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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 DiPietro1152128
6.Rich Norris1098186
7.Brendan Emmett Quigley1079164
8.Byron Walden106983
9.Randolph Ross991106
10.Nancy Salomon909185
11.Frank Longo66768
12.Cathy Allis65784
13.Alan Arbesfeld578113
14.Mark Diehl56563
15.Jeff Chen53490
16.Matt Gaffney52458
17.Harvey Estes522116
18.Jim Page50570
19.Paula Gamache50489
20.David Steinberg50384
21.Joe Krozel49787
22.Fred Piscop494104
23.Peter A. Collins489104
24.Patrick Merrell48188
25.Bob Klahn46560
26.Martin Ashwood-Smith44878
27.Robert H. Wolfe43660
28.Peter Gordon43389
29.Richard Silvestri43084
30.Barry C. Silk40292
31.Joel Fagliano38956
32.Nancy Nicholson Joline37948
33.Kevin G. Der36440
34.A. J. Santora34068
35.Trip Payne33742
36.Mike Nothnagel33350
37.Brad Wilber32051
38.Lynn Lempel30382
39.Patrick Blindauer29757
Bob Peoples29739
41.Ian Livengood29455
42.David Quarfoot29041
43.Matt Ginsberg28243
44.Zhouqin Burnikel25956
45.Charles M. Deber25220
Michael Shteyman25251
47.Jeremy Newton24817
Peter Wentz24833
49.Tom McCoy23832
50.Chuck Deodene23141
51.Gregory E. Paul230116
Timothy Polin23047
53.Randall J. Hartman22974
54.Andrea Carla Michaels22061
55.Eric Berlin21939
Victor Fleming21946
57.Sherry O. Blackard21653
58.Caleb Madison21434
59.Bryant White21229
60.Henry Hook21125
61.Tony Orbach20825
62.Erik Agard20625
63.Natan Last20227
64.Sam Ezersky20123
65.Tim Croce20033
66.Bruce Haight19643
Frances Hansen19640
Will Nediger19624
69.Ed Early19553
70.Doug Peterson18040
71.Samuel A. Donaldson17629
John Farmer17633
Karen M. Tracey17632
74.David Levinson Wilk16924
75.Wayne Robert Williams16238
76.Sarah Keller15552
77.Edward Sessa15337
78.Sam Trabucco15214
79.Raymond Hamel15027
80.Damon J. Gulczynski14935
81.Dana Motley14831
82.James Mulhern14524
Dan Schoenholz14523
84.Finn Vigeland14317
85.Gary Cee14135
86.Julian Lim13922
87.Dean Niles13715
Lou Sabin13729
89.Richard Hughes13635
90.Lee Glickstein13425
91.Pete Muller13318
92.Tyler Hinman13122
93.Martin Schneider12712
94.Stephanie Spadaccini12636
95.Myles Callum12522
Josh Knapp12523
Ned White12522
Andrew Zhou12516
99.joon pahk12121
100.Fran Sabin12025
Jacob Stulberg12029
102.Richard Chisholm11932
103.David Woolf11817
104.Michael Ashley11511
Daniel A. Finan11515
Ashish Vengsarkar11515
107.Tracy Gray11424
108.Rand H. Burns11321
109.John Guzzetta11220
Jonathan Schmalzbach11231
111.Gerald R. Ferguson11022
Michael Torch11019
Dave Tuller11014
114.David Phillips10820
115.Craig Kasper10715
Lois Sidway10718
117.Mary Lou Guizzo10620
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
Jeffrey Wechsler9717
127.Andy Kravis9612
128.Mel Rosen9314
129.Janet R. Bender9227
Adam G. Perl9230
131.Sidney L. Robbins8950
Carolyn W. Stewart8921
133.Oliver Hill8816
Paolo Pasco8812
135.Nancy Kavanaugh8726
136.Todd Gross8617
Nancy S. Ross8622
138.Kyle Mahowald8518
139.Kevan Choset8427
140.Stanley Newman8321
141.Adam Cohen8219
142.Ethan Cooper8014
Jim Hyres8021
David Kwong8018
145.Thomas W. Schier7917
146.Todd McClary7812
Michael Vuolo7814
148.Victor Barocas7610
Robyn Weintraub7617
150.Kameron Austin Collins7510
Michael Hawkins7513
152.Karen Young Bonin7411
Christopher Hurt7411
Ross Trudeau7410
155.Kristian House7217
156.Ernie Furtado7112
157.Stella Daily7014
Mark Feldman7011
Jason Flinn7014
160.Roy Leban6913
161.Michael S. Maurer6819
162.Alex Eaton-Salners6714
John Lieb6714
164.Kelly Clark6515
165.John R. Conrad6411
166.Seth A. Abel6311
Alex Vratsanos6315
Norman S. Wizer6314
169.Gareth Bain6214
170.Ashton Anderson6111
Bernice Gordon6121
172.Levi Denham5910
173.Michael Blake5813
Jules P. Markey5817
John Wolting5814
176.George Barany5710
David Liben-Nowell5711
Gene Newman5715
179.Don Gagliardo5612
Alan Olschwang5610
181.Robert Dillman5516
William I. Johnston5515
Patrick Jordan5516
Susan Harrington Smith5510
185.Andrew Ries5410
186.Mike Buckley5313
Shannon Burns5310
188.Holden Baker5216
Andrew Kingsley5212
Randy Sowell5222
191.Daniel Raymon5112
192.Susan Gelfand5017
193.Stu Ockman4911
194.Norma Steinberg4717
195.Mark Elliot Skolsky4613
196.Roland Huget4511
197.John Greenman4312
Mel Taub4310
199.Elizabeth A. Long4213
200.Jim Hilger4112
201.Alfio Micci3911
Arthur S. Verdesca3914
203.Gary J. Whitehead3815
204.Alex Boisvert3711
205.Bill Ballard3610
Daniel R. Stark3616
207.Gail Grabowski3413
208.Kurt Mengel3210
209.Daniel Kantor3011
210.Frederick J. Healy2914
211.Sheldon Benardo2811
212.Eileen Lexau2610
213.John Underwood2414
214.Robert Zimmerman2312
215.Jay Kaskel2210