Thursday, April 30, 2020

Twists & Turns #3

Twists & Turns #3 - Standard Version PDF | Harder Version PDF | Standard Version JPZ SOLUTION PDF

Back with another Twists & Turns puzzle! The first two of these seemed to be very well-received by solvers, so it's important to keep these coming.

As with the last T&T, the puzzle is offered in two difficulty levels. The Standard version lists the Twist clues in grid order, left to right and top to bottom, while the Harder version lists the Twist clues in alphabetical order. I recommend the Standard version for solvers new to the format and non-experts  - if I were solving these, I'd prefer the Standard version myself. But I know many of you are looking for an extra challenge, so for experts and gluttons for punishment, give the Harder version a try.

For now, these puzzles are PDF only. I imagine that a JPZ version can be created for these; however, I don't even know how to begin creating a JPZ file from scratch. For those who are technically adept at creating JPZ files, I'd be interested in a tutorial to show me the ropes! Send me an email if you would be willing to walk me through the process.

UPDATE: Thanks to Jeff Davidson for creating a JPZ version! I've added a link above. After downloading the file, use the JPZ solving applet on Crossword Nexus to solve. The JPZ file only supports the Standard version of the puzzle. I've given the JPZ version a test run and it works pretty well. Thanks so much Jeff!

As before, the more feedback the better for this new format - feel free to leave a comment below or send me an email directly. Each solving experience gives me greater insight into how the format plays, so whether you enjoyed it or - equally important - if you didn't enjoy it, your feedback is much appreciated.

Happy solving!


  1. Hey Andrew, we hope you're staying safe and well. These Twists and Turns are very enjoyable. Even the easier version is challenging. Any Andrew puzzle is welcome at our house, even if it's not a Rows Garden!

  2. I like them! Keep them coming. On T&T#2, I printed the standard version, and found I was working it like the "harder" RG version I usually do. So this time I printed the "harder" version. I guess that qualifies me as a "glutton for punishment" :-)

  3. Hey, great stuff! This time I was finally able to get through the Harder version; last time I started on Harder and eventually had to switch over to Easier. This is a great form and I’ll eagerly solve as many of these as you can make!

  4. Thanks Andrew, a welcome addition to your repertoire. Keep them coming

  5. Thanks for another T&T. I can't believe it hasn't even been a year since the first one. It seems like much longer. I solved the harder version again and I felt like it was slightly harder than T&T #2. I really enjoy these puzzles and would like to see more. Maybe every week 5 or an EP?

  6. That was fun to be able to solve online! The Standard was plenty hard for me. Please stay well, and keep up the great work!