TomTom (Cipher) by John Bulten

TomTom by John Bulten


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Theme: Nuns See Sense!

Author/Opus: This is the 68th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster John Bulten.

Rules: Standard TomTom rules, using the integers 1-6. Also, the letters E, N, S, U represent different digits from 0-9. Identify which letters stand for which digits and then solve the TomTom. Multi-digit clues cannot start with a 0.

Difficulty: 3 stars

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 3:15, Master = 5:45, Expert = 11:30

Solution: PDF

Note: Follow this link for classic TomTom and this link for TomTom variations. If you are new to this puzzle type, here are our easiest TomTom to get started on. More TomTom puzzles can be found in The Art of Puzzles, and in our beginner-friendly collection Intro to GMPuzzles by Serkan Yürekli.

  • str says:

    Wow, that looks hard. Looking forward to give this one a shot!

    Thank you.

  • Jack Bross says:

    Nice puzzle — the cipher part wasn’t too bad up front, but the solve was still interesting and subtle after that.

  • Anurag Sahay says:

    The cage from heaven is of some USE; it sets up what ENSUES.

  • John Bulten says:

    Nuns in cages? Wasn’t that The Sound of Music?

    Thank you everybody. I kind of thought no one cage in itself was the heavenly one, but rather the ensemble.

  • Anurag Sahay says:

    ‘Heaven’ rather functions as an identifier plus unintended spoiler, no reference to the aesthetics or solve. As for the overall solve, I felt some consistent latin square-like logic was more pronounced in this one, than the usual TomTom/KenKen thing –
    not very often do these puzzles have all the cages resolved before assigning the right cells to the numbers inside. A refreshingly different and one.

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