It was humbling to see some love for Aries Freestyle in the just-released 2018 Orca Awards! The Orcas annually recognize the year's best in crossswords, and there was not only one but two Aries Freestyle puzzles included in Sam Donaldson's write-up. Freestyle #15 was nominated for Freestyle of the Year, and Freestyle #3 included a clue (35-Across, to be precise) nominated for the Clue of the Year.
Here are both of the Orca-nominated puzzles for your solving (or re-solving) enjoyment:
Freestyle #15 - PUZ
Freestyle #15 - PDF
Freestyle #15 - Solution
Freestyle #3 - PUZ
Freestyle #3- PDF
Freestyle #3 - Solution
For a service in its first year, it was quite the honor for Aries Freestyle to be included in such high company. Congrats to all of the nominees and winners, and thanks to Sam for the nominations and for the entertaining write-up - be sure to check out the full Orcas post here (spoilers abound, so be sure to solve the above puzzles first!).
Back with Cryptic #11 next week!