LITS by Carl Worth [Patron Bonus]

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Tapa by Carl Worth

Theme: Pentominoes

Author/Opus: This is the 22nd puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Carl Worth.

Rules: Standard LITS 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 = 4:00, Master = 7:15, Expert = 14:30

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

Japanese Sums by Serkan Yürekli

Japanese Sums by Serkan Yürekli

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Theme: Sum of 1 & 2 (for Randy Rogers)

Author/Opus: This is the 146th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Serkan Yürekli.

Rules: Place the digits 1-9 in some of the cells, so that no digit is repeated in any row or column. Numbers on the outside of the grid indicate the sums of adjacent digit groups in that row or column, in order. Each sum is separated by at least one unused cell.

Japanese Sums Example

Answer String: Enter the 1st row from left to right, followed by a comma, followed by the 10th row from left to right. Use a capital X for empty cells.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 18:00, Master = 32:00, Expert = 1:04:00

Note: Follow this link for other less common Number Placement puzzles.

Arrow/Shape/Thermo-Sudoku

Sudoku by Prasanna Seshadri

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Theme: Diamonds (for Chris Green)

Author/Opus: This is the 150th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Prasanna Seshadri.

Rules: Classic Sudoku Rules. Also, some arrow shapes are in the grid; the sum of the digits along the path of each arrow must equal the digit in the circled cell. Some thermometer shapes are in the grid; digits must be strictly increasing from the round bulb to each flat end. Finally, some diamond shapes are in the grid; the labeled diamonds below the grid must be placed in some order onto the shapes in the grid. The labeled diamonds can be rotated but cannot be reflected.

Answer String: Enter the 1st row from left to right, followed by a comma, followed by the 9th row from left to right.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 5:15, Master = 10:45, Expert = 21:30

Note: Follow this link for other less common variations of Sudoku and this link for classic Sudoku. If you are new to this puzzle type, here are our easiest Sudoku to get started on.

SLICY by Thomas Snyder

SLICY by Thomas Snyder

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Theme: JH (for Jamie Hargrove)

Author/Opus: This is the 263rd puzzle from Thomas Snyder, aka Dr. Sudoku.

Rules: Variation of LITS. Shade exactly four cells in each outlined region to form an S, L, I, C, or Y tetrahex. When all regions have been shaded, the following conditions must be true:
1) All shaded cells will be connected through a network of adjacent shaded cells;
2) No three shaded cells will share a common vertex;
3) When two tetrahexes share an edge in adjacent regions, they must not be the same type (S, L, I, C, or Y), regardless of potential rotations or reflections.

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

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 4:45, Master = 8:00, Expert = 16:00

Note: Follow this link for more variations of LITS and this link for classic LITS. If you are new to this puzzle type, here are our easiest LITS to get started on. More LITS puzzles can be found in LOTS O’ LITS by Grant Fikes and Prasanna Seshadri.

Fillomino by Grant Fikes

Fillomino by Grant Fikes

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Theme: Latin C’s (for Daniel Cohen)

Author/Opus: This is the 228th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Grant Fikes.

Rules: Standard Fillomino rules.

Answer String: For each cell in the marked rows/columns, enter the area of the polyomino it belongs to. Enter just the last digit for any two-digit number. Start with the 1st row, followed by a comma, followed by the 17th column.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 5:00, Master = 8:45, Expert = 17:30

Note: Follow this link for other classic Fillomino. If you are new to this puzzle type, here are our easiest Fillomino puzzles to get started on. More Fillomino puzzles can be found in The Art of Puzzles and in Fill o’ Fillomino by Grant Fikes.

Castle Wall by Prasanna Seshadri

Castle Wall by Prasanna Seshadri

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Theme: Clue Symmetry and Logic (for TheSubro)

Author/Opus: This is the 149th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Prasanna Seshadri.

Rules: Standard Castle Wall 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 = 4:00, Master = 6:30, Expert = 13:00

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

Tapa (Borders) by Murat Can Tonta

Tapa (Borders) by Murat Can Tonta

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Theme: Cluelessly Wandering? (for Veep)

Author/Opus: This is the 60th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Murat Can Tonta.

Rules: Standard Tapa rules. Also, if two cells are separated by a thick border, this means that exactly one of those cells is shaded and the other is unshaded.

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 = 2:15, Master = 3:30, Expert = 7:00

Note: Follow this link for other Tapa variations and this link for classic Tapa. If you are new to this puzzle type, here are our easiest Tapa puzzles to get started on. More Tapa puzzles can be found in The Art of Puzzles and in Tapa and Variations, both by Serkan Yürekli.