Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Aries Cryptic #17

Here's this month's cryptic, with a bit of a twist. There's a slight theme that will be revealed to you as you solve the puzzle. This kind of block cryptic with an added theme is something that I associate with The Nation cryptics written by Joshua Kosman and Henri Picciotto, so consider this to be a tribute to that form. Hope you enjoy!

Aries Cryptic #17 - PUZ

Aries Cryptic #17 - PDF

Aries Cryptic #17 - PDF (Grayscale)

Aries Cryptic #17 - Solution

Intro to Cryptics - PDF

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Aries Throwback - "Stairing Contest"

For this month's Throwback, we're going back all the way to February 2017 for this easy/medium puzzle. It was originally called "Move Your Feet," but I've retitled it "Stairing Contest." Hope you enjoy!

Aries Throwback - "Stairing Contest" - PUZ

Aries Throwback - "Stairing Contest" - PDF

Aries Throwback - "Stairing Contest" - Grayscale PDF

Aries Throwback - "Stairing Contest" - SOLUTION


Wednesday, July 31, 2019

August FREEstyle

Here's this month's FREEstyle! I started this puzzle with 33-Across, which is a clue/entry pair that had been on ice for a while.

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Happy solving!


August FREEstyle - PUZ

August FREEstyle - PDF

August FREEstyle - Grayscale PDF

August FREEstyle - Solution

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

July FREE RG

Back with this month's FREE RG! Row A was the seed entry for this puzzle. Among the clues, my favorites may be D1 and I2. Hope you enjoy! I'll be back next week with a Freestyle.


July FREE RG - Hardest (PDF)

July FREE RG - Harder (PDF)

July FREE RG - Easier (PDF)

July FREE RG - Easiest (PDF)

July FREE RG - RGZ (for use in the Rows Garden app for iPad/iPhone)


July FREE RG - Solution (PDF)