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Theme: Near Maximal Difficulty with Near Minimal Givens
Author/Opus: This is the 101st puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Grant Fikes.
Rules: Place a number into each cell so that each region contains the numbers 1 to N, where N is the size of the region. A cell with the number M must have at least M cells between it and any other instance of the same number M in that row or column.
Answer String: Enter the numbers in the marked rows in order from left to right, separating the rows with a comma. Start with the 5th row, followed by a comma, followed by the 9th row.
Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 5:15, Master = 9:30, Expert = 19:00