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Crossword Innovators

Debut word count by constructor (Shortz Era only)

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 Berry1792221
2.Manny Nosowsky1614246
3.Elizabeth C. Gorski1509219
4.David J. Kahn1172171
5.Joe DiPietro1138125
6.Rich Norris1098186
7.Brendan Emmett Quigley1038158
8.Byron Walden98877
9.Randolph Ross971103
10.Nancy Salomon909185
11.Frank Longo66768
12.Cathy Allis65784
13.Alan Arbesfeld551107
14.Matt Gaffney52458
15.Harvey Estes522116
16.Mark Diehl50756
17.Jim Page50570
18.Paula Gamache50489
19.Fred Piscop494104
20.Joe Krozel47884
21.Peter A. Collins46799
22.Patrick Merrell46686
23.Bob Klahn46560
24.Martin Ashwood-Smith44878
25.Robert H. Wolfe43660
26.Richard Silvestri43084
27.Jeff Chen41570
28.Barry C. Silk40292
29.Peter Gordon39281
30.David Steinberg38164
31.Nancy Nicholson Joline37948
32.Joel Fagliano34950
33.Kevin G. Der34037
A. J. Santora34068
35.Trip Payne33742
36.Mike Nothnagel33350
37.Brad Wilber31350
38.Bob Peoples29739
39.Patrick Blindauer29456
Ian Livengood29455
41.David Quarfoot29041
42.Lynn Lempel28676
43.Matt Ginsberg27041
44.Charles M. Deber25220
45.Jeremy Newton24817
46.Michael Shteyman24349
47.Gregory E. Paul230116
48.Randall J. Hartman22974
49.Chuck Deodene21939
Victor Fleming21946
51.Sherry O. Blackard21653
52.Henry Hook21125
53.Bryant White20928
54.Eric Berlin20837
55.Andrea Carla Michaels20557
Tony Orbach20524
57.Zhouqin Burnikel20445
Tom McCoy20427
Peter Wentz20426
60.Tim Croce20033
Caleb Madison20032
62.Frances Hansen19640
63.Ed Early19553
64.Timothy Polin19239
65.Doug Peterson17739
66.John Farmer17633
Karen M. Tracey17632
68.Will Nediger16921
69.Wayne Robert Williams16238
70.Samuel A. Donaldson16127
71.David Levinson Wilk15923
72.Sarah Keller15552
73.Natan Last15221
74.Raymond Hamel15027
75.Dana Motley14831
76.James Mulhern14524
77.Dan Schoenholz14022
Edward Sessa14035
79.Julian Lim13922
80.Gary Cee13733
Dean Niles13715
Lou Sabin13729
83.Richard Hughes13635
84.Lee Glickstein13425
85.Pete Muller13318
86.Tyler Hinman13122
87.Martin Schneider12712
88.Stephanie Spadaccini12636
89.Myles Callum12522
90.Josh Knapp12222
91.Damon J. Gulczynski12125
92.Fran Sabin12025
93.Richard Chisholm11932
94.joon pahk11720
95.Michael Ashley11511
Daniel A. Finan11515
Ashish Vengsarkar11515
98.Rand H. Burns11321
Ned White11319
100.Bruce Haight11226
David Woolf11215
102.Gerald R. Ferguson11022
Michael Torch11019
Dave Tuller11014
105.Finn Vigeland10913
106.Craig Kasper10715
Jonathan Schmalzbach10730
Lois Sidway10718
109.David Phillips10619
110.Allan E. Parrish10439
111.Alex K. Justin10314
Bill Zais10315
113.Greg Staples10225
114.Nelson Hardy10011
Bruce Venzke10019
116.Gilbert H. Ludwig9818
117.Charles E. Gersch9717
118.Andrew Zhou9513
119.Mel Rosen9314
120.Janet R. Bender9227
121.Sidney L. Robbins8950
Carolyn W. Stewart8921
Jacob Stulberg8922
124.Oliver Hill8816
125.Nancy Kavanaugh8726
126.Tracy Gray8621
Nancy S. Ross8622
128.Kyle Mahowald8518
129.Kevan Choset8427
130.Mary Lou Guizzo8317
Stanley Newman8321
132.Adam Cohen8219
133.Sam Ezersky8111
134.Ethan Cooper8014
Jim Hyres8021
David Kwong8017
137.Todd Gross7915
Adam G. Perl7927
Thomas W. Schier7917
140.Todd McClary7812
Michael Vuolo7814
Jeffrey Wechsler7814
143.Karen Young Bonin7411
Christopher Hurt7411
145.Kristian House7217
146.Ernie Furtado7112
147.Stella Daily7014
Mark Feldman7011
149.Roy Leban6913
150.John Guzzetta6614
Michael S. Maurer6618
152.Kelly Clark6515
153.John R. Conrad6411
154.Seth A. Abel6311
Jason Flinn6313
Norman S. Wizer6314
157.Gareth Bain6214
158.Ashton Anderson6111
Bernice Gordon6121
160.Levi Denham5910
161.Michael Blake5813
John Wolting5814
163.Gene Newman5715
164.Alan Olschwang5610
165.Robert Dillman5516
William I. Johnston5515
Patrick Jordan5516
Susan Harrington Smith5510
169.David Liben-Nowell5410
170.Mike Buckley5313
Shannon Burns5310
Don Gagliardo5311
173.Holden Baker5216
Randy Sowell5222
Alex Vratsanos5213
176.Susan Gelfand5016
177.Norma Steinberg4717
178.John Lieb4610
Mark Elliot Skolsky4613
180.Robyn Weintraub4511
181.John Greenman4312
Mel Taub4310
183.Jules P. Markey4114
184.Jim Hilger4011
185.Alfio Micci3911
Arthur S. Verdesca3914
187.Gary J. Whitehead3815
188.Alex Boisvert3711
Daniel Raymon3710
190.Bill Ballard3610
Daniel R. Stark3616
192.Gail Grabowski3413
Elizabeth A. Long3412
194.Kurt Mengel3210
195.Frederick J. Healy2914
196.Sheldon Benardo2811
Daniel Kantor2810
198.Eileen Lexau2610
199.John Underwood2414
200.Robert Zimmerman2312