Monday, October 20, 2014

Puzzle #21 - Solution

RG2014.21 Hardest/Harder - Solution

RG2014.21 Easier/Easiest - Solution

B2 was the seed entry for this puzzle. The last three months of the year have plenty of options for seasonal-based entries, so expect a few of those as we close out the year. I tried a couple of iterations of B2 (plural, -ING, etc.), and the blooms weren't cooperating very well, but I am happy with what turned out. Always nice to get a 5 word entry in a puzzle (J2), though I'm pretty sure I've used that entry before (too lazy to scour the archive, but I think I used this entry as a seed like three years ago). Anywho, hoped you liked this one, and #22 drops next Tuesday.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Puzzle #20 - Solution

RG2014.20 Hardest/Harder - Solution

RG2014.20 Easier/Easiest - Solution

We've hit #20 for this year - how time flies! Seems like yesterday that this whole year was getting off the ground. While I enjoy the autumn season, it's also a reminder of the oncoming winter, which based on last year's Winter From Hell, isn't something to anticipate with fondness. More inside time means more puzzling, however, so at least I got that going for me.

Hopefully you found this puzzle amusing. B1 was the seed, which presented some oddly difficult trigrams to deal with in the blooms. I had opportunities to use the entries YOU'RE MINE and YOU'RE GOOD at Row A, but I decided against both. YOU'RE MINE could be clued as a Valentine's phrase, but it sounds kinda creepy too, if you ask me, so I decided against it. And while YOU'RE GOOD is lively, it would have necessitated using BOOGER in a bloom, which I decided against due to poor taste. Call me prudish, perhaps, but using that entry - that's just snot me. :)