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Crossword Innovators

Modern 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 Erik Agard Matt Gaffney Harvey Estes Peter Gordon Jim Page Paula Gamache Fred Piscop Joe Krozel Patrick Merrell Joel Fagliano Bob Klahn Martin Ashwood-Smith Sam Ezersky Robert H. Wolfe Richard Silvestri Barry C. Silk

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

Only Modern 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 Walden1281101
5.David J. Kahn1233188
6.Joe DiPietro1231137
7.Brendan Emmett Quigley1164177
8.Rich Norris1104187
9.Randolph Ross1050115
10.Nancy Salomon908185
11.Jeff Chen887151
12.Frank Longo68669
13.Cathy Allis65784
14.David Steinberg650109
15.Alan Arbesfeld618123
16.Mark Diehl59266
17.Peter A. Collins581119
18.Erik Agard54577
19.Matt Gaffney52458
20.Harvey Estes522116
21.Peter Gordon517107
22.Jim Page50570
23.Paula Gamache50489
24.Fred Piscop502106
25.Joe Krozel49787
26.Patrick Merrell49391
27.Joel Fagliano47065
28.Bob Klahn46560
29.Martin Ashwood-Smith45680
30.Sam Ezersky44644
31.Robert H. Wolfe43660
32.Richard Silvestri43084
33.Barry C. Silk40292
34.Kevin G. Der38242
35.Will Nediger38048
36.Nancy Nicholson Joline37948
37.Jeremy Newton36726
38.Zhouqin Burnikel35979
39.Brad Wilber35460
40.A. J. Santora33968
41.Trip Payne33843
42.Mike Nothnagel33350
43.Lynn Lempel331100
44.Ross Trudeau31454
45.Matt Ginsberg31246
46.Andrea Carla Michaels30585
47.Patrick Blindauer30259
48.Bruce Haight29763
Bob Peoples29739
50.Ian Livengood29455
51.Peter Wentz29340
52.Sam Trabucco29126
53.David Quarfoot29041
54.Natan Last27539
55.Timothy Polin26355
56.Doug Peterson25753
57.Tom McCoy25335
58.Charles M. Deber25220
Michael Shteyman25251
60.Chuck Deodene24242
61.Samuel A. Donaldson24139
62.Robyn Weintraub24048
63.Eric Berlin23942
64.Alex Eaton-Salners23848
65.Ryan McCarty23226
66.Tony Orbach23127
67.Gregory E. Paul230116
68.Randall J. Hartman22974
69.Victor Fleming22347
70.John Guzzetta22040
71.Caleb Madison21835
72.Sherry O. Blackard21653
73.Henry Hook21125
Bryant White21129
75.Tracy Gray20936
76.Tim Croce20033
77.Ed Early19553
Frances Hansen19540
79.Finn Vigeland18721
80.David Levinson Wilk18226
81.Damon J. Gulczynski17946
Edward Sessa17944
83.Andy Kravis17825
84.Paolo Pasco17724
85.John Farmer17633
Karen M. Tracey17632
87.Kameron Austin Collins17324
88.Dan Schoenholz17229
89.Gary Cee16340
90.Julian Lim16226
Matthew Stock16225
Wayne Robert Williams16238
93.Christina Iverson16026
94.Sarah Keller15653
95.Trenton Charlson15237
96.Raymond Hamel15127
97.James Mulhern15025
98.Mary Lou Guizzo14929
99.Dana Motley14831
100.Michael Hawkins14724
Jacob Stulberg14734
102.Victor Barocas14620
103.joon pahk14525
104.Andrew Ries14326
105.Andrew Zhou14218
106.Ned White14125
107.Brooke Husic13720
Dean Niles13715
Lou Sabin13729
110.Richard Hughes13635
Ashish Vengsarkar13619
112.Lee Glickstein13425
113.Pete Muller13318
114.Tyler Hinman13122
Josh Knapp13124
Sid Sivakumar13117
117.Adam Wagner13019
118.Martin Schneider12712
119.Stephanie Spadaccini12636
120.Myles Callum12522
121.Fran Sabin12025
122.Richard Chisholm11932
123.David Woolf11817
124.Michael Ashley11511
Daniel A. Finan11515
126.Rand H. Burns11321
127.Jonathan Schmalzbach11231
128.Evan Kalish11118
129.Gerald R. Ferguson11022
Michael Torch11019
Dave Tuller11014
132.David Phillips10820
133.Craig Kasper10715
Lois Sidway10718
Jeffrey Wechsler10719
136.Kristian House10622
137.Joe Deeney10418
138.Alex K. Justin10314
Derrick Niederman1039
Allan E. Parrish10339
Bill Zais10315
142.David Kwong10222
Greg Staples10225
144.Nelson Hardy10011
Bruce Venzke10019
146.Michael Lieberman9815
Gilbert H. Ludwig9818
148.Charles E. Gersch9717
Grant Thackray9713
150.Adam Aaronson9612
John Lieb9619
152.Kyle T. Dolan9517
153.Daniel C. Bryant949
154.Mel Rosen9314
155.Janet R. Bender9227
Con Pederson928
Adam G. Perl9230
Stella Zawistowski9221
159.Caitlin Reid9116
160.Brandon Koppy9015
161.Ruth B. Margolin8915
