Star Battle by Thomas Snyder

Star Battle by Thomas Snyder


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Theme: Cornered (originally on the US round for the 2016 WPF Puzzle Grand Prix)

Author/Opus: This is the 245th puzzle from Thomas Snyder, aka Dr. Sudoku.

Rules: Standard Star Battle rules. Two stars per row, column, and region.

Answer String: For each row from top to bottom, enter the number of the first column from the left where a star appears. Enter these numbers as a single string with no separators. Enter both digits of any two-digit column number.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 4:15, Master = 7:45, Expert = 15:30

Solution: PDF

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  • Aaron Chan says:

    This one was very hard, but very satisfying after you see the logical solve path.

  • ghirsch says:

    I agree with Aaron, the moment everything clicked in this puzzle was fantastic.

  • Jack Bross says:

    I don’t think I properly appreciated this one on the GP because I didn’t spot the big break-in. Now that I’ve seen just how this one fits together, I think it’s extremely elegant and memorable.

  • skynet says:

    13:15.Glad that I could find the logic and make it within the expert time .Really nice SB

  • Carl W says:

    Thanks for the comments here. When I first solved this, it was a bit of a slog, slowly chipping away at things. The talk of a “big break-in” here made me go take a second look at it. And yes, it’s quite elegant, (and fairly straightforward after the surprising start).

    Great puzzle, Thomas!

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