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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 Jeff Chen Frank Longo Cathy Allis Alan Arbesfeld David Steinberg Mark Diehl Peter A. Collins Matt Gaffney Harvey Estes Jim Page Paula Gamache Fred Piscop Joe Krozel Patrick Merrell Erik Agard Peter Gordon 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 Nosowsky1613246
3.Elizabeth C. Gorski1514219
4.David J. Kahn1232187
5.Byron Walden120194
6.Joe DiPietro1196133
7.Brendan Emmett Quigley1138173
8.Rich Norris1098186
9.Randolph Ross1045114
10.Nancy Salomon908185
11.Jeff Chen711121
12.Frank Longo68669
13.Cathy Allis65784
14.Alan Arbesfeld608121
15.David Steinberg59899
16.Mark Diehl59266
17.Peter A. Collins572117
18.Matt Gaffney52458
19.Harvey Estes522116
20.Jim Page50570
21.Paula Gamache50489
22.Fred Piscop502106
23.Joe Krozel49787
24.Patrick Merrell49391
25.Erik Agard48968
26.Peter Gordon487101
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.Brad Wilber35259
36.A. J. Santora33968
37.Trip Payne33742
38.Mike Nothnagel33350
39.Zhouqin Burnikel32772
40.Lynn Lempel32294
41.Sam Ezersky32035
42.Matt Ginsberg31246
43.Patrick Blindauer30259
44.Bob Peoples29739
45.Ian Livengood29455
46.Sam Trabucco29126
47.David Quarfoot29041
48.Jeremy Newton28721
49.Peter Wentz28639
50.Will Nediger28038
51.Andrea Carla Michaels27275
52.Bruce Haight25655
53.Charles M. Deber25220
Michael Shteyman25251
55.Timothy Polin25153
56.Natan Last24934
Tom McCoy24934
58.Chuck Deodene24242
59.Ross Trudeau24142
60.Eric Berlin23942
61.Doug Peterson23349
62.Tony Orbach23127
63.Gregory E. Paul230116
64.Randall J. Hartman22974
65.Victor Fleming21946
66.Caleb Madison21835
67.Sherry O. Blackard21653
68.Samuel A. Donaldson21534
69.Henry Hook21125
Bryant White21129
71.Alex Eaton-Salners20641
72.Tim Croce20033
73.Ed Early19553
Frances Hansen19540
75.John Guzzetta19436
76.David Levinson Wilk18226
77.Robyn Weintraub18036
78.Edward Sessa17944
79.John Farmer17633
Karen M. Tracey17632
81.Finn Vigeland17520
82.Andy Kravis16823
83.Tracy Gray16632
Damon J. Gulczynski16641
85.Gary Cee16340
86.Wayne Robert Williams16238
87.Dan Schoenholz16126
88.Ryan McCarty16019
89.Sarah Keller15653
90.Julian Lim15224
91.Raymond Hamel15127
92.Dana Motley14831
93.Jacob Stulberg14734
94.James Mulhern14524
joon pahk14525
Paolo Pasco14520
97.Andrew Zhou14218
98.Ned White14125
99.Dean Niles13715
Lou Sabin13729
101.Michael Hawkins13622
Richard Hughes13635
Andrew Ries13625
104.Lee Glickstein13425
105.Pete Muller13318
Ashish Vengsarkar13317
107.Tyler Hinman13122
Josh Knapp13124
109.Trenton Charlson13030
110.Martin Schneider12712
111.Kameron Austin Collins12617
Mary Lou Guizzo12625
Stephanie Spadaccini12636
114.Myles Callum12522
115.Victor Barocas12416
116.Fran Sabin12025
117.Richard Chisholm11932
118.David Woolf11817
119.Michael Ashley11511
Daniel A. Finan11515
121.Rand H. Burns11321
122.Jonathan Schmalzbach11231
123.Gerald R. Ferguson11022
Michael Torch11019
Dave Tuller11014
126.David Phillips10820
127.Craig Kasper10715
Lois Sidway10718
Jeffrey Wechsler10719
130.Kristian House10622
131.Alex K. Justin10314
Allan E. Parrish10339
Bill Zais10315
134.Greg Staples10225
135.Nelson Hardy10011
Bruce Venzke10019
137.David Kwong9821
Gilbert H. Ludwig9818
139.Charles E. Gersch9717
140.Daniel C. Bryant949
141.Mel Rosen9314
142.Janet R. Bender9227
