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Crossword Innovators

Shortz Era constructor debut word counts sorted by count

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

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

Only Shortz Era constructors with 10 or more puzzles are shown here.

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

RankConstructorDebutsPuzzles
1.Patrick Berry1844227
2.Manny Nosowsky1614246
3.Elizabeth C. Gorski1514219
4.David J. Kahn1208182
5.Joe DiPietro1152128
6.Byron Walden111086
7.Brendan Emmett Quigley1103168
8.Rich Norris1098186
9.Randolph Ross1011109
10.Nancy Salomon909185
11.Frank Longo66768
12.Cathy Allis65784
13.Alan Arbesfeld586115
14.Jeff Chen57999
15.Mark Diehl57664
16.David Steinberg56091
17.Matt Gaffney52458
18.Peter A. Collins523108
19.Harvey Estes522116
20.Jim Page50570
21.Paula Gamache50489
22.Fred Piscop499105
23.Joe Krozel49787
24.Patrick Merrell48188
25.Bob Klahn46560
26.Martin Ashwood-Smith45479
27.Peter Gordon44793
28.Joel Fagliano43660
Robert H. Wolfe43660
30.Richard Silvestri43084
31.Barry C. Silk40292
32.Nancy Nicholson Joline37948
33.Kevin G. Der36340
34.A. J. Santora33968
35.Trip Payne33742
36.Mike Nothnagel33350
37.Brad Wilber32252
38.Erik Agard31239
39.Lynn Lempel30584
40.Patrick Blindauer29958
41.Bob Peoples29739
42.Ian Livengood29455
43.Zhouqin Burnikel29363
44.Matt Ginsberg29244
45.David Quarfoot29041
46.Charles M. Deber25220
Michael Shteyman25251
48.Jeremy Newton24817
Peter Wentz24833
50.Sam Ezersky24227
Andrea Carla Michaels24265
52.Tom McCoy23832
53.Timothy Polin23649
54.Chuck Deodene23141
55.Gregory E. Paul230116
56.Randall J. Hartman22974
57.Eric Berlin22540
Bruce Haight22548
59.Natan Last22329
60.Tony Orbach22026
61.Victor Fleming21946
62.Caleb Madison21835
63.Sherry O. Blackard21653
64.Will Nediger21429
65.Sam Trabucco21219
Bryant White21229
67.Henry Hook21125
68.Tim Croce20033
69.Doug Peterson19842
70.Samuel A. Donaldson19732
71.Ed Early19553
Frances Hansen19540
73.John Farmer17633
Karen M. Tracey17632
75.David Levinson Wilk16924
76.Wayne Robert Williams16238
77.Damon J. Gulczynski15537
Sarah Keller15552
79.Gary Cee15438
80.Edward Sessa15337
81.Raymond Hamel15127
82.Dana Motley14831
83.James Mulhern14524
Dan Schoenholz14523
85.Finn Vigeland14317
86.Julian Lim13922
87.Dean Niles13715
Lou Sabin13729
89.Richard Hughes13635
Andrew Zhou13617
91.Lee Glickstein13425
92.Pete Muller13318
93.joon pahk13223
94.Tyler Hinman13122
Ned White13123
96.Martin Schneider12712
97.Stephanie Spadaccini12636
98.Myles Callum12522
Josh Knapp12523
100.Jacob Stulberg12330
101.Mary Lou Guizzo12023
Fran Sabin12025
103.Richard Chisholm11932
104.Tracy Gray11825
John Guzzetta11821
David Woolf11817
107.Michael Ashley11511
Daniel A. Finan11515
Ashish Vengsarkar11515
110.Rand H. Burns11321
111.Jonathan Schmalzbach11231
112.Andy Kravis11114
113.Gerald R. Ferguson11022
Michael Torch11019
Dave Tuller11014
116.David Phillips10820
117.Craig Kasper10715
Lois Sidway10718
119.Ross Trudeau10616
120.Alex K. Justin10314
Allan E. Parrish10339
Jeffrey Wechsler10318
Bill Zais10315
124.Greg Staples10225
125.Nelson Hardy10011
Bruce Venzke10019
127.Paolo Pasco9914
128.Gilbert H. Ludwig9818
Ryan McCarty9811
Robyn Weintraub9821
131.Charles E. Gersch9717
132.Mel Rosen9314
133.Janet R. Bender9227
Michael Hawkins9216
Adam G. Perl9230
136.David Kwong9019
137.Victor Barocas8911
Sidney L. Robbins8950
Carolyn W. Stewart8921
140.Oliver Hill8816
Andrew Ries8816
142.Nancy Kavanaugh8726
143.Todd Gross8617
Nancy S. Ross8622
145.Kyle Mahowald8518
146.Kevan Choset8427
Stanley Newman8422
148.Adam Cohen8219
Alex Eaton-Salners8218
150.Ethan Cooper8014
Jim Hyres8021
152.Thomas W. Schier7917
153.Todd McClary7812
Michael Vuolo7814
155.Kameron Austin Collins7510
156.Karen Young Bonin7411
157.Christopher Hurt7311
John Lieb7315
159.Seth A. Abel7213
Kristian House7217
161.Ernie Furtado7112
Jules P. Markey7120
163.Stella Daily7014
Mark Feldman7011
Jason Flinn7014
166.Roy Leban6913
Alex Vratsanos6917
168.Ruth B. Margolin6810
Michael S. Maurer6819
170.Kelly Clark6515
171.John R. Conrad6411
172.Andrew Kingsley6315
Norman S. Wizer6314
174.Gareth Bain6214
175.Ashton Anderson6111
Bernice Gordon6121
177.Michael Blake6014
178.Levi Denham5910
179.John Wolting5814
180.George Barany5710
Trenton Charlson5712
David Liben-Nowell5711
Gene Newman5715
184.Don Gagliardo5612
Alan Olschwang5610
186.Robert Dillman5516
William I. Johnston5515
Patrick Jordan5516
Susan Harrington Smith5510
190.Mike Buckley5313
Shannon Burns5310
192.Holden Baker5216
Randy Sowell5222
194.Stu Ockman5113
Daniel Raymon5112
196.Susan Gelfand5017
197.Norma Steinberg4717
198.Roland Huget4612
Mark Elliot Skolsky4613
200.John Greenman4312
Jim Hilger4313
Mel Taub4310
203.Elizabeth A. Long4213
204.Kevin Christian4110
205.Alfio Micci3911
Arthur S. Verdesca3914
207.Gary J. Whitehead3815
208.Alex Boisvert3711
209.Bill Ballard3610
Daniel R. Stark3616
211.Gail Grabowski3413
212.Kurt Mengel3210
213.Daniel Kantor3011
214.Frederick J. Healy2914
215.Sheldon Benardo2811
216.Eileen Lexau2610
217.John Underwood2414
218.Robert Zimmerman2312
219.Jay Kaskel2210