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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 Walden119393
6.Joe DiPietro1185132
7.Brendan Emmett Quigley1137172
8.Rich Norris1098186
9.Randolph Ross1045114
10.Nancy Salomon908185
11.Jeff Chen711121
12.Frank Longo68669
13.Cathy Allis65784
14.Alan Arbesfeld607120
15.David Steinberg59398
16.Mark Diehl59266
17.Peter A. Collins567116
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 Gordon484100
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 Wilber34357
36.A. J. Santora33968
37.Trip Payne33742
38.Mike Nothnagel33350
39.Zhouqin Burnikel32571
40.Lynn Lempel32294
41.Sam Ezersky31434
42.Matt Ginsberg31246
43.Patrick Blindauer30259
44.Bob Peoples29739
45.Ian Livengood29455
46.David Quarfoot29041
47.Sam Trabucco28425
48.Peter Wentz27838
49.Will Nediger27637
50.Jeremy Newton27220
51.Andrea Carla Michaels26973
52.Charles M. Deber25220
Bruce Haight25254
Michael Shteyman25251
55.Timothy Polin25153
56.Tom McCoy24934
57.Natan Last24633
58.Chuck Deodene24242
59.Eric Berlin23942
60.Tony Orbach23127
Doug Peterson23148
62.Gregory E. Paul230116
63.Randall J. Hartman22974
64.Ross Trudeau22139
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 Guzzetta19135
76.David Levinson Wilk18226
77.John Farmer17633
Edward Sessa17643
Karen M. Tracey17632
80.Damon J. Gulczynski16641
81.Andy Kravis16522
82.Gary Cee16340
83.Wayne Robert Williams16238
84.Finn Vigeland16118
85.Tracy Gray15931
86.Robyn Weintraub15733
87.Sarah Keller15653
88.Dan Schoenholz15425
89.Julian Lim15224
90.Raymond Hamel15127
91.Dana Motley14831
92.Ryan McCarty14717
93.James Mulhern14524
joon pahk14525
Paolo Pasco14520
96.Jacob Stulberg14333
97.Andrew Zhou14218
98.Ned White14125
99.Dean Niles13715
Lou Sabin13729
101.Richard Hughes13635
102.Lee Glickstein13425
103.Pete Muller13318
104.Tyler Hinman13122
Josh Knapp13124
106.Michael Hawkins13021
Andrew Ries13024
108.Martin Schneider12712
109.Mary Lou Guizzo12625
Stephanie Spadaccini12636
111.Myles Callum12522
112.Victor Barocas12416
113.Fran Sabin12025
114.Richard Chisholm11932
Kameron Austin Collins11916
116.Trenton Charlson11827
David Woolf11817
118.Michael Ashley11511
Daniel A. Finan11515
Ashish Vengsarkar11515
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.Alex K. Justin10314
Allan E. Parrish10339
Bill Zais10315
133.Greg Staples10225
134.Nelson Hardy10011
Bruce Venzke10019
136.David Kwong9821
Gilbert H. Ludwig9818
138.Charles E. Gersch9717
139.Daniel C. Bryant949
140.Kristian House9320
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
Stanley Newman8723
152.Ethan Cooper8615
Todd Gross8617
Nancy S. Ross8622
155.Kyle Mahowald8518
156.Kevan Choset8427
157.Stella Zawistowski8318
158.Adam Cohen8219
Francis Heaney8210
John Lieb8217
161.Jim Hyres8021
162.Thomas W. Schier7917
163.Adam Fromm788
Todd McClary7812
Michael Vuolo7814
166.Andrew Kingsley7719
167.Ruth B. Margolin7612
Caitlin Reid7611
Raymond C. Young768
170.Kyle T. Dolan7513
Merl Reagle757
Matthew Sewell7512
173.Karen Young Bonin7411
174.Christopher Hurt7311
175.Seth A. Abel7213
Jules P. Markey7221
177.Ernie Furtado7112
178.Derek Bowman7010
Mark Feldman7011
Jason Flinn7014
Ben Tausig709
182.Milo Beckman6910
Roy Leban6913
Alex Vratsanos6917
185.Kelsey Blakley688
Michael S. Maurer6819
187.Amanda Chung6713
Karl Ni6713
189.Gareth Bain6615
Grant Thackray668
191.Kelly Clark6515
192.Ashton Anderson6412
Emily Carroll6414
John R. Conrad6411
195.Joe Deeney6310
Norman S. Wizer6314
197.Peter Abide618
Bernice Gordon6121
David Liben-Nowell6112
200.Michael Blake6014
201.Levi Denham5910
Daniel Raymon5914
Corey Rubin598
204.Tom Pepper5811
John Wolting5814
206.George Barany5710
Gene Newman5715
Xan Vongsathorn579
209.Don Gagliardo5612
Alan Olschwang5610
211.William I. Johnston5515
Patrick Jordan5516
Pamela Amick Klawitter557
Mike Shenk557
Susan Harrington Smith5510
216.Yaakov Bendavid546
Robert Dillman5416
Daniel Larsen5410
219.Mike Buckley5313
Shannon Burns5310
Jim Hilger5315
John Lampkin5310
223.Holden Baker5216
Kevin Christian5213
Randy Sowell5222
226.Robert Malinow519
Kurt Mueller517
Stu Ockman5113
229.Alex Bajcz506
Susan Gelfand5017
Jake Halperin507
232.Freddie Cheng4910
Sid Sivakumar497
234.Mark Danna486
Chris A. McGlothlin487
236.Evan Birnholz478
Jim Peredo479
Michael Sharp477
Norma Steinberg4717
240.Robert W. Harris467
Roland Huget4612
Mark Elliot Skolsky4613
243.Howard Barkin4510
Dan Feyer454
Christina Iverson457
246.James R. Leeds448
Bob Sefick448
Brian Thomas4411
249.Neville Fogarty4312
John Greenman4312
Paul Hunsberger438
Mel Taub4310
253.William S. Cotter427
Wyna Liu425
Elizabeth A. Long4213
Amanda Rafkin429
257.Andrew Chaikin414
258.Lloyd E. Pollet403
259.Alfio Micci3911
Arthur S. Verdesca3914
Leonard Williams398
262.Jonah Kagan386
Sharon Klahn383
Aimee Lucido389
Gary J. Whitehead3815
266.Diane C. Baldwin378
Alex Boisvert3711
Olivia Mitra Framke379
269.Bill Ballard3610
Caleb Emmons366
Steve Kahn367
Kevin McCann367
Jean O'Conor367
David Poole369
Lewis Rothlein366
Daniel R. Stark3616
Bill Thompson369
Alan Jay Weiss367
279.Jeremy Horwitz357
Evan Mahnken359
281.Peter Broda343
Sam Buchbinder347
James E. Buell346
Gail Grabowski3413
Ellen Leuschner348
Herre Schouwerwou348
Zoe Wheeler346
Michael Wiesenberg345
289.Marjorie Berg339
Nick Grivas339
Laura Taylor Kinnel334
David Pringle339
293.Michael J. Doran327
Maxwell H. D. Johnson Jr.323
David Ainslie Macleod327
John Scott Marrone327
Kurt Mengel3210
Gary Steinmehl329
Yacob Yonas327
300.Alan DerKazarian315
John Dunn318
Pawel Fludzinski317
R. Max Hopkins313
Norma Johnson317
305.Daniel Kantor3011
Rich Proulx306
Luke Vaughn304
Kathy Wienberg307