Con Pederson928
Adam G. Perl9230
145.Derrick Niederman897
Sidney L. Robbins8950
Carolyn W. Stewart8921
148.Oliver Hill8816
149.Evan Kalish8715
Nancy Kavanaugh8726
John Lieb8718
Stanley Newman8723
153.Ethan Cooper8615
Todd Gross8617
Nancy S. Ross8622
156.Kyle Mahowald8518
157.Kevan Choset8427
158.Stella Zawistowski8318
159.Adam Cohen8219
Francis Heaney8210
161.Jim Hyres8021
162.Thomas W. Schier7917
163.Adam Fromm788
Todd McClary7812
Michael Vuolo7814
166.Andrew Kingsley7719
167.Ruth B. Margolin7612
Caitlin Reid7611
Alex Vratsanos7618
Raymond C. Young768
171.Kyle T. Dolan7513
Merl Reagle757
Matthew Sewell7512
174.Karen Young Bonin7411
175.Christopher Hurt7311
176.Seth A. Abel7213
Jules P. Markey7221
178.Ernie Furtado7112
179.Derek Bowman7010
Mark Feldman7011
Jason Flinn7014
Ben Tausig709
183.Milo Beckman6910
Roy Leban6913
185.Kelsey Blakley688
Joe Deeney6811
Michael S. Maurer6819
188.Amanda Chung6713
Karl Ni6713
190.Gareth Bain6615
Tom Pepper6612
Grant Thackray668
193.Kelly Clark6515
194.Ashton Anderson6412
Emily Carroll6414
John R. Conrad6411
197.Norman S. Wizer6314
198.Peter Abide618
Bernice Gordon6121
David Liben-Nowell6112
201.Michael Blake6014
202.Levi Denham5910
Daniel Raymon5914
Corey Rubin598
205.Kevin Christian5814
Daniel Larsen5811
John Wolting5814
208.George Barany5710
Howard Barkin5711
Gene Newman5715
Sid Sivakumar578
Xan Vongsathorn579
213.Don Gagliardo5612
Alan Olschwang5610
215.William I. Johnston5515
Patrick Jordan5516
Pamela Amick Klawitter557
Mike Shenk557
Susan Harrington Smith5510
Brian Thomas5513
221.Yaakov Bendavid546
Robert Dillman5416
John Lampkin5411
224.Mike Buckley5313
Shannon Burns5310
Jim Hilger5315
227.Holden Baker5216
Randy Sowell5222
229.Robert Malinow519
Kurt Mueller517
Stu Ockman5113
232.Alex Bajcz506
Susan Gelfand5017
Jake Halperin507
235.Freddie Cheng4910
236.Mark Danna486
Chris A. McGlothlin487
Amanda Rafkin4810
239.Evan Birnholz478
Jim Peredo479
Michael Sharp477
Norma Steinberg4717
243.Robert W. Harris467
Roland Huget4612
Mark Elliot Skolsky4613
246.Christopher Adams457
Dan Feyer454
Christina Iverson457
249.James R. Leeds448
Bob Sefick448
251.Adam Aaronson435
Neville Fogarty4312
John Greenman4312
Paul Hunsberger438
Mel Taub4310
256.Sam Buchbinder428
William S. Cotter427
Brooke Husic426
Wyna Liu425
Elizabeth A. Long4213
261.Andrew Chaikin414
262.Lloyd E. Pollet403
263.Alfio Micci3911
Arthur S. Verdesca3914
Leonard Williams398
266.Jonah Kagan386
Sharon Klahn383
Aimee Lucido389
Sophia Maymudes387
Gary J. Whitehead3815
271.Diane C. Baldwin378
Alex Boisvert3711
Olivia Mitra Framke379
Yacob Yonas378
275.Bill Ballard3610
Caleb Emmons366
Steve Kahn367
Kevin McCann367
Jean O'Conor367
David Poole369
Lewis Rothlein366
Daniel R. Stark3616
Bill Thompson369
Alan Jay Weiss367
285.Jeremy Horwitz357
Evan Mahnken359
287.Peter Broda343
James E. Buell346
Gail Grabowski3413
Ellen Leuschner348
Herre Schouwerwou348
Zoe Wheeler346
Michael Wiesenberg345
294.Marjorie Berg339
Nick Grivas339
Laura Taylor Kinnel334
David Pringle339
298.Michael J. Doran327
Maxwell H. D. Johnson Jr.323
David Ainslie Macleod327
John Scott Marrone327
Kurt Mengel3210
Gary Steinmehl329
304.Ricky Cruz316
Alan DerKazarian315
John Dunn318
Pawel Fludzinski317
R. Max Hopkins313
Norma Johnson317
310.Kate Hawkins307
Daniel Kantor3011
Rich Proulx306
Luke Vaughn304
Kathy Wienberg307