Tapa by Ashish Kumar [Bonus]

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Tapa by Ashish Kumar

Theme: Clue Symmetry and Logic

Author/Opus: This is the 38th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Ashish Kumar.

Rules: Standard Tapa rules.

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

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 1:00, Master = 1:20, Expert = 2:40

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

Fillomino by Ashish Kumar

Fillomino by Ashish Kumar

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Theme: Clue Symmetry and Logic

Author/Opus: This is the 37th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Ashish Kumar.

Rules: Standard Fillomino rules.

Answer String: For each cell in the marked rows/columns, enter the area of the polyomino it belongs to. Enter just the last digit for any two-digit number. Start with the 10th row, followed by a comma, followed by the 3rd column.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 3:00, Master = 4:00, Expert = 8:00

Note: Follow this link for other classic Fillomino and this link for more variations on Fillomino puzzles. If you are new to this puzzle type, here are our easiest Fillomino puzzles to get started on. More Fillomino puzzles can be found in The Art of Puzzles, in Fill o’ Fillomino and Fill o’ Fillomino 2 by Grant Fikes, and in our beginner-friendly book Logic Puzzles 101.

Masyu by Ashish Kumar

Masyu by Ashish Kumar

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Theme: Antisymmetry

Author/Opus: This is the 36th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Ashish Kumar.

Rules: Standard Masyu rules.

Answer String: Enter the length in cells of the horizontal loop segments from left to right in the marked rows, starting at the top. If the loop only has vertical segments in the marked row, enter 0. Separate each row’s entry with a comma.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 0:40, Master = 1:00, Expert = 2:00

Note: Follow this link for other classic Masyu. If you are new to this puzzle type, here are our easiest Masyu to get started on. More Masyu puzzles can be found in The Art of Puzzles and in our beginner-friendly book Logic Puzzles 101.

Gaps by Ashish Kumar [bonus]

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Gaps by Ashish Kumar

Theme: Logical

Author/Opus: This is the 35th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Ashish Kumar.

Rules: Place a single star in some cells so that each row and each column has exactly two stars in it. Stars cannot touch each other, not even diagonally. Numbers on the outside of the grid indicate the number of empty cells between the two stars in that row/column.

Answer String: For each row from top to bottom, enter the number of the first column from the left where a star appears. Enter these numbers as a single string with no separators.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 2:45, Master = 3:45, Expert = 7:30

Even/Odd Sudoku by Ashish Kumar

Even Odd Sudoku by Ashish Kumar

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Theme: Odd Box

Author/Opus: This is the 34th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Ashish Kumar.

Rules: Standard Sudoku rules. Also, cells with a square contain an even digit; cells with a circle contain an odd digit.

Answer String: Enter the 3rd row from left to right, followed by a comma, followed by the 6th row from left to right.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 4:30, Master = 8:00, Expert = 16:00

Note: Follow this link for other Even/Odd Sudoku. Follow this link for classic Sudoku.

Even/Odd Sudoku by Ashish Kumar

Even Odd Sudoku by Ashish Kumar

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Theme: Even Box

Author/Opus: This is the 33rd puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Ashish Kumar.

Rules: Standard Sudoku rules. Also, cells with a square contain an even digit; cells with a circle contain an odd digit.

Answer String: Enter the 3rd row from left to right, followed by a comma, followed by the 7th row from left to right.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 3:00, Master = 3:30, Expert = 7:00

Note: Follow this link for other Even/Odd Sudoku. Follow this link for classic Sudoku.

Battleships (Minesweeper) by Ashish Kumar

Battleships by Ashish Kumar

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Theme: Clue Symmetry and Logic

Author/Opus: This is the 32nd puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Ashish Kumar.

Rules: Variation of standard Battleships rules. Instead of exterior clues, clues inside the grid indicate the number of adjacent squares, including diagonally adjacent squares, containing ship segments. Ships do not sit on cells with numbers.

Answer String: For each row from top to bottom, enter the number of the first column from the left where a ship segment appears (enter just the last digit for any two-digit number). If the row is empty, enter 0. Enter these numbers as a single string with no separators.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 2:15, Master = 3:45, Expert = 7:30

Note: Follow this link for more variations on Battleships and this link for classic Battleships. More Battleships puzzles can be found in Battleships and Variations, in The Art of Puzzles, and in our beginner-friendly collection Intro to GMPuzzles by Serkan Yürekli.