### Snake Pit X by Ken Endo

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Theme: Clue Symmetry and Logic

Author/Opus: This is the 1st puzzle from guest contributor Ken Endo.

Rules: 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. Cells with an X cannot be an end of a snake.

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 “33553,44664”.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 7:30, Master = 10:45, Expert = 21:30

Solution: PDF; a solution video is also available here.

• Nikolai says:

Excellent puzzle, thank you!

• Grizix says:

Wow, excellent puzzle in fact. The end is really hard, required much guessing for me, but really well thought.

• Grizix says:

Ok, that was easier with the walkthrough 😛
Really cool to be able to see the deduction points I’ve missed. Worth the patreon’s tip 😀

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