Monday, August 25, 2014

Puzzle #17 Solution

RG2014.17 Hardest/Harder - Solution

RG2014.17 Easier/Easiest - Solution

Had fun meeting up with legendary constructor Brendan Emmett Quigley this past weekend. We sweated through a hot-as-blazes Twins-Tigers game at Target Field, and had some good discussions regarding puzzles and whatnot. Good times. I assume you're doing Brendan's twice-weekly puzzles on his blog; if you're not, well, shame on you.

Hope you enjoyed this one. One of my favorite clues here on display, at Row 1. What'd you think?

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.