Snake by Zoltán Horváth

Snake by Zoltán Horváth

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Theme: Grid Symmetry and Logic (Originally on 2014 Hungarian Puzzle Championship)

Author/Opus: This is the 3rd puzzle from guest contributor Zoltán Horváth.

Rules: Locate a snake in the grid, whose head and tail are given. The snake does not touch itself, not even diagonally, and cannot use any black squares. Numbers outside the grid indicate the number of snake cells in that row/column. See also this example:

Snake

Answer String: Enter the length in cells of each of the snake segments from left to right for the marked rows, starting at the top. Separate each row’s entry with a comma. This example has the key “2,13″.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 1:15, Master = 2:00, Expert = 4:00

Star Battle by Zoltán Horváth

Star Battle by Zoltán Horváth

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Theme: Pentominoes (Originally on 2014 Hungarian Puzzle Championship)

Author/Opus: This is the 2nd puzzle from guest contributor Zoltán Horváth.

Rules: Standard Star Battle rules. Two stars per row, column, and region.

Answer String: For each row from top to bottom, enter the number of the first column from the left where a star appears. Enter these numbers as a single string with no separators.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 1:00, Master = 2:00, Expert = 4:00

Note: Follow this link for other classic Star Battles. If you are new to this puzzle type, here are our easiest Star Battles to get started on.

Masyu by Zoltán Horváth

Masyu by Zoltán Horváth

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Theme: Logical (Originally on 2014 Hungarian Puzzle Championship)

Author/Opus: This is the 1st puzzle from guest contributor Zoltán Horváth.

Rules: Standard Masyu rules.

Answer String: Enter the length in cells of the horizontal loop segments from left to right in the marked rows, starting at the top. If the loop only has vertical segments in the marked row, enter 0. Separate each row’s entry with a comma.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 0:50, Master = 1:20, Expert = 2:40

Note: Follow this link for other classic Masyu. If you are new to this puzzle type, here are our easiest Masyu to get started on.

Schedule for Next Week

All of Prasanna’s puzzles from last week can be found in this PDF.

This next week will continue with the competition theme with puzzles from Zoltán Horváth that appeared on the 2014 Hungarian Puzzle Championship. Zoltán is a great puzzle designer and we are glad to have the opportunity to share some of his unique challenges.

The bonus puzzle for our Expert and above patrons will be an Even/Odd Sudoku by Thomas Snyder.

Tapa by Prasanna Seshadri

Tapa by Prasanna Seshadri

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Theme: Clue Symmetry and Logic

Author/Opus: This is the 50th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Prasanna Seshadri.

Rules: Standard Tapa rules.

Answer String: Enter the length in cells of each of the shaded segments from left to right for the marked rows, starting at the top. Separate each row’s entry from the next with a comma.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 3:45, Master = 6:30, Expert = 13:00

Note: Follow this link for other classic Tapa. If you are new to this puzzle type, here are our easiest Tapa to get started on.

Cave by Prasanna Seshadri

Cave by Prasanna Seshadri

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Theme: Logical (Originally on 2014 Hungarian Puzzle Championship)

Author/Opus: This is the 49th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Prasanna Seshadri.

Rules: Standard Cave rules.

Answer String: Enter the length in cells of each of the cave segments from left to right for the marked rows, starting at the top. Separate each row’s entry with a comma.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 2:45, Master = 4:15, Expert = 8:30

Note: Follow this link for other classic Caves. If you are new to this puzzle type, here are our easiest Cave Puzzles to get started on.

Kurotto by Prasanna Seshadri

Kurotto by Prasanna Seshadri

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Theme: Clue Symmetry and Logic (Originally on the 2014 French Puzzle Championship)

Author/Opus: This is the 48th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Prasanna Seshadri.

Rules: Standard Kurotto rules.

Answer String: Enter the length in cells of each of the shaded segments from left to right for the marked rows, starting at the top. Separate each row’s entry with a comma.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 2:00, Master = 4:15, Expert = 8:30

Note: Follow this link for other Kurotto puzzles. If you are new to this puzzle type, here are our easiest Kurotto to get started on.