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Crossword Innovators

Shortz Era constructor debut word counts sorted by count

Patrick Berry Manny Nosowsky Elizabeth C. Gorski David J. Kahn Joe DiPietro Byron Walden Brendan Emmett Quigley Rich Norris Randolph Ross Nancy Salomon Frank Longo Cathy Allis Jeff Chen Alan Arbesfeld Mark Diehl David Steinberg Peter A. Collins Matt Gaffney Harvey Estes Jim Page Paula Gamache Fred Piscop Joe Krozel Patrick Merrell Bob Klahn Martin Ashwood-Smith Peter Gordon Joel Fagliano Robert H. Wolfe Richard Silvestri Barry C. Silk Nancy Nicholson Joline Kevin G. Der

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 Berry1844227
2.Manny Nosowsky1614246
3.Elizabeth C. Gorski1514219
4.David J. Kahn1219184
5.Joe DiPietro1165129
6.Byron Walden112087
7.Brendan Emmett Quigley1103168
8.Rich Norris1098186
9.Randolph Ross1011109
10.Nancy Salomon909185
11.Frank Longo66768
12.Cathy Allis65784
13.Jeff Chen594102
14.Alan Arbesfeld586115
15.Mark Diehl58265
16.David Steinberg57694
17.Peter A. Collins528109
18.Matt Gaffney52458
19.Harvey Estes522116
20.Jim Page50570
21.Paula Gamache50489
22.Fred Piscop499105
23.Joe Krozel49787
24.Patrick Merrell48589
25.Bob Klahn46560
26.Martin Ashwood-Smith45479
27.Peter Gordon45395
28.Joel Fagliano43660
Robert H. Wolfe43660
30.Richard Silvestri43084
31.Barry C. Silk40292
32.Nancy Nicholson Joline37948
33.Kevin G. Der36340
34.Erik Agard34444
35.A. J. Santora33968
36.Trip Payne33742
37.Mike Nothnagel33350
38.Brad Wilber32252
39.Lynn Lempel31086
40.Matt Ginsberg30445
41.Patrick Blindauer30259
42.Zhouqin Burnikel30065
43.Bob Peoples29739
44.Ian Livengood29455
45.David Quarfoot29041
46.Sam Ezersky25528
47.Charles M. Deber25220
Michael Shteyman25251
Peter Wentz25234
50.Jeremy Newton24817
51.Andrea Carla Michaels24265
Timothy Polin24250
53.Bruce Haight23851
Tom McCoy23832
55.Sam Trabucco23221
56.Chuck Deodene23141
57.Gregory E. Paul230116
58.Randall J. Hartman22974
59.Eric Berlin22540
60.Natan Last22329
Will Nediger22330
62.Tony Orbach22026
63.Victor Fleming21946
64.Caleb Madison21835
65.Sherry O. Blackard21653
66.Bryant White21229
67.Henry Hook21125
68.Samuel A. Donaldson20233
69.Tim Croce20033
70.Doug Peterson19842
71.Ed Early19553
Frances Hansen19540
73.John Farmer17633
Karen M. Tracey17632
75.David Levinson Wilk16924
76.Wayne Robert Williams16238
77.Finn Vigeland16118
78.Damon J. Gulczynski15838
79.Sarah Keller15552
Edward Sessa15538
81.Gary Cee15438
82.Raymond Hamel15127
83.Dan Schoenholz14924
84.Dana Motley14831
85.James Mulhern14524
86.Andrew Zhou14218
87.Ned White14125
88.Julian Lim13922
joon pahk13924
90.Dean Niles13715
Lou Sabin13729
92.Richard Hughes13635
93.Lee Glickstein13425
94.Tracy Gray13327
Pete Muller13318
96.Tyler Hinman13122
97.Martin Schneider12712
98.Stephanie Spadaccini12636
99.Myles Callum12522
Josh Knapp12523
101.Jacob Stulberg12330
102.John Guzzetta12222
103.Mary Lou Guizzo12023
Fran Sabin12025
Ross Trudeau12019
106.Richard Chisholm11932
107.David Woolf11817
108.Michael Ashley11511
Daniel A. Finan11515
Andy Kravis11515
Ashish Vengsarkar11515
112.Rand H. Burns11321
113.Jonathan Schmalzbach11231
114.Gerald R. Ferguson11022
Michael Torch11019
Dave Tuller11014
117.David Phillips10820
118.Craig Kasper10715
Lois Sidway10718
Jeffrey Wechsler10719
121.Ryan McCarty10512
122.Alex K. Justin10314
Allan E. Parrish10339
Robyn Weintraub10322
Bill Zais10315
126.Alex Eaton-Salners10222
Greg Staples10225
128.Michael Hawkins10117
129.Nelson Hardy10011
Bruce Venzke10019
131.Paolo Pasco9914
132.Gilbert H. Ludwig9818
133.Charles E. Gersch9717
134.David Kwong9420
135.Victor Barocas9312
Mel Rosen9314
137.Janet R. Bender9227
Adam G. Perl9230
Andrew Ries9217
140.Sidney L. Robbins8950
Carolyn W. Stewart8921
142.Oliver Hill8816
143.Nancy Kavanaugh8726
144.Ethan Cooper8615
Todd Gross8617
Nancy S. Ross8622
147.Kyle Mahowald8518
148.Kevan Choset8427
Kameron Austin Collins8411
Stanley Newman8422
151.Adam Cohen8219
152.Jim Hyres8021
153.Thomas W. Schier7917
154.Todd McClary7812
Michael Vuolo7814
156.Karen Young Bonin7411
157.Christopher Hurt7311
John Lieb7315
159.Seth A. Abel7213
Kristian House7217
161.Ernie Furtado7112
Jules P. Markey7120
163.Stella Daily7014
Mark Feldman7011
Jason Flinn7014
166.Andrew Kingsley6916
Roy Leban6913
Alex Vratsanos6917
169.Ruth B. Margolin6810
Michael S. Maurer6819
171.Trenton Charlson6615
172.Kelly Clark6515
173.John R. Conrad6411
174.Norman S. Wizer6314
175.Gareth Bain6214
176.Ashton Anderson6111
Bernice Gordon6121
David Liben-Nowell6112
179.Michael Blake6014
180.Levi Denham5910
181.John Wolting5814
182.George Barany5710
Kyle T. Dolan5710
Gene Newman5715
Matthew Sewell5710
186.Don Gagliardo5612
Alan Olschwang5610
Daniel Raymon5613
189.Robert Dillman5516
William I. Johnston5515
Patrick Jordan5516
Susan Harrington Smith5510
193.Mike Buckley5313
Shannon Burns5310
195.Holden Baker5216
Randy Sowell5222
197.Stu Ockman5113
198.Susan Gelfand5017
199.Jim Hilger4714
Norma Steinberg4717
201.Roland Huget4612
Mark Elliot Skolsky4613
203.John Greenman4312
Mel Taub4310
205.Elizabeth A. Long4213
206.Kevin Christian4110
207.Alfio Micci3911
Arthur S. Verdesca3914
209.Gary J. Whitehead3815
210.Alex Boisvert3711
211.Bill Ballard3610
Daniel R. Stark3616
213.Gail Grabowski3413
214.Kurt Mengel3210
215.Daniel Kantor3011
216.Frederick J. Healy2914
217.Sheldon Benardo2811
218.Eileen Lexau2610
219.John Underwood2414
220.Robert Zimmerman2312
221.Jay Kaskel2210