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 50,412 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
ALOSER Sun 3/23/1997The Beatles' "I'm ___"Bryant White
AZRAEL Sat 2/3/1996Angel of death, in JudaismW.R. Williams
BANNEDBAND Tue 9/24/1996Outcast orchestra?S. Spadaccini
CAESURAE Sat 9/18/1999Prosodic pausesJoe DiPietro
CANONICAL Sat 4/29/1995_____ hour (prayer time)Fred Piscop
CONGAQUEUE Wed 5/27/2009Group of dancing Brits?Corey Rubin
CORNEAL Sat 8/8/2009Like some eye surgeryKaren M. Tracey
CYANIDE Wed 11/20/2013Poison pill contentsPeter A. Collins
DATINGPOOL Sat 11/30/2013Singles collection?Byron Walden and Brad Wilber
DOWNSHIFT Mon 5/2/2011Move to a lower gearCaleb Madison
EVALARUE Sun 9/28/2014"CSI: Miami" actressTodd Gross
FRIENDOFAFRIEND Wed 4/19/2006AcquaintanceLee Glickstein and Nancy Salomon
FRONTIERSTANZAQUEST Sun 7/24/2005Search for poetry in the Old West? [Nissan]Frank Longo
GAWDS Mon 5/29/2006"Oh, fer ___ sake!"Alex Boisvert
HAYOF Thu 5/10/2007Make ___ (throw into confusion)Peter A. Collins
HEATHERHAS Tue 1/16/2007With 42-Across, Lesléa Newman bookDave Mackey
HOTDIGGITY Sun 2/13/20001956 Perry Como hitBill Zais
HOTELDOORMAN Sun 5/29/2011Hilton or Westin welcomerJeremy Newton and Tony Orbach
HOTPRESS Sat 5/26/2007Give a smooth and glossy finish, in a wayJoe DiPietro
INTERMSOF Sat 7/20/2013ConcerningTim Croce
JACKPOTJUSTICE Sun 5/18/2008Awarding of huge settlements to plaintiffs, in modern lingoBrendan Emmett Quigley
LAZYSLOB Fri 7/30/2010Epithet for an annoying roommateKevin G. Der
MILLERGENUINEDRAFT Sun 11/12/2000Authenticated "Death of a Salesman" manuscript?Joe DiPietro
MIMICRY Wed 6/11/1997ImitationRich Norris
MRPERSONALITY Wed 11/8/2006Upbeat, outgoing sortLee Glickstein and Nancy Salomon
MYBACK Sun 1/1/1995"Get off _____!"Henry Hook
NUTCRACKER Wed 6/10/19981892 Tchaikovsky ballet, with "The"Nancy S. Ross
OUTPATIENT Tue 11/26/2002One getting same-day medical service, maybeAlan Arbesfeld
ROBBEN Tue 12/24/2013With 68-Across, prison where 36-Across spent 18 yearsDavid J. Kahn
SAWNOFF Sat 1/16/1999ShortenedRich Norris
SEANPENNSPENS Tue 7/5/2005Noted actor's writing implements?Beth Hinshaw
SIRJAMESMBARRIE Wed 12/26/2001Author of the quote beginning at 26-AcrossEd Early
SPUNHAY Fri 3/11/2005Dried grass twisted into ropesManny Nosowsky
SQUIRELY Sat 7/8/2006Noble and chivalrousBarry C. Silk
STANDBYMODE Tue 6/24/2014Sleep state for an electronic deviceHeather Valadez
TEMPORE Fri 6/9/2006Sine ___ (timeless): Lat.Manny Nosowsky
THEPROFUSSER Sun 5/31/1998Nickname for a kvetch maven?Cathy Millhauser
THERATPACK Wed 11/12/2008Group with members hidden in 17-, 24- and 46-AcrossPeter A. Collins
WHOSIS Thu 5/12/1994What's-his-nameA.J. Santora
ZENGER Wed 6/22/1994Early American publisher PeterArthur S. Verdesca