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Crossword Innovators

Shortz Era constructor debut word counts sorted by count

Patrick Berry Manny Nosowsky Elizabeth C. Gorski Byron Walden David J. Kahn Joe DiPietro Brendan Emmett Quigley Rich Norris Randolph Ross Nancy Salomon Jeff Chen Frank Longo Cathy Allis David Steinberg Alan Arbesfeld Mark Diehl Peter A. Collins Matt Gaffney Harvey Estes Erik Agard Jim Page Paula Gamache Peter Gordon Fred Piscop Joe Krozel Patrick Merrell Bob Klahn Martin Ashwood-Smith Joel Fagliano Robert H. Wolfe Richard Silvestri Barry C. Silk Kevin G. Der

This table shows the number of new answer words introduced by each constructor.

Only Shortz Era constructors with at least 30 debut words are shown here.

Click any constructor name for the complete list of still-unique and since-reused words.

RankConstructorDebutsPuzzles
1.Patrick Berry1842227
2.Manny Nosowsky1613246
3.Elizabeth C. Gorski1514219
4.Byron Walden124197
5.David J. Kahn1232187
6.Joe DiPietro1221136
7.Brendan Emmett Quigley1148174
8.Rich Norris1098186
9.Randolph Ross1050115
10.Nancy Salomon908185
11.Jeff Chen778134
12.Frank Longo68669
13.Cathy Allis65784
14.David Steinberg624103
15.Alan Arbesfeld615122
16.Mark Diehl59266
17.Peter A. Collins572117
18.Matt Gaffney52458
19.Harvey Estes522116
20.Erik Agard50871
21.Jim Page50570
22.Paula Gamache50489
23.Peter Gordon503103
24.Fred Piscop502106
25.Joe Krozel49787
26.Patrick Merrell49391
27.Bob Klahn46560
28.Martin Ashwood-Smith45479
Joel Fagliano45463
30.Robert H. Wolfe43660
31.Richard Silvestri43084
32.Barry C. Silk40292
33.Kevin G. Der38242
34.Nancy Nicholson Joline37948
35.Sam Ezersky36438
36.Brad Wilber35460
37.A. J. Santora33968
38.Trip Payne33843
39.Zhouqin Burnikel33674
40.Mike Nothnagel33350
41.Lynn Lempel32796
42.Will Nediger32142
43.Matt Ginsberg31246
44.Jeremy Newton30522
45.Patrick Blindauer30259
46.Ross Trudeau30152
47.Bob Peoples29739
48.Ian Livengood29455
49.Peter Wentz29340
50.Sam Trabucco29126
51.David Quarfoot29041
52.Bruce Haight27559
53.Andrea Carla Michaels27477
54.Timothy Polin26355
55.Natan Last25435
56.Tom McCoy25335
57.Charles M. Deber25220
Michael Shteyman25251
59.Doug Peterson24451
60.Chuck Deodene24242
61.Eric Berlin23942
62.Tony Orbach23127
63.Gregory E. Paul230116
64.Randall J. Hartman22974
65.Alex Eaton-Salners22445
66.Victor Fleming22347
67.Samuel A. Donaldson22135
68.Caleb Madison21835
69.Sherry O. Blackard21653
70.Henry Hook21125
Robyn Weintraub21142
Bryant White21129
73.John Guzzetta20338
74.Tim Croce20033
75.Ed Early19553
Frances Hansen19540
77.Ryan McCarty18822
78.Finn Vigeland18721
79.David Levinson Wilk18226
80.Edward Sessa17944
81.Andy Kravis17825
82.John Farmer17633
Karen M. Tracey17632
84.Damon J. Gulczynski17545
85.Tracy Gray16632
Dan Schoenholz16627
87.Gary Cee16340
88.Julian Lim16226
Wayne Robert Williams16238
90.Paolo Pasco16022
91.Sarah Keller15653
92.Raymond Hamel15127
93.James Mulhern15025
94.Dana Motley14831
95.Trenton Charlson14735
Michael Hawkins14724
Jacob Stulberg14734
98.Mary Lou Guizzo14628
99.joon pahk14525
100.Andrew Ries14326
101.Andrew Zhou14218
102.Ned White14125
103.Kameron Austin Collins13919
104.Dean Niles13715
Lou Sabin13729
106.Victor Barocas13617
Richard Hughes13635
Ashish Vengsarkar13619
109.Lee Glickstein13425
110.Pete Muller13318
111.Tyler Hinman13122
Josh Knapp13124
113.Martin Schneider12712
114.Stephanie Spadaccini12636
115.Myles Callum12522
116.Fran Sabin12025
117.Richard Chisholm11932
118.David Woolf11817
119.Matthew Stock11715
120.Michael Ashley11511
Daniel A. Finan11515
122.Rand H. Burns11321
123.Jonathan Schmalzbach11231
124.Gerald R. Ferguson11022
Michael Torch11019
Dave Tuller11014
127.David Phillips10820
128.Craig Kasper10715
Lois Sidway10718
Jeffrey Wechsler10719
131.Kristian House10622
