ROWS GARDEN 52 — HARDER
ROWS GARDEN 52 — EASIER
Rows Garden 52 Harder — Solution
Rows Garden 52 Easier — Solution
I hope everyone had a nice holiday; my brined turkey was a big hit according to everyone at our Thanksgiving. And thanks to all who donated over the last two weeks — a total just south of $400 was raised, and I gratefully donated about 20% of that to two local charities. Thanks again everyone!
The long clue in the Medium Blooms column in this week’s puzzle — the one that mentions socialism and the election of 1912 — well, you can read that, ahem, [answer to said clue] by clicking here. I think a grand total of three people have read it, so join the club! Scrabbly title, eh?
Lastly, I have the pleasure to announce the universal update of Crux crossword solving software for Ipad and Iphone, brought to you by Rumination. This latest release features 15 easy themed crosswords that come included with the software written by yours truly! With the app, you can download puzzle packs from venerated outlets such as the New York Times, as well as noted constructors such as Brendan Emmett Quigley. It’s normally $4.99, on sale here for only 99 cents, and, since you guys were so generous, I have been given 10 promotional codes to distribute to my fans here. If you’re interested in a free code, shoot me an e-mail or drop me a line in the comments section. The first ten respondents will have at the app for NO CHARGE! Considering that Ipads and its cousins are expected to become very popular (and are gaining quite the following among the crossword community), this is a wise investment. And expect more original material from me on future Crux updates; the guys over at Rumination are great to work with.
11/29 12:30 PM CST UPDATE: Thanks to all who pointed out a error in transposing one of the blooms; I have edited that section of the puzzle and it’s posted where it should be. Truly, a SMUGDE is *not* a makeup mishap; and I like Al’s suggestion to re-interpret that bloom as “DESMUG”; alas, it wasn’t too tough of a change, and all the revised blooms are real words (yay!). Thanks all, and I apologize if I caused any undue frustration for any solvers.
Andrew J. Ries, November 29th 2011 |
ROWS GARDEN 51 — HARDER
ROWS GARDEN 51 — EASIER
Rows Garden 51 Harder — Solution
Rows Garden 51 Easier — Solution
Thanks to all those who donated last week. I have until Wednesday to donate to the local charity that will provide a Thanksgiving dinner to those in need on Thursday, so I’ll extend my offer until then for those who have not donated as yet — a percentage of those donations will be headed to those in need. Again, I wouldn’t have been able to offer these puzzles for this long without all of your support, so I thank all those who have donated as well as those who have just told friends, family, and the internets of what’s going on here at AriesPuzzles.com. You guys rock!
Here’s an idea for you Rows Garden fans: bring this puzzle to your Thanksgiving lunch/brunch/dinner(s) and solve it as a team, if your family is of the puzzling sort. I’ve got a nice Thanksgiving-related top Row in this week’s puzzle — hope you like that. Like last week’s puzzle, I wasn’t going for a super-hard challenge this week, so feel free to introduce others to the format. That, or you can look oh-so smart in front of your in-laws or your siblings, which is just as good, too!
Enjoy, and happy Thanksgiving!
Andrew J. Ries, November 22nd 2011 |
ROWS GARDEN 50 — HARDER
ROWS GARDEN 50 — EASIER
Rows Garden 50 Harder — Solution
Rows Garden 50 Easier — Solution
Just one year ago, I started a site based on the theory that the Rows Garden format was one that was under-served and that its loyal fan base was deserving of more choice when it came to their Rows Gardens. Granted, you’ll hardly be left completely unnourished when Patrick Berry is the format’s chief practitioner. But I loved the format and it’s become my pride to offer these to you on a weekly basis. For your loyal support, I thank you.
If you have been a loyal reader and solver, please consider donating to the site. You can do so by clicking the yellow Paypal DONATE button on the top right of the page, or you can e-mail me and I can send you my snail mail address if you’d prefer that approach. I don’t like to ask for money, but keep in mind that these puzzles are here on a weekly basis (I did take two weeks off in a year — for that I apologize) and that they require a lot of time and energy from yours truly. On average a Rows Garden takes around 10 hours from start to finish for me to construct. I do so without any computer software, relying only on a clue database and Onelook for additional assistance.
As Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, I’ve decided to help out those not as fortunate by donating a percentage of this week’s donations to two charitable causes: one to a local mission that will provide a Thanksgiving dinner to those in need, and one to Lucky’s Place, a local pet shelter from which I adopted my first kitty, Charlie. By donating to this site, you can assure that both our fellow citizens and furry friends that need our help can get it.
It’s been a pleasure to offer these puzzles to you, and I hope that I can continue to do so for years to come!
Andrew J. Ries, November 15th 2011 |