this is the last puzzle of year 1 here at outside the box puzzles, but it's also a first, in the sense that it's a puzzle type i made up. i brought it to a boston-area puzzlers picnic yesterday and it was well received.
congrats to matthew grieco of brooklyn, the winner of the meta contest! matthew has won a free premium subscription to year 2 of outside the box puzzles.
solutions (including spoilers for the puzzle, obviously) after the jump.
still working on yesterday's postponed variety puzzle, but here's the rows garden.
the bad news is: there's no variety puzzle today. one of my test-solvers found a misspelling in the grid, and i didn't have enough time to fix it (it will involve redoing half the grid). so, sorry about that. i'm bummed, too.
can you believe we're up to puzzle #48? where has the year gone? as there are only a few weeks left in year 1 of outside the box puzzles, i thought it would be a good time to describe how this month is going to wind down.
two items of note in the puzzle world: first, lollapuzzoola 9 is coming up on august 13 in nyc. as always, it'll be a great time. i'll be there! will you?
second, loan shark games (mike selinker & friends) has an intriguing humble puzzle bundle on sale, with some fraction of the proceeds (you can decide how much) to charity. it's a ton of great puzzle books from top puzzlemakers at a pay-what-you-want price. check it out!
today i'm really pleased to bring you this challenging pathfinder puzzle that i co-constructed with andy kravis.
this is the last time i'm going to plug what's that spell, the puzzle hunt project on kickstarter from nathan curtis. the deadline to back the project is in two days, and there are already a ton of awesome stretch goals that have been reached (including, most recently, an entire second puzzle hunt from denis & marc moskowitz).