I’ve been suffering from a little writer’s block lately; though I’ve been pleased with the Rows Gardens here, it’s more the themed crosswords that have been a little slower to come by lately. I’m working on my fifth crossword book, tentatively titled Crosswords for the Birds. Not surprisingly, all the puzzles have bird-related themes, and the first twenty grids came out great, really better than I expected considering my limited ornithological knowledge. For the last few weeks the theme ideas have been a little tough to come by. Luckily, I have enough on my hands that I can focus on other puzzles — cluing some of the bird puzzles, gridding others (including my “Twenty Under Thirty” submission) — that the time was filled in one way or another. And this weekend, I came up with a few new bird theme ideas, and the pattern continued today. So it appears the writer’s block has passed — whew!
Enjoy this puzzle; by next week, we’ll be half-way through 2012.