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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 52,027 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
ANTLERED Tue 6/11/1996Like an elkG. E. Paul
AUSTINS Wed 1/24/1996Classic British carsJ. Hess
COUNTDOWN Tue 1/26/2010*Mark the transition from an old year to the new, maybePaula Gamache
DISTENDED Wed 6/6/2001Ignored?Richard Silvestri
EBULLIENT Tue 3/15/2016Bursting with joyGordon Johnson
EXTRAONE Sat 6/12/2010SpareJoe DiPietro
FLAMETHROWER Sun 2/23/2003Criticize a pitcher?Nancy Salomon
FOURLANE Tue 1/2/1996Like many interstatesG. Paul
FRUTTI Sun 4/27/2014Tutti-___John Lampkin
GARYSINISE Sat 8/24/1996"Forrest Gump" Oscar nomineeJ. Page
INSTEREO Sun 12/17/2006Not monaurallyJoe DiPietro
IVER Sat 7/9/20162011 Best New Artist Grammy winner Bon ___Josh Knapp
JACKIEO Thu 7/31/2003Oleg Cassini had designs on herPaula Gamache
KNEWALOT Fri 11/23/2001Was no dummyByron L. Walden
KNIFERS Thu 12/29/2016Certain assailantsKevan Choset
LEAKEDOUT Sat 5/2/2015Didn't stay secretBarry C. Silk
LIFELONG Sun 7/30/2000UnendingRandolph Ross
MEADOWLARKDUCKS Tue 5/30/2006Globetrotter Lemon avoids a punchPatrick Merrell
MONTAGUE Mon 1/19/2004Capulet rivalZach Jesse
OPERATIONCONDOR Fri 3/30/20121991 Jackie Chan filmJoe Krozel
QUODS Sun 2/20/2011Jails, in British slangElizabeth C. Gorski
RESTHOMES Fri 8/30/1996Care centersA. J. Santora
REWARDERS Fri 4/5/1996Bosses at bonus timeJ. Page
ROULEAU Sun 8/30/1998Roll of coinsJohn Wolting
RUDDS Sun 4/7/1996TV newsman Hughes et al.C. Millhauser
SAVEALL Sun 2/1/1998Loss-prevention deviceMerl Reagle
SKISLOPES Mon 12/16/2013Locales for T-barsGreg Johnson
SLOWLERNER Wed 4/14/1999Leisurely lyricist?Alan Arbesfeld
SQUIRTROSE Mon 3/31/200334-Down for a florist?Patrick Merrell
SUBTEEN Fri 9/12/200311- or 12-year-old, e.g.Sherry O. Blackard
TAIWANLEGWITHTHEOTHER Sun 11/21/2004Step 3Kumar Balani
TURNOFF Sun 1/20/2002RepulseBrendan Emmett Quigley
TWOSLEEPYPEOPLE Mon 11/22/1999Drowsy song by 64-AcrossFrances Hansen
VALVES Fri 1/15/1999Parts of heartsJohn Wolting
VODKAS Thu 11/2/1995Russian shotsWayne Robert Williams
WAITSUP Thu 9/7/1995Sits by the window, e.g.Rich Norris
WAKEFOREST Mon 2/7/2011University in Winston-Salem, N.C.Lynn Lempel
WHENYOUREINDEEP Thu 6/8/2000Quip, part 4Mark Diehl
WHYIOUGHTA Fri 5/11/2012Moe Howard catchphraseNatan Last
WINNIETHEPEW Sun 4/15/2001Churchgoer's pet name for his seat?Richard Silvestri