Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Puzzle #26 Solution

RG2014.26 Hardest/Harder - Solution

RG2014.26 Easier/Easiest - Solution

I hope this year's Rows Gardens was as pleasurable to solve as it was for me to create them for you. I went into this puzzle using B2 as the seed, not clued as the cartoon pair but in reference to the eggnog-esque cocktail commonly drunk during the Yule season. As it turns out, however, the drink is a regional one special to the upper Midwest (where I hail from), so I went a different direction in the cluing. Otherwise, I liked debuting Row A and F2.

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Puzzle #25 Solution

RG2014.25 Hardest/Harder - Solution

RG2014.25 Easier/Easiest - Solution

That's me on the right, and my buddy Troy on the left.  This photo was taken in Omaha, Nebraska, where this weekend we took in our favorite college hockey team, the St. Cloud State University Huskies, playing the Mavericks of the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

This is the third year Troy and I have taken a road trip, and while our first two trips were nearly blemish-free (Huskies went an impressive 3-0-1 in those games), the results weren't as favorable this weekend, as St. Cloud lost two tough close games. Still, the games were entertaining, we met (and imbibed with) some more hardcore Husky road-trippers, and the weather was a welcome reprieve - it threatened to hit sixty, tropical temperatures compared to the cold snap we've had in Minnesota over the last month or so.

As for RG #25, B2 was the timely seed answer, and I've been seeing many of those togs as of late. I was happy to get a number of nice entries in the grid, but decided to go a little easy on the cluing; consider it an early Christmas gift.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Puzzle #24 Solution

RG2014.24 Harder - Solution

RG2014.24 Easier - Solution

Hopefully you didn't suffer too bad a B1 over the Thanksgiving festivities! I was happy to get some fun entries into this one - C2, D1, E2, and G1 are especially tickling.

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