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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 Peter Gordon Joe Krozel Patrick Merrell 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 Nosowsky1613246
3.Elizabeth C. Gorski1514219
4.David J. Kahn1232187
5.Byron Walden120995
6.Joe DiPietro1202134
7.Brendan Emmett Quigley1148174
8.Rich Norris1098186
9.Randolph Ross1050115
10.Nancy Salomon908185
11.Jeff Chen750126
12.Frank Longo68669
13.Cathy Allis65784
14.Alan Arbesfeld608121
15.David Steinberg601100
16.Mark Diehl59266
17.Peter A. Collins572117
18.Matt Gaffney52458
19.Harvey Estes522116
20.Jim Page50570
21.Paula Gamache50489
22.Fred Piscop502106
23.Peter Gordon499102
24.Joe Krozel49787
25.Patrick Merrell49391
26.Erik Agard49269
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 Wilber35259
36.A. J. Santora33968
37.Trip Payne33843
38.Sam Ezersky33436
39.Mike Nothnagel33350
40.Zhouqin Burnikel33273
41.Lynn Lempel32294
42.Matt Ginsberg31246
43.Patrick Blindauer30259
44.Bob Peoples29739
45.Ian Livengood29455
46.Sam Trabucco29126
47.David Quarfoot29041
48.Jeremy Newton28721
49.Will Nediger28639
Peter Wentz28639
51.Andrea Carla Michaels27476
52.Bruce Haight26156
53.Ross Trudeau25645
54.Timothy Polin25554
55.Charles M. Deber25220
Michael Shteyman25251
57.Natan Last24934
Tom McCoy24934
59.Chuck Deodene24242
60.Eric Berlin23942
61.Doug Peterson23349
62.Tony Orbach23127
63.Gregory E. Paul230116
64.Randall J. Hartman22974
65.Alex Eaton-Salners22144
66.Victor Fleming21946
67.Caleb Madison21835
68.Sherry O. Blackard21653
69.Samuel A. Donaldson21534
70.Henry Hook21125
Bryant White21129
72.Tim Croce20033
73.John Guzzetta19937
74.Ed Early19553
Frances Hansen19540
76.Robyn Weintraub19038
77.David Levinson Wilk18226
78.Edward Sessa17944
79.John Farmer17633
Karen M. Tracey17632
81.Finn Vigeland17520
82.Ryan McCarty17220
83.Damon J. Gulczynski17042
84.Andy Kravis16823
85.Tracy Gray16632
86.Gary Cee16340
87.Wayne Robert Williams16238
88.Dan Schoenholz16126
89.Julian Lim15725
90.Sarah Keller15653
91.Paolo Pasco15521
92.Raymond Hamel15127
93.Dana Motley14831
94.Michael Hawkins14724
Jacob Stulberg14734
96.James Mulhern14524
joon pahk14525
98.Andrew Zhou14218
99.Ned White14125
100.Dean Niles13715
Lou Sabin13729
102.Trenton Charlson13632
Mary Lou Guizzo13626
Richard Hughes13635
Andrew Ries13625
106.Lee Glickstein13425
107.Pete Muller13318
Ashish Vengsarkar13318
109.Tyler Hinman13122
Josh Knapp13124
111.Martin Schneider12712
112.Kameron Austin Collins12617
Stephanie Spadaccini12636
114.Myles Callum12522
115.Victor Barocas12416
116.Fran Sabin12025
117.Richard Chisholm11932
118.David Woolf11817
119.Michael Ashley11511
Daniel A. Finan11515
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.Kristian House10622
131.Alex K. Justin10314
Allan E. Parrish10339
Bill Zais10315
134.Greg Staples10225
135.Nelson Hardy10011
Bruce Venzke10019
137.David Kwong9821
Gilbert H. Ludwig9818
139.Charles E. Gersch9717
140.Daniel C. Bryant949
141.Mel Rosen9314
142.Janet R. Bender9227
Con Pederson928
Adam G. Perl9230
145.Stella Zawistowski9020
146.Derrick Niederman897
Sidney L. Robbins8950
Carolyn W. Stewart8921
149.Oliver Hill8816
150.Evan Kalish8715
Nancy Kavanaugh8726
