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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 52,817 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
ACHIEVABLE Sun 7/2/2006Within reachElizabeth C. Gorski
ADDRESSBOOKS Thu 3/13/2008DirectoriesAlan Arbesfeld
APOSTLESCREED Sun 8/17/1997Long-winded oration of Andrew, e.g.?Cathy Millhauser
AUBREY Tue 6/20/1995Illustrator BeardsleyJon Delfin
AUREOLA Fri 8/30/2002Saintly glowPatrick Merrell
AUTOCORRECT Sat 10/18/2014Aid for clumsy thumbsEvan Birnholz
BEDRIDDEN Wed 8/20/2003Laid upMel Taub
BORAH Sun 1/30/1994Maverick Idaho SenatorAlex K. Justin
EIGHTAD Sun 8/17/2003Year that Augustus exiled OvidElizabeth C. Gorski
GHOTI Thu 12/23/2010"Fish"Oliver Hill and Eliza Bagg
GIRDLED Fri 7/6/2001EncompassedBrendan Emmett Quigley
GNAWER Wed 8/17/1994Beaver, for oneRobert H. Wolfe
GOBLONDE Sat 9/30/2017Become lightheaded?Mary Lou Guizzo and Jeff Chen
HAZYSTACKS Sun 4/7/2002Result of setting off a smoke bomb in a library?Nancy Salomon
HOCKEYPLAYER'SFACEOFF Sun 5/30/1999VIOLENCE ON THE ICE GETS OUT OF HAND!Cathy Millhauser
HOMETEAMS Sun 3/14/1999These get the biggest cheersMartin Schneider
INFLIGHTRAINING Thu 3/28/2002Wet midair weather?Manny Nosowsky
INNERCITY Tue 8/14/2012Densely populated area ... or what 17-, 24-, 32-, 43- and 51-Across each have?Ian Livengood
KTSAGAL Sun 9/27/2009"Married ... With Children" actressPatrick Berry
LABASSISTANT Tue 1/15/2013Igor, for onePeter A. Collins
LAMASERY Fri 11/14/2008"Lost Horizon" settingBrad Wilber
LITTLENELL Sun 5/29/2005Dickens orphanFrank Longo
LONGUE Sun 6/13/2004Chaise ___Richard Silvestri
MAJORLY Sun 1/19/2003In a big wayEric Berlin
MODERNDANCE Fri 9/5/2014Alvin Ailey's fieldJoe Krozel
NEXTEL Fri 10/26/2007Sprint acquisition of 2005David Quarfoot
NOTIFY Thu 11/10/2016TellJonathan M. Kaye and Jeff Chen
POCKETKNIVES Tue 8/6/2013Make off with some kitchenware?Lynn Lempel
SHECOULDHAVEHAD Fri 8/29/1997End of the quipMark Diehl
SKINK Tue 6/9/2009Long-bodied lizardSteve Dobis
SPORTSPAGE Fri 5/5/2006Where to read about last night's gameManny Nosowsky
THATSAGOODPOINT Sat 7/16/2005Concession, of a sortMichael Shteyman
THEWELLS Sun 10/29/1995Pinero's "Trelawny of _____"Maura B. Jacobson
THUNDERTHIGHS Sun 1/20/2002Nickname opposite of BeanpoleBrendan Emmett Quigley
WALLPLATE Tue 2/8/2005Light switch surrounderStephen Budiansky
WETSPONGE Thu 2/3/2011Dish-washing aidMatt Ginsberg
WISECRACKED Tue 9/5/2017Made snappy commentsMichelle Kenney and Jeff Chen
WUSSY Sun 8/31/2014Like a milquetoastJoel Fagliano
YMIGHTBEGIANTS Thu 4/7/2011George C. Scott movie with a rock band namesake, with "The"Henry Hook
ZETAPSI Wed 1/16/2008Fraternity founded in 1847 at New York UniversityBarry C. Silk