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 51,550 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.

BIGDIPPER Sun 1/7/1996It's depicted by parts of today's puzzleEric Albert
BOXOUT Wed 8/8/2012Block from rebounding, in basketballPeter A. Collins
BRADPITT Thu 3/14/2002"Spy Game" starAlan Arbesfeld
CANDELA Fri 9/13/2002Unit of luminous intensityMel Rosen
CASTLEINTHEAIR Sun 10/16/1994Impossible dreamRaymond Hamel
DEADMANWAKING Sun 12/16/2007Prison movie about a medical miracle?David J. Kahn and Steve Kahn
DEATHANDTAXIS Thu 8/22/1996The inevitable, to a cabby?R. Norris
DELIVERTHEGOODBOOKS Sun 2/12/2012Send over some Bibles?Kurt Mueller
DRILLRIG Tue 4/27/2004Oil company structureJanet R. Bender
DRIPDRIES Thu 2/16/2006Leaves hangingLevi Denham and Nancy Salomon
DUNGEONMASTER Fri 6/20/2008Underground movement leader?Mike Nothnagel
EASYONTHEEYES Wed 3/1/2000Good-lookingM. Francis Vuolo
FILTHYRITCHIE Sun 8/3/2014Guy who's covered in mud?Ian Livengood
FIVEGOLDENRINGS Wed 12/25/2013One set of gifts in "The 12 Days of Christmas" ... as suggested by the shaded squares?Jacob Stulberg
FORESTOFARDEN Sun 9/23/2012*Petrified wood?Matt Ginsberg
GABARDINE Sat 4/12/1997Worsted twillBob Klahn
GAMESETMATCH Mon 4/18/2011Tennis winner's declarationJames Tuttle
GOESRIGHTAHEAD Thu 7/27/2000Proceeds boldlyJoe DiPietro
GOITER Tue 7/8/2008Possible result of iodine deficiencyAndrea Carla Michaels
INTHEBEGINNING Thu 1/12/2006Biblical openingKyle Mahowald
LAKEBASS Thu 10/19/2006Freshwater catchRaymond C. Young
LIGURES Sat 2/10/1996Biblical gemstonesJohn R. Conrad
MACANDCHEESE Wed 9/7/2016[Boil contents for 8-10 minutes; drain; add butter; stir in bright orange powder]Kary Haddad
NIGGLED Sun 4/17/2005Was too fussyManny Nosowsky
NIKOLAS Sat 7/21/2012Greek prince ___ Cassadine, longtime "General Hospital" characterJoe DiPietro
NITAS Tue 2/6/1996Actress Talbot et al.Randy Sowell
NOSMOKINGAREA Sun 9/15/1996Certain designated sectionA. K. Justin
OVERHAND Sun 1/24/2010Like tennis servesDavid Kwong and Kevan Choset
RAMENTOUGH Sun 6/15/2014Tarzan's response when asked if the noodles are cooked?Tony Orbach
REACHERS Sat 4/18/1998Rude ones, at the dinner tableFrank Longo
REKINDLE Sun 5/24/1998Arouse againHarvey Estes and Nancy Salomon
RETURNFIRE Thu 11/7/2013Fight backAlan Derkazarian
SCROUNGY Wed 8/2/1995DisheveledJames Neal
SILKSCREENPRINT Sun 6/10/2007SerigraphBob Klahn
SOFTSHOULDERS Sun 7/29/2001Road paver's condition?Michael Ashley
SPHERED Sat 6/22/1996Made roundB. White
SQUINTS Tue 1/16/1996Looks into the sun, e.g.R. Hartman
TENGO Sun 11/1/2015Indie rock band Yo La ___Zhouqin Burnikel
TRIALBIKES Wed 2/22/2006Sample cycles?Nancy Salomon
UPBAROUNDTHEBEND Sun 9/4/19941970 Creedence Clearwater Revival hitWayne Robert Williams