Star Battle (Hex) by JinHoo Ahn
or solve online (using our beta test of Penpa-Edit tools; in composite Star Battle mode a left click places a star, right click in a cell marks off the cell, and a right click on an edge or vertex marks in a dot as a placement note.)
Author/Opus: This is the 48th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster JinHoo Ahn.
Rules: Fill some cells with stars so that each row (in a horizontal or either of two diagonal directions) and bold region contains the indicated number of stars. Stars cannot be placed in adjacent cells that share an edge.
Difficulty: 1.5 stars
Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 0:50, Master = 1:30, Expert = 3:00
Solution: PDF and solving video.
Note: Follow this link for other classic Star Battles and this link for Star Battle variations. If you are new to this puzzle type, here are our easiest Star Battles to get started on. More Star Battle puzzles can be found in The Art of Puzzles, in the books Star Battle by JinHoo Ahn and Star Battle 2 by JinHoo Ahn and Murat Can Tonta, and in our beginner-friendly collections Intro to GMPuzzles by Serkan Yürekli and Starter Pack 5: Star Battle by JinHoo Ahn.
Very fun. I enjoyed figuring out the strategy behind this one.
Phew, just under 3 minutes 😀
Really enjoyed this. Star Battle seems like a natural fit for hex grids.
Solved by bifurcation… will watch video for logical solve