Skyscrapers (Cipher) by JinHoo Ahn
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Author/Opus: This is the 28th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster JinHoo Ahn.
Rules: Standard Skyscrapers rules, using the integers 1-6. Also, each letter represents a different positive integer, for the solver to determine.
Difficulty: 4 stars
Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 5:30, Master = 13:30, Expert = 27:00
Solution: PDF; a solution video is also available here.
Note: Follow this link for classic Skyscrapers puzzles and this link for variations on Skyscrapers puzzles. If you are new to this puzzle type, here are our easiest Skyscrapers Puzzles to get started on. More Skyscrapers puzzles can be found in The Art of Puzzles, in our beginner-friendly collection Intro to GMPuzzles by Serkan Yürekli, and in the e-book Skyscrapers by Ashish Kumar.
Solved with part logic part trial and error …
Where does the “news” theme come from?
NEWS consists of the first letters of North, East, West, and South.