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 49,965 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
ACHES&PAINS Sun 3/18/2007Basic infirmitiesCraig Kasper
AUTOMOBILEMAKER Wed 3/16/1994SaturnFred Piscop
BANKBALANCE Tue 7/24/2012A.T.M. printoutAndrew Marc Greene
BOOBS Thu 6/3/2010FoolsElizabeth C. Gorski
BRAINSTEM Tue 4/26/2005Medulla's placeSarah Keller
BURLESQUE Sat 6/25/2011Tom Stoppard's "Travesties," e.g.Barry C. Silk
CARTOONWRIGHT Wed 1/19/2005Animator?Leonard Williams
CHAINSTORE Mon 12/8/2008Many a mall outletSarah Keller
CHAMPAGNECOOLER Tue 3/3/2009Prison for vintners?Jeffrey Wechsler
COMESINLAST Fri 6/30/2006Brings up the rearManny Nosowsky
CONTESSAS Fri 3/7/1997Titled ItaliansJeff Herrington
DELIGHTFUL Tue 5/6/2008Highly pleasingGary J. Whitehead
DONITZ Sun 11/1/1998German war admiral KarlRobert Malinow
FINNISH Sun 7/28/1996Like SibeliusN. S. Wizer
INCOMPUTERDATA Sun 1/8/1995Punch...Nancy Nicholson Joline
INTHEDININGROOM Thu 6/15/2000See 24-AcrossEdgar R. Fontaine
NEEDLETRADE Sat 10/13/2001Tailor's businessJim Page
NEXTONE Thu 2/3/2011End of the adviceMatt Ginsberg
PATENTLEATHER Wed 4/27/2011Shiny shoe materialWilliam I. Johnston
PEACOCK Sat 12/17/1994Proud oneChuck Deodene
PERFUNCTORY Mon 5/27/2013Just going through the motionsDoug Peterson
PERSONALTIMECENTER Sun 2/12/1995WristwatchAlex & Victoria Black
PLAYTHEGAME Tue 10/3/1995Go along (with)Alan Arbesfeld
PRESENTTENTS Wed 1/12/2000Birthday camping gear?Greg Staples
REFINANCING Sun 12/4/1994Mortgage holder's actionRobert H. Wolfe
SCHIZOIDS Sat 6/7/2008Some sufferers of personality disordersKaren M. Tracey
SEARCHES Tue 11/20/2012Google queriesAllan E. Parrish
SHOPAT Wed 7/30/2014Patronize, as a storeJean O'Conor
SHUTTLECREW Sat 4/3/2004Discovery teamJim Page
SOUTHERNCROSS Fri 8/31/2007Constellation seen on the flags of Australia, Samoa and Papua New GuineaPaula Gamache
STARTERPISTOL Fri 6/11/1999Racers respond to itJim Page
TABLETOPIC Sun 10/5/2003Something discussed over dinner?Richard Silvestri
THELASTWARTS Wed 10/11/2006Vestiges of skin blemishes?Jack McInturff
THEREFOR Wed 9/20/2000In place of thatEdgar R. Fontaine
TIEINWITH Sat 1/29/2005Connect toPatrick Berry
TUPPERWAREPARTY Sun 10/7/2007Event where there might be burpingNancy Salomon and Harvey Estes
TURNSIGNAL Sun 9/30/2012Smell of sour milk?Elayne Cantor and Victor Fleming
UNDERPARISSKIES Fri 9/9/20111953 hit for Mitch MillerJoe Krozel
WATERMYLAWN Tue 7/25/2000"And ___...?"Patrick Jordan
YUSEF Sun 3/4/2007Jazz's ___ LateefRandolph Ross