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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 Berry1820225
2.Manny Nosowsky1614246
3.Elizabeth C. Gorski1514219
4.David J. Kahn1189176
5.Joe DiPietro1138125
6.Rich Norris1098186
7.Brendan Emmett Quigley1069163
8.Byron Walden101779
9.Randolph Ross980104
10.Nancy Salomon909185
11.Frank Longo66768
12.Cathy Allis65784
13.Alan Arbesfeld572111
14.Mark Diehl53459
15.Matt Gaffney52458
16.Harvey Estes522116
17.Jim Page50570
18.Paula Gamache50489
19.Fred Piscop494104
20.Jeff Chen48480
21.Joe Krozel48285
22.Peter A. Collins479102
23.Patrick Merrell46686
24.Bob Klahn46560
25.Martin Ashwood-Smith44878
26.David Steinberg44074
27.Robert H. Wolfe43660
28.Richard Silvestri43084
29.Peter Gordon40984
30.Barry C. Silk40292
31.Nancy Nicholson Joline37948
32.Joel Fagliano36052
33.Kevin G. Der35138
34.A. J. Santora34068
35.Trip Payne33742
36.Mike Nothnagel33350
37.Brad Wilber32051
38.Lynn Lempel29879
39.Bob Peoples29739
40.Patrick Blindauer29456
Ian Livengood29455
42.David Quarfoot29041
43.Matt Ginsberg28243
44.Charles M. Deber25220
Michael Shteyman25251
46.Jeremy Newton24817
47.Zhouqin Burnikel24252
48.Peter Wentz23130
49.Gregory E. Paul230116
50.Randall J. Hartman22974
51.Chuck Deodene22440
52.Victor Fleming21946
Tom McCoy21930
54.Sherry O. Blackard21653
55.Eric Berlin21438
56.Timothy Polin21344
57.Henry Hook21125
58.Bryant White20928
59.Caleb Madison20833
60.Andrea Carla Michaels20557
Tony Orbach20524
62.Tim Croce20033
63.Frances Hansen19640
64.Ed Early19553
65.Doug Peterson17739
66.John Farmer17633
Karen M. Tracey17632
68.Natan Last17123
69.Will Nediger16921
David Levinson Wilk16924
71.Samuel A. Donaldson16828
72.Wayne Robert Williams16238
73.Bruce Haight15736
74.Sarah Keller15552
75.Edward Sessa15136
76.Raymond Hamel15027
77.Dana Motley14831
78.James Mulhern14524
Dan Schoenholz14523
80.Damon J. Gulczynski14031
81.Julian Lim13922
82.Gary Cee13733
Dean Niles13715
Lou Sabin13729
85.Richard Hughes13635
86.Lee Glickstein13425
87.Pete Muller13318
88.Tyler Hinman13122
89.Sam Ezersky12916
90.Martin Schneider12712
91.Stephanie Spadaccini12636
Finn Vigeland12615
93.Myles Callum12522
94.Erik Agard12414
95.Josh Knapp12222
96.Fran Sabin12025
Ned White12021
98.Richard Chisholm11932
99.joon pahk11720
100.Michael Ashley11511
Daniel A. Finan11515
Ashish Vengsarkar11515
103.Rand H. Burns11321
104.David Woolf11215
105.Gerald R. Ferguson11022
Michael Torch11019
Dave Tuller11014
108.Andrew Zhou10914
109.David Phillips10820
110.Craig Kasper10715
Jonathan Schmalzbach10730
Lois Sidway10718
113.Tracy Gray10623
Mary Lou Guizzo10620
115.Allan E. Parrish10439
116.Alex K. Justin10314
Jacob Stulberg10325
Bill Zais10315
119.Greg Staples10225
120.Nelson Hardy10011
Bruce Venzke10019
122.Gilbert H. Ludwig9818
123.Charles E. Gersch9717
124.John Guzzetta9417
125.Mel Rosen9314
126.Janet R. Bender9227
127.Adam G. Perl8929
Sidney L. Robbins8950
Carolyn W. Stewart8921
130.Oliver Hill8816
Paolo Pasco8812
132.Nancy Kavanaugh8726
133.Nancy S. Ross8622
134.Kyle Mahowald8518
135.Kevan Choset8427
136.Stanley Newman8321
Jeffrey Wechsler8315
138.Adam Cohen8219
139.Ethan Cooper8014
Jim Hyres8021
David Kwong8018
142.Todd Gross7915
Thomas W. Schier7917
144.Todd McClary7812
Michael Vuolo7814
146.Victor Barocas7610
147.Karen Young Bonin7411
Christopher Hurt7411
149.Kristian House7217
150.Ernie Furtado7112
151.Stella Daily7014
Mark Feldman7011
153.Roy Leban6913
154.Michael S. Maurer6819
155.Kelly Clark6515
156.John R. Conrad6411
157.Seth A. Abel6311
Jason Flinn6313
Alex Vratsanos6315
Norman S. Wizer6314
161.Gareth Bain6214
162.Ashton Anderson6111
Bernice Gordon6121
Michael Hawkins6110
165.Levi Denham5910
166.Michael Blake5813
John Wolting5814
168.George Barany5710
Gene Newman5715
170.Don Gagliardo5612
Alan Olschwang5610
172.Robert Dillman5516
William I. Johnston5515
Patrick Jordan5516
Susan Harrington Smith5510
176.David Liben-Nowell5410
177.Mike Buckley5313
Shannon Burns5310
179.Holden Baker5216
Randy Sowell5222
181.Jules P. Markey5116
182.Susan Gelfand5016
John Lieb5011
Robyn Weintraub5013
185.Stu Ockman4911
186.Norma Steinberg4717
187.Mark Elliot Skolsky4613
188.John Greenman4312
Mel Taub4310
190.Elizabeth A. Long4213
191.Daniel Raymon4111
192.Jim Hilger4012
193.Alfio Micci3911
Arthur S. Verdesca3914
195.Gary J. Whitehead3815
196.Alex Boisvert3711
197.Bill Ballard3610
Daniel R. Stark3616
199.Gail Grabowski3413
200.Kurt Mengel3210
201.Frederick J. Healy2914
202.Sheldon Benardo2811
Daniel Kantor2810
204.Eileen Lexau2610
205.John Underwood2414
206.Robert Zimmerman2312
207.Jay Kaskel2210