RG2015.11 Hardest/Harder - Solution
RG2015.11 Easier/Easiest - Solution
Clue/entry pair at B2 was the seed. I was a little worried that I was a little too sports-heavy in the top half and a little movie/pop culture heavy in the bottom few rows; I hope I didn't inconvenience solvers too much if I probed a bit to much on individual knowledge weak spots.
I had the opportunity to solve the Indie 500 puzzles over the weekend and was really impressed by the quality of the work presented there. It was a shame that I couldn't make the tournament in person (too far, money, etc.), especially so because the puzzles were so enjoyable and I respect each of the constructors greatly. It's a fool's exercise to pick the best of the bunch, because they all were so good, but I will say that Neville Fogarty's stumper had the quintessence of a Puzzle 5 at the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament - a puzzle that puts up great resistance, even when the theme is uncovered. Great stuff there. And as a constructor, I really appreciated both Peter Broda and Finn Vigeland's puzzles from a technical standpoint. I won't go any further and divulge any particulars of the puzzle - to keep with the tournament runners' wishes - just to say that you should order them right now. $10 well spent. Here's the link to purchase: Indie 500 (Click on the Register tab and scroll to the bottom)