Sunday update with solutions

Our most recent variety mix week of puzzles can be found in this PDF and the solutions are all grouped in this PDF and have also been linked to the individual posts.

A video talkthrough for the difficulty Kakuro (Double) puzzle from Saturday is here.

We’ve also shared our talkthrough of this Best of 2019
Sundoko Snake Shape puzzle combining three puzzle styles:

This coming week will focus on Sudoku and variations.

Best of 2019: Loop/Path Puzzles

Here are our best Loop/Path puzzles of 2019, selected from the 42 web posts in this category based on your FAVE votes:

A couple of our “Best of” in this category are variety puzzles, starting with this loop + word puzzle combination O’utcast from Serkan Yürekli.

O'utcast by Serkan Yürekli

Guest contributor Bryce Herdt created a quite unusual Castle Wall puzzle that got a fair number of FAVE votes.

Castle Wall by Bryce Herdt

Another guest contributor, Joseph Howard, put together this challenging Yajilin variation with some “false” clues that might be covered up. The solvers who found their way to end enjoyed the journey.

Yajilin by Joseph Howard

Another Castle Wall, this one by Murat Can Tonta, was our second best in this category, with a noteworthy solving path if you can find it.

Castle Wall by Murat Can Tonta

The best Loop/Path puzzle of 2019, and also the top vote getter across all categories as the best puzzle of 2019, is an absolutely crazy variation by Yuki Kawabe. It combines some shading, object placement, and snake path genres into a hybrid called SSS (Sundoku Snake Shape).

SSS by Yuki Kawabe

All of these best Loop/Path puzzles are collected in this PDF file.

Sunday update with solutions

Our most recent week of Slitherlink puzzles can be found in this PDF and the solutions are all grouped in this PDF and have also been linked to the individual posts. We also have two solution video for this week for the Thursday and Friday puzzles.

Later today we’ll post our Best of 2019 Loop/Path puzzles including our best puzzle of 2019 as voted on by our solvers. This upcoming week will feature a mix of puzzles across all of our categories.

Best of 2019: Shading Puzzles

Here are our best Shading puzzles of 2019, selected from the 41 web posts in this category based on your FAVE votes:

Our first best shading puzzle of 2019 is actually two puzzles. As part of his debut week at GMPuzzles, Ashish Kumar created a set of puzzles that each had two different solving options from the same clues. With some help from editor (becoming co-author) Thomas Snyder, this Kurotto (and Cave) came together really well and got a lot of favorite votes.

Kurotto by Ashish Kumar and Thomas Snyder

Many of our “best of” puzzles get attention due to unusual clues and fun Aha moments, and the center of this Nanro by John Bulten certainly fits that description.

Nanro by John Bulten

John Bulten also was the author behind this favorite LITS puzzle with a Pi theme and a fun easter egg for our regular solvers.

LITS by John Bulten

Our top two were both Tapa puzzles of different forms by Murat Can Tonta. This Tapa (Regional) puzzle combined some different ways of thinking about clues in a clever and challenging package.

Tapa by Murat Can Tonta

And our Best Shading puzzle of 2019 was this classic Tapa by Murat. While on the easier end (usually our top vote getters are very difficult puzzles), the visual theme and smooth solve stood out for our voters.

Tapa by Murat Can Tonta

All of these best Shading puzzles are collected in this PDF file.

Sunday update with solutions

Our most recent week of Tapa puzzles can be found in this PDF and the solutions are all grouped in this PDF and have also been linked to the individual posts. We also have a solution video for this week for the Friday Tapa (Skyscrapers) puzzle.

From our video archive, we’re pulling out another shading puzzle variation, a Cross the Streams (LITS) puzzle by Bryce Herdt from 2017.

Later today we’ll post our Best of 2019 Shading puzzles. And this upcoming week we will feature Slitherlink and then the last Best of category with Loop/Path puzzles.

Best of 2019: Number Placement Puzzles

Here are our best Number Placement puzzles of 2019, selected from the 35 web posts in this category based on your FAVE votes:

We had a “pair” of Kakuro puzzles that were both on the higher end of the list for 2019 (admittedly the “pair” was more of an editorial connection given similar grid shapes but different solving paths; both were great puzzles and posted on back-to-back days). The second of the pair was this Nonconsecutive Kakuro from Grant Fikes that was a Sunday bonus for our subscribers. (Note: we are beginning to organize all of our web bonus puzzles into a new book so that those who missed these puzzles from 2014-2019 can see what they missed.)

Kakuro by Grant Fikes

In terms of variety Number Placement styles, this Smashed Sums by Michael Tang with a Binary theme got top marks. It is a great example of our “Grandmaster Puzzles” style: a compelling visual theme that also leads to a satisfying logical solve.

Smashed Sums by Michael Tang

We really enjoy TomTom puzzles and two TomToms from our contributing puzzlemasters stood out this year. Both highlighted reusing a small number of clue values to create an interesting solving path. Ashish Kumar brought us this “Three Thirty” TomTom where if you can solve the puzzle that fast you’d be breaking our grandmaster time.

TomTom by Ashish Kumar

Murat Can Tonta brought us this “Jackpot” TomTom with all sevens to sort out, and a lot of top votes to make it our second favorite in this category.

TomTom by Murat Can Tonta

Overall, our best Number Placement puzzle of 2019 was this Kakuro also from Murat Can Tonta, with a similar pattern to the first puzzle on this list and a challenging but fun solving path.

Kakuro by Murat Can Tonta

All of these best Number Placement puzzles are collected in this PDF file.

Sunday update and highlight on Tapa and Variations 2 book!

Our most recent week of TomTom puzzles can be found in this PDF and the solutions are all grouped in this PDF and have also been linked to the individual posts. We also have two solution videos for this week for the Thursday and Saturday TomTom puzzles.

Later today we’ll also be sharing our Best of 2019 Number Placement puzzles.

Next week will feature one of our favorite shading genres, Tapa, as well as some variations. And alongside that week of puzzles we wanted to put the spotlight on a book we (silently) released a couple months ago while updating our e-store. Tapa and Variations 2 is the second Tapa book (and sixth overall book) in the Classic Puzzles and Variations series by Serkan Yürekli. It contains a total of 61 puzzles, 21 classic Tapa including one giant, and 40 variations split across 9 different genres.

Below is a sample Tapa from the book with a hidden logical theme, and we hope you check out the full collection.

Tapa by Serkan Yürekli

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