ROWS GARDEN 113 — HARDER
ROWS GARDEN 113 — EASIER
Rows Garden 113 Harder — Solution
Rows Garden 113 Easier — Solution
A development in the Big News department, and one that is a difficult announcement to make. But I’m excited to start a new position at the company I’ve been part-timing at for the last few years, and this position will require a much larger time commitment, and will result in a great decline in my time spent on puzzles. Unfortunately, I’ll be unable to keep up with a weekly schedule here. On the bright side, I will be still presenting Rows Gardens and other puzzles on a monthly basis. Tuesdays have become the norm, so circle your calendar for a March 5th date for Rows Garden #114. Also, there may be some extra puzzles in between on a more irregular basis; the best way to keep abreast of all that I’m offering is to follow Aries Puzzles on Facebook.
It’s a bittersweet announcement for me, as I truly enjoy creating puzzles and I appreciate all the feedback I’ve gotten over the last 27 months. I’m not going anywhere, but I’ll just be stopping by less often. I feel that the quality of the puzzles have been affected by my already tightening schedule, and a time crunch can lead to some unsavory compromises made in puzzles that, if I had more time, would have been better. So I’m confident that the puzzles in the future will be quality puzzles that won’t have a rushed feel to them. I feel I owe you that much!
Thanks for everyone who has solved the puzzles thus far, and I hope that you keep coming back.
PS to Meta Contest players: less than one month to go to send in your Final Answer!
Andrew J. Ries, February 12th 2013 |
ROWS GARDEN 112 — HARDER
ROWS GARDEN 112 — EASIER
Rows Garden 112 Harder — Solution
Rows Garden 112 Easier — Solution
The second annual Minnesota Crossword tournament went well, definitely an upgrade from last year, and it was an interesting experience to see a room full of people solve one of my puzzles. And I enjoyed catching up with fellow Minnesota puzzle lovers I had met before and meeting some for the first time. The weather wasn’t ideal, and they had the St. Paul Winter Carnival to compete with, so if it’d be up to me, a Saturday in June would be just dandy next year. But I enjoyed contributing a puzzle to the event, and hope for the tournament to continue to grow and thrive.
Enjoy the puzzle!
Andrew J. Ries, February 5th 2013 |
ROWS GARDEN 111 — HARDER
ROWS GARDEN 111 — EASIER
Rows Garden 111 Harder — Solution
Rows Garden 111 Easier — Solution
For those in the Twin Cities area, there is the second annual St. Paul crossword tournament coming up this Saturday, February 2nd. In an exciting development, all of the puzzles this year are custom-made especially for the event. All the puzzle constructors, including yours truly, have had puzzles published in the New York Times. And if you can’t make the trip, there are plans on selling the contest puzzles separately for a small charge (more info on that in the following weeks). Find out more info, and sign up, HERE.
As for this week’s puzzle, I really liked how it turned out, especially compared to last week’s struggle. I hope you agree. Enjoy!
Andrew J. Ries, January 29th 2013 |