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Fewest letters used

These puzzles are the opposites of pangrams, using as few letters as possible.

Here's the complete list of all 38 Shortz Era puzzles using fewer than 19 letters:

DateAuthorUsedThese letters
Tuesday, April 18, 2017Bruce Haight7AEILRST
Tuesday, April 14, 2015Bruce Haight8AEGHIRST
Wednesday, December 21, 2005David J. Kahn10ACHILMORST
Tuesday, June 5, 2001Peter Gordon10AEILNORSTU
Tuesday, January 16, 2001Peter Gordon12AEHIKLMNOPUW
Tuesday, December 23, 2008Joe Krozel13ADEILMNOPRSTV
Tuesday, June 19, 2012Steve Riley15BCDGHKLMNOPRSTW
Tuesday, March 8, 2011Paul Hunsberger15ABCDEFGQRSTVWXZ
Thursday, December 15, 2005Patrick Merrell15ABCDEFGQRSTVWXZ
Thursday, March 21, 2002Patrick Berry16ABCDFGHKLMNPRSTW
Saturday, April 28, 2012Gary J. Whitehead17ACDEFHIKLMNOPRSTU
Tuesday, February 9, 1999Janet R. Bender17BCDEFGHKLMNPRSTVW
Saturday, January 24, 1998Randolph Ross17ABCDEGHILMNOPRSTU
Tuesday, August 2, 2016Paula Gamache18ABCEFGHILMNOPRSTUY
Tuesday, June 23, 2015Jules P. Markey18ABCDEGHILMNOPRSTUY
Wednesday, April 8, 2015Zhouqin Burnikel18ABCDEGHILMNOPRSTUW
Friday, June 8, 2012Martin Ashwood-Smith18ABCDEGHILMNOPRSTUV
Wednesday, August 3, 2011Paul Guttormsson18ADEFGHILMNOPRSTUVY
Wednesday, February 2, 2011Peter A. Collins18ABCDEGHIJLMNOPRSTU
Saturday, December 22, 2007Harvey Estes18ABCDEGHILMNOPRSTUY
Saturday, January 20, 2007Harvey Estes18ABCDEGIKLMNOPRSTUW
Friday, May 26, 2006Mike Torch18ABCDEFGHILMNOPRSTU
Friday, January 21, 2005Frank Longo18ACDEFGHILMNOPRSTUV
Saturday, June 21, 2003Dana Motley18ABCDEHIKLMNOPRSTUY
Saturday, August 24, 2002Chuck Menning18ABCDEGHILMNOPRSTUV
Saturday, July 27, 2002Robert H. Wolfe18ABCDEGIKLMNOPRSTUV
Friday, December 29, 2000David J. Kahn18ABCDEGHIKLMNOPRSTW
Monday, October 30, 2000Gregory E. Paul18ABCDEGHILMNOPRSTUY
Friday, February 18, 2000Manny Nosowsky18ACDEFGHILMNOPRSTUW
Thursday, August 21, 1997Martin Ashwood-Smith18ABCDEFGHILNOPRSTUV
Saturday, December 28, 1996N. Joline18ACDEGIJLMNOPRSTUVY
Friday, October 11, 1996F. Longo18ACDEGHIKLMNOPRSTVY
Monday, December 4, 1995Sidney L. Robbins18ABCDEHIKLMNOPRSTUW
Saturday, October 7, 1995Frank A. Longo18ABCDEGHILMNOPRSTUY
Saturday, May 13, 1995Nancy Joline18ABCDEGHILMNOPRSTUY
Wednesday, April 20, 1994Walter Webb18ACDEFGILMNOPRSTUVY
Sunday, February 13, 1994Cathy Millhauser18BCDEFGHKLMNPRSTVWX
Friday, November 26, 1993Nancy A. Corbett18ABCDEGHILMNOPRSTUV

Pre-Shortz puzzles

Fewer than 18 letters used for pre-Shortz:

DateAuthorEditorUsedThese letters
Thursday, January 11, 1990Jeanette K. BrillMaleska16ABCDEGILMNOPRSTU
Monday, March 21, 1988Frank GearyMaleska16ACDEGHILMNOPRSTU
Friday, May 3, 1974Jack WherryWeng16ABDEGHIKLNORSTUY
Monday, June 7, 1993Bill PolvogtMaleska17ACDEGHILMNOPRSTUV
Saturday, May 16, 1992Bernard MerenMaleska17ACDEGHILMNOPRSTUV
Thursday, November 7, 1991Margaret W. HuskeyMaleska17ABCDEGHILMNOPRSTY
Saturday, August 12, 1989Bernard MerenMaleska17ACDEGILMNOPRSTUWY
Wednesday, September 14, 1988Melvin KenworthyMaleska17ABCDEGHILMNOPRSTU
Saturday, July 16, 1988Joe ClonickMaleska17ABCDGHKLMNPRSTWYZ
Thursday, September 3, 1987William S. McIlrathMaleska17ABCDEHILMNOPRSTUV
Friday, July 5, 1985Louis SabinMaleska17ABCDEHILMNOPRSTVY
Monday, August 6, 1984Arthur W. PalmerMaleska17ABCDEFGHILMNOPRST
Thursday, March 22, 1984Rhonda KrausMaleska17ACDEHILMNOPRSTUWY
Tuesday, December 14, 1982Nancy McCarthyMaleska17ACDEFGHILMNOPRSTV
Tuesday, October 6, 1981Judson G. TrentMaleska17ACDEFGHILMNOPRSTU
Saturday, August 9, 1980Jack L. SteinhardtMaleska17ABCDEGILMNOPRSTVY
Saturday, October 6, 1973UnknownWeng17ABCDEGHILMNOPRSTU
Saturday, July 15, 1972UnknownWeng17ACDEGHILMNOPRSTUV
Thursday, March 19, 1970UnknownWeng17ABCDEFILMNOPRSTUV
Monday, September 20, 1965UnknownFarrar17ADEFGHILMNOPRSTUY
Wednesday, July 23, 1958W. E. JonesFarrar17ABCDEGHILMNOPRSTY
Tuesday, September 10, 1957H. L. RisteenFarrar17ABCDEGILMNOPRSTUV