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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 Mark Diehl David Steinberg 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 Barry C. Silk Nancy Nicholson Joline Erik Agard

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 Quigley1103168
8.Rich Norris1098186
9.Randolph Ross1023111
10.Nancy Salomon909185
11.Frank Longo66768
12.Cathy Allis65784
13.Jeff Chen596103
14.Alan Arbesfeld594117
15.Mark Diehl58265
16.David Steinberg57895
17.Peter A. Collins533110
18.Matt Gaffney52458
19.Harvey Estes522116
20.Jim Page50570
21.Paula Gamache50489
22.Fred Piscop499105
23.Joe Krozel49787
24.Patrick Merrell48589
25.Peter Gordon46696
26.Bob Klahn46560
27.Martin Ashwood-Smith45479
28.Joel Fagliano43660
Robert H. Wolfe43660
30.Richard Silvestri43084
31.Barry C. Silk40292
32.Nancy Nicholson Joline37948
33.Erik Agard36647
34.Kevin G. Der36340
35.A. J. Santora33968
36.Trip Payne33742
37.Mike Nothnagel33350
38.Brad Wilber32252
39.Matt Ginsberg31246
40.Lynn Lempel31187
41.Zhouqin Burnikel30466
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
51.Jeremy Newton24817
52.Andrea Carla Michaels24366
53.Timothy Polin24250
54.Bruce Haight23851
55.Natan Last23731
56.Sam Trabucco23622
57.Chuck Deodene23141
58.Gregory E. Paul230116
59.Randall J. Hartman22974
60.Eric Berlin22540
61.Will Nediger22330
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 Wilk16924
76.Wayne Robert Williams16238
77.Edward Sessa16139
Finn Vigeland16118
79.Damon J. Gulczynski15838
80.Gary Cee15739
81.Sarah Keller15552
82.Raymond Hamel15127
83.Dan Schoenholz14924
84.Dana Motley14831
85.James Mulhern14524
86.Andrew Zhou14218
87.Ned White14125
88.Julian Lim13922
joon pahk13924
90.Tracy Gray13828
91.Dean Niles13715
Lou Sabin13729
93.Richard Hughes13635
94.Lee Glickstein13425
John Guzzetta13425
96.Pete Muller13318
97.Tyler Hinman13122
98.Ross Trudeau12922
99.Andy Kravis12717
Martin Schneider12712
101.Stephanie Spadaccini12636
102.Myles Callum12522
Josh Knapp12523
104.Jacob Stulberg12330
105.Mary Lou Guizzo12023
Fran Sabin12025
107.Richard Chisholm11932
108.Alex Eaton-Salners11824
David Woolf11817
110.Michael Ashley11511
Daniel A. Finan11515
Ashish Vengsarkar11515
113.Rand H. Burns11321
114.Jonathan Schmalzbach11231
115.Gerald R. Ferguson11022
Michael Torch11019
Dave Tuller11014
118.David Phillips10820
119.Craig Kasper10715
Lois Sidway10718
Jeffrey Wechsler10719
Robyn Weintraub10723
123.Paolo Pasco10615
124.Ryan McCarty10512
125.Victor Barocas10313
Alex K. Justin10314
Allan E. Parrish10339
Bill Zais10315
129.Greg Staples10225
130.Michael Hawkins10117
131.Nelson Hardy10011
Andrew Ries10018
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.Todd McClary7812
Michael Vuolo7814
157.Karen Young Bonin7411
158.Christopher Hurt7311
John Lieb7315
160.Seth A. Abel7213
161.Ernie Furtado7112
Jules P. Markey7120
163.Stella Daily7014
Mark Feldman7011
Jason Flinn7014
166.Trenton Charlson6915
Andrew Kingsley6916
Roy Leban6913
Alex Vratsanos6917
170.Ruth B. Margolin6810
Michael S. Maurer6819
172.Matthew Sewell6611
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.Robert Dillman5516
William I. Johnston5515
Patrick Jordan5516
Susan Harrington Smith5510
193.Mike Buckley5313
Shannon Burns5310
195.Holden Baker5216
Randy Sowell5222
197.Stu Ockman5113
198.Susan Gelfand5017
199.Jim Hilger4714
Norma Steinberg4717
201.Roland Huget4612
Mark Elliot Skolsky4613
203.John Greenman4312
Mel Taub4310
205.Elizabeth A. Long4213
206.Kevin Christian4110
207.Alfio Micci3911
Arthur S. Verdesca3914
209.Gary J. Whitehead3815
210.Alex Boisvert3711
211.Bill Ballard3610
Daniel R. Stark3616
213.Gail Grabowski3413
214.Kurt Mengel3210
215.Daniel Kantor3011
216.Frederick J. Healy2914
217.Sheldon Benardo2811
218.Eileen Lexau2610
219.John Underwood2414
220.Robert Zimmerman2312
221.Jay Kaskel2210