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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. Kahn1194177
5.Joe DiPietro1148127
6.Rich Norris1098186
7.Brendan Emmett Quigley1069163
8.Byron Walden104481
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.Jim Page50570
18.Paula Gamache50489
19.Fred Piscop494104
20.Joe Krozel49386
21.Jeff Chen49081
22.Peter A. Collins489104
23.Patrick Merrell46686
24.Bob Klahn46560
25.David Steinberg45576
26.Martin Ashwood-Smith44878
27.Robert H. Wolfe43660
28.Richard Silvestri43084
29.Peter Gordon41785
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 Lempel29980
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 Burnikel24553
48.Peter Wentz23130
49.Gregory E. Paul230116
50.Randall J. Hartman22974
51.Chuck Deodene22440
52.Eric Berlin21939
Victor Fleming21946
Tom McCoy21930
55.Sherry O. Blackard21653
56.Timothy Polin21545
57.Henry Hook21125
Andrea Carla Michaels21159
59.Bryant White20928
60.Caleb Madison20833
61.Tony Orbach20524
62.Tim Croce20033
63.Frances Hansen19640
64.Ed Early19553
65.Doug Peterson18040
66.John Farmer17633
Natan Last17624
Karen M. Tracey17632
69.Will Nediger17322
70.David Levinson Wilk16924
71.Samuel A. Donaldson16828
72.Bruce Haight16337
73.Wayne Robert Williams16238
74.Sarah Keller15552
75.Edward Sessa15136
76.Sam Ezersky15018
Raymond Hamel15027
78.Dana Motley14831
79.Damon J. Gulczynski14533
James Mulhern14524
Dan Schoenholz14523
82.Erik Agard14016
83.Julian Lim13922
84.Gary Cee13733
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.Rand H. Burns11321
106.Gerald R. Ferguson11022
Michael Torch11019
Dave Tuller11014
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.John Guzzetta9918
123.Gilbert H. Ludwig9818
Sam Trabucco9810
125.Charles E. Gersch9717
126.Mel Rosen9314
127.Janet R. Bender9227
128.Adam G. Perl8929
Sidney L. Robbins8950
Carolyn W. Stewart8921
131.Oliver Hill8816
Paolo Pasco8812
133.Nancy Kavanaugh8726
134.Nancy S. Ross8622
135.Kyle Mahowald8518
136.Kevan Choset8427
137.Stanley Newman8321
Jeffrey Wechsler8315
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.Kristian House7217
151.Ernie Furtado7112
152.Stella Daily7014
Mark Feldman7011
154.Roy Leban6913
155.Michael S. Maurer6819
156.Kelly Clark6515
157.John R. Conrad6411
158.Seth A. Abel6311
Jason Flinn6313
Alex Vratsanos6315
Norman S. Wizer6314
162.Gareth Bain6214
163.Ashton Anderson6111
Bernice Gordon6121
Michael Hawkins6110
166.Levi Denham5910
167.Michael Blake5813
Jules P. Markey5817
John Wolting5814
170.George Barany5710
Gene Newman5715
Robyn Weintraub5714
173.Don Gagliardo5612
Alan Olschwang5610
175.Robert Dillman5516
William I. Johnston5515
Patrick Jordan5516
Susan Harrington Smith5510
179.David Liben-Nowell5410
180.Mike Buckley5313
Shannon Burns5310
182.Holden Baker5216
Randy Sowell5222
184.Daniel Raymon5112
185.Susan Gelfand5016
John Lieb5011
187.Stu Ockman4911
188.Norma Steinberg4717
189.Mark Elliot Skolsky4613
190.John Greenman4312
Mel Taub4310
192.Elizabeth A. Long4213
193.Jim Hilger4112
194.Alfio Micci3911
Arthur S. Verdesca3914
196.Gary J. Whitehead3815
197.Alex Boisvert3711
198.Bill Ballard3610
Daniel R. Stark3616
200.Gail Grabowski3413
201.Kurt Mengel3210
202.Frederick J. Healy2914
203.Sheldon Benardo2811
Daniel Kantor2810
205.Eileen Lexau2610
206.John Underwood2414
207.Robert Zimmerman2312
208.Jay Kaskel2210