TomTom by Murat Can Tonta

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TomTom by Murat Can Tonta


Theme: Mostly Perfect

Author/Opus: This is the 168th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Murat Can Tonta.

Rules: Standard TomTom rules, using the integers 1-7.

Difficulty: 2.5 stars

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 3:15, Master = 4:30, Expert = 9:00

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

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  • Anurag Sahay says:

    Nice gimmick. Ignoring unclued cages, you might well have themed it ‘perfect’, not almost perfect.

  • hexclamation says:

    You may be missing that digits can repeat within a cage, just not within rows/columns.

  • Walter A Fyler says:

    Fell free to erase my comments…I did not mean to ruin the puzzle for the next person

  • Stephen says:


    They did away with the answer strings, and full answer keys are posted on Sunday, so check back then.

    Here is a hint (rot13): Va gur fvk-pryy 28 ertvba, gjb bs gur pryyf ner abg va gur fnzr pbyhza nf gur bgure sbhe. Erzrzore gung gurer vf ab erdhverzrag gung qvtvgf jvguva gur fnzr ertvba or havdhr. Gurer ner znal jnlf sbe fvk qvtvgf gb fhz gb 28 vs lbh nyybj bar be gjb bs gurz gb ercrng.

  • Walter says:

    Is there a way to add a puzzle solving discussion box for people to put in as far as they got on a puzzle and then anyone else who has solved them can help them finish?

    For instance on this problem I got as far as the following before running into an unsolvable dilemma…
    5 _ _ _ _ _ _
    2 1 7 _ _ 5 _
    6 4 1 _ _ 2 7
    3 5 4 7 1 6 2
    1 7 _ _ 6 4 5
    4 _ _ 2 _ 7 _
    7 2 3 4 5 1 6

    I got a few steps beyond this but kept getting a number that repeated on a column or row 🙁 No matter how much I moved numbers around I kept getting a # out of place. I am confident that column 1 and rows 4 & 7 are correct, but need feedback I guess…

  • Freddie Hand says:

    @Walter: The grid you posted has an error (anzryl, gur obggbz ebj unf fbzr vapbeerpg ahzoref.) V unir ab vqrn ubj lbh ybtvpnyyl qrqhprq ebj 7..

  • Walter A Fyler says:

    How do I translate the text? I cannot find a language in Google Translate that works…

  • Riley says:

    @Walter, It’s a Caesar Cipher, so that way people who don’t want hints don’t get them

  • Freddie Hand says:


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