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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 Ross985105
10.Nancy Salomon909185
11.Frank Longo66768
12.Cathy Allis65784
13.Alan Arbesfeld578113
14.Mark Diehl56563
15.Jeff Chen52587
16.Matt Gaffney52458
17.Harvey Estes522116
18.Jim Page50570
19.Paula Gamache50489
20.David Steinberg49883
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.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 Lempel30382
39.Bob Peoples29739
40.Patrick Blindauer29456
Ian Livengood29455
42.David Quarfoot29041
43.Matt Ginsberg28243
44.Zhouqin Burnikel25355
45.Charles M. Deber25220
Michael Shteyman25251
47.Jeremy Newton24817
48.Peter Wentz24432
49.Gregory E. Paul230116
50.Randall J. Hartman22974
51.Timothy Polin22646
52.Chuck Deodene22440
53.Andrea Carla Michaels22061
54.Eric Berlin21939
Victor Fleming21946
Tom McCoy21930
57.Sherry O. Blackard21653
58.Caleb Madison21434
59.Bryant White21229
60.Henry Hook21125
61.Tony Orbach20524
62.Tim Croce20033
63.Frances Hansen19640
Will Nediger19624
65.Ed Early19553
66.Bruce Haight19241
67.Erik Agard18722
68.Natan Last18425
69.Sam Ezersky18221
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 Sessa15136
78.Raymond Hamel15027
79.Damon J. Gulczynski14935
80.Dana Motley14831
81.James Mulhern14524
Dan Schoenholz14523
83.Sam Trabucco14213
84.Gary Cee14135
85.Julian Lim13922
86.Dean Niles13715
Lou Sabin13729
Finn Vigeland13716
89.Richard Hughes13635
90.Lee Glickstein13425
91.Pete Muller13318
92.Tyler Hinman13122
93.Martin Schneider12712
94.Stephanie Spadaccini12636
95.Myles Callum12522
Ned White12522
97.Josh Knapp12222
98.Fran Sabin12025
99.Richard Chisholm11932
100.David Woolf11817
101.joon pahk11720
102.Andrew Zhou11615
103.Michael Ashley11511
Daniel A. Finan11515
Ashish Vengsarkar11515
106.Tracy Gray11424
107.Rand H. Burns11321
108.Jonathan Schmalzbach11231
Jacob Stulberg11227
110.Gerald R. Ferguson11022
Michael Torch11019
Dave Tuller11014
113.David Phillips10820
114.John Guzzetta10719
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
126.Mel Rosen9314
127.Janet R. Bender9227
Adam G. Perl9230
129.Jeffrey Wechsler9116
130.Andy Kravis9011
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
149.Michael Hawkins7513
150.Karen Young Bonin7411
Christopher Hurt7411
152.Kristian House7217
153.Ernie Furtado7112
154.Stella Daily7014
Mark Feldman7011
Jason Flinn7014
Robyn Weintraub7016
158.Roy Leban6913
159.Michael S. Maurer6819
160.Kelly Clark6515
John Lieb6514
162.John R. Conrad6411
163.Seth A. Abel6311
Alex Vratsanos6315
Norman S. Wizer6314
166.Gareth Bain6214
167.Ashton Anderson6111
Alex Eaton-Salners6111
Bernice Gordon6121
170.Levi Denham5910
171.Michael Blake5813
Jules P. Markey5817
John Wolting5814
174.George Barany5710
Gene Newman5715
176.Don Gagliardo5612
Alan Olschwang5610
178.Robert Dillman5516
William I. Johnston5515
Patrick Jordan5516
Susan Harrington Smith5510
182.David Liben-Nowell5410
183.Mike Buckley5313
Shannon Burns5310
185.Holden Baker5216
Andrew Kingsley5212
Randy Sowell5222
188.Daniel Raymon5112
189.Susan Gelfand5016
190.Stu Ockman4911
191.Norma Steinberg4717
192.Mark Elliot Skolsky4613
193.John Greenman4312
Mel Taub4310
195.Elizabeth A. Long4213
196.Jim Hilger4112
197.Roland Huget4010
198.Alfio Micci3911
Arthur S. Verdesca3914
200.Gary J. Whitehead3815
201.Alex Boisvert3711
202.Bill Ballard3610
Daniel R. Stark3616
204.Gail Grabowski3413
205.Kurt Mengel3210
206.Frederick J. Healy2914
207.Sheldon Benardo2811
Daniel Kantor2810
209.Eileen Lexau2610
210.John Underwood2414
211.Robert Zimmerman2312
212.Jay Kaskel2210