Fillomino (Cipher) by Palmer Mebane

Fillomino by Palmer Mebane


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Theme: C Major

Author/Opus: This is the 30th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Palmer Mebane.

Rules: Standard Fillomino rules. Also, each musical note represents a different positive integer.

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 2nd row, followed by a comma, followed by the 7th row. (For this puzzle, use the integer values of the area, not the encoded letters.)

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 8:00, Master = 12:30, Expert = 25:00

Solution: PDF

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  • Carl W says:

    What a fabulous puzzle. I loved everything about this. It was so satisfying to progress from “this seems impossibly hard”, to “of course I know what to do”, and then steady progress to a fun ending.

    I did botch the puzzle in my first attempt and had to restart. On my second try, with the breakin already determined (which probably took me 20 minutes before I struck on it the first time), I solved the rest in 9:45.

    I wish I hadn’t made that mistake so I would know how fast I could have solved this in one attempt.

  • John B says:

    Brilliantly executed. (Yesterday’s quite different challenge was harder, but such are calendar exigencies.) Today I was able to spot the paths quickly; this is a standout for what a ciphillomino should be, in part because it’s very straightforward once you get oriented, allowing people to get used to the type. Grant’s blog has excellent examples that are a notch and a half harder but, here, theme and presentation and logic and uniqueness all come together beautifully.

    • Avatar photo Grant Fikes says:

      Are you kidding? This took me a long time to solve, well over ten minutes. . I don’t recall the Cipher Fillominos on my blog being half as hard as this one. *browses* The hardest one from my blog is probably Monday Mutant 83.

      • John B says:

        Definitely under eight minutes here, including uniqueness proof. Your #83 had a great ending but was difficult due to not being able to make sufficiently narrow assignments fast enough; was another hard one (I loved both).

        I’ve missed Palmer and he and Tapio can compose much harder work, but here he wanted there to be a clear path once you’re oriented, and sometimes the path just resonates immediately with the solver. Of course I think I’ve heard you speak of fillomino in such terms as that different paths (like the one ending F# and C#) would resonate better with you. 🙂

  • skynet says:

    23:06.Tough one.

  • chaotic_iak says:

    05:23. Welcome back Palmer.

    Compared to usual Palmer’s difficult puzzles, this one lands on the easier side, but still an impressive construction nevertheless. Especially the ending with F# and C#.

  • hagriddler says:

    I totally agree with Carl’s satisfying feeling to progress from “this seems impossibly hard”, to “of course I know what to do” ! This was fun indeed !
    Even the F#/C# ending had me puzzled for a while, thinking for a minute that I failed at allocating the final cell…

  • DGPArtist says:

    I have no idea how to get started on this one. Any hints?

  • Francis says:

    There’s a natural way to get started.

  • mstang says:

    Wow, that was a beautiful puzzle! Loved the starting logic.

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