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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 Berry1832226
2.Manny Nosowsky1614246
3.Elizabeth C. Gorski1514219
4.David J. Kahn1202179
5.Joe DiPietro1148127
6.Rich Norris1098186
7.Brendan Emmett Quigley1079164
8.Byron Walden103982
9.Randolph Ross980104
10.Nancy Salomon909185
11.Frank Longo66768
12.Cathy Allis65784
13.Alan Arbesfeld575112
14.Mark Diehl54961
15.Matt Gaffney52458
16.Harvey Estes522116
17.Jeff Chen50584
Jim Page50570
19.Paula Gamache50489
20.Joe Krozel49787
21.Fred Piscop494104
22.Peter A. Collins489104
23.David Steinberg48080
24.Patrick Merrell46686
25.Bob Klahn46560
26.Martin Ashwood-Smith44878
27.Robert H. Wolfe43660
28.Peter Gordon43188
29.Richard Silvestri43084
30.Barry C. Silk40292
31.Nancy Nicholson Joline37948
32.Joel Fagliano37154
33.Kevin G. Der35539
34.A. J. Santora34068
35.Trip Payne33742
36.Mike Nothnagel33350
37.Brad Wilber32051
38.Lynn Lempel30081
39.Bob Peoples29739
40.Patrick Blindauer29456
Ian Livengood29455
42.David Quarfoot29041
43.Matt Ginsberg28243
44.Charles M. Deber25220
Michael Shteyman25251
46.Zhouqin Burnikel24854
Jeremy Newton24817
48.Peter Wentz24432
49.Gregory E. Paul230116
50.Randall J. Hartman22974
51.Chuck Deodene22440
52.Eric Berlin21939
Victor Fleming21946
Tom McCoy21930
55.Sherry O. Blackard21653
56.Andrea Carla Michaels21560
Timothy Polin21545
58.Caleb Madison21434
59.Bryant White21229
60.Henry Hook21125
61.Tony Orbach20524
62.Tim Croce20033
63.Frances Hansen19640
64.Ed Early19553
65.Will Nediger18623
66.Doug Peterson18040
67.Samuel A. Donaldson17629
John Farmer17633
Bruce Haight17639
Natan Last17624
Karen M. Tracey17632
72.David Levinson Wilk16924
73.Erik Agard16719
74.Sam Ezersky16420
75.Wayne Robert Williams16238
76.Sarah Keller15552
77.Edward Sessa15136
78.Raymond Hamel15027
79.Dana Motley14831
80.Damon J. Gulczynski14634
81.James Mulhern14524
Dan Schoenholz14523
83.Gary Cee14034
84.Julian Lim13922
85.Dean Niles13715
Lou Sabin13729
Finn Vigeland13716
88.Richard Hughes13635
89.Lee Glickstein13425
90.Pete Muller13318
91.Tyler Hinman13122
92.Martin Schneider12712
93.Stephanie Spadaccini12636
94.Myles Callum12522
95.Josh Knapp12222
96.Fran Sabin12025
Ned White12021
98.Richard Chisholm11932
99.joon pahk11720
100.David Woolf11616
Andrew Zhou11615
102.Michael Ashley11511
Daniel A. Finan11515
Ashish Vengsarkar11515
105.Tracy Gray11424
106.Rand H. Burns11321
107.Jonathan Schmalzbach11231
108.Sam Trabucco11111
109.Gerald R. Ferguson11022
Michael Torch11019
Dave Tuller11014
112.David Phillips10820
113.John Guzzetta10719
Craig Kasper10715
Lois Sidway10718
116.Mary Lou Guizzo10620
117.Jacob Stulberg10526
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
126.Mel Rosen9314
127.Janet R. Bender9227
Adam G. Perl9230
129.Jeffrey Wechsler9116
130.Sidney L. Robbins8950
Carolyn W. Stewart8921
132.Oliver Hill8816
Paolo Pasco8812
134.Nancy Kavanaugh8726
135.Nancy S. Ross8622
136.Kyle Mahowald8518
137.Kevan Choset8427
138.Stanley Newman8321
139.Adam Cohen8219
140.Todd Gross8116
141.Ethan Cooper8014
Jim Hyres8021
David Kwong8018
144.Thomas W. Schier7917
145.Todd McClary7812
Michael Vuolo7814
147.Victor Barocas7610
148.Karen Young Bonin7411
Christopher Hurt7411
150.Michael Hawkins7212
Kristian House7217
152.Ernie Furtado7112
153.Stella Daily7014
Mark Feldman7011
155.Roy Leban6913
156.Michael S. Maurer6819
157.Kelly Clark6515
158.John R. Conrad6411
159.Seth A. Abel6311
Jason Flinn6313
Alex Vratsanos6315
Norman S. Wizer6314
163.Gareth Bain6214
John Lieb6213
165.Ashton Anderson6111
Bernice Gordon6121
167.Levi Denham5910
168.Michael Blake5813
Jules P. Markey5817
John Wolting5814
171.George Barany5710
Gene Newman5715
Robyn Weintraub5714
174.Don Gagliardo5612
Alan Olschwang5610
176.Robert Dillman5516
William I. Johnston5515
Patrick Jordan5516
Susan Harrington Smith5510
180.David Liben-Nowell5410
181.Mike Buckley5313
Shannon Burns5310
183.Holden Baker5216
Randy Sowell5222
185.Andrew Kingsley5111
Daniel Raymon5112
187.Susan Gelfand5016
188.Stu Ockman4911
189.Norma Steinberg4717
190.Mark Elliot Skolsky4613
191.John Greenman4312
Mel Taub4310
193.Elizabeth A. Long4213
194.Jim Hilger4112
195.Roland Huget4010
196.Alfio Micci3911
Arthur S. Verdesca3914
198.Gary J. Whitehead3815
199.Alex Boisvert3711
200.Bill Ballard3610
Daniel R. Stark3616
202.Gail Grabowski3413
203.Kurt Mengel3210
204.Frederick J. Healy2914
205.Sheldon Benardo2811
Daniel Kantor2810
207.Eileen Lexau2610
208.John Underwood2414
209.Robert Zimmerman2312
210.Jay Kaskel2210