This is a Melon puzzle. (20 – Letter Pairs)

Letter Pairs by Palmer Mebane


or solve online (using our beta test of Penpa-Edit tools; use tab to alternate between a letter entry mode and a shading mode to mark off the clues.)

Theme: One-Point Letters

Rules: Place the 9 words into the grid, one letter per cell, so they can be read from left to right or from top to bottom, without crossing or overlapping each other. A dot between two cells indicates that both cells must contain the same letter. All possible dots are given. Or see this example from the WPC instructions.

Answer String: For each column from left to right, enter the number of unused cells in that column (eg “3510563449”).

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 1:30, Master = 4:30, Expert = 9:00

Solution: PDF

  • edderiofer says:

    This wasn’t too hard. Just brute-forcey.

    Knowing Palmer Mebane, there’s probably some fantastically deep break-in that I completely missed, hence my brute-forcing.

  • Freddie Hand says:

    I find the time standards on this puzzle to be quite striking. I don’t remember another puzzle where the master time is three times the grandmaster time.

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