Thursday, April 29, 2021

Combinations #1

Combinations #1 - JPZ | PUZPDF | PDF (Grayscale) | Solution (PDF)

I have something new for the variety puzzle this month, a crossword variant called "Combinations." Instructions are included on the PDF and I have a JPZ and PUZ files for digital solving - you can use Crossword Nexus or Xword for solving JPZ files. Instructions are included in the Notepad in the digital versions.

This format evolved from a couple of separate ideas I had been developing over the last few months. Any and all feedback is highly encouraged! I'm wondering if there is a future with this format so comments on the solving experience would be very helpful. Hope you enjoy!

I've also added the April bundles for Rows Garden and Freestyle - check those out if you're interested in what to expect with a subscription

Happy solving!

Thursday, April 22, 2021

ACPT Week - Free Rows Garden + Freestyle

Aries Rows Garden #8.15 - Hardest (PDF) | Harder (PDF) | Easier (PDF) | Easiest (PDF) | Solution (PDF) | RGZ (For use in the Rows Garden app for iPad/iPhoneAndroid, and Amazon Fire)

Aries Freestyle #4.15 - PUZ | PDF | PDF (Grayscale) | Solution (PDF)

It's the weekend of the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament! The ACPT is a annual puzzling tradition, and this year makes its online debut. While I won't be able to compete in the tournament this year, I did want to take the opportunity to welcome new visitors to the site and share some free puzzles (as is standard when attending the tournament).

An Aries subscription is available in two formats: Rows Garden and Freestyle. I've got a recent puzzle of each posted above - these are puzzles from a few weeks ago. Happy solving! 

I've also updated the monthly bundles through March so check those out if you want a taste of what you'll get as a subscriber. There's also the Rows Garden archive and additional side projects available in the Crossword archive

Good luck to all solvers this weekend! New variety puzzle next week. 

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Twists & Turns #5

Twists & Turns #5 - Harder (PDF) | Standard (PDF) | Standard (JPZ) | Solution (PDF)

Back with another Twists & Turns! To recap, the PDFs are available in Standard and Harder versions; the Harder version lists the Twist clues alphabetically, so if you're looking for an extra challenge, go for the Harder version. If this is your first attempt at a T&T, try the gentler Standard version. To solve digitally,  first download the JPZ file, and then visit Crossword Nexus and select the JPZ file that you just downloaded and solve away! Note that the JPZ file is only available in the Standard version. 

I've begun work on a Twists & Turns project that I hope will be available in the early summer. It's fun to explore the different possibilities of the format, including different sizes and thematic variations. As the format is still maturing, any and all feedback is encouraged! Feel free to drop a comment below or shoot me an email with any feedback - positive or negative - that you may have. 

And finally a note that Rows Garden and Freestyle subscriptions are always open! Yearly and monthly bundles are also available. Treat yourself to a subscription or bundle for more puzzling goodness!

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Hockey Game Solution and Contest winners

Aries Cryptic #31 - Solution (PDF) 

Thanks for all how entered into the Hockey Game contest! There were 83 correct submissions, and the two winners picked at random are Mary Maynard and Gerald Becker. Congrats Mary and Gerald! They've won two-month Aries subscriptions as their prize. See above for a PDF of the solution. 

Speaking of subscriptions, Rows Garden and Freestyle subscriptions are always open! It's been a great start to the new year. Of note the Freestyle difficulty has been bumped up so if you're craving a challenging themeless puzzle be sure to snap up a subscription. 

I've also updated the Monthly Bundles to include the first few months of 2021. If you'd like a taste of what you'd get every week as a subscriber, pick up a monthly bundle or two!

And finally, since January I've been writing a monthly-ish block cryptic for The Browser - click here for subscription details.

Back in a few weeks with this month's variety puzzle - I've got a Twists & Turns lined up!