A History of Short Words

From the New York Times Crossword Puzzle

LED

Thu, 16 May '24
Was ahead
Wed, 20 Mar '24
Played first after the deal
Thu, 15 Feb '24
Was up
Sun, 22 Oct '23
Had a following
Sun, 15 Oct '23
Headed up
Thu, 22 Jun '23
Played the first card
Sat, 3 Jun '23
Set the pace
Wed, 29 Mar '23
Conducted
Wed, 15 Mar '23
Captained
Sun, 5 Feb '23
Many a watch display, for short
Wed, 1 Feb '23
Helmed
Sun, 8 Jan '23
Pioneered
Sun, 25 Dec '22
Chaired
Tue, 8 Nov '22
Spearheaded
Wed, 20 Jul '22
Spearheaded
Sat, 28 May '22
Championed
Sat, 23 Apr '22
Drove
Fri, 4 Mar '22
Shepherded
Sat, 29 Jan '22
Opened
Mon, 20 Dec '21
Was in first place
Mon, 30 Aug '21
Headed
Wed, 11 Aug '21
Paved the way
Sun, 18 Jul '21
Commanded
Wed, 5 May '21
Had the reins
Tue, 23 Mar '21
Kind of bulb, in brief
Wed, 17 Mar '21
Headed up