Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Puzzle #4 - Solution

RG2015.4 Hardest/Harder - Solution

RG2015.4 Easier/Easiest - Solution

Apologies for the delayed post...been very busy around here.

B1 was the seed here. It was one of those unique situations where I came up with the clue and entry almost at the same time. Though I knew I was going to clue it as [High heat?], I debated having the answer in the singular or the plural. I ended up going with the latter, and I'm glad I did.

I was also happy to debut E2. For the longest time I had KENNEDYCURSE in that spot; though I didn't love the crossing bloom it created (PEENED), plus KENNEDYCURSE is a tough phrase to clue (not to mention the tragic implications in the entry). Plus once I landed on the final E2 entry, it enabled using the equally fresh entry at E1.

New puzzle next Tuesday!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Puzzle #3 - Solution

RG2015.3 Hardest/Harder - Solution

RG2015.3 Easier/Easiest - Solution

B1 was the seed answer here, but unfortunately for me I got "scooped" in a colleague's puzzle about a week before the puzzle was released. I won't tell you where I saw it (in case you're behind on your puzzles, I won't spoil it for you), but I should have known that the time to debut B1 was dwindling! Anyhow, I liked the clue on it, and also liked the misdirect in the clues for F2, G1, and I2. Some solvers wrote stating that this one was particularly tough - how did it treat you?