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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 Berry1844227
2.Manny Nosowsky1614246
3.Elizabeth C. Gorski1514219
4.David J. Kahn1204181
5.Joe DiPietro1152128
6.Byron Walden111086
7.Rich Norris1098186
8.Brendan Emmett Quigley1096167
9.Randolph Ross1011109
10.Nancy Salomon909185
11.Frank Longo66768
12.Cathy Allis65784
13.Alan Arbesfeld586115
14.Jeff Chen57097
15.Mark Diehl56563
16.David Steinberg56091
17.Matt Gaffney52458
18.Peter A. Collins523108
19.Harvey Estes522116
20.Jim Page50570
21.Paula Gamache50489
22.Joe Krozel49787
23.Fred Piscop494104
24.Patrick Merrell48188
25.Bob Klahn46560
26.Martin Ashwood-Smith45479
27.Peter Gordon44592
28.Robert H. Wolfe43660
29.Richard Silvestri43084
30.Joel Fagliano41758
31.Barry C. Silk40292
32.Nancy Nicholson Joline37948
33.Kevin G. Der36340
34.A. J. Santora33968
35.Trip Payne33742
36.Mike Nothnagel33350
37.Brad Wilber32051
38.Lynn Lempel30483
39.Patrick Blindauer29958
40.Bob Peoples29739
41.Ian Livengood29455
42.Matt Ginsberg29244
43.David Quarfoot29041
44.Zhouqin Burnikel28862
45.Erik Agard28335
46.Charles M. Deber25220
Michael Shteyman25251
48.Jeremy Newton24817
Peter Wentz24833
50.Andrea Carla Michaels24265
51.Tom McCoy23832
52.Timothy Polin23649
53.Sam Ezersky23426
54.Chuck Deodene23141
55.Gregory E. Paul230116
56.Randall J. Hartman22974
57.Eric Berlin22540
58.Tony Orbach22026
59.Victor Fleming21946
60.Bruce Haight21846
Caleb Madison21835
62.Sherry O. Blackard21653
63.Natan Last21328
64.Will Nediger21228
Sam Trabucco21219
Bryant White21229
67.Henry Hook21125
68.Tim Croce20033
69.Ed Early19553
Frances Hansen19540
71.Doug Peterson18741
72.Samuel A. Donaldson18231
73.John Farmer17633
Karen M. Tracey17632
75.David Levinson Wilk16924
76.Wayne Robert Williams16238
77.Sarah Keller15552
78.Edward Sessa15337
79.Damon J. Gulczynski15136
Raymond Hamel15127
81.Gary Cee14837
Dana Motley14831
83.James Mulhern14524
Dan Schoenholz14523
85.Finn Vigeland14317
86.Julian Lim13922
87.Dean Niles13715
Lou Sabin13729
89.Richard Hughes13635
Andrew Zhou13617
91.Lee Glickstein13425
92.Pete Muller13318
93.joon pahk13223
94.Tyler Hinman13122
Ned White13123
96.Martin Schneider12712
97.Stephanie Spadaccini12636
98.Myles Callum12522
Josh Knapp12523
100.Jacob Stulberg12330
101.Mary Lou Guizzo12023
Fran Sabin12025
103.Richard Chisholm11932
104.Tracy Gray11825
John Guzzetta11821
David Woolf11817
107.Michael Ashley11511
Daniel A. Finan11515
Ashish Vengsarkar11515
110.Rand H. Burns11321
111.Jonathan Schmalzbach11231
112.Gerald R. Ferguson11022
Michael Torch11019
Dave Tuller11014
115.David Phillips10820
116.Craig Kasper10715
Lois Sidway10718
118.Andy Kravis10613
119.Alex K. Justin10314
Allan E. Parrish10339
Jeffrey Wechsler10318
Bill Zais10315
123.Greg Staples10225
Ross Trudeau10215
125.Nelson Hardy10011
Bruce Venzke10019
127.Gilbert H. Ludwig9818
128.Charles E. Gersch9717
129.Robyn Weintraub9520
130.Paolo Pasco9413
131.Mel Rosen9314
132.Janet R. Bender9227
Adam G. Perl9230
134.David Kwong9019
135.Sidney L. Robbins8950
Carolyn W. Stewart8921
137.Oliver Hill8816
138.Michael Hawkins8715
Nancy Kavanaugh8726
Ryan McCarty8710
141.Todd Gross8617
Nancy S. Ross8622
143.Kyle Mahowald8518
144.Kevan Choset8427
145.Stanley Newman8321
146.Adam Cohen8219
147.Ethan Cooper8014
Jim Hyres8021
Andrew Ries8014
150.Thomas W. Schier7917
151.Todd McClary7812
Michael Vuolo7814
153.Victor Barocas7610
Alex Eaton-Salners7617
155.Kameron Austin Collins7510
156.Karen Young Bonin7411
157.Christopher Hurt7311
John Lieb7315
159.Kristian House7217
160.Ernie Furtado7112
161.Stella Daily7014
Mark Feldman7011
Jason Flinn7014
164.Roy Leban6913
165.Michael S. Maurer6819
166.Jules P. Markey6619
167.Seth A. Abel6512
Kelly Clark6515
169.John R. Conrad6411
Alex Vratsanos6416
171.Norman S. Wizer6314
172.Gareth Bain6214
173.Ashton Anderson6111
Bernice Gordon6121
Andrew Kingsley6114
176.Levi Denham5910
177.Michael Blake5813
John Wolting5814
179.George Barany5710
David Liben-Nowell5711
Gene Newman5715
182.Don Gagliardo5612
Alan Olschwang5610
184.Robert Dillman5516
William I. Johnston5515
Patrick Jordan5516
Susan Harrington Smith5510
188.Mike Buckley5313
Shannon Burns5310
190.Holden Baker5216
Trenton Charlson5210
Randy Sowell5222
193.Stu Ockman5112
Daniel Raymon5112
195.Susan Gelfand5017
196.Norma Steinberg4717
197.Roland Huget4612
Mark Elliot Skolsky4613
199.John Greenman4312
Jim Hilger4313
Mel Taub4310
202.Elizabeth A. Long4213
203.Kevin Christian4110
204.Alfio Micci3911
Arthur S. Verdesca3914
206.Gary J. Whitehead3815
207.Alex Boisvert3711
208.Bill Ballard3610
Daniel R. Stark3616
210.Gail Grabowski3413
211.Kurt Mengel3210
212.Daniel Kantor3011
213.Frederick J. Healy2914
214.Sheldon Benardo2811
215.Eileen Lexau2610
216.John Underwood2414
217.Robert Zimmerman2312
218.Jay Kaskel2210