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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 Berry1808223
2.Manny Nosowsky1614246
3.Elizabeth C. Gorski1513219
4.David J. Kahn1180173
5.Joe DiPietro1138125
6.Rich Norris1098186
7.Brendan Emmett Quigley1059160
8.Byron Walden98877
9.Randolph Ross976103
10.Nancy Salomon909185
11.Frank Longo66768
12.Cathy Allis65784
13.Alan Arbesfeld561108
14.Matt Gaffney52458
15.Harvey Estes522116
16.Mark Diehl51457
17.Jim Page50570
18.Paula Gamache50489
19.Fred Piscop494104
20.Joe Krozel47884
21.Peter A. Collins473100
22.Patrick Merrell46686
23.Bob Klahn46560
24.Martin Ashwood-Smith44878
25.Robert H. Wolfe43660
26.Richard Silvestri43084
27.Jeff Chen42973
28.Barry C. Silk40292
29.Peter Gordon39681
30.David Steinberg38967
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.Lynn Lempel29377
42.David Quarfoot29041
43.Matt Ginsberg27642
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.Eric Berlin21438
53.Zhouqin Burnikel21147
Henry Hook21125
55.Peter Wentz21027
56.Tom McCoy20929
Bryant White20928
58.Andrea Carla Michaels20557
Tony Orbach20524
60.Tim Croce20033
Caleb Madison20032
62.Timothy Polin19841
63.Frances Hansen19640
64.Ed Early19553
65.Doug Peterson17739
66.John Farmer17633
Karen M. Tracey17632
68.Will Nediger16921
69.Wayne Robert Williams16238
70.Samuel A. Donaldson16127
71.Natan Last15922
David Levinson Wilk15923
73.Sarah Keller15552
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.Damon J. Gulczynski12827
88.Martin Schneider12712
89.Stephanie Spadaccini12636
90.Myles Callum12522
91.Bruce Haight12229
Josh Knapp12222
93.Fran Sabin12025
94.Richard Chisholm11932
95.joon pahk11720
96.Finn Vigeland11614
97.Michael Ashley11511
Daniel A. Finan11515
Ashish Vengsarkar11515
100.Rand H. Burns11321
Ned White11319
102.David Woolf11215
103.Gerald R. Ferguson11022
Michael Torch11019
Dave Tuller11014
106.Andrew Zhou10914
107.David Phillips10820
108.Craig Kasper10715
Jonathan Schmalzbach10730
Lois Sidway10718
111.Allan E. Parrish10439
112.Alex K. Justin10314
Bill Zais10315
114.Greg Staples10225
115.Nelson Hardy10011
Bruce Venzke10019
117.Gilbert H. Ludwig9818
118.Charles E. Gersch9717
119.Mel Rosen9314
120.Janet R. Bender9227
Tracy Gray9222
122.Adam G. Perl8929
Sidney L. Robbins8950
Carolyn W. Stewart8921
Jacob Stulberg8922
126.Oliver Hill8816
127.Nancy Kavanaugh8726
128.Nancy S. Ross8622
129.Kyle Mahowald8518
130.Kevan Choset8427
131.Mary Lou Guizzo8317
Stanley Newman8321
Jeffrey Wechsler8315
134.Adam Cohen8219
135.Sam Ezersky8111
136.Ethan Cooper8014
John Guzzetta8016
Jim Hyres8021
David Kwong8017
140.Todd Gross7915
Thomas W. Schier7917
142.Todd McClary7812
Michael Vuolo7814
144.Karen Young Bonin7411
Christopher Hurt7411
Paolo Pasco7410
147.Kristian House7217
148.Ernie Furtado7112
149.Stella Daily7014
Mark Feldman7011
151.Roy Leban6913
152.Michael S. Maurer6618
153.Kelly Clark6515
154.John R. Conrad6411
155.Seth A. Abel6311
Jason Flinn6313
Norman S. Wizer6314
158.Gareth Bain6214
159.Ashton Anderson6111
Bernice Gordon6121
161.Levi Denham5910
162.Michael Blake5813
John Wolting5814
164.Gene Newman5715
165.Don Gagliardo5612
Alan Olschwang5610
Alex Vratsanos5614
168.Robert Dillman5516
William I. Johnston5515
Patrick Jordan5516
Susan Harrington Smith5510
172.David Liben-Nowell5410
173.Mike Buckley5313
Shannon Burns5310
175.Holden Baker5216
Randy Sowell5222
177.Susan Gelfand5016
John Lieb5011
Robyn Weintraub5013
180.Norma Steinberg4717
181.Mark Elliot Skolsky4613
182.John Greenman4312
Mel Taub4310
184.Jules P. Markey4114
Daniel Raymon4111
186.Jim Hilger4011
187.Alfio Micci3911
Arthur S. Verdesca3914
189.Gary J. Whitehead3815
190.Alex Boisvert3711
191.Bill Ballard3610
Daniel R. Stark3616
193.Gail Grabowski3413
Elizabeth A. Long3412
195.Kurt Mengel3210
196.Frederick J. Healy2914
197.Sheldon Benardo2811
Daniel Kantor2810
199.Eileen Lexau2610
200.John Underwood2414
201.Robert Zimmerman2312