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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 52,172 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
ACHIEVED Sat 8/11/2012RealizedJosh Knapp
BARBERSCHAIR Fri 7/18/2003Place to get a buzz?Sherry O. Blackard
BEAKERS Sat 11/23/2002Chemistry lab sightsDana Motley
BJORNBORG Thu 5/22/2008*Five-time Wimbledon winnerRichard Silvestri
BONESET Sat 9/27/1997Folk medicine plantMatt Gaffney
BULLSNAKE Fri 1/13/2006Harmless reptile with a dangerous-sounding nameEric Berlin
CAPITALONESIE Sun 9/2/2012First-class piece of infant's wear?Joel Fagliano
CRANMER Sun 4/17/1994Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas _____R.M. Hopkins
DELTAFORCE Tue 5/6/2008Special Operations groupGary J. Whitehead
DOUBLEDUP Mon 12/16/2013Bent over, as from painGreg Johnson
DRESSINGONTHESIDE Sun 9/26/2010Specification in a salad orderPamela Amick Klawitter
EASTERLILY Tue 7/12/2011Holiday bloomBill Thompson
FANCYDRESSER Thu 6/19/1997General description of a 26-, 46- or 53-AcrossPatrick Jordan
FIRER Fri 11/9/2007Personnel director, at timesHenry Hook
FOLLOWONESNOSE Sun 3/13/2005Smell victory, in a lab maze?Patrick Merrell
FOODCOMA Sat 7/2/2016Postprandial woeErin Rhode
GENTLED Wed 2/14/2001Made tameRobert Dillman
GIRLYMAN Sat 4/22/2006No Mr. MachoBrendan Emmett Quigley
GIVEBERTTOABOY Sun 10/1/2006Muppet seller's gender guideline?Ashish Vengsarkar
GOONATEAR Tue 12/7/1993CarouseEric Albert
GRAMMES Sun 10/13/2002British metric unitsElizabeth C. Gorski
GRIA Sun 5/31/1998Yago Sant'___ (wine brand)Cathy Millhauser
HARDRESINS Sat 9/24/2005Copal and othersByron Walden
HARDWAREFORANEW Thu 1/27/1994Quip, part 2Betty Jorgensen
ITSRIGHTUPYOURALLEY Sun 7/27/2008Sentiment suggesting "Try this!"Mike Nothnagel and David Quarfoot
JACKPOWER Sun 10/9/2011Strength required to lift a car?Brendan Emmett Quigley
LUCRETIA Thu 3/11/2010Mrs. James A. GarfieldJohn Farmer
MCNAMARA Wed 1/22/199760's Defense SecretaryJ. Schmalzbach
NICCOLOPAGANINI Sat 4/7/2007Composer of a set of variations on "God Save the King"Michael Shteyman
NOSKINOFFMYBACK Tue 3/6/2012"So what?!"Wesley Johnson
ONTHERUN Wed 11/27/1996Busy-busyR. Hughes
OVERPASSED Sun 11/14/2010Went beyondPatrick Berry
SEALSOFF Tue 1/30/2001Blocks access to a zoo?David J. Kahn
SHORTANDSWEET Sun 3/20/2005___ on (two, please)Patrick Berry
SINUATE Sun 11/26/2000WavyPatrick Berry
STRODEIN Sun 3/30/2008Entered pompouslyPaula Gamache
TIBETANMONK Thu 3/17/2011Devout Lhasan, sayAnna Shechtman
VIRGINS Thu 11/7/2002Uninitiated onesPatrick Merrell
WELCHERS Fri 11/13/2009Debt disregarders, slangilyDana Motley
WHITENOISE Sat 9/14/2013Sleep aid, for someJeff Chen