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 49,371 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.

ALLWE Mon 6/18/2012"For ___ know ..."Peter A. Collins
ASTEAL Wed 1/10/1996What bargain hunters look forM. Gaffney
ASTONISHED Sun 8/26/2012Blown awayAmanda Yesnowitz and Doug Peterson
BATPART Tue 3/5/2013Wing or fang?Gareth Bain
BEHAVED Tue 4/8/2008Didn't act upDave Mackey
BUTTES Sun 7/8/2001Isolated localesMichael S. Maurer
CAINSUGAR Tue 6/8/1999Genesis agricultural product?Fred Piscop
CARROTY Sat 8/5/2000OrangishManny Nosowsky
CHINESEFEUD Sun 4/15/2001Bad blood in Beijing?Richard Silvestri
CITYSTATEANDZIP Thu 12/13/2007End of some addressesJohn Farmer
DEDUCER Wed 7/27/1994Logical thinkerNancy Joline
DICTS Sun 8/15/2010Library shelfful: Abbr.Daniel C. Bryant
EASYCOM Thu 2/10/2000With 18-Across, Spendthrift's motto (which cracks ME up!)Manny Nosowsky
FINDERS Mon 7/12/2004"___ keepers ..."Gregory E. Paul
HOTCROSSBUNS Wed 2/28/1996Food meant for LentF.A. Longo
INSTINCTS Fri 10/11/1996Nature guides?F. Longo
JOEJETTER Tue 12/27/2005Flier of coffee for long distances?Lee Glickstein and Nancy Salomon
KANGAROOWORD Sun 5/2/2004Dictionary term for any of the "self-defining" answers in this puzzleDerrick Niederman
LETTINGGO Thu 1/12/2006Releasing one's angerKyle Mahowald
LITMUSTEST Sat 11/29/2008Sole deciding issueBarry C. Silk
MISCREANT Wed 8/28/2002VillainMel Taub
MMCC Wed 8/15/2012Next century's endElizabeth C. Gorski
MODERATELYCHALLENGING Sun 4/13/2003... and I am ___Charles Deber
MOPTOPS Sat 2/24/1996Fab Four featuresM. Shenk
NOSEINTHESOCK Sun 10/8/2006Test for a needed hosiery change?Fred Piscop
OUTBOXES Sat 4/23/2011Temporary storage for completed workMike Nothnagel
PAININTHEBOAT Sun 11/30/2008Result of excessive rowing?Richard Silvestri
PICKUPYOURTOYS Wed 2/3/2010Parental order #2Kristian House
POWERPOINT Sat 5/25/2013Microsoft Office featureDavid Steinberg
PRESHRUNKSHIRTS Thu 10/16/1997Tongue twister #3Brendan Emmett Quigley
QUADRATICEQUATION Thu 3/8/2001Algebra topicPeter Gordon
SLIPPEDONHISROBE Sun 4/9/1995Every morning the klutz _____Cathy Millhauser
STAGEEFFECT Fri 9/20/1996Bit of theatricalityJ. Page
STOCKERS Fri 5/4/2001Grocery store workersElizabeth C. Gorski
THEITHATGOTAWAY Sun 1/4/2009Many a fish storyDaniel A. Finan
TOLLHOUSECOOKIERECIPE Sun 5/9/2010Food formula created by Ruth Wakefield (1903-77)Elizabeth C. Gorski
WAITSUP Thu 9/7/1995Sits by the window, e.g.Rich Norris
WETHEPEOPLEOF Wed 6/30/1999With 63-Across, a patriotic openingManny Nosowsky
WHENYOUHITA Thu 12/22/2005Start of a quote by jazz legend Miles DavisElizabeth C. Gorski
XAVIERA Sun 7/24/1994"Happy Hooker" HollanderMatt Gaffney