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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 Chen702120
12.Frank Longo68669
13.Cathy Allis65784
14.Alan Arbesfeld607120
15.David Steinberg59398
16.Mark Diehl59266
17.Peter A. Collins557114
18.Matt Gaffney52458
19.Harvey Estes522116
20.Jim Page50570
21.Paula Gamache50489
22.Fred Piscop502106
23.Joe Krozel49787
24.Patrick Merrell49391
25.Erik Agard48667
26.Peter Gordon47999
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.A. J. Santora33968
36.Trip Payne33742
37.Mike Nothnagel33350
38.Brad Wilber33155
39.Zhouqin Burnikel32170
Lynn Lempel32193
41.Matt Ginsberg31246
42.Sam Ezersky30633
43.Patrick Blindauer30259
44.Bob Peoples29739
45.Ian Livengood29455
46.David Quarfoot29041
47.Sam Trabucco28425
48.Peter Wentz27337
49.Jeremy Newton27220
50.Andrea Carla Michaels26572
51.Will Nediger25434
52.Charles M. Deber25220
Bruce Haight25254
Michael Shteyman25251
55.Timothy Polin25153
56.Tom McCoy24933
57.Natan Last24232
58.Eric Berlin23942
59.Chuck Deodene23141
Tony Orbach23127
61.Gregory E. Paul230116
62.Randall J. Hartman22974
63.Victor Fleming21946
64.Caleb Madison21835
65.Sherry O. Blackard21653
66.Samuel A. Donaldson21534
Doug Peterson21546
68.Bryant White21229
69.Henry Hook21125
70.Ross Trudeau20636
71.Tim Croce20033
72.Alex Eaton-Salners19839
73.Ed Early19553
Frances Hansen19540
75.John Guzzetta18334
76.David Levinson Wilk18226
77.John Farmer17633
Edward Sessa17643
Karen M. Tracey17632
80.Damon J. Gulczynski16641
81.Gary Cee16340
82.Wayne Robert Williams16238
83.Andy Kravis16121
Finn Vigeland16118
85.Sarah Keller15653
86.Julian Lim15224
87.Raymond Hamel15127
88.Robyn Weintraub15032
89.Dan Schoenholz14924
90.Tracy Gray14830
Dana Motley14831
92.Ryan McCarty14717
93.James Mulhern14524
Joon Pahk14525
Paolo Pasco14520
96.Andrew Zhou14218
97.Ned White14125
98.Dean Niles13715
Lou Sabin13729
100.Richard Hughes13635
101.Lee Glickstein13425
102.Pete Muller13318
Jacob Stulberg13332
104.Tyler Hinman13122
Josh Knapp13124
106.Andrew Ries12723
Martin Schneider12712
108.Mary Lou Guizzo12625
Stephanie Spadaccini12636
110.Myles Callum12522
111.Victor Barocas12416
112.Michael Hawkins12120
113.Fran Sabin12025
114.Richard Chisholm11932
115.David Woolf11817
116.Michael Ashley11511
Trenton Charlson11526
Daniel A. Finan11515
Ashish Vengsarkar11515
120.Rand H. Burns11321
121.Jonathan Schmalzbach11231
122.Gerald R. Ferguson11022
Michael Torch11019
Dave Tuller11014
125.David Phillips10820
126.Craig Kasper10715
Lois Sidway10718
Jeffrey Wechsler10719
129.Kameron Austin Collins10514
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.Nancy Kavanaugh8726
Stanley Newman8723
151.Ethan Cooper8615
Todd Gross8617
Nancy S. Ross8622
154.Kyle Mahowald8518
155.Kevan Choset8427
156.Stella Zawistowski8318
157.Adam Cohen8219
Francis Heaney8210
John Lieb8217
160.Jim Hyres8021
Evan Kalish8014
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.Gareth Bain6615
188.Kelly Clark6515
189.Ashton Anderson6412
Amanda Chung6412
John R. Conrad6411
Karl Ni6412
193.Joe Deeney6310
Norman S. Wizer6314
195.Peter Abide618
Bernice Gordon6121
David Liben-Nowell6112
Grant Thackray617
199.Michael Blake6014
Emily Carroll6013
201.Levi Denham5910
Daniel Raymon5914
Corey Rubin598
204.John Wolting5814
205.George Barany5710
Gene Newman5715
Xan Vongsathorn579
208.Don Gagliardo5612
Alan Olschwang5610
210.William I. Johnston5515
Patrick Jordan5516
Pamela Amick Klawitter557
Mike Shenk557
Susan Harrington Smith5510
215.Yaakov Bendavid546
Robert Dillman5416
217.Mike Buckley5313
Shannon Burns5310
John Lampkin5310
220.Holden Baker5216
Randy Sowell5222
222.Robert Malinow519
Kurt Mueller517
Stu Ockman5113
225.Alex Bajcz506
Susan Gelfand5017
227.Freddie Cheng4910
228.Kevin Christian4812
Mark Danna486
Chris A. McGlothlin487
231.Evan Birnholz478
Jim Hilger4714
Tom Pepper4710
Jim Peredo479
Michael Sharp477
Norma Steinberg4717
237.Robert W. Harris467
Roland Huget4612
Mark Elliot Skolsky4613
240.Howard Barkin4510
Dan Feyer454
242.Daniel Larsen448
James R. Leeds448
Bob Sefick448
Brian Thomas4411
246.Neville Fogarty4312
John Greenman4312
Paul Hunsberger438
Mel Taub4310
250.William S. Cotter427
Jake Halperin426
Wyna Liu425
Elizabeth A. Long4213
254.Andrew Chaikin414
Sid Sivakumar416
256.Lloyd E. Pollet403
257.Alfio Micci3911
Arthur S. Verdesca3914
Leonard Williams398
260.Jonah Kagan386
Sharon Klahn383
Gary J. Whitehead3815
263.Diane C. Baldwin378
Alex Boisvert3711
265.Bill Ballard3610
Caleb Emmons366
Christina Iverson366
Steve Kahn367
Kevin McCann367
Jean O'Conor367
David Poole369
Lewis Rothlein366
Daniel R. Stark3616
Bill Thompson369
Alan Jay Weiss367
276.Jeremy Horwitz357
Evan Mahnken359
278.Peter Broda343
Sam Buchbinder347
James E. Buell346
Gail Grabowski3413
Ellen Leuschner348
Herre Schouwerwou348
Zoe Wheeler346
Michael Wiesenberg345
286.Marjorie Berg339
Nick Grivas339
Laura Taylor Kinnel334
Aimee Lucido338
David Pringle339
291.Michael J. Doran327
Maxwell H. D. Johnson Jr.323
David Ainslie Macleod327
John Scott Marrone327
Kurt Mengel3210
Amanda Rafkin327
Gary Steinmehl329
298.Alan DerKazarian315
John Dunn318
Pawel Fludzinski317
R. Max Hopkins313
Norma Johnson317
303.Olivia Mitra Framke307
Daniel Kantor3011
Rich Proulx306
Luke Vaughn304
Kathy Wienberg307