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 51,131 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
30ROCK Sun 9/6/2015NBC sitcom set at NBCPatrick Berry
ABOUTONCEAWEEK Fri 2/11/1994Quip, part 3Harvey Estes
ACAPPELLA Fri 8/1/2008Like singing in a showerPatrick Berry
ANAGRAMMEDWORDS Thu 1/18/2007SWORD (or a title for this puzzle)Randolph Ross
BARKCLOTH Sun 4/18/2010Retro upholstery materialRandolph Ross
BETWEENLAANDDA Thu 2/12/1998Deposition?Richard Silvestri
BREAKSUP Tue 7/15/2014Splits, as a coupleZhouqin Burnikel
CAPPED Sun 2/11/1996Like some teethHarvey Estes
CARRION Wed 7/28/2010Buzzard's fareHoward Baker
CEPS Fri 4/24/1998Ending with bi- or tri-Martin Ashwood-Smith
CROSSWORDSTAPLE Wed 9/1/2004GnuJim Conklin
DEMANDSWESUPPLY Wed 4/15/1998End of the quipMichael S. Maurer
DIRTYRAT Sat 10/29/2011FinkBarry C. Silk
DOAFLIPACOINAPHRASE Sun 5/17/2015Somersault / Start football game / Invent some languageJoe Krozel
DOTTODOT Sun 10/31/2004Child's puzzlePatrick Merrell
FELTHAT Fri 6/24/1994HomburgMark Diehl
GLOBALCLIMATE Sun 1/18/2009*Kyoto Treaty topicRandolph Ross
GOBOOM Sun 9/23/2001ExplodeRandolph Ross
GUTTA Sun 10/16/1994Architectural dropRaymond Hamel
HOOPSTER Thu 5/7/2009B-ball playerElizabeth C. Gorski
IMAGINATIONIS Sat 10/4/2008Start of an Einstein quote that holds true when solving clever crosswordsMatt Ginsberg
LENINSTOMB Sun 6/6/1999Noted Russian shrineDavid J. Kahn
LMAANDLOUISE Thu 4/7/2011Hit movie of 1991, with "The"Henry Hook
MIGNEWTONS Sun 9/22/2002Acceleration forces of Russian aircraft?Alan Arbesfeld
NEWSAGENT Thu 11/20/2014British paper vendorTimothy Polin
NUMEROS Sun 4/8/2001Spanish counts?Randolph Ross
ORGEATS Sat 9/5/2015Almond syrups used in cocktailsByron Walden
OTANNENBAUM Sun 12/14/2003Seasonal air that celebrates this puzzle's themeElizabeth C. Gorski
OXTAILSOUP Sun 1/30/2000Robust winter appetizer [2009]Peter Gordon
PACKMULES Fri 7/12/1996Prospectors' helpersChuck Deodene
PINTOBEANS Sat 1/22/2000Food introduced to Europe by ColumbusDavid J. Kahn
POTRO Wed 6/1/20112009 U.S. Open winner Juan Martín del ___Elizabeth C. Gorski
PULLEDOUT Thu 2/1/1996WithdrawnL. Sidway
ROLLINGSTONES Wed 6/10/2015"Gimme Shelter" bandTracy Gray
SANTASHADANEASYSEASON Sun 12/23/2007Start of a holiday verseAdam G. Perl
SETSTOREBY Fri 10/12/2001ValueManny Nosowsky
SOOTIEST Thu 9/21/2006Most like a chimney sweepStella Daily and Bruce Venzke
TIMBERLINE Sun 6/9/1996Mountain demarcation (italicized)M. Gaffney
VARIETYSHOW Thu 3/8/2012"Hee Haw," for oneBill Thompson
WHATISFALAFELMADEFROM Sun 9/3/2000A. Egg and matzo meal B. Tomatoes and cheese C. Corn or barley D. Chickpeas or beansDavid J. Kahn