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Random unique answer words

40 answers which have never been reused

This page is just for fun. It's a random collection of rare crossword answers; so rare that each appears only in a single Shortz Era puzzle. Bogus entries (thematic words that make sense only in that crossword) are excluded.

There are 45,281 unique Shortz Era answer words in the database.

Click any word to see it in the context of its puzzle. Words in this color did appear in pre-Shortz crosswords.

WordDateClueAuthor
ATRAINSThu Aug 19, 2010Carriers from northern Manhattan to Far RockawayKristian House
BAGJOBSat Aug 22, 2009Spook's break-inKaren M. Tracey
BANKRUNMon Aug 6, 2012*Result of a financial panicLynn Lempel
BASEBALLWALKOUTSat Sep 10, 2005Why 31-Across didn't happenDavid J. Kahn
BLEWONESOWNHORNWed Dec 8, 2004Performed in a concert?Norm Guggenbiller
BRIEFSUMMARYMon Jul 11, 2011Synopsis, redundantlyEllen Leuschner
CHAINEMAILFri Feb 17, 2017Certain Internet hoaxDavid Steinberg
CHOISat Aug 10, 2013K. J. ___, 2011 Players Championship championChris A. McGlothlin
CURLSINSat Feb 27, 1999What a pageboy doesJohn Scott Marrone
DAVIDSEDARISFri Dec 11, 2009"When You Are Engulfed in Flames" essayistMike Nothnagel
DIDDLEYFri Apr 14, 1995Bo with guitarManny Nosowsky
ELLISMARSALISSun Jun 19, 1994BRANFORD’SNancy Scandrett Ross
FIXEDThu Apr 20, 2006Having the winner prearrangedJoe DiPietro
FORKLIFTSMon Jul 9, 2018Shoulder exercise at a cutlery store?John Lampkin
FRONTROWCENTERMon Sep 4, 2006The best place to seeMike Nothnagel
GASMENWed Jan 28, 2004Some meter readersJim Hyres
HUGMEThu Mar 9, 2017Message on a candy heartJeremy Newton
KIDINACANDYSTORESun Apr 1, 2018Excited sortSam Ezersky
LAWRENCEWELKMon Oct 22, 2007Bandleader in the Polka Music Hall of FameLynn Lempel
MAINEVENTThu Dec 24, 2009Fight night highlightNancy Salomon
MISSAYThu Jun 4, 2015Pronounce "nuclear" as "nucular," e.g.Joe Krozel
MOVEBACKFri Apr 11, 2014RetreatPeter Wentz
MOWATSun Jul 22, 2001"Never Cry Wolf" author Farley ___Patrick Berry
MYGODSat Aug 31, 2013"Oh no!"Josh Knapp
PULLSUPACHAIRMon Sep 22, 2003Gets ready to sitMarjorie Berg
REASSERTORFri Nov 1, 1996Second-time claimantM. Rosen
REVERSEPHONELOOKUPSun Sep 22, 2019Method for identifying mystery callersTracy Gray
SCABROUSSun Feb 27, 2000RisquéHarvey Estes
SENTPACKINGTue Aug 13, 1996Fired, as a U.P.S. worker?R. Hughes
SHODDIESTSun Aug 10, 1997Most likely to collapseNancy Nicholson Joline
SINGLEMALTSun Jan 13, 2019The confirmed bachelor ordered a ...Andy Kravis
SKETCHCOMEDYWed Nov 23, 2005Depict an improv routine?Levi Denham
SMEARTACTICFri Apr 21, 2017Character assassination, for oneDamon Gulczynski
SUNDOWNSSat Mar 25, 2006Regular settingsByron Walden
TAKEALOADOFFTue Sep 23, 1997Dieter's credo?Nancy Salomon
TENPLYFri May 5, 2006Like some heavy-duty tiresManny Nosowsky
THEBIGBADWOLFThu Nov 20, 2003Villain in the story named by the starts of 17-, 25-, 47- and 57-AcrossManny Nosowsky
THENCEFORTHFri Jan 10, 2014Ever since that timePatrick Berry
UNLOOSEDWed Jan 13, 1999Set freeRichard Silvestri
WIGMAKERSun Jun 9, 2013Expert with locks?Elizabeth C. Gorski