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 50,004 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
AGROUND Thu 2/19/2004Dragging on the shoreAlfio Micci (1918-2004)
AMPHITHEATER Tue 12/18/2001Hollywood Bowl, e.g.Sarah Keller
ANDHANGON Thu 8/5/2004End of the quoteSeth Abel
ARTOODETOX Sun 6/8/2014<span style="text-decoration:line-through">"Star Wars" character</span> Where droids go to dry out?Patrick Berry
BASSCLEF Sun 6/20/2010Low pitch indicatorTodd Gross and Ashish Vengsarkar
BBCAMERICA Sat 4/9/2011Network since 1998Scott Atkinson
BENJAMINMOORE Mon 7/19/2010Big name in paintDavid Blake
BLACKWALLNOTES Sun 8/6/2000Graffiti?Manny Nosowsky
BRANDNAMES Tue 1/6/2015Wilson and Hoover, but not EisenhowerJoel Fagliano
CANTRELL Sat 1/22/2011Singer Blu with the 2001 hit "Hit 'Em Up Style (Oops!)"Victor Fleming
DARESTO Sun 5/4/2014Thinks maybe one canMary Lou Guizzo
DEPARTMENTSTORES Thu 5/22/2003They're packed during the holidaysDan Reichert
EASEBY Sat 1/5/2013Slip pastBarry C. Silk
ENROUTETO Fri 5/11/2007Heading forPatrick Berry
ENSLAVERS Sat 2/24/2007Bond dealers?Byron Walden
ETHIOP Fri 12/3/1999East African, old-styleMartin Ashwood-Smith
GODHOOD Thu 9/7/2000DivinityManny Nosowsky
HABOOB Sat 5/25/2013Violent sandstormDavid Steinberg
HIGHANDLOW Fri 8/1/1997EverywhereGerald R. Ferguson
ISMAN Sun 10/26/2014"What ___?" (Mark Twain essay)Caleb Emmons
KANSASST Sat 8/10/2013Univ. in ManhattanChris A. McGlothlin
KNOCKDOWN Sat 7/6/1996FloorJ. DiPietro
KNOCKOFF Sat 3/31/2001CopyRich Norris
LIEWITH Fri 7/22/2011Depend upon, as a decisionTodd McClary
ONEANYWHERE Wed 5/23/2007End of the quipBruce Venzke and Stella Daily
OPTICNERVE Fri 7/16/2004Line of sight?Craig Kasper
OUTMODED Tue 3/28/2006ObsoleteJim Hyres
PACKABAG Sun 1/4/2004Prepare for camp, sayPatrick Merrell
PAPOOSES Sat 9/9/1995Bundles of joy?Daniel R. Stark
PLUMPED Sat 9/7/2002Made ready for market, as chickensPatrick Berry
RECUSED Sun 3/23/2008Stepped aside, in courtRobert W. Harris
SEIZEUPON Fri 4/6/2012Use advantageously, as an ideaMike Nothnagel
SPRINGCHICKEN Mon 1/5/2015Relative youngsterJohn Guzzetta
STATESEAL Mon 8/18/2014Louisiana's has a nesting pelican with three chicksIan and Katie Livengood
THEL8L8SHOW Sun 10/17/2010Insomniac's TV viewingPatrick Blindauer
TRUEFACT Sun 10/16/2011"I kid you not!"Joel Fagliano
WAGEEARNER Sat 8/17/1996EmployeeJ. T. Paine
WERWHOWER Fri 1/6/20122010 Ke$ha chart-topper with a creatively spelled five-word titleDavid Steinberg
WIFFLEBALL Wed 8/14/2013Bit of equipment for an outdoor kids' gameSarah Keller
YELLOWSTONE Sun 11/9/2014World's first national parkTom McCoy