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

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 Nosowsky1614246
3.Elizabeth C. Gorski1514219
4.David J. Kahn1222185
5.Byron Walden117791
6.Joe DiPietro1176131
7.Brendan Emmett Quigley1130171
8.Rich Norris1098186
9.Randolph Ross1040113
10.Nancy Salomon908185
11.Frank Longo68669
12.Jeff Chen676115
13.Cathy Allis65784
14.Alan Arbesfeld607120
15.Mark Diehl59266
16.David Steinberg58896
17.Peter A. Collins548113
18.Matt Gaffney52458
19.Harvey Estes522116
20.Jim Page50570
21.Paula Gamache50489
22.Fred Piscop499105
23.Joe Krozel49787
24.Patrick Merrell49391
25.Peter Gordon47198
26.Erik Agard46663
27.Bob Klahn46560
28.Martin Ashwood-Smith45479
Joel Fagliano45463
30.Robert H. Wolfe43660
31.Richard Silvestri43084
32.Barry C. Silk40292
33.Nancy Nicholson Joline37948
34.Kevin G. Der37141
35.A. J. Santora33968
36.Trip Payne33742
37.Mike Nothnagel33350
38.Brad Wilber32252
39.Zhouqin Burnikel32170
Lynn Lempel32192
41.Matt Ginsberg31246
42.Patrick Blindauer30259
43.Bob Peoples29739
44.Ian Livengood29455
45.David Quarfoot29041
46.Sam Ezersky27430
47.Peter Wentz27337
48.Sam Trabucco26524
49.Jeremy Newton25618
50.Andrea Carla Michaels25469
51.Charles M. Deber25220
Bruce Haight25254
Michael Shteyman25251
54.Timothy Polin25153
55.Tom McCoy24933
56.Natan Last24232
57.Will Nediger24132
58.Chuck Deodene23141
59.Eric Berlin23041
Gregory E. Paul230116
61.Randall J. Hartman22974
62.Tony Orbach22026
63.Victor Fleming21946
64.Caleb Madison21835
65.Sherry O. Blackard21653
66.Samuel A. Donaldson21534
67.Bryant White21229
68.Henry Hook21125
69.Doug Peterson20844
70.Tim Croce20033
71.Ed Early19553
Frances Hansen19540
73.David Levinson Wilk18226
74.John Farmer17633
Edward Sessa17643
Karen M. Tracey17632
77.Ross Trudeau17330
78.Alex Eaton-Salners17135
79.Gary Cee16340
80.Wayne Robert Williams16238
81.Finn Vigeland16118
82.Damon J. Gulczynski16039
83.John Guzzetta15830
84.Andy Kravis15620
85.Sarah Keller15552
86.Raymond Hamel15127
87.Dan Schoenholz14924
88.Tracy Gray14830
Dana Motley14831
90.James Mulhern14524
Joon Pahk14525
92.Julian Lim14323
93.Andrew Zhou14218
94.Ned White14125
95.Ryan McCarty13816
96.Dean Niles13715
Lou Sabin13729
98.Richard Hughes13635
99.Lee Glickstein13425
100.Pete Muller13318
Jacob Stulberg13332
Robyn Weintraub13329
103.Tyler Hinman13122
104.Martin Schneider12712
105.Mary Lou Guizzo12625
Stephanie Spadaccini12636
107.Myles Callum12522
Josh Knapp12523
Andrew Ries12522
110.Paolo Pasco12418
111.Victor Barocas12115
112.Fran Sabin12025
113.Richard Chisholm11932
114.David Woolf11817
115.Michael Ashley11511
Daniel A. Finan11515
Ashish Vengsarkar11515
118.Michael Hawkins11419
119.Rand H. Burns11321
120.Jonathan Schmalzbach11231
121.Gerald R. Ferguson11022
Michael Torch11019
Dave Tuller11014
124.David Phillips10820
125.Craig Kasper10715
Lois Sidway10718
Jeffrey Wechsler10719
128.Alex K. Justin10314
Allan E. Parrish10339
Bill Zais10315
131.Trenton Charlson10222
Greg Staples10225
133.Nelson Hardy10011
Bruce Venzke10019
135.Gilbert H. Ludwig9818
136.Charles E. Gersch9717
137.Daniel C. Bryant949
David Kwong9420
139.Mel Rosen9314
