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Theme: Clue Symmetry and Logic (or Empty Middle)

Author/Opus: This is the 61st puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Prasanna Seshadri.

Rules: Standard Pentopia rules: Place some of the given pentominoes in the grid so that no pentominoes are in adjacent cells that share an edge or corner. Pentominoes cannot repeat in the grid; rotations and reflections of a pentomino are considered the same shape. The arrow clues indicate all the directions (up, down, left, and right) where the nearest pentominoes are located when looking from that square. (Arrow clues cannot contain pentomino shapes.) Also, see this example:

Answer String: Enter the length in cells of each of the shaded pentomino segments from left to right for the marked rows, starting at the top. Separate each row’s entry from the next with a comma. The example has the solution “21,23”.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 4:15, Master = 5:30, Expert = 11:00

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• Carl W says:

I can’t believe it took me three restarts to finally realize the mistake I kept making over and over, (namely, bireybbxvat gung na neebj pbhyq or cbvagvat guebhtu nabgure neebj). That made me feel very foolish.

But I did enjoy the puzzle very much, in spite of my flailings.

• skynet says:

That was exactly the same mistake that I committed, albeit for one time which made me restart and finish in 30:01 min.A nice puzzle

• You’d be surprised how often the restart-repeatedly-along-same-wrong-path thing happens. Its happened to me a lot too. 🙂

• hagriddler says:

I love how the puzzle (deliberately ?) uses that false assumption !

• Gur vagragvba jnf gb unir ivfvovyvgl fgergpu sne sbe ng yrnfg bar pyhr. Vgf whfg na nqqrq dhvex gung vg jrag guebhtu nabgure pyhr shegure njnl.

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