RG2015.14 Hardest/Harder - Solution
RG2015.14 Easier/Easiest - Solution
There are always 60 entries in a standard Rows Garden - 22 Rows entries and 38 Blooms. I make a concerted effort to avoid duplicate answers in the grid; in the last year I've taken to listing out the Blooms entries in the margin of my penciled grid as I'm writing the puzzle, in hopes to catch dupes before I move on with writing the grid. This practice was instituted because I've been burned before with finding a dupe (or a past tense of a dupe), such as finding MADE UP and REMAKE in a grid, which happened once years ago and I still remember because I literally had to tear out about 3/4 of the grid to fix it. So I've stepped up my vigilance in avoiding these annoyances, etc.
So I'm writing the 58th of the 60 clues in this puzzle, and my heart sinks. CHOSEN and CHOOSE are both in the grid, and while the former isn't completely buried in the middle of the grid, it was positioned where not many other possibilities lay, and the idea of grid surgery on July 4th was not my idea of fun. So I found the Japanese name of Korea (which was used on world maps for decades during Japan's ruling of Korea) and ran with it. Convenient/lucky for me, maybe not so cool for solvers. Apologies for that.
Other than that, the clue for E2 might be my favorite clue I've come up with lately. Interestingly, I came across this grid sorting through some old papers. I had Row A, B2, and C2 filled in and then I apparently abandoned the grid; I honestly have no idea when I first did work on this puzzle. Good thing I didn't put some only-relevant-in-2012 entry in the grid or it would have seen the bottom of a waste bin!
Several solvers said this one was on the tough side; how'd it treat you?