Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Puzzle #4 - Solution

RG2015.4 Hardest/Harder - Solution

RG2015.4 Easier/Easiest - Solution

Apologies for the delayed post...been very busy around here.

B1 was the seed here. It was one of those unique situations where I came up with the clue and entry almost at the same time. Though I knew I was going to clue it as [High heat?], I debated having the answer in the singular or the plural. I ended up going with the latter, and I'm glad I did.

I was also happy to debut E2. For the longest time I had KENNEDYCURSE in that spot; though I didn't love the crossing bloom it created (PEENED), plus KENNEDYCURSE is a tough phrase to clue (not to mention the tragic implications in the entry). Plus once I landed on the final E2 entry, it enabled using the equally fresh entry at E1.

New puzzle next Tuesday!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Puzzle #3 - Solution

RG2015.3 Hardest/Harder - Solution

RG2015.3 Easier/Easiest - Solution

B1 was the seed answer here, but unfortunately for me I got "scooped" in a colleague's puzzle about a week before the puzzle was released. I won't tell you where I saw it (in case you're behind on your puzzles, I won't spoil it for you), but I should have known that the time to debut B1 was dwindling! Anyhow, I liked the clue on it, and also liked the misdirect in the clues for F2, G1, and I2. Some solvers wrote stating that this one was particularly tough - how did it treat you?

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Puzzle #2 - Solution

RG 2015.2 Hardest/Harder - Solution

RG 2015.2 Easier/Easiest - Solution

Apologies for the very short post. I'm off to Colorado this week and am busy in preparations. Though we've had a very mild winter here so far (a welcome respite from last year's disastrously cold and snowy winter), a long weekend in Colorado Springs is always something to look forward to. My condolences to those stuck in the winter blizzard out east - I can certainly relate!

B2 was the seed here, and I like the cleverness I was able to wrangle out of some otherwise ordinary entries (I'm looking at you, C1 and E2). Not a ton of Scrabbly letters in this grid, and it's in these situations where cluing can deliver the freshness of a puzzle. Hope you enjoyed it.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Puzzle #1 Solution

RG2015.1 Solution - Hardest/Harder

RG2015.1 Solution - Easier/Easiest

Starting the year off with a bang! We've been in a deep freeze for a while now (well, it's Minnesota, so what should I expect), and I burned through a long list of seed answers a while back, so it was a bit of a struggle to brainstorm some fresh new entries. I ended up using B1 as the seed; though I stopped watching Colbert years ago, I remember watching the first episode, and then saw the final song also featured his first guest, so I thought it'd make a good trivia clue. Also happy to work in D1, E1, F2, and J2, and I liked the clues on G1 and H1.

Hope it treated you well; welcome again to Year #2 of subscriptions.