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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 Jeff Chen Cathy Allis 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 Erik Agard 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 Berry1844227
2.Manny Nosowsky1614246
3.Elizabeth C. Gorski1514219
4.David J. Kahn1222185
5.Joe DiPietro1176131
6.Byron Walden116590
7.Brendan Emmett Quigley1131171
8.Rich Norris1098186
9.Randolph Ross1029112
10.Nancy Salomon909185
11.Frank Longo68669
12.Jeff Chen664112
13.Cathy Allis65784
14.Alan Arbesfeld602119
15.Mark Diehl59266
16.David Steinberg58896
17.Peter A. Collins539111
18.Matt Gaffney52458
19.Harvey Estes522116
20.Jim Page50570
21.Paula Gamache50489
22.Fred Piscop499105
23.Joe Krozel49787
24.Patrick Merrell49291
25.Peter Gordon46897
26.Bob Klahn46560
27.Erik Agard45761
28.Martin Ashwood-Smith45479
29.Joel Fagliano44662
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 Wilber32252
39.Zhouqin Burnikel31969
40.Lynn Lempel31590
41.Matt Ginsberg31246
42.Patrick Blindauer30259
43.Bob Peoples29739
44.Ian Livengood29455
45.David Quarfoot29041
46.Sam Ezersky27430
47.Peter Wentz26836
48.Sam Trabucco26524
49.Jeremy Newton25618
50.Andrea Carla Michaels25469
51.Charles M. Deber25220
Bruce Haight25254
Michael Shteyman25251
54.Timothy Polin25153
55.Tom McCoy24933
56.Natan Last24232
57.Will Nediger24132
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 Peterson20844
69.Samuel A. Donaldson20233
70.Tim Croce20033
71.Ed Early19553
Frances Hansen19540
73.John Farmer17633
Edward Sessa17643
Karen M. Tracey17632
76.David Levinson Wilk17325
77.Alex Eaton-Salners16933
78.Gary Cee16340
79.Wayne Robert Williams16238
80.Finn Vigeland16118
81.Damon J. Gulczynski16039
82.Ross Trudeau15627
83.Sarah Keller15552
84.John Guzzetta15129
Raymond Hamel15127
86.Dan Schoenholz14924
87.Tracy Gray14830
Dana Motley14831
89.James Mulhern14524
joon pahk14525
91.Andy Kravis14419
92.Julian Lim14323
93.Andrew Zhou14218
94.Ned White14125
95.Dean Niles13715
Lou Sabin13729
97.Richard Hughes13635
98.Lee Glickstein13425
99.Pete Muller13318
100.Tyler Hinman13122
101.Ryan McCarty12915
102.Jacob Stulberg12831
103.Martin Schneider12712
104.Mary Lou Guizzo12625
Stephanie Spadaccini12636
106.Myles Callum12522
Josh Knapp12523
Andrew Ries12522
109.Victor Barocas12115
110.Fran Sabin12025
111.Richard Chisholm11932
Robyn Weintraub11926
113.David Woolf11817
114.Paolo Pasco11717
115.Michael Ashley11511
Daniel A. Finan11515
Ashish Vengsarkar11515
118.Rand H. Burns11321
119.Jonathan Schmalzbach11231
120.Gerald R. Ferguson11022
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.Daniel C. Bryant949
David Kwong9420
138.Mel Rosen9314
139.Janet R. Bender9227
Con Pederson928
Adam G. Perl9230
142.Trenton Charlson8920
Derrick Niederman897
Sidney L. Robbins8950
Carolyn W. Stewart8921
146.Oliver Hill8816
147.Nancy Kavanaugh8726
148.Ethan Cooper8615
