Balance Loop by Prasanna Seshadri

Balance Loop by Prasanna Seshadri

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Theme: No Numbers

Author/Opus: This is the 146th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Prasanna Seshadri.

Rules: Draw a single, non-intersecting loop that passes through all circled cells. All white circles must have equal segment lengths on both sides of the circle before turning. All black circles must have unequal segment lengths on both sides of the circle before turning. Numbers indicate the sum of the segment lengths on both sides of the circle.
Also, see this example:

Balance Loop by Prasanna Seshadri

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. This example has the key “11,311”. [Due to our recent update to https, the solve window may not appear without allowing a script from thegriddle.net to run.]

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 3:00, Master = 7:00, Expert = 14:00

Note: Follow this link for other Balance Loop puzzles and this link for other less common Loop variations.

Schedule for Next Week

Our first week of puzzles from 2017 can be found in this PDF.

This week will feature two “mini-weeks” with these variations: Balance Loop, and Tapa (Islands). The puzzles are harder than usual (probably starting at mid-week difficulty).

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Cave by Murat Can Tonta [Patron Bonus]

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Cave by Murat Can Tonta

Theme: Triplets

Author/Opus: This is the 55th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Murat Can Tonta.

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. [Due to our recent update to https, the solve window may not appear without allowing a script from thegriddle.net to run.]

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 2:30, Master = 3:00, Expert = 6:00

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. More Cave puzzles can be found in The Art of Puzzles and in Roger Barkan’s Colossal Cave Collection.

Pentominous by Carl Worth

Pentominous by Carl Worth

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Theme: Just One (in Roman Numerals)

Author/Opus: This is the 20th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Carl Worth.

Rules: Standard Pentominous rules.

Answer String: Enter the letter associated with the pentomino occupying each cell in the marked rows from left to right and in the marked columns from top to bottom, separating the groups with a comma. Use CAPITAL LETTERS! [Due to our recent update to https, the solve window may not appear without allowing a script from thegriddle.net to run.]

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 5:45, Master = 7:45, Expert = 15:30

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

Pata by Serkan Yürekli

Pata by Serkan Yürekli

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Theme: Just One

Author/Opus: This is the 145th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Serkan Yürekli.

Rules: Variation of Tapa rules. The clue numbers refer to the groups of unshaded segments around that cell. Cells with numbers count as unshaded cells for adjacent clues. All other rules for the shaded Tapa are the same as usual.

Or see here:

Pata by Serkan Yürekli

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. [Due to our recent update to https, the solve window may not appear without allowing a script from thegriddle.net to run.]

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 4:15, Master = 6:45, Expert = 13:30

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.

Cross the Streams by Serkan Yürekli

Cross The Streams by Serkan Yürekli

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Theme: Just One

Author/Opus: This is the 144th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Serkan Yürekli.

Rules: Standard Cross the Streams rules.

Answer String: Enter the length in cells of each of the black segments from top to bottom for the marked columns, going in order from A to B to C to D and separating each entry with a comma. [Due to our recent update to https, the solve window may not appear without allowing a script from thegriddle.net to run.]

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 3:30, Master = 6:15, Expert = 12:30.

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

Battleships by Thomas Snyder

Battleships by Thomas Snyder

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Theme: Just One

Author/Opus: This is the 262nd puzzle from Thomas Snyder, aka Dr. Sudoku.

Rules: Standard Battleships rules. Use the indicated fleet.

Answer String: For each row from top to bottom, enter the number of the first column from the left where a ship segment appears (enter just the last digit for any two-digit number). If the row is empty, enter 0. Enter these numbers as a single string with no separators. [Due to our recent update to https, the solve window may not appear without allowing a script from thegriddle.net to run.]

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 2:45, Master = 3:30, Expert = 7:00

Note: Follow this link for other classic Battleships. If you are new to this puzzle type, here are our easiest Battleships to get started on. More Battleships puzzles can be found in The Art of Puzzles collection.