Thursday, June 27, 2024

Marching Bands #7

Aries Marching Bands #7 - PDF | JPZ | Solution (PDF) 

Back with another Marching Bands puzzle! These are always fun to make and I hope this one is fun to solve as well. There's a PDF for paper solving and a JPZ for digital solving. To solve online, first download the JPZ and then head over to Crossword Nexus and open the file to use their web interface. 

The archive has been updated: first with the June 2024 monthly bundle; also, the 2024 First Half bundle is now available, and the Full Archive dating from 2014 has been updated with the 2024 First Half puzzles. That full bundle now has over 400 puzzles! Get your hands on a bundle today, and/or subscribe to get weekly puzzles straight to your inbox. The Summer Special is still running for first-time subscribers which can get you some free archive puzzles as a bonus upon subscribing - also makes a great gift for the hardcore puzzler in your life.

Happy solving!  

Thursday, May 30, 2024

Twists & Turns #10

Twists & Turns #10 - Standard (PDF) | Harder (PDF) | Standard (JPZ) | Solution (PDF)

Back with another Twists & Turns puzzle! If you've never tried your hand at one of these challenging puzzles, I recommend giving the Standard version a shot. The Harder version lists the Twists clues alphabetically which does ramp up the challenge even more, so fair warning that you're in for a workout. The Standard version is also available in digital JPZ format - first download the JPZ link above, then head over to Crossword Nexus and open the file to solve in their smooth online interface. Either way you solve, hope you enjoy!

If you're interested in more T&Ts, pick up the Twists & Turns puzzle pack from a few years ago - 50% off for a limited time! 

On the Rows Garden front, the May bundle has been posted. Subscriptions are always open for Aries Rows Garden - and if you've been on the fence about subscribing, check out the Summer Special for new subscribers: you'll get three *free* months of archived Rows Gardens if you purchase a 1-Year or 6-Month subscription! For more details and to subscribe, head over to the Subscriptions page.

Happy summer, and happy solving!

Thursday, April 25, 2024

Double or Nothing #6

Double or Nothing #6 - PDF | PDF (Grayscale) | Solution (PDF)

Back with another Double or Nothing puzzle! It was fun to build this puzzle around a standard crossword theme. The unique nature of a Double or Nothing puzzle means that you can work with a theme set that doesn't have perfect symmetry in terms of the lengths of the answers. While those answers all occupy 15-letter slots in the grid, not every square in those slots are filled in in a Double or Nothing puzzle. The only real constraint is that every answer in a Double or Nothing puzzle needs to have an even number of letters, and I did luck out in that regard. All in all, I liked how this puzzle came together - hope you enjoy!

Still one more Tuesday to go in the month so check back next week to scoop up the Rows Garden monthly bundle for April. 4/30 UPDATE: The April bundle is now posted! Or if you'd rather not wait, subscriptions are always open so you can get puzzles on a weekly basis rather than needing to wait for the bundles.

Happy solving!

Thursday, March 28, 2024

Aries Acrostic #3

Aries Acrostic #3 - PDF | JPZ | Solution (PDF) 

Back with another Acrostic for this month's variety puzzle! While I don't construct acrostics too often, it is a fun challenge to break out the Scrabble tiles and build a word list from the quote letters. It's a different kind of construction challenge that has the effect of making several hours go by very quickly. Brain twisting for sure but satisfying at the same time. Anyway, I've got a PDF and a JPZ version posted. To solve digitally, download the JPZ file and then head over to Crossword Nexus and open the file. Either way you solve, hope you enjoy!

Also, the Monthly Bundles for Aries Rows Garden have been updated through March. Snap up a bundle or two, or even better, save the wait and subscribe to Aries Rows Garden for a weekly fix of puzzly goodness.

Happy solving!