Thursday, October 22, 2020

Diagramless #1

Diagramless #1 - PDF | Solution | PUZ

Back this month with a diagramless puzzle! This is my first attempt at a diagramless, a format that was one of the first crossword variety formats that I really took to as a budding puzzle-loving solver. This book of diagramlesses by Brendan Emmett Quigley did a lot to foster that love of diagramlesses - jeez, was it that long ago that it was published? Seems like yesterday. 

The PDF has three pages; the first page has the puzzle, the second page has the starting square hint at the bottom of the page, and the third page has the symmetry type. So be sure to only print out that first page and if you want or need the hints, just scroll down to the appropriate page on the PDF so you don't waste paper.  Let me know what you think - anytime I make a first foray into a format, any and all feedback is greatly appreciated.

UPDATE: I've added a PUZ file up top; for digital solving options you can download either Diagnil or Xword and open the downloaded PUZ file in either of those apps. Thanks to Jeff D. for pointing these out!

Also, the September bundles for Aries Rows Garden and Aries Freestyle have been posted. It was a five-week month, so those bundles are fully packed! Get your hands on one of these bundles if you're curious what a subscription would entail.

One final plug - I'm excited to join the crossword team over at Vox! My first puzzle will drop this Friday the 23rd, and each Friday I'll have a mini puzzle posted, as well as a full-sized themed puzzle about once a month on Saturdays. So far it's been great working with the people at Vox as well the fellow Vox crossword team - Adesina O. Koiki, Juliana Tringali Golden, Patrick Blindauer, and Will Nediger. All the puzzles are free to solve, and are meant to be accessible, current, and above all fun - give it a shot!

Talk to you soon - I've got something special planned for November (maybe even an extra free puzzle), so be sure to stop by! 

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Twists & Turns #4

Twists & Turns #4 - Standard Version PDF | Harder Version PDF | Standard Version JPZ | SOLUTION PDF

Back this month with another Twists & Turns! As with the past T&Ts, I've included PDFs of the Standard and Harder versions. The Standard version lists the Twists in grid order, while the Harder lists the Twist clues alphabetically. There's also a JPZ of the Standard version - to solve, first download the link above and then visit the Crossword Nexus Solver to use their online interface. 

The August monthly bundles for Aries Rows Garden and Aries Freestyle have also been added - scoop up a bundle or two (or sign up for a subscription) if you're looking for more puzzles to solve.

Happy solving!

Thursday, August 27, 2020

August FREE RG

August FREE RG - PDF: Hardest | Harder | Easier | Easiest | Solution

August FREE RG - RGZ (for solving in the Rows Garden app for iPad/iPhoneAndroid, and Kindle Fire)

Here's the August FREE RG. This puzzle started with the entry at B2. As always, hope you enjoy!

Announcement: I'm cutting back on the Thursday puzzles. Instead of the weekly rotation I'll be moving to a once-a-month posting schedule featuring either a variety puzzle or a cryptic. I've got a Twists & Turns puzzle lined up for September, for starters. The monthly free puzzle will still be posted on a Thursday, but the week of its posting will vary. Be sure to sign up for the RSS feed (see the sidebar on the right) or subscribe to the Daily Crossword Links newsletter so you don't miss any new monthly puzzles. Thanks to all those who have stopped by each week to solve over the last year and a half! I do hope you keep coming back for the monthly puzzles.

Yours in puzzling,


Thursday, August 20, 2020

Aries Cryptic #29

Aries Cryptic #29 - PUZ | PDF | PDF (Grayscale) | Solution | Intro to Cryptics (PDF)

Here's the cryptic for this month. While it was not the seed entry, I think 6-Down is my favorite clue. I particularly like clues that have a logical and consistent surface sense and this one was fun to mold into shape. Hope you enjoy!

It's a little late this month, but I've got July bundles up for the Rows Garden and Freestyles. I've permanently cut the price of those monthly bundles so if you're curious to know what to expect from a Rows Garden or Freestyle subscription, scoop up a monthly bundle or two!