Puzzle No. 452 : Tennis Sudoku [Daily League]

Hello all. I’m back in India, about 2-3 days ago, but I’m a bit delayed with posting puzzles or any write-ups about my time in Beijing simply because I’ve had to rush right into 2 deadlines here. Hopefully I’ll be able to post something substantial in the next few days.

The following is a Tennis Sudoku. Nothing fancy about it, just a nice little solve, maybe.

Remember that you can solve the puzzles from the League online on the Sudokucup Guest League page with a 24h delay.

Rules for Sudoku. Additionally, Adjacent cells containing valid scores for a set of tennis are marked with a ball. Adjacent cells with no marking must not contain valid scores. The list of valid scores is: 6-1, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4, 7-5, 7-6, 8-6, 9-7.

Rated – Easy-side Medium.

Enjoy!

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Puzzle No. 451 : Inside Skyscrapers Sudoku [Daily League]

This post has been scheduled to appear on Tuesday evening. If it appears before/after that, blame WordPress 😛 Anyway, this is a Sudoku I had written for Team India’s practice, and since as of today the relevant round will have been done in the morning, it can be shared to the general public. The Sudoku is quite challenging. I like how it turned out.

Remember that you can solve the puzzles from the League online on the Sudokucup Guest League page with a 24h delay.

Rules for Sudoku. Consider each number to be the height of a building. Digits within cells with arrows indicate how many buildings can be seen when looking in that direction from the focal cells (taller buildings conceal buildings smaller or of equal height behind them).

Rated – Hard.

Enjoy!

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Puzzle No. 444-447 : Puzzles from the Visa Application office

In addition to my usual puzzle related activities, I have been managing Team India’s visa application submissions. This has been quite a tough process. As part of the process, I have to stand in queue outside the office for 4 and a half hours, and then sit inside for about an hour more. The puzzles below were part of 9 I wrote when sitting in the office. I was obviously exhausted, and this was more of a “oh, I found a pen and paper, lemme just have a little fun to pass the time” kind of activity. Also, with a pen, I couldn’t erase stuff which makes construction infinitely harder, at least for me. So out of the 9, only 2 ended up working when I reproduced them on the computer. 2 others had easy fixes. The other 5 will have to be discarded as I can’t see what I can do to make them work. This hopefully makes up for my inactivity on this as well as next Thursday. Other than the league post on Tuesday, my next post will be a week after this.

Of the 4 puzzles that made the cut, 3 are Tapa related. This is fitting, as the TVC and CTC are nearing their end. I feel fairly certain of a top 10 finish in CTC, and hopefully somewhere thereabouts in TVC too. Generally happy with how I’ve done this year. The 3 puzzles below have a nice mix of a Classic Tapa, a variant that appeared this year, and a variant from the past. The 4th puzzle is a Shakashaka, which is nothing special.

In other news, the “Around the world in 80 Puzzles” Instruction booklet is out! As announced on this blog before, one of the 4 sets is written by me. I’d like to thank Amit Sowani, for test solving each puzzle and providing some good inputs along the way. I thank Ravi Kumar too, for coming up with the name Indian Intrigue which I liked the most out of the possible names. It was a pleasure working with Zoltan Nemeth and the other Hungarian team members too.

Anyway, puzzles!

P444 : Tapa. Rules for Tapa.

Rated : Medium (could be hard).

P445 : Twopa. If both grids are considered together using the following rule, they will each have a unique solution. In each solution, every clue must behave at least a little bit differently. This means, in a multi-digit clue, some of the digits can have the same behavior, but not all.

Rated : Medium.

P446 : Tapa Trimino. Follow regular Tapa rules (above). Additionally, the wall should only be made up of “L” shaped triminoes without overlapping.

Rated : Hard.

P447 : Shakashaka. Rules for Shakashaka.

Rated : Easy. 

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Puzzle No. 433 : Palindrome Sudoku [Daily League]

Remember that you can solve the puzzles from the League online on the Sudokucup Guest League page with a 24h delay.

I was experimenting with something of a Palindromic Loop, but ran out of time, so gave it up and just went for an almost-connect-structure. I think because of the size of the Palindrome, this may be harder than the rating, just considering keeping track of the equalities. But, logically, I don’t think its too tricky.

Rules – Follow regular Sudoku rules. The numbers formed by the digits on the gray lines are palindromes, that is to say, they can be read equally in both directions.

Rated – Medium.

Enjoy!

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