ROWS GARDEN 23 — HARDER
ROWS GARDEN 23 — EASIER
Rows Garden 23 Harder — Solution
Rows Garden 23 Easier — Solution
Short post, as I’m here on vacation in the quaint little village of Rib Lake, Wisconsin. I’ll be here overnight and then head on east to Green Bay for a few days, then to tour Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterwork Taliesen west of Madison, and then finish the journey by spending the weekend at my family’s cabin in Webster, in the western part of the state. Why Wisconsin, you may ask? Well, it’s last-minute research for my third state-themed book, Wisconsin Crosswords! The highlight of today’s trip was visiting Timm’s Hill, the highest point in Wisconsin. I climbed the observation tower and enjoyed looking at the rural splendor of north-central Wisconsin. Beautiful country, and what’s more, there’s an internet cafe open here at 9:00 PM! Life is good.
Oh, I’ve been working out the kinks on this site and fixed a problem with the Facebook “Like” button that you see on the right sidebar. Now it’s synchronized with the official Aries Puzzles page on Facebook, but it lost everybody that had previously clicked the button. So, if you still “like” this site, press the Like button again, and you’ll be able to get the most recent Aries Puzzles news and updates via the Facebook page. Do it!
Enjoy the puzzle!
5/3 UPDATE: Turned out the vacation took up too much of my time last week, so there won’t be a Rows Garden to share today. Sorry about that; but with Easter last weekend and a busy (and rainy) vacation last week, I just wasn’t able to produce a puzzle this week. Back to the regular schedule next Tuesday.
Andrew J. Ries, April 26th 2011 |
ROWS GARDEN 22 — HARDER
ROWS GARDEN 22 — EASIER
Rows Garden 22 Harder — Solution
Rows Garden 22 Easier — Solution
When I was at the ACPT a month back, I had the pleasure of chatting with fellow puzzler Brendan Emmett Quigley, and we hit upon a mutual interest: legendary indie-rockers Pavement. The conversation also of course featured puzzle talk, and we ended up brainstorming juicy 9-letter top-row entries for future Rows Gardens. The culmination of that conversation appears in Row A this week. For those alien to the song referenced there, — go out and download that song immediately (hell, download all off Pavement’s discography while you’re at it). Mid-’90s rock glory at its best. But I did figure that some would balk at such an entry, so I made extra sure those crossing blooms are eminently gettable.
Hope you enjoy!
Andrew J. Ries, April 19th 2011 |
ROWS GARDEN 21 — HARDER
ROWS GARDEN 21 — EASIER
Rows Garden 21 Harder — Solution
Rows Garden 21 Easier — Solution
Don’t you love it when you learn something new and then hear a reference to it shortly thereafter? Just had one that involves this week’s puzzle. In researching a possible clue for B1, I came across Brian Greene’s book The Elegant Universe, which was new to me. Leave it to the astrophysicists and rocket scientists in the audience to explain the book to me (much less the concept that’s the answer to B1), but that’s beside the point. I was nothing short of giddy when I heard that same book mentioned in the film Limitless, which I saw yesterday with a friend. He wasn’t all that thrilled when I told him why I found that bit of dialogue so enjoyable…but I knew there’s people out there that appreciate that kind of stuff, like you guys! Thanks again for your continued support of the site, and I again apologize for an off week last week. Hope you enjoy this puzzle twice as much.
Andrew J. Ries, April 12th 2011 |