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 48,778 unique Shortz-era answer words in the database.

Click any word to see it in the context of its puzzle. Click here to see a new list. Words in this color did appear in pre-Shortz crosswords.

WordDateClueAuthor
BARBEDWIT Sun 6/3/2007Cutting humorKelsey Blakley
BASSHORN Thu 8/18/2011TubaKevan Choset
BYTWO Sun 10/31/2004How one must win in volleyballPatrick Merrell
CADGERS Sun 9/15/1996FreeloadersA. K. Justin
CRYONIC Sun 9/26/2004About freezingJoe DiPietro
CURTS Sun 11/15/1998Baseball's Flood and othersRobert H. Wolfe
DALEYS Sat 1/4/1997Chicago political familyM. W. Perry
DILATORS Sun 12/17/2006Eye openers?Joe DiPietro
DONUTSHAPES Sun 4/6/2003Tori SpellingJoe DiPietro
DORF Fri 1/12/2007Village, in WürzburgSherry O. Blackard
EBONYEYES Sat 12/8/20071961 top 10 hit for the Everly BrothersBarry C. Silk
ELASTICITY Sun 9/1/2013StretchinessJohn Farmer
ELOCUTE Sun 3/30/2008DeclaimPaula Gamache
ENTRANCERAMPAGE Sun 4/6/1997Reckless arrival?Rich Norris
EXPLODEVIOLENTLY Sun 11/13/1994Erupt?Frank A. Longo
FLOATINGCAPITAL Fri 3/20/1998Uncommitted moneyMartin Ashwood-Smith
GREATMINDSTHINKAL Sun 6/12/20052000 Democratic campaign slogan?Joe Bower
IMARRIEDANANGEL Fri 7/20/2012"Spring Is Here" musicalMartin Ashwood-Smith
INTERNETAD Mon 6/17/2013Purchase from GoogleJohanna Fenimore and Andrea Carla Michaels
JACKBENIMBLE Mon 11/15/2004Start of a nursery rhymeAlison Donald
JUMBOCD Sat 5/19/2007Institutional investmentByron Walden
MARKCUBAN Sat 10/27/2007Billionaire sports entrepreneur who heads HDNetBrendan Emmett Quigley
MAROONED Wed 4/26/1995Left high and dryWayne Robert Williams
MISTERSOFTEE Fri 8/11/2006Brand whose logo is a cone-headed characterPatrick Merrell
NOWINCHSITUATION Sun 3/28/2010Problem for a crane operator?Ed Sessa
PARALLELPARKING Mon 6/10/2013Tricky task in a driver's testZhouqin Burnikel
PARASAILS Sat 10/12/2013Chutes behind boatsJohn Farmer
REDSTORM Fri 7/20/2001St. John's teamJim Page
RINGSTRUE Sat 11/13/1999Seems rightJim Page
ROLEPLAYS Thu 8/29/2013Uses sock puppets to talk to a therapist, sayTimothy Polin
SETSOFF Thu 4/4/2013TriggersCorey Rubin
SHORTERANDSWEET Tue 3/8/2005Marathoner Frank with candy?Deb Amlen
SMOKEANDMIRRORS Sun 4/20/2008Artful deceptionJohn Farmer
SPEAKSPEAK Sun 4/3/1994See notepadErnie Furtado
SWANEERIVER Fri 11/5/1999Foster home?Mark Diehl
THESECRETOFMANAGING Sun 3/11/2001Start of a quipElizabeth C. Gorski
TURNTHECORNER Mon 5/14/2012Pass through a crisis safelyJohn Dunn
TWOFEET Fri 12/20/1996Yard sectionM. Ashwood-Smith
VOICEMAIL Sat 5/28/1994Modern messagesGerald R. Ferguson
WHOLEWHEATBRAIN Wed 10/29/2003Genius at a bakery?Manny Nosowsky