ROWS GARDEN 83 — HARDER
ROWS GARDEN 83 — EASIER
Rows Garden 83 Harder — Solution
Rows Garden 83 Easier — Solution
A couple of plugs this week: Patrick Berry has a new Rows Garden up at his site, A-Frame Games. As usual, stellar stuff from the master. And I want to also plug Nathan Curtis’ Tortoise Shell Puzzles; Nathan’s been creating variety puzzles such as Marching Bands and Snake Charmers and cryptics for the better part of a year now. He even did a Rows Garden a while back, and it’s quality stuff. Be sure to check out Nathan’s site HERE.
7/11/12 1:50 PM, 3:50 CDT UPDATES: Small error in the clue for Row A. “Englishman” has been substituted with “British man”. Thanks to Dan B. and Joon P. for bringing this to the attention of the staff.
Andrew J. Ries, July 10th 2012 |
ROWS GARDEN 72 — HARDER
ROWS GARDEN 72 — EASIER
Rows Garden 72 Harder — Solution
Rows Garden 72 Easier — Solution
Before I get to any commentary regarding this site, I did want to plug AP.com supporter Tyler Hinman’s latest crossword essay, titled “The War on Fill.” Be sure to continue on and read the comments — some heavy hitters in the crossword world offer their two cents on the topic, including the veritable Will Shortz. Especially for those interested in crossword construction, this is a thought-provoking piece indeed. My two cents: I’m much more forgiving of any form of inelegance (whether that may be lackluster fill entries, weak cluing, cheater squares, etc.) if the theme of the puzzle is truly outstanding. Since a themeless puzzle, by definition, lacks a unifying motif, immaculate fill becomes that much more important. But anyways, it’s a great discussion and be sure to check it out. It’s too bad crosswords don’t have a academic journal of sorts — a JAMA equivalent, if you will (or, channeling my grad school days, the Journal of American History) — because Tyler’s piece could have definitely belonged. Well, maybe with more footnotes.
SPOILERS ON LAST WEEK’S PUZZLE ARE FOLLOWING!!! YOU’VE BEEN FOREWARNED.
Thanks to those who commented last week — C2 was indeed my favorite clue, the “Urban initiative that lasted over 200 years,” cluing THE CRUSADES. Pope Urban started the first Crusade, which of course spawned three critically-acclaimed sequels over the next few centuries. I was glad to come across a good clue for a somewhat dull entry in THE CRUSADES. But on the whole, I liked last week’s puzzle quite a bit, and again thanks to everyone who posited their own favorites. Feel free to do the same this week!
This week’s offering was a bit of an unusual construction; the seed entry was actually the last across entry, Row L. I originally had that on top and was working my way down as usual, and finished with the flowery entry on the bottom row. In the spirit of Patrick Berry, I decided to flip the grid and put the floral entry on top and the “seed” on the bottom. I like this puzzle, too — especially that clue at [redacted]!
Andrew J. Ries, April 24th 2012 |
ROWS GARDEN 71 — HARDER
ROWS GARDEN 71 — EASIER
Rows Garden 71 Harder — Solution
Rows Garden 71 Easier — Solution
If smooth and fun is how you like your Rows Gardens, you best check out Patrick Berry’s latest offering for the Wall Street Journal. The guy continues to amaze me. This one was one of his easier Rows Gardens, in my opinion, but it was still a lot of fun. Everything you should expect in a puzzle.
Back at ‘em again this week. For what it’s worth, I like this puzzle. The seed entry was B1, of course, and as far as I can tell it’s never been used in a crossword, so I’m glad to debut it. My favorite clue? I definitely have one, and it’s one of my favorite clues I’ve written, but I won’t draw any extra attention to it. Make your guesses (or name your own fave entry and/or clue) in the comments.
Andrew J. Ries, April 17th 2012 |