Sunday, November 23, 2014

Puzzle #23 Solution

RG2014.23 Hardest/Harder - Solution

RG2014.23 Easier/Easiest - Solution

Apologies for the late post -- totally spaced about it!

Row A was the seed here. I liked being able to fit in B1 and especially C2 (one of my favorite comedies), with the additional nugget of C2 crossing the third dark bloom. As for the clues, I especially liked the misdirect at H1.

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Puzzle #22 - Solution

RG2014.22 Hardest/Harder - Solution

RG2014.22 Easier/Easiest - Solution

C1 was the seed answer for this puzzle. This is notable because it's the first time in 140+ Rows Gardens that I've used anything other than the A or B Row for the seed entry. Oh, believe me - I tried using it in Row B. But 12-letter answers (or any answer divisible by 3) are tough to work with, because moving them to the first answer or second answer in the Row doesn't change the blooms trigrams. So if it ain't working with the blooms in one orientation, it's likely not to work to move it to the second position in the Row. Here, it worked fine once I moved it down to Row C, and thankfully the A and B rows cooperated without much difficulty.

My favorite clue in this one? Probably K1.

New puzzle next Tuesday!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Puzzle #21 - Solution

RG2014.21 Hardest/Harder - Solution

RG2014.21 Easier/Easiest - Solution

B2 was the seed entry for this puzzle. The last three months of the year have plenty of options for seasonal-based entries, so expect a few of those as we close out the year. I tried a couple of iterations of B2 (plural, -ING, etc.), and the blooms weren't cooperating very well, but I am happy with what turned out. Always nice to get a 5 word entry in a puzzle (J2), though I'm pretty sure I've used that entry before (too lazy to scour the archive, but I think I used this entry as a seed like three years ago). Anywho, hoped you liked this one, and #22 drops next Tuesday.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Puzzle #20 - Solution

RG2014.20 Hardest/Harder - Solution

RG2014.20 Easier/Easiest - Solution

We've hit #20 for this year - how time flies! Seems like yesterday that this whole year was getting off the ground. While I enjoy the autumn season, it's also a reminder of the oncoming winter, which based on last year's Winter From Hell, isn't something to anticipate with fondness. More inside time means more puzzling, however, so at least I got that going for me.

Hopefully you found this puzzle amusing. B1 was the seed, which presented some oddly difficult trigrams to deal with in the blooms. I had opportunities to use the entries YOU'RE MINE and YOU'RE GOOD at Row A, but I decided against both. YOU'RE MINE could be clued as a Valentine's phrase, but it sounds kinda creepy too, if you ask me, so I decided against it. And while YOU'RE GOOD is lively, it would have necessitated using BOOGER in a bloom, which I decided against due to poor taste. Call me prudish, perhaps, but using that entry - that's just snot me. :)