Thursday, July 30, 2020

Spiral #1

Spiral #1 - Easier (PDF) | Harder (PDF) | Easier (JPZ) | Solution (PDF)

It's the fifth Thursday this month, so it's variety puzzle time! Here's a Spiral puzzle for your enjoyment. I've included two versions of this puzzle: the Easier version is familiar to those who solve Spirals when they are included among the Sunday New York Times variety puzzles. The clues give the starting and ending points of each entry in the Easier version. For the Harder version, the clues are listed in order but their starting and ending points are not given, so you must use logic to determine the placement of entries in the grid. I've also included a JPZ version of the Easier version - once you download the file, you can use this handy JPZ Solver over at Crossword Nexus to solve on your computer.

Whichever version you solve, I hope you enjoy!   

Thursday, July 23, 2020


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

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

Here's the July FREE RG. Hope you enjoy!

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Aries Throwback - "Deep in the Heart of Texas"

"Deep in the Heart of Texas" - PUZ | PDF | PDF (Grayscale) | Solution

Here's this month's Throwback puzzle, which comes from my 2012 book Texas Crosswords. My old neighbors Hannah and Xavier just moved to Texas so I thought it would be appropriate to post a puzzle from the this book. Though it now seems like a lifetime ago, I specifically remember writing this puzzle, and it's one of my favorites from the book. I did edit a few parts of the grid, which also meant that I had to think a little harder than usual for the new clues - as I'm now more of a cluing minimalist, I think 6-Down is my favorite clue. Hope you enjoy!

I've updated the Monthly Bundles to include the June 2020 puzzles, and I've also added the 2020 First Half puzzles on the archive pages for Aries Rows Garden and Aries Freestyle. If you're not currently a subscriber and want to check out what you're missing, get your hands on a bundle or two!

Thursday, July 2, 2020

July FREEstyle

July 2020 FREEstyle - PUZ | PDF | PDF (Grayscale) | Solution | "Night Moves" Solution

Back with this month's FREEstyle, which is a 64-word, 34-block puzzle. Going with a rectangular shaped 14x16 grid for a change of pace. Hope you enjoy!

Congrats to Patrick Jordan and Richard Allen for winning the "Night Moves" cryptic contest! Thanks to all 116 solvers who submitted a final answer - I was pleasantly surprised by the high number of entrants for this contest. For those interested in the solution to "Night Moves," see above.

Also, I'm happy to plug the freshly released "Grids for Good" puzzle pack, available upon a donation to a charity for Covid relief or racial justice. There's over 40 puzzles written by a wide range of crossword stars, including a few variety puzzles and metapuzzles with prizes for winners. High quality work which goes towards supporting worthy causes - get on it!