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.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Puzzle #12 - Solution

RG2014.12 Hardest/Harder - Solution

RG2014.12 Easier/Easiest - Solution

Another brief post today. Very busy work and puzzle schedule of late - that's how I like it! B2 was clearly the seed, and I loved the clue that I came up for it. That's what I strive for in a seed answer - a fresh, lively answer coupled with a clever clue. Speaking of which, Wordplay magazine's third issue will be released soon, and I'm fairly certain it contains an original Rows Garden of mine, and if it's the one I think it is, it features perhaps my favorite clue ever. I've got some more puzzles coming up in future issues as well, and based on what I've seen and solved in the first two issues, it's a stellar magazine. Definitely worth a subscription if you haven't already.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Puzzle #11 - Solution

RG2014.11 - Hardest/Harder

RG2014.11 - Easier/Easiest

Short write-up this week. B1 was the seed here, and I liked the entries surrounding it as well. Three instances of THE included in a Row answer, which I don't mind as long as the crossing blooms don't also use THE. I did have to resort to duping TO at K1 and its first crossing White Bloom, but I can live with that. How'd this one treat you?