Todd Gross8617
Nancy S. Ross8622
151.Kyle Mahowald8518
152.Kevan Choset8427
Kameron Austin Collins8411
Kristian House8418
Stanley Newman8422
156.Adam Cohen8219
157.Jim Hyres8021
158.Thomas W. Schier7917
159.Todd McClary7812
Michael Vuolo7814
161.Andrew Kingsley7719
162.Raymond C. Young768
163.Merl Reagle757
Matthew Sewell7512
165.Karen Young Bonin7411
John Lieb7416
Stella Zawistowski7415
168.Francis Heaney739
Christopher Hurt7311
170.Seth A. Abel7213
Jules P. Markey7221
172.Ernie Furtado7112
Ruth B. Margolin7111
174.Mark Feldman7011
Jason Flinn7014
Adam Fromm707
Ben Tausig709
178.Derek Bowman699
Roy Leban6913
Alex Vratsanos6917
181.Kelsey Blakley688
Michael S. Maurer6819
183.Kyle T. Dolan6611
184.Kelly Clark6515
185.John R. Conrad6411
186.Norman S. Wizer6314
187.Gareth Bain6214
188.Peter Abide618
Ashton Anderson6111
Milo Beckman619
Bernice Gordon6121
David Liben-Nowell6112
193.Michael Blake6014
194.Levi Denham5910
Corey Rubin598
196.John Wolting5814
197.George Barany5710
Evan Kalish5711
Gene Newman5715
Xan Vongsathorn579
201.Don Gagliardo5612
Alan Olschwang5610
Daniel Raymon5613
204.William I. Johnston5515
Patrick Jordan5516
Pamela Amick Klawitter557
Mike Shenk557
Susan Harrington Smith5510
209.Yaakov Bendavid546
Emily Carroll5412
Robert Dillman5416
212.Mike Buckley5313
Shannon Burns5310
John Lampkin5310
215.Holden Baker5216
Randy Sowell5222
217.Robert Malinow519
Kurt Mueller517
Stu Ockman5113
220.Susan Gelfand5017
221.Amanda Chung489
Mark Danna486
Chris A. McGlothlin487
Karl Ni489
225.Evan Birnholz478
Jim Hilger4714
Jim Peredo479
Michael Sharp477
Norma Steinberg4717
230.Robert W. Harris467
Roland Huget4612
Mark Elliot Skolsky4613
Grant Thackray465
234.Howard Barkin4510
Kevin Christian4511
Joe Deeney458
Dan Feyer454
Caitlin Reid456
239.James R. Leeds448
Bob Sefick448
241.John Greenman4312
Paul Hunsberger438
Mel Taub4310
244.Freddie Cheng429
William S. Cotter427
Neville Fogarty4211
Elizabeth A. Long4213
248.Andrew Chaikin414
249.Lloyd E. Pollet403
250.Alfio Micci3911
Arthur S. Verdesca3914
Leonard Williams398
253.Jonah Kagan386
Sharon Klahn383
Gary J. Whitehead3815
256.Diane C. Baldwin378
Alex Boisvert3711
Tom Pepper379
259.Bill Ballard3610
Caleb Emmons366
Steve Kahn367
Daniel Larsen366
Kevin McCann367
Jean O'Conor367
David Poole369
Lewis Rothlein366
Daniel R. Stark3616
Bill Thompson369
Alan Jay Weiss367
270.Jeremy Horwitz357
271.Peter Broda343
James E. Buell346
Gail Grabowski3413
Jake Halperin345
Ellen Leuschner348
Herre Schouwerwou348
Zoe Wheeler346
Michael Wiesenberg345
279.Marjorie Berg339
Nick Grivas339
Evan Mahnken338
David Pringle339
Brian Thomas339
284.Alex Bajcz324
Michael J. Doran327
Maxwell H. D. Johnson Jr.323
David Ainslie Macleod327
John Scott Marrone327
Kurt Mengel3210
Gary Steinmehl329
291.Alan DerKazarian315
John Dunn318
Pawel Fludzinski317
R. Max Hopkins313
Christina Iverson315
Norma Johnson317
297.Daniel Kantor3011