Sidney L. Robbins8950
Carolyn W. Stewart8921
164.Oliver Hill8816
Tom Pepper8816
166.Nancy Kavanaugh8726
Stanley Newman8723
John Westwig879
169.Ethan Cooper8615
Todd Gross8617
Nancy S. Ross8622
172.Kyle Mahowald8518
173.Kevan Choset8427
174.Aimee Lucido8316
175.Adam Cohen8219
Francis Heaney8210
Alex Vratsanos8219
178.Simeon Seigel8112
179.Jim Hyres8021
Andrew Kingsley8022
Rafael Musa8011
182.Kevin Christian7918
Thomas W. Schier7917
184.Adam Fromm788
Jules P. Markey7822
Todd McClary7812
Michael Vuolo7814
188.Ashton Anderson7714
Emily Carroll7719
Rebecca Goldstein7715
191.Raymond C. Young768
192.Seth A. Abel7514
Merl Reagle757
Matthew Sewell7512
195.Karen Young Bonin7411
Freddie Cheng7416
197.Christopher Hurt7311
198.Ernie Furtado7112
199.Derek Bowman7010
Mark Feldman7011
Jason Flinn7014
Jake Halperin7010
Ben Tausig709
204.Milo Beckman6910
Roy Leban6913
206.Kelsey Blakley688
Michael S. Maurer6819
208.Amanda Chung6713
Katie Hale679
Karl Ni6713
211.Gareth Bain6615
Wyna Liu668
213.Kelly Clark6515
214.John R. Conrad6411
215.Norman S. Wizer6314
216.David Liben-Nowell6213
Hoang-Kim Vu6210
218.Peter Abide618
Bernice Gordon6121
Daniel Raymon6115
221.Howard Barkin6012
Michael Blake6014
223.Levi Denham5910
Laura Taylor Kinnel596
Corey Rubin598
226.Daniel Larsen5811
Hemant Mehta586
Michael Schlossberg5810
Brian Thomas5814
Xan Vongsathorn589
John Wolting5814
Yacob Yonas5811
233.George Barany5710
Gene Newman5715
235.Don Gagliardo5612
Alan Olschwang5610
237.William I. Johnston5515
Patrick Jordan5516
Pamela Amick Klawitter557
Mike Shenk557
Susan Harrington Smith5510
242.Alex Bajcz547
Yaakov Bendavid546
Robert Dillman5416
Kate Hawkins5412
John Lampkin5411
Lewis Rothlein549
248.Sam Buchbinder5311
Mike Buckley5313
Shannon Burns5310
Jim Hilger5315
252.Holden Baker5216
Randy Sowell5222
254.Christopher Adams518
Robert Malinow519
Sophia Maymudes519
Kurt Mueller517
Stu Ockman5113
259.Susan Gelfand5017
260.Mark Danna486
Olivia Mitra Framke4812
Chris A. McGlothlin487
Amanda Rafkin4810
264.Evan Birnholz478
Barbara Lin4711
Jim Peredo479
Michael Sharp477
Norma Steinberg4717
269.Robert W. Harris467
Roland Huget4612
Daniel Mauer467
Rich Proulx468
Mark Elliot Skolsky4613
Nam Jin Yoon469
275.Garrett Chalfin457
Dan Feyer454
277.James R. Leeds448
Bob Sefick448
279.Ella Dershowitz439
David Distenfeld437
Neville Fogarty4312
John Greenman4312
Paul Hunsberger438
Mel Taub4310
285.William S. Cotter427
Trent H. Evans4210
Joseph Greenbaum425
Elizabeth A. Long4213
Nancy Stark427
Bill Thompson4210
291.Andrew Chaikin414
Rachel Fabi418
Evan Mahnken4111
294.Tracy Bennett405
Lloyd E. Pollet403
296.Billy Bratton397
Daniel Kantor3913
Alfio Micci3911
Robert Ryan393
Arthur S. Verdesca3914
Leonard Williams398
302.Chase Dittrich389
Jonah Kagan386
Sharon Klahn383
Spencer Leach384
Gary J. Whitehead3815
Erica Hsiung Wojcik385
308.Diane C. Baldwin378
Alex Boisvert3711
Scott Earl375
John Hawksley374
Brad Wiegmann377
313.Bill Ballard3610
Caleb Emmons366
Steve Kahn367
Kevin McCann367
Stephen McCarthy364
Hal Moore369
Jean O'Conor367
David Poole369
Daniel R. Stark3616
Jeff Stillman369
Alan Jay Weiss367
324.Jeremy Horwitz357
Ellen Leuschner359
Margaret Seikel358
327.Peter Broda343
James E. Buell346
Gail Grabowski3413
Daniel Grinberg346
Herre Schouwerwou348
Blake Slonecker347
Zoe Wheeler346
Michael Wiesenberg345
Leslie Young346
336.Marjorie Berg339
Ricky Cruz337
Chandi Deitmer334
Nick Grivas339
John Kugelman333
David Pringle339
Kathy Wienberg338
343.Michael J. Doran327
Maxwell H. D. Johnson Jr.323
David Ainslie Macleod327
John Scott Marrone327
Kurt Mengel3210
Claire Rimkus327
Gary Steinmehl329
350.Alan DerKazarian315
John Dunn318
Royce Ferguson313
Pawel Fludzinski317
R. Max Hopkins313
Norma Johnson317
Jay Kaskel3112
Robert Logan314
Jennifer Nutt319
359.Jem Burch305
Scott Hogan303
Jacob McDermott307
Aaron M. Rosenberg305
Jessie Trudeau305
Luke Vaughn304
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