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Mini Rows Garden #2

Variety grid puzzle. Acknowledgements to Patrick Berry.

Once again, it's been quite a while since my last post here. The past few months have been taken up with preparations for BAPHL 10, which will be held in downtown Boston on Saturday, June 28. Once that is over, I hope to have time to get back to at least a semi-regular posting schedule.

Today's offering is yet another miniature Rows Garden. I like a lot of the entries I fit into this one, though there are a couple of somewhat obscure entries and inelegant crossings, in my estimation. I think you will find it enjoyable overall.

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Mini Rows Garden #1

Variety grid puzzle. Acknowledgements to Patrick Berry.

Well, well, well, this week's puzzle is a bit late. Why, do you ask? Well, something to do with the second answer in Row D of the puzzle. But to be more up front about it, you should seriously check out Foggy Brume's latest creation. Get a team together and sign up. Foggy is a great constructor, and I have had a blast working my way through his puzzles.

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Split Ends #1

Variety grid puzzle.

Here's a crossword variant that I've enjoyed as a solver, and that I wanted to try my hand at as a constructor. Unlike most of the variety puzzles I traffic in, the novelty lies not in the layout of the grid entries, but in the presentation of the clues. Given that the grid is no different from a traditional block-style cryptic, the focus is on lively fill and interesting cluing, two areas where I feel I could use some work. 

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Pathfinder #11

Variety grid puzzle

The Pareto Principle states that, in general, 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. This is most commonly applied to income distribution, but a different formulation of the principle often holds true for puzzle construction. To wit, I have found that the last 20% of a puzzle often takes up 80% of my constructing time, and this particular puzzle serves as a perfect example.

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Snake Charmer #22

Variety grid puzzle. Acknowledgements to Patrick Berry.

At long last, I'm back from my, um, vacation. I the past couple months, I've been involved with putting on the 2013 Dimensions Puzzle Hunt at MoMath, which was a success, and participating in the 2014 MIT Mystery Hunt, which was great fun as always. And now I'm part of a group that's planning to put on BAPHL 10 this summer, so I'm not lacking for puzzle projects.

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Hex Pathfinder #1

Variety grid puzzle

Well, the puzzle editing project continues to eat up my constructing time, but that should only be for another couple weeks or so. This puzzle, like the Tessellation Nurikabe a few weeks ago, was directly inspired by learning how to make fancy grids in Inkscape. I was expecting to have some difficulty working with a hexagonal grid, but instead I found it quite smooth to fill. I have no idea if the solving experience is quite as smooth, however. Enjoy!

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Belt Line 1

Variety grid puzzle. Acknowledgements to Patrick Berry.

I tried posting this on Monday, but it didn't take. Apologies for the lateness of this week's puzzle, and for missing last week's puzzle. I've been involved in a puzzle editing project that has been eating up a lot of my time lately, so I haven't been able to finish my own puzzles in time. I hope to get back on track, but I make no promises.

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Snake Charmer #21

Variety grid puzzle. Acknowledgements to Patrick Berry.

Okay, I'm done with the puzzles from my potluck party, so we're back to the usual. And in this case the usual is a Snake Charmer. Enjoy!

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Spiral #20

Variety grid puzzle

Argh! Two late posts in a row! This is partly due to being busy, partly due to computer troubles, and partly due to flakiness. At least I know I have something lined up for next week. Also, I'm a little frustrated that I had to do two easier puzzles in a row (a Snake Charmer and a Spiral); I prefer to alternate these with harder puzzles.

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Snake Charmer #20

Variety grid puzzle. Acknowledgements to Patrick Berry.

Oh my goodness, I'm so sorry for the delay in posting this puzzle. Although I had sketched it out a couple weeks ago using the "outtakes" from Snake Charmer #19, I got swamped with other projects and didn't manage to format it until tonight; as it is I didn't even have time to format the solution grid. I hope this is a one-time occurrence.

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