Thursday, April 2, 2020

April FREEstyle

April 2020 FREEstyle - PUZ | PDF | PDF (Grayscale) | Solution

Here's the FREEstyle for April! This puzzle started with the center stack, which was built around the entry at 34-Across. Hope you enjoy!

If you're looking for more puzzles, for the month of April, all Monthly Bundles are 50% off! Also can hit up the free Rows Garden archive - there are over 120 free Rows Gardens for your solving (and re-solving) pleasure.

Happy solving!

Wednesday, March 25, 2020


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

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

Here's the FREE RG for the month! This puzzle started with the colloquial phrase at C1. Other entries I enjoyed including were D2, E1, G1, and I2, all of which have very few, if any, previous appearances in crosswords. Hope you enjoy!

If you're looking for more variety puzzles, I highly recommend the newest suite written by the great Patrick Berry, titled "Sweet 16." Patrick released this set of mini variety puzzles in February, but I didn't have an opportunity to solve this until this past weekend. I solved all the puzzles in around four hours, which makes its $10 price more than worth it. Each of the sixteen variety types which lead to the "grand finale" delivers a strong "a-ha" moment or two within the puzzle. And once you see how everything comes together in the end, it's a truly marvelous work. There's an accessibility in this suite that I appreciate as well - not too many of the puzzles were true brain-busters, but each makes your brain work in a different, satisfying way. My favorite puzzles of the set include "Double Team," "Fitting In," "Fair Share," "Connections," and "Flower Clusters," which is a clever spin on a Rows Garden. I'll say it again: this was a terrific set of puzzles! For more info and to purchase, click here.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Aries Cryptic #24

Aries Cryptic #24 - PUZ | PDF | PDF (Grayscale) | Solution | Intro to Cryptics Guide (PDF)

Here's this month's Cryptic, which was seeded by the two 12-letter entries at 4- and 11-Down. Hope you enjoy!

Also on the American cryptic front, The Nation announced it will be discontinuing its long-running cryptic at the end of the month. The good news is that The Nation cryptic writers Joshua Kosman and Henri Picciotto will be continuing to write their fine cryptics through Patreon starting in April. Click here for more info and to subscribe to Out of Left Field cryptics!

Happy solving,


Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Aries Throwback - "Giving Back"

Aries Throwback - "Giving Back" - PUZ | PDF | PDF (Grayscale) | Solution

Back with this month's Throwback puzzle! This puzzle, titled "Giving Back," was originally published in 2017 in The Growler magazine. This is a pretty simple theme but fun at the same time. I like that 18-Across is now more personal to me than when I originally wrote the puzzle, as one of my neighbors is from there, and as a result I see lots of that cool trident flag!

Happy solving, and stay safe out there.