Monday, August 11, 2014

Puzzle #16 Solution

RG2014.16 Hardest/Harder - Solution

RG2014.16 Easier/Easiest - Solution

I did something that I've never done before while constructing a puzzle (standard crossword or otherwise): I went for a pangram. This wasn't the plan as I started, of course (B1 was the seed), but after I put in G2, I realized I was a Q short of a pangram. So I strove to include one, and it became apparent that it was possible to use the entry at I1. Normally I think pangrams are a sort of worthless stunt (outside of a thematic purpose for it), especially in a standard crossword where it's not that tough of an achievement. But I rarely have written pangrammatic Rows Gardens, for the mere fact that it's a lot tougher to pull off cleanly, and I took a chance and went for it. Hope you enjoyed it.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Puzzle #15 Solution

RG2014.15 Hardest/Harder - Solution

RG2014.15 Easier/Easiest - Solution

B2 was the seed entry of this puzzle, if not for the entry itself but more so the clue that I came up with. I liked how the rest of it turned out, especially considering the constraints that B2 turned out to have. Both of the crossing White blooms in that entry were difficult to work with, but to have such entries as D2 come up later, the struggle was worth it.

How'd you like this one?

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Puzzle #14 Solution

RG2014.14 Hardest/Harder - Solution

RG2014.14 Easier/Easiest - Solution


Back from a beautiful and relaxing vacation out west! It was too good for words.

Hope you liked this one. And, Wordplay Issue #3 has been released, and it features a Rows Garden by yours truly. Get it now at your favorite newsstand.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Puzzle #13 Solution

RG2014.13 Hardest/Harder - Solution

RG2014.13 Easier/Easiest - Solution

Sorry for the delay in posting the solution. It's been a hectic few days, and I'm posting this from Bozeman, Montana, where my friends and I are bivouacking for the night en route to my friend's wedding in the Grand Tetons on Monday. Already we've seen some beautiful country, and the best is yet to come. Tomorrow we'll head through Yellowstone and venture out a bit there, possibly seeing Old Faithful, before heading to the Jackson Hole area for the wedding.

Puzzle-wise, we are halfway through this inaugural year of Rows Garden subscriptions! The constructing schedule has been ideal for me. Frankly I look back on the two-plus years of writing a weekly puzzle and wonder how I did it. Every two weeks is keeping me busy enough. But my other projects - a book and my weekly AriesXword - are also in need of attention as well. It's nice to be busy puzzling!

Since we're at the halfway mark, feel free to leave any feedback regarding the first 13 puzzles on the whole. I promise to keep the quality of these puzzles high and strive to always improve.

P.S. Because I'll be in some pretty remote areas the next few days, I'll be sending Puzzle #14 out later tonight. I like to keep my sending schedule consistent, but more importantly I don't want to be late in sending out a puzzle, either. Better early than late, so keep your eyes on your inbox. Puzzle #15 will be back on the regular schedule, sent out on July 22nd.