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Crossword Innovators

Debut word count by constructor (Shortz Era only)

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 Berry1820225
2.Manny Nosowsky1614246
3.Elizabeth C. Gorski1514219
4.David J. Kahn1184174
5.Joe DiPietro1138125
6.Rich Norris1098186
7.Brendan Emmett Quigley1064162
8.Byron Walden100278
9.Randolph Ross976103
10.Nancy Salomon909185
11.Frank Longo66768
12.Cathy Allis65784
13.Alan Arbesfeld567109
14.Matt Gaffney52458
15.Harvey Estes522116
16.Mark Diehl51457
17.Jim Page50570
18.Paula Gamache50489
19.Fred Piscop494104
20.Joe Krozel48285
21.Peter A. Collins476101
22.Patrick Merrell46686
23.Bob Klahn46560
24.Martin Ashwood-Smith44878
25.Jeff Chen44376
26.Robert H. Wolfe43660
27.Richard Silvestri43084
28.Barry C. Silk40292
29.David Steinberg39668
30.Peter Gordon39582
31.Nancy Nicholson Joline37948
32.Joel Fagliano35451
33.Kevin G. Der34037
A. J. Santora34068
35.Trip Payne33742
36.Mike Nothnagel33350
37.Brad Wilber32051
38.Bob Peoples29739
39.Patrick Blindauer29456
Ian Livengood29455
41.Lynn Lempel29377
42.David Quarfoot29041
43.Matt Ginsberg27642
44.Charles M. Deber25220
Michael Shteyman25251
46.Jeremy Newton24817
47.Gregory E. Paul230116
48.Randall J. Hartman22974
49.Zhouqin Burnikel22549
50.Chuck Deodene22440
51.Victor Fleming21946
Tom McCoy21930
53.Sherry O. Blackard21653
54.Eric Berlin21438
Peter Wentz21428
56.Henry Hook21125
57.Bryant White20928
58.Andrea Carla Michaels20557
Tony Orbach20524
60.Timothy Polin20142
61.Tim Croce20033
Caleb Madison20032
63.Frances Hansen19640
64.Ed Early19553
65.Doug Peterson17739
66.John Farmer17633
Karen M. Tracey17632
68.Natan Last17123
69.Will Nediger16921
70.Samuel A. Donaldson16828
71.Wayne Robert Williams16238
72.David Levinson Wilk15923
73.Sarah Keller15552
74.Edward Sessa15136
75.Raymond Hamel15027
76.Dana Motley14831
77.James Mulhern14524
78.Dan Schoenholz14022
79.Julian Lim13922
80.Damon J. Gulczynski13829
81.Gary Cee13733
Dean Niles13715
Lou Sabin13729
84.Richard Hughes13635
85.Lee Glickstein13425
86.Pete Muller13318
87.Bruce Haight13130
Tyler Hinman13122
89.Martin Schneider12712
90.Stephanie Spadaccini12636
91.Myles Callum12522
92.Josh Knapp12222
93.Fran Sabin12025
94.Richard Chisholm11932
95.joon pahk11720
96.Finn Vigeland11614
97.Michael Ashley11511
Daniel A. Finan11515
Ashish Vengsarkar11515
100.Ned White11420
101.Rand H. Burns11321
102.David Woolf11215
103.Gerald R. Ferguson11022
Michael Torch11019
Dave Tuller11014
106.Andrew Zhou10914
107.David Phillips10820
108.Craig Kasper10715
Jonathan Schmalzbach10730
Lois Sidway10718
111.Tracy Gray10623
112.Allan E. Parrish10439
113.Alex K. Justin10314
Bill Zais10315
115.Greg Staples10225
116.Nelson Hardy10011
Bruce Venzke10019
118.Gilbert H. Ludwig9818
119.Charles E. Gersch9717
120.Jacob Stulberg9624
121.Sam Ezersky9413
John Guzzetta9417
123.Mel Rosen9314
124.Janet R. Bender9227
125.Adam G. Perl8929
Sidney L. Robbins8950
Carolyn W. Stewart8921
128.Mary Lou Guizzo8818
Oliver Hill8816
130.Nancy Kavanaugh8726
131.Nancy S. Ross8622
132.Erik Agard8510
Kyle Mahowald8518
134.Kevan Choset8427
135.Stanley Newman8321
Jeffrey Wechsler8315
137.Adam Cohen8219
138.Ethan Cooper8014
Jim Hyres8021
David Kwong8017
141.Todd Gross7915
Thomas W. Schier7917
143.Todd McClary7812
Michael Vuolo7814
145.Karen Young Bonin7411
Christopher Hurt7411
Paolo Pasco7410
148.Kristian House7217
149.Ernie Furtado7112
150.Stella Daily7014
Mark Feldman7011
152.Roy Leban6913
153.Michael S. Maurer6618
154.Kelly Clark6515
155.John R. Conrad6411
156.Seth A. Abel6311
Jason Flinn6313
Norman S. Wizer6314
159.Gareth Bain6214
160.Ashton Anderson6111
Bernice Gordon6121
Michael Hawkins6110
163.Levi Denham5910
164.Michael Blake5813
John Wolting5814
166.George Barany5710
Gene Newman5715
168.Don Gagliardo5612
Alan Olschwang5610
Alex Vratsanos5614
171.Robert Dillman5516
William I. Johnston5515
Patrick Jordan5516
Susan Harrington Smith5510
175.David Liben-Nowell5410
176.Mike Buckley5313
Shannon Burns5310
178.Holden Baker5216
Randy Sowell5222
180.Susan Gelfand5016
John Lieb5011
Robyn Weintraub5013
183.Norma Steinberg4717
184.Jules P. Markey4615
Mark Elliot Skolsky4613
186.John Greenman4312
Mel Taub4310
188.Daniel Raymon4111
189.Jim Hilger4011
190.Alfio Micci3911
Arthur S. Verdesca3914
192.Gary J. Whitehead3815
193.Alex Boisvert3711
194.Bill Ballard3610
Daniel R. Stark3616
196.Gail Grabowski3413
Elizabeth A. Long3412
198.Kurt Mengel3210
199.Frederick J. Healy2914
200.Sheldon Benardo2811
Daniel Kantor2810
202.Eileen Lexau2610
203.John Underwood2414
204.Robert Zimmerman2312
205.Jay Kaskel2210