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 50,679 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.

ABOOKMUSTBE Wed 8/14/2002With 31-, 46- and 61-Across, comment from Franz KafkaDavid Levinson Wilk
ALVARO Mon 10/10/1994Baseball's EspinozaWayne Robert Williams
APAREJO Sat 2/12/1994Mexican packsaddleRand H. Burns
BEALLS Wed 7/17/1996Most important figuresM. Nosowsky
BUSSTICKET Wed 2/8/2012Admission provider for a kissing booth?Lynn Lempel
BYTHEPIECE Sat 6/1/1996How some fast-food chicken is soldB. Klahn
CATTLECALL Mon 9/18/2000Phone message from Elsie's friends?Sherry O. Blackard and Lyell Rodieck
CDLAUGHTER Sun 9/17/2006What you hear on a Chris Rock recording?Brendan Emmett Quigley
CENSUSOFTHEBUREAU Sun 12/11/2005Underwear and socks inventory?Ben Tausig
CRABAPPLES Fri 8/8/2003Base for some jelliesMyles Callum
CUTTOTHECHAISE Sun 3/27/2005Result of playing around with a knife on a patio?Con Pederson
DELIVERER Sat 9/11/2004MessiahByron Walden
EXSTEELERS Sat 4/25/1998Terry Bradshaw and othersJim Page
GETOUTOFMYWHEY Sun 11/15/2015"That milky liquid belongs to me!"?Alan Arbesfeld
HADROSAUR Sun 11/3/2002Extinct duck-billed beastPatrick Berry
HASTED Sun 3/27/2005Moved swiftly, in older usageCon Pederson
HEURES Sun 6/21/1998Posting in a French storeJim Page
HHMUNRO Wed 11/10/2010Author better known as SakiSamuel A. Donaldson
IDIOSYNCRASY Sat 6/14/2014Kojak's love of lollipops or Reagan's love of jellybeans, e.g.Alex Vratsanos
LESABRES Sat 2/11/1995Alternatives to RivierasRandolph Ross
LILISTCYR Sat 10/14/2006Burlesque legend seen in "The Naked and the Dead"Byron Walden
OVERHASTILY Fri 11/13/1998How a bad decision may be madeJim Page
PARCS Fri 10/30/1998Paris's Bois de Boulogne and othersJim Page
PENICILLIN Sun 7/23/1995Drug introduced commercially in 1945Fran & Lou Sabin
PULSARS Wed 6/23/2010Stars that exhibit the "lighthouse effect"Alex Boisvert
RAGSTATTERS Sun 6/13/2004Makes fun of laceworkers?Richard Silvestri
RIDESHARE Tue 11/10/2009Carpool, sayAlan Arbesfeld
SALVOES Sun 2/27/2011Some gunfirePeter A. Collins
SELLSOLDIER Tue 3/29/2005Convince a G.I.?Victor Fleming and Nelson Hardy
SILKSCREENPRINT Sun 6/10/2007SerigraphBob Klahn
SMOOTHLY Wed 7/28/2004Without a hitchMark Elliot Skolsky
STOPTHEPRESSES Thu 9/24/1998Newsman's dramatic cryFrances Hansen
SWEATOFONESBROW Tue 12/12/2000Hard laborNick Grivas
THEFAERIEQUEENE Wed 4/8/1998Spenser opusNancy S. Ross
TOUCHTYPE Wed 6/29/2005Emulate a veteran 11-DownDavid Liben-Nowell
TRAVERS Sun 2/1/1998Mary of Peter, Paul and MaryMerl Reagle
TWOL Mon 12/3/2012Like Nash's llama vis-à-vis lamaAndrea Carla Michaels
UPWELLS Sun 5/21/1995Rises, as waterDean Niles
WHITECEDAR Sat 1/15/2005Choice for durable wooden fencingEd Early
YELLOWSTONE Sun 11/9/2014World's first national parkTom McCoy