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Crossword Innovators

Shortz Era constructor debut word counts sorted by count

This table shows the number of new answer words introduced by each constructor.

Only Shortz Era constructors with 10 or more puzzles are shown here.

Click any constructor name for the complete list of still-unique and since-reused words.

RankConstructorDebutsPuzzles
1.Patrick Berry1845227
2.Manny Nosowsky1614246
3.Elizabeth C. Gorski1514219
4.David J. Kahn1203180
5.Joe DiPietro1152128
6.Byron Walden110285
7.Rich Norris1098186
8.Brendan Emmett Quigley1079164
9.Randolph Ross993107
10.Nancy Salomon909185
11.Frank Longo66768
12.Cathy Allis65784
13.Alan Arbesfeld582114
14.Mark Diehl56563
15.Jeff Chen53891
16.David Steinberg52987
17.Matt Gaffney52458
18.Harvey Estes522116
19.Jim Page50570
20.Paula Gamache50489
21.Joe Krozel49787
22.Fred Piscop494104
23.Peter A. Collins489104
24.Patrick Merrell48188
25.Bob Klahn46560
26.Martin Ashwood-Smith44878
27.Peter Gordon44291
28.Robert H. Wolfe43660
29.Richard Silvestri43084
30.Joel Fagliano41157
31.Barry C. Silk40292
32.Nancy Nicholson Joline37848
33.Kevin G. Der36440
34.A. J. Santora34068
35.Trip Payne33742
36.Mike Nothnagel33350
37.Brad Wilber32051
38.Lynn Lempel30483
39.Patrick Blindauer29757
Bob Peoples29739
41.Ian Livengood29455
42.Matt Ginsberg29244
43.David Quarfoot29041
44.Zhouqin Burnikel26257
45.Charles M. Deber25220
Michael Shteyman25251
47.Jeremy Newton24817
Peter Wentz24833
49.Tom McCoy23832
50.Timothy Polin23348
51.Chuck Deodene23141
52.Gregory E. Paul230116
53.Randall J. Hartman22974
54.Erik Agard22828
55.Eric Berlin22540
56.Andrea Carla Michaels22061
57.Victor Fleming21946
58.Sherry O. Blackard21653
59.Caleb Madison21434
60.Bryant White21229
61.Sam Ezersky21124
Henry Hook21125
63.Tony Orbach20825
64.Bruce Haight20444
65.Natan Last20227
66.Will Nediger20125
67.Tim Croce20033
68.Frances Hansen19640
69.Ed Early19553
70.Doug Peterson18741
71.Sam Trabucco17716
72.Samuel A. Donaldson17629
John Farmer17633
Karen M. Tracey17632
75.David Levinson Wilk16924
76.Wayne Robert Williams16238
77.Sarah Keller15552
78.Edward Sessa15337
79.Raymond Hamel15027
80.Damon J. Gulczynski14935
81.Dana Motley14831
82.James Mulhern14524
Dan Schoenholz14523
84.Finn Vigeland14317
85.Gary Cee14135
86.Julian Lim13922
87.Dean Niles13715
Lou Sabin13729
89.Richard Hughes13635
90.Lee Glickstein13425
91.Pete Muller13318
92.Tyler Hinman13122
93.joon pahk12822
94.Martin Schneider12712
95.Stephanie Spadaccini12636
96.Myles Callum12522
Josh Knapp12523
Ned White12522
Andrew Zhou12516
100.Fran Sabin12025
Jacob Stulberg12029
102.Richard Chisholm11932
103.David Woolf11817
104.Michael Ashley11511
Daniel A. Finan11515
Ashish Vengsarkar11515
107.Tracy Gray11424
108.Rand H. Burns11321
109.John Guzzetta11220
Jonathan Schmalzbach11231
111.Gerald R. Ferguson11022
Mary Lou Guizzo11021
Michael Torch11019
Dave Tuller11014
115.David Phillips10820
116.Craig Kasper10715
Lois Sidway10718
118.Allan E. Parrish10439
119.Alex K. Justin10314
Bill Zais10315
121.Greg Staples10225
122.Nelson Hardy10011
Bruce Venzke10019
124.Gilbert H. Ludwig9818
125.Charles E. Gersch9717
Jeffrey Wechsler9717
127.Andy Kravis9612
128.Mel Rosen9314
129.Janet R. Bender9227
Adam G. Perl9230
131.Robyn Weintraub9019
132.Sidney L. Robbins8950
Carolyn W. Stewart8921
134.Oliver Hill8816
Paolo Pasco8812
136.Nancy Kavanaugh8726
137.Todd Gross8617
Nancy S. Ross8622
139.Kyle Mahowald8518
Ross Trudeau8511
141.Kevan Choset8427
142.Stanley Newman8321
143.Adam Cohen8219
144.Ethan Cooper8014
Jim Hyres8021
David Kwong8018
147.Thomas W. Schier7917
148.Todd McClary7812
Michael Vuolo7814
150.Victor Barocas7610
151.Kameron Austin Collins7510
Michael Hawkins7513
153.Karen Young Bonin7411
Christopher Hurt7411
155.Kristian House7217
156.Ernie Furtado7112
157.Stella Daily7014
Mark Feldman7011
Jason Flinn7014
160.Roy Leban6913
161.Alex Eaton-Salners6814
Michael S. Maurer6819
163.John Lieb6714
164.Kelly Clark6515
165.John R. Conrad6411
166.Seth A. Abel6311
Alex Vratsanos6315
Norman S. Wizer6314
169.Gareth Bain6214
170.Ashton Anderson6111
Bernice Gordon6121
Jules P. Markey6118
173.Levi Denham5910
174.Michael Blake5813
John Wolting5814
176.George Barany5710
David Liben-Nowell5711
Gene Newman5715
179.Don Gagliardo5612
Alan Olschwang5610
181.Robert Dillman5516
William I. Johnston5515
Patrick Jordan5516
Susan Harrington Smith5510
185.Andrew Ries5410
186.Mike Buckley5313
Shannon Burns5310
188.Holden Baker5216
Andrew Kingsley5212
Randy Sowell5222
191.Daniel Raymon5112
192.Susan Gelfand5017
193.Stu Ockman4911
194.Norma Steinberg4717
195.Roland Huget4612
Mark Elliot Skolsky4613
197.John Greenman4312
Jim Hilger4313
Mel Taub4310
200.Elizabeth A. Long4213
201.Alfio Micci3911
Arthur S. Verdesca3914
203.Gary J. Whitehead3815
204.Alex Boisvert3711
205.Bill Ballard3610
Daniel R. Stark3616
207.Gail Grabowski3413
208.Kurt Mengel3210
209.Daniel Kantor3011
210.Frederick J. Healy2914
211.Sheldon Benardo2811
212.Eileen Lexau2610
213.John Underwood2414
214.Robert Zimmerman2312
215.Jay Kaskel2210