Thursday, November 26, 2020

Aries Cryptic #30 - "High Times" (Contest)

Aries Cryptic #30 "High Times" - PDF | Intro to Cryptics Guide (PDF)

Happy Thanksgiving! We're still celebrating the tenth anniversary here at Aries Puzzles, so here's a special variety cryptic for you. This puzzle is titled "High Times," and it's also a contest! Email the final answer from this puzzle to me by Sunday, December 6th for a chance to win a two-month Aries subscription of your choice. All the details can be found in the puzzle instructions. I'll pick two winners for this contest, one current subscriber and one non-subscriber. PDF only for this puzzle. I'll post the solution and announce the winners on December 10th.

Happy solving!

Thursday, November 5, 2020

10th Anniversary!

Digital Decade - PUZ | PDF | PDF (Grayscale) | Solution

This month marks the tenth anniversary of! Back in November 2010 when I launched the site I wasn't not sure if it would have lasted ten weeks much less ten years, so it's especially gratifying to acknowledge not only this anniversary but the growth of Aries Puzzles over these ten years. Thanks to all solvers who have visited the site and solved puzzles over the last decade and have helped grow the site by recommending it to others. Here's to another ten years! 

For the special occasion, I've got a themed crossword for your enjoyment, titled "Digital Decade." See above for the PUZ and PDF files, or below to solve online. Hope you enjoy!

I've updated the Monthly Bundles through October so be sure to check those out if you're interested.

There will be another puzzle coming this anniversary month, so be sure to stop by again soon. If you've been coming to this site for ten years or if this is your first visit, I'm very grateful for your support. As always, happy solving!

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!