140.Janet R. Bender9227
Con Pederson928
Adam G. Perl9230
143.Kameron Austin Collins9112
144.Derrick Niederman897
Sidney L. Robbins8950
Carolyn W. Stewart8921
147.Oliver Hill8816
148.Nancy Kavanaugh8726
149.Ethan Cooper8615
Todd Gross8617
Nancy S. Ross8622
152.Kyle Mahowald8518
153.Kevan Choset8427
Kristian House8418
Stanley Newman8422
156.Adam Cohen8219
John Lieb8217
158.Jim Hyres8021
Stella Zawistowski8017
160.Thomas W. Schier7917
161.Todd McClary7812
Michael Vuolo7814
163.Andrew Kingsley7719
164.Ruth B. Margolin7612
Raymond C. Young768
166.Merl Reagle757
Matthew Sewell7512
168.Karen Young Bonin7411
169.Francis Heaney739
Christopher Hurt7311
171.Seth A. Abel7213
Jules P. Markey7221
173.Ernie Furtado7112
174.Kyle T. Dolan7012
Mark Feldman7011
Jason Flinn7014
Adam Fromm707
Ben Tausig709
179.Derek Bowman699
Roy Leban6913
Alex Vratsanos6917
182.Kelsey Blakley688
Michael S. Maurer6819
184.Kelly Clark6515
185.John R. Conrad6411
186.Norman S. Wizer6314
187.Gareth Bain6214
Evan Kalish6212
189.Peter Abide618
Ashton Anderson6111
Milo Beckman619
Bernice Gordon6121
David Liben-Nowell6112
194.Michael Blake6014
Amanda Chung6011
Karl Ni6011
197.Levi Denham5910
Daniel Raymon5914
Corey Rubin598
200.John Wolting5814
201.George Barany5710
Gene Newman5715
Xan Vongsathorn579
204.Don Gagliardo5612
Alan Olschwang5610
206.William I. Johnston5515
Patrick Jordan5516
Pamela Amick Klawitter557
Mike Shenk557
Susan Harrington Smith5510
211.Yaakov Bendavid546
Emily Carroll5412
Robert Dillman5416
Grant Thackray546
215.Mike Buckley5313
Shannon Burns5310
John Lampkin5310
218.Holden Baker5216
Randy Sowell5222
220.Joe Deeney519
Robert Malinow519
Kurt Mueller517
Stu Ockman5113
224.Susan Gelfand5017
225.Freddie Cheng4910
226.Mark Danna486
Chris A. McGlothlin487
228.Evan Birnholz478
Jim Hilger4714
Tom Pepper4710
Jim Peredo479
Michael Sharp477
Norma Steinberg4717
234.Robert W. Harris467
Roland Huget4612
Mark Elliot Skolsky4613
237.Howard Barkin4510
Kevin Christian4511
Dan Feyer454
Caitlin Reid456
241.James R. Leeds448
Bob Sefick448
243.John Greenman4312
Paul Hunsberger438
Mel Taub4310
246.William S. Cotter427
Neville Fogarty4211
Wyna Liu425
Elizabeth A. Long4213
250.Andrew Chaikin414
251.Lloyd E. Pollet403
252.Alfio Micci3911
Arthur S. Verdesca3914
Leonard Williams398
255.Jonah Kagan386
Sharon Klahn383
Gary J. Whitehead3815
258.Diane C. Baldwin378
Alex Boisvert3711
260.Bill Ballard3610
Caleb Emmons366
Steve Kahn367
Daniel Larsen366
Kevin McCann367
Jean O'Conor367
David Poole369
Lewis Rothlein366
Daniel R. Stark3616
Bill Thompson369
Alan Jay Weiss367
271.Jeremy Horwitz357
272.Peter Broda343
James E. Buell346
Gail Grabowski3413
Jake Halperin345
Ellen Leuschner348
Herre Schouwerwou348
Zoe Wheeler346
Michael Wiesenberg345
280.Marjorie Berg339
Nick Grivas339
Laura Taylor Kinnel334
Evan Mahnken338
David Pringle339
Brian Thomas339
286.Alex Bajcz324
Michael J. Doran327
Maxwell H. D. Johnson Jr.323
David Ainslie Macleod327
John Scott Marrone327
Kurt Mengel3210
Gary Steinmehl329
293.Alan DerKazarian315
John Dunn318
Pawel Fludzinski317
R. Max Hopkins313
Christina Iverson315
Norma Johnson317
299.Daniel Kantor3011