/2007Al's impressions?Ben Tausig
GERIATRICS Sun 10/12/2003Old medicine?David J. Kahn
GOLDTIP Sun 1/2/2005Fancy pen decorationPatrick Merrell
GRANARY Mon 11/10/2003Wheat keeperGail A. MacLean
HARDEES Sat 2/26/2005Fast-food chainJim Page
JAMESBUCHANAN Mon 2/16/1998___ Duke (tobacco magnate)Peter Gordon
JAWDROPPING Tue 8/28/2001Totally awesomeAlan Arbesfeld
LEAPTO Sun 2/5/2012Arrive at too quickly, in a wayCharles M. Deber
LFO Sun 7/22/2007Band with the 1999 hit "Summer Girls"David Levinson Wilk
LOCKDEVICES Tue 10/11/2011TumblersEd Sessa
LOOMPA Mon 10/22/2012See 58-DownJoel Fagliano
MORALIZE Thu 11/5/1998Give a sermonNancy Salomon
NOTHOT Sun 5/1/2005No longer inJoe DiPietro
ORANGY Fri 10/13/1995Like ocherCharles E. Gersch
PAINTEDDESSERT Sun 1/25/1998Ice cream as still life?Dave Tuller
PARESIS Sun 9/10/2000Neurological problemElizabeth C. Gorski
PAWNEEROCKKANSAS Sun 1/21/2001TRIBE MEMBERS HOLD RAUCOUS STATEWIDE CELEBRATIONCon Pederson
RATIONOUT Sat 2/15/2014DoleJulian Lim
REUBENREUBEN Wed 9/10/20031983 cinematic study of a Scottish poetPatrick Berry
SHLEMIEL Sun 9/22/2013OafMike Selinker
SOREKNEES Sat 9/26/1998Marathoner's woe, maybeJerry Ferguson
TWOANDAHALFMENINBLACK Sun 8/9/2009One-quarter of a mourning lacrosse team?Patrick Blindauer & Andrea Carla Michaels
WIFESWAP Sat 4/26/2014Reality show documenting a two-week tradeEvan Birnholz
WOODLESS Mon 4/19/1999Lacking treesGregory E. Paul
YOURLUNCHBREAK Sun 1/8/1995Stretch...Nancy Nicholson Joline