### Snake Pit by Carl Worth

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Theme: Nest of Snakes

Author/Opus: This is the 23rd puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Carl Worth.

Rules: (Hybrid of Fillomino and Snake Puzzles.) Divide the grid along the boundary lines so that every cell belongs to a snake. A snake is a one-cell-wide path at least two cells long that does not touch itself, not even diagonally. Circled cells must be at one of the ends of a snake. A snake may contain one circled cell, two circled cells, or no circled cells at all. Numbered cells must be part of a snake with a length of exactly that number of cells. A snake may contain one number, multiple identical numbers, or no numbers at all. Two snakes of the same length cannot touch each other horizontally or vertically.

Also see this example:

Answer String: For each cell in the marked rows/columns, enter the length of the snake it belongs to. Enter just the last digit for any two-digit number. This example has the key “35522,44462”.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 3:00, Master = 5:45, Expert = 11:30

Solution: PDF

• Michael Tang says:

Wow. I am a really big fan of this puzzle. Extremely fun logic throughout!

• Carl W says:

Thanks, Michael. It’s always satisfying to hear that solvers are enjoying puzzles. And that helps me know what kinds of puzzles might be worth constructing again in the future.

I’m really glad you enjoyed this one.

-Carl

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