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 49,644 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.

AISLELIGHTS Mon 5/12/2003Theater guidesSarah Keller
BEATTHERAP Wed 7/10/2013Escape convictionEd Sessa
BILLG Wed 1/7/1998Microsoft chief, to someBob Klahn
BOTCHES Sun 3/29/2009Messes upElizabeth C. Gorski
CHAUCERWRITES Sun 4/18/199914TH CENTURY: Tamerlane fights...Frank Longo
CLAMSCASINO Tue 12/29/1998Gambling locale for the taciturn?Susan Harrington Smith
CLARABELL Sun 7/2/2000Early TV clownNancy Nicholson Joline
CLOSETSPACE Fri 9/29/1995StorageManny Nosowsky
CONGOGAME Tue 1/25/2005Something to play in Kinshasa?Lee Glickstein and Nancy Salomon
DEALEY Tue 6/21/1994Dallas's _____ PlazaBetty Jorgensen
DONJONS Sun 9/29/1996Castle strongholdsM. Reagle
DYEING Tue 11/23/2010Hiding the gray, sayRichard Chisholm
EMGEEEMGRAND Sun 6/4/2000Las Vegas landmarkMartin Schneider
FIREDRILL Mon 1/28/2013Safety exercise prompted by an alarmJaime Hutchison and Victor Fleming
GALESTORM Sat 5/13/1995Little Margie portrayerNancy Joline
GETSITON Sat 3/12/2011Begins brawlingJoon Pahk
GRATING Thu 3/22/2012Danger for wearers of high-heel shoesAlan Arbesfeld
HEOFDARKNESS Thu 6/14/2007Satan?Donna Hoke Kahwaty
HIGHON Fri 7/5/2002Enthusiastic aboutManny Nosowsky
ICANDOIT Sat 8/23/2003"Need help?" responseRich Norris
IVEBEENTAKENIN Thu 12/3/1998"Oh dear!" cried the waist, "___."Cathy Millhauser
JOHNBONHAM Tue 9/18/2012Bandmate of 1-AcrossAndrew Reynolds
LADYSLIPPER Thu 6/26/2008Orchid varietyDavid J. Kahn
MULLER Sun 7/16/1995Grinding toolNaomi Geller Lipsky
NATURALBORNCITIZEN Sun 12/11/2011Immigrant's oppositeTimothy Polin
NODI Sun 12/28/1997KnotsMatt Gaffney
ORTHODOX Sat 7/19/2003Not at all avant-gardeBob Peoples
PARISHHOUSE Wed 4/18/2007RectoryJim Page
PICNICHAMPER Mon 4/14/2008Outdoor meal deterrent?Christina Houlihan Kelly
PIEALAMODEM Sun 1/1/2012Dessert delivered over the Internet?Patrick Berry
POSTMOSAIC Sat 5/31/2008After the Pentateuchal periodRobert H. Wolfe
REDDERDEERERRED Wed 7/25/2012More embarrassed forest creature screwed up?Daniel Raymon
ROCKYMOUNTAINHI Fri 1/24/1997Greetings from John Denver?D. J. Kahn
SCRIPTO Thu 9/9/2010Classic pencil brandKevin Wald
STEROLS Sun 10/20/2013Components of fatty tissuesElizabeth C. Gorski
TIMETRAVEL Wed 2/20/2008"Back to the Future" subjectChuck Hamilton
TLETTSITONE Sun 4/20/1997Quotation compiler's singer?Charles M. Deber
TRAVELEDTHROUGHTIME Sun 11/10/1996Visited the futureR. Hamel
TRIMWAIST Fri 7/25/2008Goal of middle management?John Farmer
VERKLEMPT Fri 9/14/2007Choked upJohn Farmer