Schedule for Next Week

Our last week of supporter-requested puzzles can be found here.

This next week will feature an unknown theme, with some variety puzzles by Serkan Yürekli and several of a new variation by Chris Green.

Our supporters will also be receiving a bonus Fillomino by Grant Fikes, access to puzzle solutions, and a video walkthrough of the Sunday puzzle (yes, we have seven web + one bonus puzzles this week). We’re reworking our subscription process; if you’d like to receive some of these special rewards, please check back here later this month.

Changes with our use of Patreon

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Tapa (Different) by Thomas Snyder

Tapa by Thomas Snyder

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Theme: 2×2 Squares (for Chris Green)

Author/Opus: This is the 292nd puzzle from Thomas Snyder, aka Dr. Sudoku.

Rules: Standard Tapa rules. Also, each dashed region must have a different combination of shaded and unshaded cells. See also this example (from Chris Green).

See also this example:

Example by Chris Green

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 = 10:00, Master = 17:00, Expert = 34:00

Note: Follow this link for other Tapa variations and this link for classic Tapa. 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 and in Tapa and Variations, both by Serkan Yürekli.

Yajisan Kazusan by Thomas Snyder

Yajisan Kazusan by Thomas Snyder

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Theme: X’s and O’s (for Jamie Hargrove)

Author/Opus: This is the 291st puzzle from Thomas Snyder, aka Dr. Sudoku.

Rules: Shade some cells black so that all unshaded number and arrow clues indicate the exact count of shaded cells in the given direction. Shaded cells cannot share an edge, and all white cells must remain connected as part of a single contiguous group. It is allowed to shade over some of the numbered cells; a shaded over clue may or may not be true.

Also, see this example:

Yajisan Kazusan by Thomas Snyder

Answer String: For each row from top to bottom, enter the number of shaded cells as a single string. For the example, the answer is “20212”.

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

Note: Follow this link for other less common Shading puzzles.

Numberlink by Thomas Snyder

Numberlink by Thomas Snyder

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Theme: Clue Symmetry and Logic (for TheSubro)

Author/Opus: This is the 290th puzzle from Thomas Snyder, aka Dr. Sudoku.

Rules: Connect each pair of identical numbers with a path passing through edge-adjacent cells. No cell may be used on more than one path.

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

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 2:00, Master = 3:30, Expert = 7:00

Note: Follow this link for other Loop/Path puzzles.

Schedule for Next Week

Our last week of bonus sudoku and puzzle hunt puzzles can be found here.

This next week will feature patron-requested puzzles across several different genres.

Our supporters will also be receiving a bonus Statue Park by Murat Can Tonta, access to puzzle solutions, and a video walkthrough of the Saturday puzzle. If you’d like to receive some of these special rewards, please click here for more info.

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This is a puzzle-hunt style puzzle, prepared for an evening event at the World Puzzle Championship. There are no instructions; finding out what to do is part of the puzzle. Some UK cultural knowledge may be required.

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Author/Opus: This is the 289th puzzle from Thomas Snyder, aka Dr. Sudoku.

Answer String: Enter the final answer of the puzzle in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS.