Wednesday, September 25, 2019

September FREE RG

Here's this month's FREE Rows Garden. This puzzle started with the entry at B2. It was nice to get C2 to stack on top of the seed entry, and my favorite clue in the bunch is probably E1. This played on the easier side for test solvers - hope you enjoy!

September FREE RG - RGZ (for use in the Rows Garden app for iPad/iPhoneAndroid, and Kindle Fire)

September FREE RG - PDF: Hardest | Harder | Easier | Easiest | | Solution

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Aries Cryptic #18

Standard block cryptic this month. It felt like this one took forever to write, and it's on the tougher side according to one of my test solvers. 11-Across was the crowd favorite clue among the testers - hope you enjoy!

Wordplay, the New York Times' crossword blog, recently published an interview with me! Check it out here.

Happy solving!

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Aries Throwback - "Making a Deposit"

For this month's Throwback puzzle, we're going all the way back to 2011 for "Making a Deposit," which was originally included in the book Michigan Crosswords. I just got word that that book is now officially out of print, after a strong eight year run, so it was fun going back in memory lane to revisit the book now.

This puzzle is based on a quirky Michigan tradition, one that was immortalized in a rare double-episode of Seinfeld. I've edited most of the Michigan-insider cluing out, so this is solvable for a general audience. Hope you enjoy!

Making a Deposit - PUZ

Making a Deposit - PDF

Making a Deposit - PDF (Grayscale)

Making a Deposit - Solution

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

September FREEstyle

Here's this month's FREEstyle - it's a 68-word, 30-block puzzle. This one started with the clue/entry pair at 33-Across. Hope you enjoy!

You'll notice on the sidebar that I've added labels to the posts for the Thursday puzzles, which will making searching through the archives for specific types of puzzles that much easier.

Happy solving!

September FREEstyle - PUZ

September FREEstyle - PDF

September FREEstyle - PDF (Grayscale)

September FREEstyle - Solution