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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. Bogus entries (thematic words that make sense only in that crossword) are excluded.

There are 44,813 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.

AHEADOFSCHEDULE Sat Aug 18, 2007EarlyJim Page
AMNIONS Fri Jun 12, 1998Embryonic membranesMatt Gaffney
AMNIONS Fri Jun 12, 1998Embryonic membranesMatt Gaffney
ANTOINETTE Sat Oct 20, 2018Marie who married at 14Ben Gross and James Somers
BARENTSSEA Sat Aug 4, 2001It's north of NorwayRandolph Ross
BEARATTACK Sat Jun 10, 2017Danger for a hikerMark Diehl
BELLCURVE Thu Jul 7, 2011Statistical shapeCaleb Rasmussen
BRENNER Thu Mar 13, 1997Funnyman DavidMatt Gaffney
CANOPIES Sat Mar 4, 2000They're often seen near thronesRich Norris
CLOSETOHOME Sun Jun 5, 2016... "anybody" or "cooking"?Tom McCoy
COURTLIEST Sun Jan 21, 1996Most graciousR. Wolfe
DENTALRETAINERS Tue Dec 13, 2016Attorneys' fees paid with gold fillings?David Alfred Bywaters
DESICCANT Sun Dec 3, 2006Extra capsule in a pill bottlePatrick Merrell
DIGESTTHENEWS Mon Aug 9, 2010Understand what's happeningDavid Poole
DOUBLEDOVER Sun Jun 28, 2015With 90-Down, reacting to a gut punch, perhapsJeremy Newton
DRAUGHT Sun Sep 14, 2008Beer serving in a pubJeremy Newton
ENCOMIUM Sat May 7, 2011Lofty praiseTim Croce
GANACHE Fri Nov 24, 2017Chocolate truffle fillingBruce Haight and David Steinberg
GRAZIOSO Sat Feb 20, 2010Elegantly, to BrahmsPaula Gamache
HAVOLINE Sun Feb 19, 2017Motor oil brandBruce Haight
HURSTON Wed Jun 9, 2010Author Zora Neale ___ of the Harlem RenaissanceGary Whitehead
INEXISTENT Fri Dec 5, 1997Only hypotheticalCraig Kasper and Dave Tuller
KNUCKLE Mon Dec 3, 2001Part of a fistNancy Salomon and Harvey Estes
LOOKSAD Sat Jul 12, 2008Be down, apparentlyMyles Callum
MIDDAYS Fri Feb 17, 2006Busy times at fast-food restaurantsTrip Payne
MINORTHREAT Fri Jul 17, 2015Third-party candidate, typicallyPaolo Pasco
MOTORSCOOTERS Fri Dec 17, 2010Noisy vehiclesPatrick Berry
PICKEDUPSPEED Sun Feb 3, 2008AcceleratedMatt Ginsberg
PRICKS Sun May 14, 2017Syringe sensationsWill Nediger
QUIETING Sat Apr 3, 2010Putting to restPeter A. Collins and Joe Krozel
REGULARPAYCHECK Wed Feb 20, 2002Benefit of a steady jobMarjorie Richter
ROBBERIES Sun Dec 24, 2017HeistsMary Lou Guizzo and Jeff Chen
SAMETOKEN Fri Jan 26, 1996By the___ (what's more)M. Nosowsky
SIGNALBOX Sat May 26, 2001Railway tower, in EnglandRich Norris
SIMULCASTS Fri Sep 13, 2002Some radio productionsMel Rosen
SPORTSMAN Sat Nov 4, 1995Not a sore loserFrank A. Longo
THEHANGOVER Sat Aug 25, 20122009 comedy whose tagline is "Some guys just can't handle Vegas"Caleb Madison
TORNTOSHREDS Sun Aug 2, 2015In bitsMatt Ginsberg
TRADEGAP Fri Apr 29, 2011Common economic indicatorDavid Quarfoot
TURNTHECORNER Mon May 14, 2012Pass through a crisis safelyJohn Dunn