Evan Kalish10617
133.Alex K. Justin10314
Allan E. Parrish10339
Bill Zais10315
136.Greg Staples10225
137.Nelson Hardy10011
Bruce Venzke10019
139.David Kwong9821
Gilbert H. Ludwig9818
141.Charles E. Gersch9717
142.John Lieb9619
143.Derrick Niederman958
144.Daniel C. Bryant949
145.Christina Iverson9314
Mel Rosen9314
Sid Sivakumar9312
148.Janet R. Bender9227
Con Pederson928
Adam G. Perl9230
151.Stella Zawistowski9020
152.Sidney L. Robbins8950
Carolyn W. Stewart8921
154.Oliver Hill8816
Caitlin Reid8815
156.Kyle T. Dolan8716
Nancy Kavanaugh8726
Stanley Newman8723
159.Ethan Cooper8615
Todd Gross8617
Nancy S. Ross8622
162.Kyle Mahowald8518
163.Kevan Choset8427
164.Adam Aaronson8311
165.Adam Cohen8219
Francis Heaney8210
167.Jim Hyres8021
Grant Thackray8010
169.Thomas W. Schier7917
170.Adam Fromm788
Ruth B. Margolin7813
Jules P. Markey7822
Todd McClary7812
Michael Vuolo7814
175.Ashton Anderson7714
Brooke Husic7712
Andrew Kingsley7719
178.Alex Vratsanos7618
Raymond C. Young768
180.Seth A. Abel7514
Merl Reagle757
Matthew Sewell7512
183.Karen Young Bonin7411
184.Christopher Hurt7311
185.Aimee Lucido7213
186.Ernie Furtado7112
187.Derek Bowman7010
Mark Feldman7011
Jason Flinn7014
Ben Tausig709
191.Milo Beckman6910
Roy Leban6913
193.Kelsey Blakley688
Joe Deeney6811
Michael S. Maurer6819
196.Amanda Chung6713
Jake Halperin679
Karl Ni6713
199.Gareth Bain6615
Tom Pepper6612
201.Kelly Clark6515
202.Emily Carroll6414
Freddie Cheng6413
John R. Conrad6411
205.Norman S. Wizer6314
206.Peter Abide618
Bernice Gordon6121
David Liben-Nowell6112
209.Howard Barkin6012
Michael Blake6014
211.Levi Denham5910
Daniel Raymon5914
Corey Rubin598
214.Kevin Christian5814
Daniel Larsen5811
Xan Vongsathorn589
John Wolting5814
218.George Barany5710
Gene Newman5715
220.Don Gagliardo5612
Alan Olschwang5610
222.William I. Johnston5515
Patrick Jordan5516
Pamela Amick Klawitter557
Mike Shenk557
Susan Harrington Smith5510
Brian Thomas5513
228.Alex Bajcz547
Yaakov Bendavid546
Robert Dillman5416
John Lampkin5411
232.Mike Buckley5313
Shannon Burns5310
Jim Hilger5315
Brandon Koppy538
236.Holden Baker5216
Randy Sowell5222
238.Christopher Adams518
Robert Malinow519
Kurt Mueller517
Stu Ockman5113
Adam Wagner518
Yacob Yonas5110
244.Sam Buchbinder5010
Susan Gelfand5017
246.Mark Danna486
Chris A. McGlothlin487
Amanda Rafkin4810
249.Evan Birnholz478
Laura Taylor Kinnel475
Sophia Maymudes478
Jim Peredo479
Michael Sharp477
Norma Steinberg4717
255.Robert W. Harris467
Roland Huget4612
Rich Proulx468
Mark Elliot Skolsky4613
Nam Jin Yoon469
260.Dan Feyer454
261.James R. Leeds448
Bob Sefick448
263.Neville Fogarty4312
John Greenman4312
Paul Hunsberger438
Mel Taub4310
267.William S. Cotter427
Joseph Greenbaum425
Wyna Liu425
Elizabeth A. Long4213
271.Andrew Chaikin414
Kate Hawkins419
Evan Mahnken4111
Lewis Rothlein417
275.Lloyd E. Pollet403
276.Olivia Mitra Framke3910
Alfio Micci3911
Arthur S. Verdesca3914
Leonard Williams398
280.Katie Hale385
Jonah Kagan386
Sharon Klahn383
Gary J. Whitehead3815
284.Diane C. Baldwin378
Alex Boisvert3711
Michael Lieberman377
Nancy Stark376
288.Bill Ballard3610
Caleb Emmons366
Steve Kahn367
Kevin McCann367
Stephen McCarthy364
Hal Moore369
Jean O'Conor367
David Poole369
Daniel R. Stark3616
Bill Thompson369
Alan Jay Weiss367
299.Jeremy Horwitz357
300.Peter Broda343
James E. Buell346
Gail Grabowski3413
Daniel Kantor3412
Ellen Leuschner348
Herre Schouwerwou348
Zoe Wheeler346
Michael Wiesenberg345
308.Marjorie Berg339
Nick Grivas339
David Pringle339
Kathy Wienberg338
312.Michael J. Doran327
Maxwell H. D. Johnson Jr.323
David Ainslie Macleod327
John Scott Marrone327
Daniel Mauer325
Kurt Mengel3210
Gary Steinmehl329
319.Ricky Cruz316
Alan DerKazarian315
Ella Dershowitz316
John Dunn318
Pawel Fludzinski317
R. Max Hopkins313
Norma Johnson317
326.Luke Vaughn304