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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.

Not all these words make sense. Some of them are unique because they're part of some wacky theme. Some are errors that don't fit the standard Across Lite format. There are 52,467 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
ALOSER Sun 3/23/1997The Beatles' "I'm ___"Bryant White
ARMATA Sat 4/15/2000___ di Mare (fashion label)Raymond Hamel
AUNTBEE Thu 1/5/2012Resident of MayberryDan Schmiedeler
BATTEAU Fri 9/4/2009Small river craft: Var.Joe Krozel
BENGHAZI Fri 6/26/2009Libya's second-largest cityLynn Lempel
BICKERERS Sat 8/5/1995SquabblersFrank A. Longo
DETRITAL Mon 4/10/1995Of wasteSidney L. Robbins
DIVS Sat 3/11/2000Depts. in depts.Randolph Ross
EXPIATION Sat 9/6/1997AtonementRich Norris
FIRSTFAMILIES Sun 4/11/1999The Clintons, the Bushes, etc.Matt Gaffney
FLUO Sat 9/21/1996Chemical prefixR. H. Burns
FORENOON Sun 10/10/2004MorningElizabeth C. Gorski
GROCERYSTORE Sun 1/1/2017Farmer's market alternativeMatthew Sewell
HOOKEDARUGORTWO Thu 4/5/2001Stole from a crafts class?Cathy Millhauser
HOTCORNER Thu 3/7/2013Third base, in baseball lingo ... or a hint for answering eight other clues in this puzzleJim Page
HOWNOVEL Fri 3/10/2006"Isn't that unusual!"Kevin McCann
ICESAWS Mon 4/17/2017Arctic fishing toolsPeter Gordon
IVEMOVEDON Sat 10/8/2005"We're not getting back together"Byron Walden
JOLLYGOODFELLER Thu 5/9/2002Chap who's a skilled lumberjack?Cathy Millhauser
LAPDESK Sat 8/17/2013Clipboard's relativeEd Sessa
LIFTTHEVEIL Wed 5/1/2002Make a disclosureSteve Jones
LOVEBITE Sat 7/26/2014Mark of affectionJulian Lim
MAKELIKEA Wed 3/19/2014With 63- and 65-Across, go away as a soda jerk might?Samuel A. Donaldson
MAKIMONO Sun 11/23/1997Japanese hand scrollChristopher Hurt and Derek Tague
ONRADAR Sat 5/16/2015Being tracked, in a wayByron Walden
PADDLEWHEEL Mon 8/10/2015*Riverboat propellerC. W. Stewart
PLAYINGCARD Wed 8/20/2008See 55-DownAllan E. Parrish
PODRACING Wed 8/24/2016Activity for Anakin SkywalkerMatthew Sewell
RAISEDTHEROOF Wed 3/23/1994Performed a Herculean feat #4Cathy Millhauser
RISKYBZZZNESS Sun 2/1/2004Bee's favorite movie of 1983?Roy Leban
SIDENOTE Wed 4/29/2015Incidental remarkDaniel Landman
SIGNATURE Sun 5/11/1997Form of IDNancy Nicholson Joline
SINKERS Thu 12/28/2000Some pitchesManny Nosowsky
SLIVERMINE Sun 8/24/2014Narrow shaft in a mountain?Patrick Berry
SOURNOTE Sun 4/15/2012Unpleasant thing to hitKevin G. Der
THREEMASTER Sat 9/24/1994Certain sailing vesselManny Nosowsky
UMOKAY Wed 4/15/2015"So I guess that's a thing now"Joel Fagliano
WELLSPOKEN Fri 7/14/2000ArticulateBrendan Emmett Quigley
WOBEGON Sat 10/28/2006Lake in Mist County, Minn.David Quarfoot
WORMED Sun 6/4/2017WriggledTom McCoy