Theme: Clue Symmetry and Logic
Author/Opus: This is the 1st puzzle from guest contributor James McGowan.
Rules: Variation of Top Heavy Number Place. Fill the grid with digits from 1-5 so that each digit appears exactly once in every row and column. When digits touch, the digit to the left (if horizontal touching) or the digit to the top (if vertical touching) must always be bigger.
Answer String: Enter the values in each cell in the marked columns from top to bottom, using a capital X for blank cells.
Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 5:30, Master = 10:00, Expert = 20:00
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