Best of 2014: Object Placement

We had 47 Object Placement puzzles (Star Battle and Battleships and other variations) this year.

The best Battleships puzzle was “Solved?” by Bram de Laat where a fleet of seas obeys the outside clues. Definitely one of the most original themes we had this year.

Battleships by Bram de Laat

We’ve had a bunch of Pentomino placement puzzles and the highest rated was this Pentomino Minesweeper by Thomas Snyder.

Pentomino Minesweeper by Thomas Snyder

There have been a lot of highly rated Star Battles this year. While it has not yet gotten a lot of solvers since it was posted just two weeks ago, guest contributor Carl Worth’s “Star Duel” has already earned a good number of FAVE votes.

Star Battle by Carl Worth

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Not a lot of Monday/Tuesday puzzles got recognized this year with “best” ratings, but Zoltán Horváth’s Pentominoes theme fit the bill. (Full disclosure: Jiří Hrdina independently sent us a puzzle with this same theme earlier without Zoltán knowing. This puzzle was released this year as part of The Art of Puzzles book; Jiří’s Pentomino Star Battle would have probably earned a lot of FAVEs too if it had been on the web and not a book puzzle.)

Star Battle by Zoltán Horváth

The Best Object Placement puzzle of 2014 however went to a medium Star Battle with a very visual theme: “Man Made Out of Stars” theme by Thomas Snyder.

Star Battle by Thomas Snyder

These best puzzles have been gathered in this PDF.

  • greenhorn says:

    I made similar Starbattle puzzle as Zoltán and Jirka for 24 HPC in 2014. I hope someone will try to include all twelve pentominoes. HNY


    • Avatar photo drsudoku says:

      Cool suggestion; one of our readers took up this challenge and this morning I received such a twelve pentomino 13×13 Star Battle submission. I’ll post it on the site in an upcoming week.

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