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15x15 grids with the Highest Word Count in the Shortz Era

NYT guidelines specify that word (or clue) counts should not exceed 78 for themed puzzles or 72 for themeless ones. Sometimes, unusual themes or gimmicks require more.

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Tue 12/23/200886
TEDSATRATER
ILEENIDTARARA
MINDIDIRETRAP
EDISONAMOPTS
REMANSPITON
SAILEDNONET
ERIEDARLAMINA
TESNOVVONSET
ANIMALRADEIRE
TENONDELIAS
NOTIPSNAMER
STPOMANOSIDE
PARTERIDIDNIM
ARARATDINEELI
RETARTASDET
Thu 9/11/2014CHANGE OF HEART84
MOOSEAGOPEACH
AVAILLEACURIE
TAKESPARTPRIDE
VIEAHSSEL
GREETERASNER
FOECADGLO
LOTBARONALOHA
ADAATTOSSFOX
BEGETHUNCHAVE
DHLPERGED
TRYSTSTATLER
BEERAWPOL
INTERFIREWATER
GORMETNNEMERY
DROIDAGAROXIE
Thu 10/15/201584
HOEDSPAMAMS
ITEESULNELEIE
TOSCASNAILSHEL
OTSTRCAOIK
YLELOGGLDES
ACESSATREV
RATFITTWLC
FLMBWILOORALY
NESAEITLAA
ROKPEETASY
SHDDRMILKWA
AMIMIDSTEO
GUGENHEIMGAUZS
AGSGATNAEMRLA
DTSDRYSSLAW
Wed 3/18/199882
WRAPSFLATSTIT
HORAESURESCAR
OUIJATTENROME
ATLASTEATSABE
MOETSHORTST
CILANTROSAY
LAPTRONARECAP
EGGAUTSYAHA
FOAMYTONETPER
BARFEARSOME
TDRAWERRHEE
SAONCAASICKEN
IZODTIPTGRIPE
DEFTOTISNEWER
ESTSSTAYSTIED
Mon 7/20/199882
SILASSATLUSH
ATALLPSIRENTE
CACTIAHAENDER
SLEEPERRELOOPS
RUYDADA
ERAPETESINNED
PACTOILSDEUCE
OVERFLIPSIDLE
DEREKEVIELEAD
ELBERTETNASTS
AVERANS
GATEMANSTINKER
INAWEADOMANGO
GONERCODAREAS
INKSTWALEEDS
WordsDateAuthor
86Tue Dec 23, 2008Joe Krozel
84Thu Sep 11, 2014Patrick Blindauer
84Thu Oct 15, 2015Kevin G. Der
82Wed Mar 18, 1998Susan Smith
82Mon Jul 20, 1998Mary E. Brindamour
82Tue Jun 17, 2003Susan Harrington Smith
82Tue Jan 14, 2014Tim Croce
82Tue Feb 3, 2015Joe Krozel
82Thu Sep 8, 2016Joanne Sullivan
80Mon Nov 29, 1993Sidney L. Robbins
80Wed Jan 5, 1994Chet Currier
80Tue Feb 1, 1994Robert Zimmerman
80Mon May 16, 1994Ed Pegg Jr.
80Mon Aug 1, 1994Thomas W. Schier
80Tue Jun 27, 1995Diane C. Baldwin
80Wed Dec 13, 1995Ernie Furtado
80Tue Apr 9, 1996M. E. Skolsky
80Wed May 15, 1996A.J. Santora
80Tue Nov 5, 1996Jeremiah Farrell
80Wed Nov 6, 1996M. E. Skolsky
80Wed Dec 4, 1996M. E. Skolsky
80Tue Jul 8, 1997Stephanie Spadaccini
80Mon Sep 8, 1997Robert Goldberg
80Mon Jan 5, 1998Mark Moldowsky
80Wed Oct 27, 1999Chris Sallade
80Thu Feb 3, 2000Thomas W. Schier
80Thu Dec 14, 2000Peter Gordon
80Tue Jan 16, 2001Peter Gordon
80Mon Apr 29, 2002Holden Baker
80Wed Feb 5, 2003Ron O'Hair
80Tue May 27, 2003PAtrick MErrell
80Thu Aug 21, 2003Patrick Merrell
80Tue Sep 9, 2003Robert Zimmerman
80Thu Sep 11, 2003Patrick Merrell
80Tue Dec 23, 2003Mike Torch
80Mon Nov 15, 2004Alison Donald
80Wed Mar 23, 2005Mike Shenk
80Thu Mar 24, 2005Dan Reichert
80Mon Oct 10, 2005Holden Baker
80Mon Dec 19, 2005Richard Hughes
80Wed Dec 21, 2005David J. Kahn
80Wed Jan 25, 2006John Farmer
80Tue Jan 31, 2006Patrick Merrell
80Tue Jun 27, 2006Damon J. Gulczynski
80Wed Oct 18, 2006John Farmer
80Fri Feb 2, 2007David J. Kahn
80Wed Jul 4, 2007Patrick Blindauer
80Tue Oct 30, 2007Gary Steinmehl
80Tue Jan 22, 2008Adam G. Perl
80Thu Feb 14, 2008David J. Kahn
80Mon Apr 14, 2008Christina Houlihan Kelly
80Tue May 6, 2008Gary J. Whitehead
80Tue Dec 8, 2009Joe Krozel
80Thu Sep 2, 2010Patrick Blindauer and Andrea Carla Michaels
80Thu Mar 17, 2011Anna Shechtman
80Wed May 18, 2011David J. Kahn
80Tue Apr 24, 2012Adam G. Perl
80Mon Jun 4, 2012John R. O'Brien
80Thu Aug 23, 2012Mark Feldman
80Mon Dec 10, 2012Michael David
80Tue Dec 18, 2012Adam G. Perl
80Tue Apr 23, 2013Severin T. Nelson
80Tue Jun 4, 2013Kristian House
80Thu Jul 25, 2013Patrick Blindauer
80Mon Sep 16, 2013Ed Sessa
80Thu Jan 23, 2014Michael Hawkins
80Tue Feb 18, 2014David Steinberg
80Thu Jul 3, 2014Luke Vaughn
80Thu Oct 9, 2014Joel Fagliano
80Thu Dec 4, 2014Kacey Walker and David Quarfoot
80Tue Oct 13, 2015Patrick Berry
80Tue Nov 3, 2015Brendan Emmett Quigley and Joel Fagliano
80Wed Aug 10, 2016David C. Duncan Dekker
80Mon Mar 20, 2017Neil deGrasse Tyson and Andrea Carla Michaels
80Sat Apr 1, 2017Howard Barkin
80Tue Mar 13, 2018Carl Worth
79Tue Aug 8, 2006Ed Early
79Tue Mar 22, 2016Don Gagliardo and Zhouqin Burnikel