John Lieb8718
Stanley Newman8723
154.Ethan Cooper8615
Todd Gross8617
Nancy S. Ross8622
157.Kyle Mahowald8518
158.Kevan Choset8427
159.Adam Cohen8219
Francis Heaney8210
161.Jim Hyres8021
162.Caitlin Reid7912
Thomas W. Schier7917
Sid Sivakumar7910
165.Adam Fromm788
Ruth B. Margolin7813
Jules P. Markey7822
Todd McClary7812
Michael Vuolo7814
170.Andrew Kingsley7719
Grant Thackray779
172.Alex Vratsanos7618
Raymond C. Young768
174.Seth A. Abel7514
Kyle T. Dolan7513
Merl Reagle757
Matthew Sewell7512
178.Karen Young Bonin7411
179.Christopher Hurt7311
180.Ashton Anderson7213
181.Ernie Furtado7112
182.Derek Bowman7010
Mark Feldman7011
Jason Flinn7014
Ben Tausig709
186.Milo Beckman6910
Roy Leban6913
188.Kelsey Blakley688
Joe Deeney6811
Michael S. Maurer6819
191.Amanda Chung6713
Karl Ni6713
193.Gareth Bain6615
Aimee Lucido6612
Tom Pepper6612
Matthew Stock669
197.Kelly Clark6515
198.Emily Carroll6414
John R. Conrad6411
200.Norman S. Wizer6314
201.Peter Abide618
Bernice Gordon6121
David Liben-Nowell6112
204.Michael Blake6014
205.Levi Denham5910
Daniel Raymon5914
Corey Rubin598
208.Kevin Christian5814
Daniel Larsen5811
John Wolting5814
211.George Barany5710
Howard Barkin5711
Jake Halperin578
Gene Newman5715
Xan Vongsathorn579
216.Freddie Cheng5612
Don Gagliardo5612
Alan Olschwang5610
219.Adam Aaronson557
William I. Johnston5515
Patrick Jordan5516
Pamela Amick Klawitter557
Mike Shenk557
Susan Harrington Smith5510
Brian Thomas5513
226.Yaakov Bendavid546
Robert Dillman5416
Christina Iverson549
John Lampkin5411
230.Mike Buckley5313
Shannon Burns5310
Jim Hilger5315
233.Holden Baker5216
Brooke Husic528
Randy Sowell5222
236.Christopher Adams518
Robert Malinow519
Kurt Mueller517
Stu Ockman5113
240.Alex Bajcz506
Susan Gelfand5017
242.Mark Danna486
Chris A. McGlothlin487
Amanda Rafkin4810
245.Evan Birnholz478
Jim Peredo479
Michael Sharp477
Norma Steinberg4717
249.Robert W. Harris467
Roland Huget4612
Mark Elliot Skolsky4613
252.Dan Feyer454
253.Brandon Koppy447
James R. Leeds448
Bob Sefick448
256.Neville Fogarty4312
John Greenman4312
Paul Hunsberger438
Mel Taub4310
Yacob Yonas439
261.Sam Buchbinder428
William S. Cotter427
Wyna Liu425
Elizabeth A. Long4213
265.Andrew Chaikin414
266.Lloyd E. Pollet403
Rich Proulx407
268.Alfio Micci3911
Arthur S. Verdesca3914
Leonard Williams398
271.Jonah Kagan386
Sharon Klahn383
Sophia Maymudes387
Gary J. Whitehead3815
275.Diane C. Baldwin378
Alex Boisvert3711
Olivia Mitra Framke379
278.Bill Ballard3610
Caleb Emmons366
Steve Kahn367
Kevin McCann367
Jean O'Conor367
David Poole369
Lewis Rothlein366
Daniel R. Stark3616
Bill Thompson369
Adam Wagner365
Alan Jay Weiss367
289.Kate Hawkins358
Jeremy Horwitz357
Evan Mahnken359
292.Peter Broda343
James E. Buell346
Gail Grabowski3413
Ellen Leuschner348
Herre Schouwerwou348
Zoe Wheeler346
Michael Wiesenberg345
299.Marjorie Berg339
Nick Grivas339
Laura Taylor Kinnel334
David Pringle339
Nam Jin Yoon336
304.Michael J. Doran327
Maxwell H. D. Johnson Jr.323
David Ainslie Macleod327
John Scott Marrone327
Kurt Mengel3210
Gary Steinmehl329
310.Ricky Cruz316
Alan DerKazarian315
John Dunn318
Pawel Fludzinski317
R. Max Hopkins313
Norma Johnson317
316.Daniel Kantor3011
Luke Vaughn304
Kathy Wienberg307