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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 Frank Longo Jeff Chen 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 Peter Gordon Erik Agard 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 Nosowsky1614246
3.Elizabeth C. Gorski1514219
4.David J. Kahn1228186
5.Byron Walden118992
6.Joe DiPietro1185132
7.Brendan Emmett Quigley1130171
8.Rich Norris1098186
9.Randolph Ross1040113
10.Nancy Salomon908185
11.Frank Longo68669
12.Jeff Chen684117
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.Peter Gordon47999
26.Erik Agard47765
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.Patrick Blindauer30259
43.Bob Peoples29739
44.Ian Livengood29455
45.David Quarfoot29041
46.Sam Ezersky28831
47.Sam Trabucco28425
48.Peter Wentz27337
49.Andrea Carla Michaels26471
50.Jeremy Newton26119
51.Charles M. Deber25220
Bruce Haight25254
Michael Shteyman25251
54.Timothy Polin25153
55.Tom McCoy24933
56.Will Nediger24833
57.Natan Last24232
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.Samuel A. Donaldson21534
67.Bryant White21229
68.Henry Hook21125
Doug Peterson21145
70.Tim Croce20033
71.Ed Early19553
Frances Hansen19540
73.Alex Eaton-Salners19037
74.Ross Trudeau18733
75.David Levinson Wilk18226
76.John Farmer17633
Edward Sessa17643
Karen M. Tracey17632
79.John Guzzetta17032
80.Damon J. Gulczynski16440
81.Gary Cee16340
82.Wayne Robert Williams16238
83.Andy Kravis16121
Finn Vigeland16118
85.Sarah Keller15552
86.Julian Lim15224
87.Raymond Hamel15127
88.Dan Schoenholz14924
89.Tracy Gray14830
Dana Motley14831
91.Ryan McCarty14717
92.James Mulhern14524
Joon Pahk14525
94.Robyn Weintraub14431
95.Andrew Zhou14218
96.Ned White14125
97.Dean Niles13715
Lou Sabin13729
99.Richard Hughes13635
100.Lee Glickstein13425
101.Pete Muller13318
Jacob Stulberg13332
103.Tyler Hinman13122
104.Martin Schneider12712
105.Mary Lou Guizzo12625
Stephanie Spadaccini12636
107.Myles Callum12522
Josh Knapp12523
Andrew Ries12522
110.Victor Barocas12416
Paolo Pasco12418
112.Michael Hawkins12120
113.Fran Sabin12025
114.Richard Chisholm11932
115.David Woolf11817
116.Michael Ashley11511
Daniel A. Finan11515
Ashish Vengsarkar11515
119.Rand H. Burns11321
120.Jonathan Schmalzbach11231
121.Trenton Charlson11125
122.Gerald R. Ferguson11022
Michael Torch11019
Dave Tuller11014
125.David Phillips10820
126.Craig Kasper10715
Lois Sidway10718
Jeffrey Wechsler10719
129.Alex K. Justin10314
Allan E. Parrish10339
Bill Zais10315
132.Greg Staples10225
133.Nelson Hardy10011
Bruce Venzke10019
135.David Kwong9821
Gilbert H. Ludwig9818
137.Charles E. Gersch9717
138.Daniel C. Bryant949
139.Mel Rosen9314
140.Janet R. Bender9227
Con Pederson928
Adam G. Perl9230
143.Kameron Austin Collins9112
144.Derrick Niederman897
Sidney L. Robbins8950
Carolyn W. Stewart8921
147.Oliver Hill8816
148.Kristian House8719
Nancy Kavanaugh8726
150.Ethan Cooper8615
Todd Gross8617
Nancy S. Ross8622
