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15x15 grids with the Fewest Blocks in the Shortz Era

The most famous, and most controversial, record in Crosswords is the lowest block count. The quest to use the fewest black squares possible has intrigued many constructors and frustrated many solvers. The results are sometimes awkward, but at other times are surprisingly eloquent.

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Fri 7/27/201217
PEPCIDLACERATE
APASSAGETOINDIA
DISPUTEDBORDERS
USTAARIANELEE
ATONEMENTSSAMI
NERMINTSICIAN
MAPONTOCREDIT
SOLATESPHONENO
ILENESSOONEST
DOPEDDENSELET
EGISCENTERLANE
WISLEADINOMAN
ACTSINDIFFERENT
YALTACONFERENCE
SLEETINGWASTED
Fri 8/22/200818
RUSSIANLANGUAGE
INTERLEAGUEPLAY
ASANALTERNATIVE
THRONESENRICOS
AUERRAGESMATH
STRAGGLEDSENTA
SLEETVESTED
RICUNSAFERESE
EMOTESTINTO
PALOSMARESNEST
IGORCENTRENTO
PISTOLARADIOER
INSURANCEBROKER
NEARESTRELATIVE
GREENHOUSEGASES
Sat 8/7/201018
ASPIRESGAROTTE
CULTUREVULTURES
CREASERESISTANT
URALMASTSENYA
SOSHIPTOKASEM
AGEMATESBITMAP
LATIMESMADEIRA
TAXESPARINGS
TEKELWONKSREO
AMESCALLSMANN
BOALALLYMATTE
ITSALULUWIRIER
THEROSETTASTONE
HEARSAYEVIDENCE
ARTSALESTOSSEL
Fri 3/15/201318
EGOTISTONMERIT
LOVEMEORLEAVEME
AVERAGEAMERICAN
SERAMANORLAGO
TREHERDSHOPIN
INSTANTSFAMINE
NOTWITHMULETAS
RIOTSPINENUT
MCMIIGUNKYLIC
ELANAREASPAVE
NITBLOBSRATEL
INIMICALSERINE
STOODONONESTOES
CONNIVESAGAINST
INSANERMATISSE
Fri 3/11/200519
BEATSADEADHORSE
ETHNOCENTRICITY
EVENINGTHESCORE
TOAEERIESTREL
LIDADACESKIWI
ELORODELEGATED
SAFARIEDDEBARS
BENDNUMB
DORIANTOPMASTS
ANECDOTALALPHA
MEGACUBITAUER
ACABERATERNRA
GETSONESIRISHUP
ENTENTECORDIALE
STARSINONESEYES
BlocksDateAuthor
17Fri Jul 27, 2012Joe Krozel
18Fri Aug 22, 2008Kevin G. Der
18Sat Aug 7, 2010Joe Krozel
18Fri Mar 15, 2013Joe Krozel
19Fri Mar 11, 2005Manny Nosowsky
19Sat Mar 28, 2009Joe Krozel
19Fri Sep 4, 2009Joe Krozel
19Fri Feb 5, 2010Joe Krozel
19Sat Jan 7, 2012Joe Krozel
19Fri Apr 24, 2015Joe Krozel
20Fri Jan 19, 2001Joe DiPietro
20Fri Jul 30, 2010Kevin G. Der
21Fri Jul 24, 1998Manny Nosowsky
21Fri Jan 7, 2000Manny Nosowsky
21Sat Oct 7, 2000Chuck Menning
21Sat Jul 12, 2003Manny Nosowsky
21Fri Aug 20, 2004Harvey Estes
21Fri Feb 11, 2005Manny Nosowsky
21Fri Jun 17, 2005Manny Nosowsky
21Fri Aug 12, 2005Manny Nosowsky
21Sat Jan 7, 2006Jim Hyres
21Fri Feb 3, 2006Manny Nosowsky
21Fri Feb 15, 2008Patrick Berry
21Fri Apr 11, 2008Manny Nosowsky
21Fri Aug 7, 2009Manny Nosowsky
21Sat Oct 6, 2012Steve Salitan
21Fri Mar 22, 2013Tim Croce
21Fri Jan 31, 2014Chris A. McGlothlin
22Fri Jan 10, 2003Manny Nosowsky
22Sat Mar 27, 2004Sherry O. Blackard
22Sat Sep 28, 2013Joe Krozel
22Sat Dec 3, 2016Jason Flinn
22Sat Aug 19, 2017Mark Diehl
22Sat Jun 23, 2018Byron Walden
23Sat Mar 29, 2003Michael Shteyman
23Fri Jun 25, 2004Manny Nosowsky
23Fri Oct 22, 2004Patrick Berry
23Sat Sep 24, 2005Byron Walden
23Sat Oct 8, 2005Byron Walden
23Sat Mar 25, 2006Byron Walden
23Fri Feb 1, 2008Doug Peterson
23Sat Aug 29, 2009Doug Peterson
23Sat Feb 7, 2015Byron Walden
23Sat Oct 17, 2015Timothy Polin
23Sat Sep 24, 2016Mary Lou Guizzo
24Sat Jan 23, 1999Frank Longo
24Sat Oct 9, 1999Manny Nosowsky
24Fri Feb 18, 2000Manny Nosowsky
24Sat Oct 21, 2000Bob Klahn
24Sat Nov 25, 2000Patrick D. Berry
24Sat Dec 23, 2000Bob Klahn
24Fri Oct 18, 2002Manny Nosowsky
24Fri Jun 27, 2003Manny Nosowsky
24Fri Jun 4, 2004Sherry O. Blackard
24Fri Dec 24, 2004Sherry O. Blackard
24Fri Jan 14, 2005Manny Nosowsky
24Sat Feb 5, 2005Sherry O. Blackard
24Sat Aug 27, 2005Byron Walden
24Sat Apr 8, 2006Patrick Berry
24Sat May 6, 2006James E. Buell
24Sat Jul 29, 2006Bob Klahn
24Fri Nov 3, 2006Manny Nosowsky
24Sat Nov 25, 2006Sherry O. Blackard
24Sat Mar 17, 2007John Farmer
24Sat Apr 14, 2007Sherry O. Blackard
24Sat Dec 29, 2007Bob Klahn
24Sat Oct 18, 2008Brad Wilber
24Sat Nov 22, 2008Frank Longo
24Sat Apr 18, 2009Byron Walden
24Fri Jun 5, 2009Martin Ashwood-Smith
24Sat May 8, 2010Mark Diehl
24Sat Aug 6, 2011Joe Krozel
24Sat May 31, 2014John Lampkin
24Sat May 16, 2015Byron Walden
24Sat Oct 15, 2016Mark Diehl
24Sat Mar 17, 2018Roland Huget
24Sat Mar 24, 2018Byron Walden
24Sat Jun 9, 2018Roland Huget