This was kinda meant to be my Sunday puzzle, but, ah well…
Rated – Medium maybe.
This was kinda meant to be my Sunday puzzle, but, ah well…
Rated – Medium maybe.
Here’s a random, little-more-than-easy Akari that has mainly one common enough deduction used throughout. Why am I posting it now? Because I had discarded it from a recent bunch of newspaper puzzles (the thinking behind this being that that one deduction is still a bit much for the newspaper audience), so it was just lying around, and because I was about to post an entire puzzle set just now, but I suddenly realized I’m feeling too sleepy to go through with it. So, here’s a quick little puzzle, and I’ll post the said puzzle set (15 puzzles in all) tomorrow once I wake up.
I managed to somehow squeeze this set out in one day just before my exams started, right in the middle of the hectic submissions time in college. After that, Vladimir managed to squeeze in some time on that day itself to test these puzzles, so many thanks to him for that.
Rules all placed at the start of the post with the puzzles coming later (Trying a new format for posting, simply because its more convenient for me. The puzzle captions should aid you in knowing which rule is for what puzzle, but the ordering is the same as well, so it shouldn’t be much hassle either way.
351 – Akari.
352 – Fillomino.
353 – Graffiti Snake.
354 – Heyawake.
355 – Japanese Sums – Place the digits 1-6 in some of the squares, so that no digit is repeated in any row or column. Sums on the outside indicate the sums of consecutive digits in that row or column, in order. Each sum is seperated by at least one empty square.
356 – LITS.
357 – Nanro – Write numbers in some cells of the diagram. All numbers in a region must be equal. The given number in a region denotes how many cells in this region contain a number (at least one). Same numbers must not be orthogonally adjacent across region boundaries. Numbered cells must not cover an area of size 2×2 or larger. All numbered cells must form a single orthogonally continuous area..
358 – Odd Even Skyscraper – In addition to Skyscraper rules linked to below, all outside clues that are shaded are odd. The rest are even. Range 1-6.
359 – Pentopia.
360 – Regional Yajilin.
361 – Shakashaka.
362 – Skyscrapers. Range 1-6.
363 – Tapa.
364 – Tents – Place a tent ortogonally next to each tree so that no two tents touch eachother, not even diagonally. Numbers on the outside indicate the amount of tents that are in that row or column.
365 – Walls Fillomino – Some region borders are given; i.e. the numbers on both sides must be different.
366 – Yajisan Kazusan.
I’d mentioned a few posts earlier, that I’d contributed some puzzles to the Polish Championships this year. There was an offline qualifier, an online qualifier, the finals, and the playoffs. I think there was a good share of my puzzles in all 4 of these rounds. Its pretty confusing which was used where, since I’ve not organized it that well in my folders, so I’ll just post all the themed ones together (as mentioned in that post linked to above, the online qualifier had puzzles that I used simultaneously elsewhere and were more of a hurried solution).
The theme I was working on should be pretty obvious on seeing all the puzzles. It started with the easier Tapa, which I made completely by accident while writing a bunch of newspaper puzzles, and then I just tried a similar thing with the Corral and that happened quickly too. So, just decided to go along with it, discarded those two from the newspaper bunch and started off the Polish set with them. I couldn’t really try and retry the puzzles to get the exact appearances I wanted, and this is apparent from the 2 LITS and the Killer Sudoku among other ones. The LITS is of course something difficult that I set myself to do in a pretty short timespace, as both LITS were required hurriedly for the qualifiers, and to make it have duplicated regions throughout on the first try seems almost impossible, at least for me.
Anyway, here they are. As with the Zeka set, rules are either linked to by the puzzle names or just added here. These puzzles have varying difficulties, but I don’t think anything was exceptionally hard.
P316 – ABC Box – Fill the grid with letters A, B and C. The clues outside give the sequence of letters in that row or column. If the clue is a number, that is the number of times a letter appears in that position of the sequence (Which letter is determined while solving). If the clue is a letter then that letter appears in that position of the sequence (The number of times it appears continuously is determined while solving). A “?” means that an unknown letter is appearing an unknown number of times in that position of the sequence.
P317 : Akari.
P318 : Corral.
P319 : Country Road.
P320, 321 : Fillomino.
P322 : Heyawacky.
P323 : Killer Sudoku 8×8 – Follow regular sudoku rules. Additionally, the numbers at the top left of a cage gives the sum of numbers in that cage. Numbers cannot repeat in a cage.
P324, 325 : LITS
P326 : Masyu
P327 : Pentasight
P328 : Pentopia
P329, 330 : The Persistence of Memory
P331 : Regional Yajilin
P332, 333 : Tapa
P334 : Tapa Skyscrapers
P335 : Yajilin
P336 : Yajisan Kazusan
I have an exam tomorrow, and I’m going a bit crazy. Mostly the day’s been crap and my brain’s been haywire. Also, this is the 3rd Akari variant I’ve thought up today. First I thought up something that I happened to run into here just after thinking of it. I then thought of 1 with knight pieces, and happened to visit Zoltmeister’s blog where the pictures have wonderfully re-appeared, so I only now noticed that he’s already somewhat used that one too(when the pictures weren’t there, I didn’t really give the blog an extensive look. My bad). I really wanted one for myself today, so, quite simply, I’ve not visited a blog since then, and don’t really care if this one’s already been thought of. Its mine here and now *stubborn kid* I really hope this is a good one.
This is an Akari where for every pair of adjacent numbered cells, one is true and one is false. The false one must be replaced either by a light, or your average number-less light blocking black cell. The true one acts as a normal Akari clue. Determine which is which and solve the puzzle using regular Akari rules.
Rated : Medium, because honestly, I confused myself completely while solving this one. But I’ve already written above about my state currently, so won’t be surprised if its a bit easier than I think.
Solution here. Password – AM
Today marks what is probably my first real backward step of the year(which, in case you’re back from the cave, I claimed to be mine). I messed up TVC XI so bad that my lead amongst the Indians from the past 2 TVCs will be shattered and Rohan will move so ahead that even if I beat him in the last one, it mostly won’t be enough. Ah well, I guess the progress eclipses the blip enough.
Today’s not all bad too though. A couple of positives :
1) I just got an offer for creating and publishing some easy puzzles etc. More on this as it progresses.
2) I have now found my other mouse and my performances in the CTC are probably showing that. Past two days I’ve managed almost as quick a step/second ratio as Palmer. But obviously, still just the almost, and still barely missing that first spot I really want for once. I’ll keep trying. 😛
Anyway, to the puzzle. Me likes.
Rated : Hard I suppose.
Solution here. Password – MA
I won’t count these as 2 puzzles simply because as I was finishing the variant, the original was staring me in the face. But I suppose its still 2 for you all to solve 😀
For the 1st one, the numbered clues mean the same(the lights are still horizontally/vertically adjacent as far as clue cells go), and the global constraints of every cell needing to be illuminated are the same. Only change is, the lights illuminate in all 4 diagonal directions and NOT horizontal/vertical directions. Just to clarify, this also means that the indirect rule that no light can be horizontally/vertically adjacent to another light is lifted.
The 2nd one follows normal Akari rules.
Solutions here. Password – AM