153.Kyle Mahowald8518
154.Kevan Choset8427
Stanley Newman8422
156.Stella Zawistowski8318
157.Adam Cohen8219
Francis Heaney8210
John Lieb8217
160.Jim Hyres8021
161.Thomas W. Schier7917
162.Adam Fromm788
Todd McClary7812
Michael Vuolo7814
165.Andrew Kingsley7719
166.Ruth B. Margolin7612
Raymond C. Young768
168.Merl Reagle757
Matthew Sewell7512
170.Karen Young Bonin7411
171.Christopher Hurt7311
172.Seth A. Abel7213
Jules P. Markey7221
174.Ernie Furtado7112
175.Kyle T. Dolan7012
Mark Feldman7011
Jason Flinn7014
Ben Tausig709
179.Derek Bowman699
Roy Leban6913
Alex Vratsanos6917
182.Kelsey Blakley688
Michael S. Maurer6819
184.Gareth Bain6615
185.Kelly Clark6515
186.John R. Conrad6411
187.Norman S. Wizer6314
188.Evan Kalish6212
189.Peter Abide618
Ashton Anderson6111
Milo Beckman619
Bernice Gordon6121
David Liben-Nowell6112
Grant Thackray617
195.Michael Blake6014
Amanda Chung6011
Karl Ni6011
198.Levi Denham5910
Daniel Raymon5914
Corey Rubin598
201.John Wolting5814
202.George Barany5710
Gene Newman5715
Xan Vongsathorn579
205.Don Gagliardo5612
Alan Olschwang5610
207.William I. Johnston5515
Patrick Jordan5516
Pamela Amick Klawitter557
Mike Shenk557
Susan Harrington Smith5510
212.Yaakov Bendavid546
Emily Carroll5412
Robert Dillman5416
215.Mike Buckley5313
Shannon Burns5310
John Lampkin5310
218.Holden Baker5216
Randy Sowell5222
220.Joe Deeney519
Robert Malinow519
Kurt Mueller517
Stu Ockman5113
Caitlin Reid517
225.Susan Gelfand5017
226.Freddie Cheng4910
227.Kevin Christian4812
Mark Danna486
Chris A. McGlothlin487
230.Evan Birnholz478
Jim Hilger4714
Tom Pepper4710
Jim Peredo479
Michael Sharp477
Norma Steinberg4717
236.Robert W. Harris467
Roland Huget4612
Mark Elliot Skolsky4613
239.Howard Barkin4510
Dan Feyer454
241.Daniel Larsen448
James R. Leeds448
Bob Sefick448
Brian Thomas4411
245.John Greenman4312
Paul Hunsberger438
Mel Taub4310
248.William S. Cotter427
Neville Fogarty4211
Wyna Liu425
Elizabeth A. Long4213
252.Andrew Chaikin414
253.Lloyd E. Pollet403
254.Alfio Micci3911
Arthur S. Verdesca3914
Leonard Williams398
257.Jonah Kagan386
Sharon Klahn383
Gary J. Whitehead3815
260.Diane C. Baldwin378
Alex Boisvert3711
262.Bill Ballard3610
Caleb Emmons366
Steve Kahn367
Kevin McCann367
Jean O'Conor367
David Poole369
Lewis Rothlein366
Daniel R. Stark3616
Bill Thompson369
Alan Jay Weiss367
272.Jeremy Horwitz357
Evan Mahnken359
274.Peter Broda343
Sam Buchbinder347
James E. Buell346
Gail Grabowski3413
Jake Halperin345
Ellen Leuschner348
Herre Schouwerwou348
Zoe Wheeler346
Michael Wiesenberg345
283.Marjorie Berg339
Nick Grivas339
Laura Taylor Kinnel334
David Pringle339
287.Alex Bajcz324
Michael J. Doran327
Maxwell H. D. Johnson Jr.323
David Ainslie Macleod327
John Scott Marrone327
Kurt Mengel3210
Gary Steinmehl329
294.Alan DerKazarian315
John Dunn318
Pawel Fludzinski317
R. Max Hopkins313
Christina Iverson315
Norma Johnson317
300.Olivia Mitra Framke307
Daniel Kantor3011
Rich Proulx306