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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. Kahn1204181
5.Joe DiPietro1152128
6.Byron Walden110285
7.Rich Norris1098186
8.Brendan Emmett Quigley1084165
9.Randolph Ross993107
10.Nancy Salomon909185
11.Frank Longo66768
12.Cathy Allis65784
13.Alan Arbesfeld582114
14.Mark Diehl56563
15.Jeff Chen55193
16.David Steinberg53688
17.Matt Gaffney52458
18.Harvey Estes522116
19.Jim Page50570
20.Paula Gamache50489
21.Peter A. Collins498105
22.Joe Krozel49787
23.Fred Piscop494104
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 Joline37948
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 Burnikel27158
45.Charles M. Deber25220
Michael Shteyman25251
47.Jeremy Newton24817
Peter Wentz24833
49.Erik Agard24430
50.Tom McCoy23832
51.Timothy Polin23649
52.Chuck Deodene23141
53.Gregory E. Paul230116
54.Randall J. Hartman22974
55.Sam Ezersky22625
56.Eric Berlin22540
57.Andrea Carla Michaels22162
58.Victor Fleming21946
59.Bruce Haight21846
60.Sherry O. Blackard21653
61.Caleb Madison21434
62.Bryant White21229
63.Henry Hook21125
64.Tony Orbach20825
65.Natan Last20227
66.Will Nediger20125
67.Tim Croce20033
68.Frances Hansen19640
69.Ed Early19553
70.Doug Peterson18741
Sam Trabucco18717
72.Samuel A. Donaldson18430
73.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.Gary Cee14436
85.Finn Vigeland14317
86.Julian Lim13922
87.Dean Niles13715
Lou Sabin13729
89.Richard Hughes13635
Andrew Zhou13617
91.Lee Glickstein13425
92.Pete Muller13318
93.joon pahk13223
94.Tyler Hinman13122
95.Martin Schneider12712
96.Stephanie Spadaccini12636
97.Myles Callum12522
Josh Knapp12523
Ned White12522
100.Jacob Stulberg12330
101.Fran Sabin12025
102.Richard Chisholm11932
103.David Woolf11817
104.Mary Lou Guizzo11722
105.Michael Ashley11511
Daniel A. Finan11515
Ashish Vengsarkar11515
108.Tracy Gray11424
109.Rand H. Burns11321
110.John Guzzetta11220
Jonathan Schmalzbach11231
112.Gerald R. Ferguson11022
Michael Torch11019
Dave Tuller11014
115.David Phillips10820
116.Craig Kasper10715
Lois Sidway10718
118.Andy Kravis10613
119.Alex K. Justin10314
Allan E. Parrish10339
Bill Zais10315
122.Greg Staples10225
123.Nelson Hardy10011
Bruce Venzke10019
125.Gilbert H. Ludwig9818
126.Charles E. Gersch9717
Jeffrey Wechsler9717
128.Robyn Weintraub9520
129.Paolo Pasco9413
130.Mel Rosen9314
131.Janet R. Bender9227
Adam G. Perl9230
133.Ross Trudeau9013
134.Sidney L. Robbins8950
Carolyn W. Stewart8921
136.Oliver Hill8816
137.Nancy Kavanaugh8726
138.Todd Gross8617
Nancy S. Ross8622
140.Kyle Mahowald8518
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.Seth A. Abel6512
Kelly Clark6515
166.John R. Conrad6411
167.Alex Vratsanos6315
Norman S. Wizer6314
169.Gareth Bain6214
170.Ashton Anderson6111
Bernice Gordon6121
Jules P. Markey6118
Andrew Ries6112
174.Levi Denham5910
175.Michael Blake5813
John Wolting5814
177.George Barany5710
David Liben-Nowell5711
Gene Newman5715
180.Don Gagliardo5612
Alan Olschwang5610
182.Robert Dillman5516
William I. Johnston5515
Patrick Jordan5516
Andrew Kingsley5513
Susan Harrington Smith5510
187.Mike Buckley5313
Shannon Burns5310
189.Holden Baker5216
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