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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 52,627 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
ABEAUTIFULMINX Wed 9/24/2014Film about the woman most likely to catch men's attention? (2001)Andy Kravis
AGAINANDAGAIN Sun 8/1/1999Two good N.F.L. plays?Randolph Ross
ALEXCOMFORT Tue 11/28/2006"The Joy of Sex" authorAlan Arbesfeld
AQUACADES Fri 7/22/2011Pool exhibitionsTodd McClary
BANKCARD Sun 8/13/2000Valuable plasticNancy Salomon and Harvey Estes
BEERTAPS Wed 4/23/2003Frat party dispensersGilbert H. Ludwig
BELLAS Sun 12/17/2006Congresswoman Abzug and othersJoe DiPietro
BESPATTERED Thu 5/8/2003Like a painter's smockElizabeth C. Gorski
BOZEMAN Fri 4/17/2009Montana State University settingCorey Rubin
CHALKUPTO Sat 7/30/2016Attribute as the cause ofLily Silverstein
CLAIRVOYANT Thu 8/20/2015VisionaryJules P. Markey
COOKINGTIME Mon 6/7/2010Recipe guideline for a hot dishLynn Lempel
COOPTED Sun 2/15/1998Took for oneselfRich Norris
CROSSBAR Sun 1/3/2016It splits the uprightsDavid Woolf
DRESSINGONTHESIDE Sun 9/26/2010Specification in a salad orderPamela Amick Klawitter
DULYNOTED Thu 9/22/2011"Gotcha," formallyJeff Dubner
FREETOBITEYOUANDME Sun 9/2/2007Marlo Thomas storybook for liberated vampires?Lee Glickstein and Nancy Salomon
GETTINGCOALEDFEET Sun 1/14/2007Walking on hot embers?Harvey Estes
HOTCAKES Wed 9/1/1999Fast sellersAlan Arbesfeld
ILLTAKEONE Wed 10/3/2007Call in draw pokerRobert Dillman
INDOCHINA Thu 5/8/2008Red River areaHarvey Estes
INHERSHOES Sat 7/11/2009Jennifer Weiner best seller made into a 2005 filmKaren M. Tracey
INTERFERED Fri 11/2/2007Committed a sports no-noBarry C. Silk
INTHEPAST Sun 8/16/2015Back then ... or a hint to the ends of the answers to the starred cluesDon Gagliardo and Zhouqin Burnikel
JUMPINGBEANS Wed 8/6/1997Sebastiania seedsRich Norris
MASSASOIT Sun 12/27/1998Chief who negotiated peace with the PilgrimsRich Norris
MUGGS Sun 11/12/2000"Mr. ___ Steps Out" (Leo Gorcey comedy)Joe DiPietro
PAPACIES Sun 6/21/2009Vatican rulesMatt Ginsberg and Pete Muller
PERPETUALMOTRIN Sun 4/7/1996In what state are many of your customers?C. Millhauser
PORTIONOFWHAT Thu 9/21/2000More of the quipElizabeth C. Gorski
RIDICULE Sun 9/8/1996TwitR. H. Wolfe
SENEGALESE Fri 6/21/2013Some French-speaking AfricansMichael Sharp
TAPERER Sat 6/4/2005Candlebearer, in Anglican servicesByron Walden
TIMESINKS Thu 2/11/2016Mindless but addictive app games, e.g.Zhouqin Burnikel
TOXICANT Sun 12/5/1999Arsenic, e.g.Joe DiPietro
UNMATED Sat 11/30/2013Still in the 17-AcrossByron Walden and Brad Wilber
USPOET Sun 9/29/1996e.e. cummings, e.g.M. Reagle
VENIR Fri 1/22/2010To come, in Cádiz or CaenNatan Last
WEARIEST Thu 8/10/2017Spent the most?John E. Bennett and Jeff Chen
YAHI Sat 8/28/1999California tribe that died out in 1916Frank Longo