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 51,457 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
ABATING Mon 12/14/1998Letting upRandy Sowell
ALLCENTURYTEAM Wed 3/29/2000With 42-Across, what the 10 answers to the capitalized clues comprisePeter Gordon
BASICFUNDAMENTALS Sun 11/13/1994A B C's?Frank A. Longo
BEETHOVENSFIFTH Wed 10/18/1995Ludwig's libationNancy S. Ross
BLOWNIN Sat 4/18/1998Shown up unexpectedlyFrank Longo
BRONXBOMBERS Sun 1/15/2012Big Apple teamFinn Vigeland
CELIAC Sat 4/23/2011Relating to the abdominal cavityMike Nothnagel
COMESTOPASS Fri 11/21/2008TranspiresPatrick Berry
EDDIEFISHER Thu 3/31/2011Orioles hurler (1966 champs) / Solo crooner of "Oh! My Pa-Pa" (#1 in 1954)Jeremy Horwitz and Tyler Hinman
ENTERERS Sat 1/2/2010People working with logs?Robert H. Wolfe
EQUIVOCATE Fri 12/24/1999WeaselBrendan Emmett Quigley
FRANKLYSPEAKING Wed 12/27/2006Hot dog vendor's intro?Manny Nosowsky
FROMHUNGER Sat 7/20/1996Dreadful, in slangR. Norris
FUNNYFARM Thu 2/26/2015Crazy place?Caleb Emmons
GASTRITIS Sun 10/22/1995Stomach ailmentMatt Gaffney
GREATPYRAMIDS Mon 9/29/1997Attractions near the NileRandy Sowell
HANDELSMUSICSOUNDED Sun 4/18/199918TH CENTURY: Yale University founded...Frank Longo
HAVEANICETIME Fri 11/1/2002Send-off lineJoe DiPietro
HERSHEYSKISSES Thu 5/26/2011Foiled bites?Ashish Vengsarkar
HOKIES Fri 12/7/2012Virginia Tech teamPeter Wentz
INBADSORTS Sat 11/9/2013GrumpyMichael Ashley
LATAXDODGER Sun 4/12/1998I.R.S. target in Calif.?Randolph Ross
MATCHESSTITCHES Wed 3/25/2009Lines up the sewingJerry E. Rosman
OPNIN Thu 8/5/2010"Another ___, Another Show" ("Kiss Me, Kate" song)Gary J. Whitehead
OZONES Sun 11/30/2014Some oxygen moleculesMatt Ginsberg
QUINOL Fri 5/24/1996Photographer's chemicalM. Ashwood-Smith
RIVERWIDE Tue 9/15/2015Third obstacleIain S. Padley
RUGDEALER Sat 8/9/2008Certain bazaar merchantMark Diehl
SAPHO Thu 9/17/2009Massenet opera based on a Daudet novelArthur Schulman
SCAREDCOW Sun 12/4/2011One starting a stampede, maybe?Kelsey Blakley
SITDOWNRESTAURANTS Sun 6/19/2011"The chair doesn't recognize you, steakhouse and chophouse!"Patrick Berry
SKATEDALONG Tue 1/19/2016Proceeded without trying very hardByron Walden
SMALLA Sat 2/16/2013Part of an "@" symbolMichael Ashley
SOLONGFAREWELL Mon 5/17/2010Parting words from the von TrappsJay Kaskel
THEWRONGPLACE Mon 11/10/1997End of the quipGrace Fabbroni
THREEWEEKS Mon 5/31/2010How long the N.C.A.A. basketball tournament lastsOliver Hill
TSQUARES Fri 4/24/2009Drafting aidsBarry C. Silk
WHATYOUTHINK Fri 8/31/2001End of the quipElizabeth C. Gorski
WRESTLED Wed 10/29/2008FoughtSteven L. Zisser
WRIGHTS Thu 6/30/1994Pioneer pilotsHarvey Estes