A. J. Santora
A. J. Santora 

541 debut answer words from A. J. Santora

68 crosswords

Almost every NYT puzzle introduces new answer words to the puzzleverse. This page collects answer words debuted by a single constructor.

Words in this color debuted by this constructor in the Shortz era but did appear in earlier pre-Shortz puzzles.

Even better, the table below also shows reused words — answers debuted by A. J. Santora that have since appeared in other crosswords. These are often particularly interesting. After all, someone else found them clever or useful enough to steal. I mean, recycle.


* Words in the "reused later" column were debuted by A. J. Santora on or after Saturday, January 1, 2000.

That arbitrary cut-off date is intended to exclude words that appear early in the Shortz Era but are unlikely to be debuts in any meaningful sense.
Uniqe words appear in the table above regardless of the publication date.