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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 Jeff Chen Alan Arbesfeld David Steinberg Mark Diehl Peter A. Collins Matt Gaffney Harvey Estes Jim Page Paula Gamache Fred Piscop Joe Krozel Patrick Merrell Peter Gordon Bob Klahn Martin Ashwood-Smith Joel Fagliano Robert H. Wolfe Richard Silvestri Erik Agard Barry C. Silk Nancy Nicholson Joline

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. Kahn1219184
5.Joe DiPietro1171130
6.Byron Walden113088
7.Brendan Emmett Quigley1112169
8.Rich Norris1098186
9.Randolph Ross1023111
10.Nancy Salomon909185
11.Frank Longo68669
12.Cathy Allis65784
13.Jeff Chen627107
14.Alan Arbesfeld599118
15.David Steinberg58896
16.Mark Diehl58265
17.Peter A. Collins533110
18.Matt Gaffney52458
19.Harvey Estes522116
20.Jim Page50570
21.Paula Gamache50489
22.Fred Piscop499105
23.Joe Krozel49787
24.Patrick Merrell48890
25.Peter Gordon46696
26.Bob Klahn46560
27.Martin Ashwood-Smith45479
28.Joel Fagliano43660
Robert H. Wolfe43660
30.Richard Silvestri43084
31.Erik Agard41052
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.Matt Ginsberg31246
Lynn Lempel31288
41.Zhouqin Burnikel31067
42.Patrick Blindauer30259
43.Bob Peoples29739
44.Ian Livengood29455
45.David Quarfoot29041
46.Peter Wentz25835
47.Sam Ezersky25528
48.Charles M. Deber25220
Michael Shteyman25251
50.Tom McCoy24933
Timothy Polin24952
52.Jeremy Newton24817
53.Sam Trabucco24623
54.Bruce Haight24452
55.Andrea Carla Michaels24366
56.Natan Last23731
57.Will Nediger23231
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.Bryant White21229
67.Henry Hook21125
68.Doug Peterson20443
69.Samuel A. Donaldson20233
70.Tim Croce20033
71.Ed Early19553
Frances Hansen19540
73.John Farmer17633
Karen M. Tracey17632
75.David Levinson Wilk17325
76.Edward Sessa17041
77.Wayne Robert Williams16238
78.Finn Vigeland16118
79.Damon J. Gulczynski15838
80.Gary Cee15739
81.Sarah Keller15552
82.Raymond Hamel15127
83.Dan Schoenholz14924
84.Dana Motley14831
85.James Mulhern14524
joon pahk14525
87.Julian Lim14323
88.Andrew Zhou14218
89.Ned White14125
90.Alex Eaton-Salners14028
91.Andy Kravis13918
92.Tracy Gray13828
93.Dean Niles13715
Lou Sabin13729
95.Richard Hughes13635
Ross Trudeau13623
97.Lee Glickstein13425
John Guzzetta13425
99.Pete Muller13318
100.Tyler Hinman13122
101.Martin Schneider12712
102.Stephanie Spadaccini12636
103.Myles Callum12522
Josh Knapp12523
105.Jacob Stulberg12330
106.Mary Lou Guizzo12024
Ryan McCarty12014
Fran Sabin12025
109.Richard Chisholm11932
110.David Woolf11817
111.Michael Ashley11511
Victor Barocas11514
Daniel A. Finan11515
Ashish Vengsarkar11515
115.Rand H. Burns11321
116.Andrew Ries11220
Jonathan Schmalzbach11231
118.Robyn Weintraub11124
119.Gerald R. Ferguson11022
Michael Torch11019
Dave Tuller11014
122.David Phillips10820
123.Craig Kasper10715
Lois Sidway10718
Jeffrey Wechsler10719
126.Paolo Pasco10615
127.Alex K. Justin10314
Allan E. Parrish10339
Bill Zais10315
130.Greg Staples10225
131.Michael Hawkins10117
132.Nelson Hardy10011
Bruce Venzke10019
134.Gilbert H. Ludwig9818
135.Charles E. Gersch9717
136.David Kwong9420
137.Mel Rosen9314
138.Janet R. Bender9227
Adam G. Perl9230
140.Sidney L. Robbins8950
Carolyn W. Stewart8921
142.Oliver Hill8816
143.Nancy Kavanaugh8726
144.Ethan Cooper8615
Todd Gross8617
Nancy S. Ross8622
147.Kyle Mahowald8518
148.Kevan Choset8427
Kameron Austin Collins8411
Kristian House8418
Stanley Newman8422
152.Adam Cohen8219
153.Jim Hyres8021
154.Thomas W. Schier7917
155.Trenton Charlson7817
Todd McClary7812
Michael Vuolo7814
158.Matthew Sewell7512
159.Karen Young Bonin7411
Stella Zawistowski7415
161.Christopher Hurt7311
John Lieb7315
163.Seth A. Abel7213
164.Ernie Furtado7112
Jules P. Markey7120
166.Mark Feldman7011
Jason Flinn7014
168.Andrew Kingsley6916
Roy Leban6913
Alex Vratsanos6917
171.Ruth B. Margolin6810
Michael S. Maurer6819
173.Kelly Clark6515
174.John R. Conrad6411
175.Norman S. Wizer6314
176.Gareth Bain6214
177.Ashton Anderson6111
Bernice Gordon6121
David Liben-Nowell6112
180.Michael Blake6014
181.Levi Denham5910
182.John Wolting5814
183.George Barany5710
Kyle T. Dolan5710
Gene Newman5715
186.Don Gagliardo5612
Alan Olschwang5610
Daniel Raymon5613
189.William I. Johnston5515
Patrick Jordan5516
Evan Kalish5510
Susan Harrington Smith5510
193.Robert Dillman5416
194.Mike Buckley5313
Shannon Burns5310
Emily Carroll5310
197.Holden Baker5216
Randy Sowell5222
199.Stu Ockman5113
200.Susan Gelfand5017
201.Jim Hilger4714
Norma Steinberg4717
203.Roland Huget4612
Mark Elliot Skolsky4613
205.Howard Barkin4510
Kevin Christian4511
207.John Greenman4312
Mel Taub4310
209.Elizabeth A. Long4213
210.Neville Fogarty3910
Alfio Micci3911
Arthur S. Verdesca3914
213.Gary J. Whitehead3815
214.Alex Boisvert3711
215.Bill Ballard3610
Daniel R. Stark3616
217.Gail Grabowski3413
218.Kurt Mengel3210
219.Daniel Kantor3011
220.Frederick J. Healy2914
221.Sheldon Benardo2811
222.Eileen Lexau2610
223.John Underwood2414
224.Jay Kaskel2210
225.Robert Zimmerman2112