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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 Erik Agard 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 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. Kahn1222185
5.Joe DiPietro1171130
6.Byron Walden113088
7.Brendan Emmett Quigley1122170
8.Rich Norris1098186
9.Randolph Ross1029112
10.Nancy Salomon909185
11.Frank Longo68669
12.Cathy Allis65784
13.Jeff Chen631108
14.Alan Arbesfeld599118
15.Mark Diehl59266
16.David Steinberg58896
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 Gordon46897
26.Bob Klahn46560
27.Martin Ashwood-Smith45479
28.Joel Fagliano43660
Robert H. Wolfe43660
30.Erik Agard43356
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 Burnikel31568
40.Matt Ginsberg31246
Lynn Lempel31289
42.Patrick Blindauer30259
43.Bob Peoples29739
44.Ian Livengood29455
45.David Quarfoot29041
46.Sam Ezersky26829
Peter Wentz26836
48.Sam Trabucco26524
49.Jeremy Newton25618
50.Charles M. Deber25220
Michael Shteyman25251
52.Timothy Polin25153
53.Tom McCoy24933
54.Andrea Carla Michaels24767
55.Bruce Haight24653
56.Will Nediger24132
57.Natan Last23731
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.Edward Sessa17442
76.David Levinson Wilk17325
77.Gary Cee16340
78.Wayne Robert Williams16238
79.Alex Eaton-Salners16132
Finn Vigeland16118
81.Damon J. Gulczynski16039
82.Sarah Keller15552
83.Raymond Hamel15127
84.Dan Schoenholz14924
85.Dana Motley14831
86.Ross Trudeau14725
87.James Mulhern14524
joon pahk14525
89.Julian Lim14323
90.Andrew Zhou14218
91.Tracy Gray14129
John Guzzetta14127
Ned White14125
94.Andy Kravis13918
95.Dean Niles13715
Lou Sabin13729
97.Richard Hughes13635
98.Lee Glickstein13425
99.Pete Muller13318
100.Tyler Hinman13122
101.Jacob Stulberg12831
102.Martin Schneider12712
103.Mary Lou Guizzo12625
Stephanie Spadaccini12636
105.Myles Callum12522
Josh Knapp12523
107.Ryan McCarty12014
Andrew Ries12021
Fran Sabin12025
110.Richard Chisholm11932
111.David Woolf11817
112.Michael Ashley11511
Victor Barocas11514
Daniel A. Finan11515
Ashish Vengsarkar11515
Robyn Weintraub11525
117.Rand H. Burns11321
118.Jonathan Schmalzbach11231
119.Gerald R. Ferguson11022
Paolo Pasco11016
Michael Torch11019
Dave Tuller11014
123.David Phillips10820
124.Michael Hawkins10718
Craig Kasper10715
Lois Sidway10718
Jeffrey Wechsler10719
128.Alex K. Justin10314
Allan E. Parrish10339
Bill Zais10315
131.Greg Staples10225
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.Trenton Charlson8619
Ethan Cooper8615
Todd Gross8617
Nancy S. Ross8622
148.Kyle Mahowald8518
149.Kevan Choset8427
Kameron Austin Collins8411
Kristian House8418
Stanley Newman8422
153.Adam Cohen8219
154.Jim Hyres8021
155.Thomas W. Schier7917
156.Todd McClary7812
Michael Vuolo7814
158.Matthew Sewell7512
159.Karen Young Bonin7411
John Lieb7416
Stella Zawistowski7415
162.Christopher Hurt7311
163.Seth A. Abel7213
164.Ernie Furtado7112
Ruth B. Margolin7111
Jules P. Markey7120
167.Mark Feldman7011
Jason Flinn7014
Andrew Kingsley7017
170.Roy Leban6913
Alex Vratsanos6917
172.Michael S. Maurer6819
173.Kyle T. Dolan6611
174.Kelly Clark6515
175.John R. Conrad6411
176.Norman S. Wizer6314
177.Gareth Bain6214
178.Ashton Anderson6111
Bernice Gordon6121
David Liben-Nowell6112
181.Michael Blake6014
182.Levi Denham5910
183.John Wolting5814
184.George Barany5710
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 Carroll5311
John Lampkin5310
198.Holden Baker5216
Randy Sowell5222
200.Stu Ockman5113
201.Susan Gelfand5017
202.Jim Hilger4714
Norma Steinberg4717
204.Roland Huget4612
Mark Elliot Skolsky4613
206.Howard Barkin4510
Kevin Christian4511
208.John Greenman4312
Mel Taub4310
210.Elizabeth A. Long4213
211.Neville Fogarty3910
Alfio Micci3911
Arthur S. Verdesca3914
214.Gary J. Whitehead3815
215.Alex Boisvert3711
216.Bill Ballard3610
Daniel R. Stark3616
218.Gail Grabowski3413
219.Kurt Mengel3210
220.Daniel Kantor3011
221.Frederick J. Healy2914
222.Sheldon Benardo2811
223.Eileen Lexau2610
224.John Underwood2414
225.Jay Kaskel2210
226.Robert Zimmerman2112