2013 marked the untimely passing of the website of one of my brothers in indie puzzling. In June of this year, Andrew Ries put out his last (insane) Rows Garden puzzle. I liked his work because it felt like an homage to the master Patrick Berry (who created the form in the first place), but it also felt very much like Andrew's thing. Like, for instance, I highly doubt Patrick would have ever put the amazing seed entry that Andrew did in Row A of this puzzle. So anyway, I got an email last week from Andrew saying he was relaunching his Aries Puzzles website, Lazarus-style, next year. So, that means, more Rows Garden puzzles. Andrew's implementing the Radiohead model of "pay what you can," so if you got extra clams in the pocket, think about throwing him a couple, will ya? And until then you've got 118 (118!) freebies to go through. That ought to keep you busy.
Remember that the BEQ holiday drive is still chugging. Hit up the ole' tip jar and I'll send you two free never before published Sunday-sized puzzless. This doesn't mean this site is going the subscription model route. Far from it. This is just a way of you saying thanks, and me returning the favor. Anyway, I heard it only took speed solving legend Tyler Hinman under nine minutes to do both of them. Your times may vary.
Oh yeah, speaking of speed solving legends, "Steely" Dan Feyer showed up in a CBS News story about the crossword centennial. As well as some guy called Will Shortz. Fun stuff.
Share the puzzle. New one on Thursday.