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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 52,178 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
ALHAIG Sun 6/14/2015Secretary of state after Ed MuskieRandolph Ross
ALPHONSO Sat 9/20/1997Name of two Bourbon kings of SpainBob Klahn
ANATOLIANS Sat 7/18/2015Asian TurksJoe Krozel
APOSTOLIC Wed 12/28/2011PontificalLouis Zulli
BEERCANS Sun 2/26/2006Frat party detritusRandolph Ross
BREAKINGOUT Thu 8/15/2002Remission of big toe inflammation?Manny Nosowsky
CHANSONSDEGESTE Fri 10/25/2013Old French epicsMartin Ashwood-Smith
CURIOFORTHECOMMONCOLD Sun 10/9/2005Sniffler's keepsake?Kyle Mahowald
CUTTINGCORNERS Sun 1/21/1996FOUR OF THE EARTHR. Wolfe
DEEPINTO Sun 2/23/2014Obsessed withA Namesake of 119-Across
DETERGES Mon 3/5/2007CleansesFred Piscop
DISPOSALS Fri 2/22/2013Aids in keeping up with the daily grind?Martin Ashwood-Smith
DRIVELED Sun 3/10/1996Talked childishlyF & L Sabin
ELLEOWESBEEGEES Thu 9/11/1997Fashion magazine is indebted to a pop groupMatt Gaffney
EMILYDICKINSON Thu 3/2/2017Here's what the answer is ...Peter Gordon
EXPERTWITNESSES Fri 8/11/1995Forensic psychiatrists, at timesMartin Ashwood-Smith
FOXILY Sun 1/30/2011With craftKevin G. Der and Jessica A. Hui
GORETIPPER Tue 9/21/1999Hurt a politician's wife?Stephanie Spadaccini
GUILTTRIPS Sun 3/8/2015Shames into actionTom McCoy
KINDERGARTENERS Thu 6/16/1994Nursery rhyme listenersJim Page
LADYCRAB Wed 10/16/1996Brightly speckled crustaceanB. Gordon
NBALOGO Sat 11/28/2015It features the silhouette of hoops legend Jerry WestNed White
OLDGROWTHFOREST Sat 10/3/2009Much of Redwood National ParkDoug Peterson
PULASKI Sun 12/28/2008Georgia's Fort ___, site of an 1862 surrenderPatrick Berry
SNOWRANGER Sat 6/4/2005Wintertime Forest Service employeeByron Walden
SPANISHDOUBLOON Tue 3/27/2012Bit of pirate bootyTodd McClary
STADIUMBLEACHERS Sun 10/31/2004Platinum blonde cheerleaders?Patrick Merrell
STEALSBASES Fri 1/25/2013Challenges catchers, in a wayJoe DiPietro
SYPHON Sun 2/26/2012Draw (off): Var.Daniel A. Finan
TARGETED Fri 11/12/2010Not scattershotBarry C. Silk
TINYGLITCH Mon 12/24/2001Bit of a bugNancy Salomon and Marjorie Berg
TISAPITY Thu 2/10/2011"Tsk!"Derek Bowman
TITHAL Sun 6/6/1999Pertaining to church taxes, old-styleDavid J. Kahn
TRACTILE Thu 9/8/2011Able to be drawn outMatt Ginsberg and Pete Muller
TUTELAGE Fri 5/2/2008ChargeBarry C. Silk
UNSAYABLE Thu 2/2/2006Taboo, as pronouncementsByron Walden
UPANDCOMER Mon 11/6/2000Special personNancy Salomon and Bob Frank
WARSTORY Sun 4/16/2000Vet's offeringElizabeth C. Gorski
WHATHAPPENS Sun 6/28/2015With 13-Down, shorthand pact for a wild tripJeremy Newton
XAVIERA Sun 7/24/1994"Happy Hooker" HollanderMatt Gaffney