RG2014.10 Hardest/Harder - Solution
RG2014.10 Easier/Easiest - Solution
This grid was originally done a few months ago, but when I began cluing it, I noticed a fatal flaw: CREATE was the answer to two separate blooms. That's a definite no-go, and I tried doing small surgery on one part of the grid to excise one of the CREATE blooms, but the more I looked at the south part of the grid, I didn't really like what I saw. So I set it aside and eventually ripped out the bottom half of the grid. As you see, one of the CREATE blooms remains, but everything from Row F was completely gutted and re-written. This was one of the impetuses I had for making myself list the blooms as I write the puzzle; I am much more diligent about bloom dupes as I once was. But I'm sure it's not the last time I do it!
For the finished product, I definitely liked this better than the first incarnation. B1 was the obvious seed, and I especially like the clues for E2 and I2. I tried to ease off the difficulty throttle a bit with this one, seeing as last week's may have been this year's hardest challenge to date.
Hope you enjoyed it, and Puzzle #11 drops next Tuesday. Have a fun and safe Memorial Day weekend!