Dr. Sudoku Prescribes #16 – Star Battle

Star Battle by Thomas Snyder


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Theme: Crossed Crosses

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 Standard: Star Battle Master = 2:00, Expert = 6:00, Novice = 20:00

Solution: PDF

Note: Follow this link for other classic Star Battles and this link for Star Battle variations. If you are new to this puzzle type, here are our easiest Star Battles to get started on. More Star Battle puzzles can be found in The Art of Puzzles, in the book Star Battle by JinHoo Ahn, and in our beginner-friendly collection Intro to GMPuzzles by Serkan Yürekli.

  • Ravi says:

    This is having very nice flow while solving.
    I am glad I made it to expert level 🙂
    5 min

  • TheSubro says:

    While I have respected your timing scheme (1x, 3x, 10x) for “ratings,” today’s seems a bit off. I certainly think that only a “Master” is gonna get it done in 2 minutes, but anybody with a general familiarity with the puzzle type should finish this one in 6 minutes or less (unless distracted; driving in a car; and/or under water at the time). I’m a snail and I did it in about 4 and a half. Just my two cents.

    Thanks for the puzzles, and the forum to contribute the aforementioned two cents.


  • skynet says:

    7mins 22s .Interesting to note that i took almost the same time to complete the earlier star battle 7 min 8 s.This puzzle is about finding the starting point.Once the dots in the middle 2 pluses which touch diagonally are placed the puzzle becomes very easy.Good puzzle!!

  • chaotic_iak says:

    2:42, on MS Paint.

    The opening was pretty tough to find, but after it is found, the rest falls off pretty easily. (Oh wait it’s what skynet said.) Great puzzle!

  • Carl W says:

    3:45 A very nice Star Battle.

  • person says:

    Why are the time standards on this so high? I solved this in 1:16 with no pauses and I don’t even consider myself to be exceptionally good at these.

  • Jay says:

    Online version: [EDIT: Removed as we added our own official link to post]

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