Cave (Product) by Grant Fikes

Cave by Grant Fikes

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Theme: 2014 to 2015

Author/Opus: This is the 157th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Grant Fikes.

Rules: Variation of Cave rules. Each clue represents the product of the # of row cells visible (including the cell itself) with the # of column cells visible (including the cell itself).

Answer String: Enter the length in cells of each of the cave segments from left to right for the marked rows, starting at the top. Separate each row’s entry with a comma.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 1:30, Master = 2:15, Expert = 4:30

Note: Follow this link for other Cave variations and this link for other classic Caves. If you are new to this puzzle type, here are our easiest Cave Puzzles to get started on.

Cave (Product) by Thomas Snyder

Cave by Thomas Snyder

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Theme: Even Slashes

Author/Opus: This is the 156th puzzle from Thomas Snyder, aka Dr. Sudoku.

Rules: Variation of Cave rules. Each clue represents the product of the # of row cells visible (including the cell itself) with the # of column cells visible (including the cell itself).

Answer String: Enter the length in cells of each of the cave segments from left to right for the marked rows, starting at the top. Separate each row’s entry with a comma.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 7:30, Master = 13:30, Expert = 27:00

Note: Follow this link for other Cave variations and this link for other classic Caves. If you are new to this puzzle type, here are our easiest Cave Puzzles to get started on.

Cave (Product) by Prasanna Seshadri

Cave by Prasanna Seshadri

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Theme: Logical

Author/Opus: This is the 9th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Prasanna Seshadri.

Rules: Variation of Cave rules. Each clue represents the product of the # of row cells visible (including the cell itself) with the # of column cells visible (including the cell itself).

Answer String: Enter the length in cells of each of the cave segments from left to right for the marked rows, starting at the top. Separate each row’s entry with a comma.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 2:00, Master = 4:30, Expert = 9:00

Note: Follow this link for other Cave variations and this link for other classic Caves. If you are new to this puzzle type, here are our easiest Cave Puzzles to get started on.

Cave (Product) by Grant Fikes

Cave by Grant Fikes

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Theme: Not Quite Even

Author/Opus: This is the 81st puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Grant Fikes.

Rules: Variation of Cave rules. Each clue represents the product of the # of row cells visible (including the cell itself) with the # of column cells visible (including the cell itself).

Answer String: Enter the length in cells of each of the cave segments from left to right for the marked rows, starting at the top. Separate each row’s entry with a comma.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 1:45, Master = 3:15, Expert = 6:30

Note: Follow this link for other Cave variations and this link for other classic Caves. If you are new to this puzzle type, here are our easiest Cave Puzzles to get started on.

Dr. Sudoku Prescribes #71 – Cave (Product)

Cave by Thomas Snyder

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This is a “Franken-Friday” puzzle variation.

Theme: Common Products

Rules: Variation of Cave rules. Each clue represents the product of the # of row cells visible (including the cell itself) with the # of column cells visible (including the cell itself).

Answer String: Enter the length in cells of each of the cave segments from left to right for the marked rows, starting at the top. Separate each row’s entry with a comma.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 3:00, Master = 4:45, Expert = 9:30

Best of 2014: Region Division Puzzles

Region Division puzzles made up a total of 64 posts, and had some of the highest rankings of all of our puzzles making this an incredibly tight category.

One puzzle with a very high FAVE/solver ratio was this creative “Infinity!” Araf from Serkan Yürekli:

Araf by Serkan Yürekli

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While many of our best Cave puzzles were contained in our ebooks this year, Thomas Snyder’s Product Cave from January garnered a lot of Favorite votes:

Cave by Thomas Snyder

Fillomino puzzles closed out our favorites of 2014. Arguably the best puzzle of the year was a giant Fillomino “Dear John” from Grant Fikes that went out to our patrons in April; these votes just cover our web puzzles though.

Tapio Saarinen made a cute Fillomino out of just tiny digits:

Fillomino by Tapio Saarinen

Guest contributor Robert Vollmert created a really challenging Checkered Fillomino with some interesting discoveries inside as well:

Fillomino by Robert Vollmert

Closing out the best Region Division puzzles of 2014 were a pair of Cipher Fillomino from Palmer Mebane. Palmer’s not had a lot of interest in puzzle construction over the last couple years, but whenever he returns with new ideas they have been fantastic. Quoting from his email that submitted these two: “This is not really a return; just a couple good ideas that were too good (in my head) to leave undone.” While Tic-Tac-Toe got a lot of Fave votes, the C Major theme earned the most for Region Division puzzles and tied (with the TomTomTom and a puzzle to be named tomorrow) for Puzzle of the Year:

Fillomino by Palmer Mebane

These best puzzles have been gathered in this PDF.

Schedule for Next Week

Our last week of puzzles, including Balance Loop and Tapa (Islands), can be found in this PDF.

This week marks a new paperback book release for us. The Colossal Cave Collection by Roger Barkan, which has been in our e-store for several months, is now available in print at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other fine retailers. We’ll be posting some puzzles from the book, as well as one special new variation from Roger, throughout the week.

Cave by Roger Barkan

We are planning to release Logic Puzzles 101 and then The Art of Puzzles in paperback form this February and March. Besides print versions of existing titles, we are on track to release ~12 e-books this year. This weekend our grandmaster patrons received an early release of the first section (Yajilin and Double Yajilin) from The Art of Puzzles 2: Double Trouble. The e-book will be in our store soon, but if you want to be sure to get all our e-books early then please click here for more info.