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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 Berry1783220
2.Manny Nosowsky1614246
3.Elizabeth C. Gorski1509219
4.David J. Kahn1172171
5.Joe DiPietro1138125
6.Rich Norris1098186
7.Brendan Emmett Quigley1035157
8.Byron Walden98877
9.Randolph Ross972102
10.Nancy Salomon909185
11.Frank Longo66768
12.Cathy Allis65784
13.Alan Arbesfeld551107
14.Matt Gaffney52458
15.Harvey Estes522116
16.Jim Page50570
17.Paula Gamache50489
18.Mark Diehl49755
19.Fred Piscop494104
20.Joe Krozel47884
21.Peter A. Collins46799
22.Bob Klahn46560
23.Patrick Merrell46085
24.Martin Ashwood-Smith44878
25.Robert H. Wolfe43660
26.Richard Silvestri43084
27.Jeff Chen40969
28.Barry C. Silk40292
29.Peter Gordon39280
30.Nancy Nicholson Joline37948
31.David Steinberg36562
32.Joel Fagliano34950
33.Kevin G. Der34037
A. J. Santora34068
35.Trip Payne33742
36.Mike Nothnagel33350
37.Brad Wilber31350
38.Bob Peoples29739
39.Ian Livengood29455
40.David Quarfoot29041
41.Patrick Blindauer28755
42.Lynn Lempel27975
43.Matt Ginsberg27041
44.Jeremy Newton24817
45.Charles M. Deber24319
Michael Shteyman24349
47.Gregory E. Paul230116
48.Randall J. Hartman22873
49.Chuck Deodene21939
Victor Fleming21946
51.Sherry O. Blackard21653
52.Henry Hook21125
53.Bryant White20928
54.Eric Berlin20837
55.Tony Orbach20524
56.Peter Wentz20426
57.Tim Croce20033
58.Andrea Carla Michaels19856
59.Frances Hansen19640
60.Ed Early19553
61.Caleb Madison19331
Tom McCoy19325
63.Zhouqin Burnikel18842
64.Timothy Polin18337
65.John Farmer17633
Karen M. Tracey17632
67.Doug Peterson17438
68.Wayne Robert Williams16238
69.Samuel A. Donaldson16127
70.Will Nediger15920
David Levinson Wilk15923
72.Natan Last15221
73.Raymond Hamel15027
Sarah Keller15051
75.Dana Motley14831
76.James Mulhern14023
Dan Schoenholz14022
Edward Sessa14035
79.Julian Lim13922
80.Gary Cee13733
Dean Niles13715
Lou Sabin13729
83.Richard Hughes13635
84.Lee Glickstein13425
85.Tyler Hinman13122
86.Martin Schneider12712
87.Pete Muller12617
Stephanie Spadaccini12636
89.Myles Callum12522
90.Josh Knapp12222
91.Fran Sabin12025
92.Richard Chisholm11932
93.joon pahk11720
94.Michael Ashley11511
Daniel A. Finan11515
Ashish Vengsarkar11515
97.Rand H. Burns11321
Ned White11319
99.David Woolf11215
100.Gerald R. Ferguson11022
Bruce Haight11025
Michael Torch11019
Dave Tuller11014
104.Finn Vigeland10913
105.Damon J. Gulczynski10824
106.Craig Kasper10715
Jonathan Schmalzbach10730
Lois Sidway10718
109.Allan E. Parrish10439
110.Alex K. Justin10314
Bill Zais10315
112.Greg Staples10225
113.Nelson Hardy10011
Bruce Venzke10019
115.Gilbert H. Ludwig9818
David Phillips9818
117.Charles E. Gersch9717
118.Mel Rosen9314
119.Janet R. Bender9227
120.Sidney L. Robbins8950
Carolyn W. Stewart8921
122.Oliver Hill8816
123.Nancy Kavanaugh8726
124.Tracy Gray8621
Nancy S. Ross8622
126.Kyle Mahowald8518
127.Kevan Choset8427
128.Mary Lou Guizzo8317
Stanley Newman8321
130.Adam Cohen8219
131.Sam Ezersky8111
132.Ethan Cooper8014
Jim Hyres8021
Jacob Stulberg8020
135.Todd Gross7915
Adam G. Perl7927
Thomas W. Schier7917
Andrew Zhou7911
139.Todd McClary7812
Michael Vuolo7814
Jeffrey Wechsler7814
142.David Kwong7616
143.Karen Young Bonin7411
Christopher Hurt7411
145.Kristian House7217
146.Ernie Furtado7112
147.Stella Daily7014
Mark Feldman7011
149.Roy Leban6913
150.Kelly Clark6515
151.John R. Conrad6411
152.Seth A. Abel6311
Michael S. Maurer6317
Norman S. Wizer6314
155.Gareth Bain6214
156.Bernice Gordon6121
157.Levi Denham5910
158.Michael Blake5813
John Wolting5814
160.Gene Newman5715
161.Ashton Anderson5610
Alan Olschwang5610
163.Robert Dillman5516
Jason Flinn5512
William I. Johnston5515
Patrick Jordan5516
Susan Harrington Smith5510
168.John Guzzetta5412
David Liben-Nowell5410
170.Mike Buckley5313
Shannon Burns5310
Don Gagliardo5311
173.Holden Baker5216
Randy Sowell5222
Alex Vratsanos5213
176.Susan Gelfand4715
Norma Steinberg4717
178.John Lieb4610
Mark Elliot Skolsky4613
180.Robyn Weintraub4511
181.John Greenman4312
Mel Taub4310
183.Jules P. Markey4114
184.Jim Hilger4011
185.Alfio Micci3911
Arthur S. Verdesca3914
187.Gary J. Whitehead3815
188.Alex Boisvert3711
Daniel Raymon3710
190.Bill Ballard3610
Daniel R. Stark3616
192.Gail Grabowski3413
Elizabeth A. Long3412
194.Kurt Mengel3210
195.Frederick J. Healy2914
196.Sheldon Benardo2811
Daniel Kantor2810
198.Eileen Lexau2610
199.John Underwood2414
200.Robert Zimmerman2312