Another week, and another set of puzzles I hope you really enjoyed.
By now you are probably sensing that during this “introduction” phase I will be showcasing one sudoku variation and one other puzzle style each week. This will continue this week with another of my own sudoku variations and another of my favorite puzzle styles. Can you guess which ones?
All of the sudoku variations are present in books I’ve published if you are interested in more; the puzzles — with the exception of TomTom Puzzles — are all styles that I’ve never had the opportunity to write for any domestic publisher. But now that I am publisher, all of these styles will be featured in “The Art of Puzzles” and I hope some of you choose to contribute puzzles to this book project.
This 50:50 split is good for the introduction phase of Grandmaster Puzzles, but does beg the question of what ratio of Sudoku to other puzzles you would like to see in the future. If the question was about most other sources of Sudoku, this would be an easy 0:100 for me. But Grandmaster Sudoku are very cool, and I hope any rating you give is reserved to the quality of Grandmaster puzzles in each of these genres, not your own preconceptions formed from “Number Place” puzzles that lack the elegance of hand-crafting.
In other site news, sometime this week I will add the much requested “pdf” form of each puzzle at the same time as posting for my paper solvers. Other changes will be coming by the end of the month, but certainly not this week as I prepare for a trip to Cambridge for the MIT Mystery Hunt. Better Luck This Time I always say!
– Dr. Sudoku