SLICY by Thomas Snyder

SLICY by Thomas Snyder

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Theme: JH (for Jamie Hargrove)

Author/Opus: This is the 263rd puzzle from Thomas Snyder, aka Dr. Sudoku.

Rules: Variation of LITS. Shade exactly four cells in each outlined region to form an S, L, I, C, or Y tetrahex. When all regions have been shaded, the following conditions must be true:
1) All shaded cells will be connected through a network of adjacent shaded cells;
2) No three shaded cells will share a common vertex;
3) When two tetrahexes share an edge in adjacent regions, they must not be the same type (S, L, I, C, or Y), regardless of potential rotations or reflections.

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

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 4:45, Master = 8:00, Expert = 16:00

Note: Follow this link for more variations of LITS and this link for classic LITS. If you are new to this puzzle type, here are our easiest LITS to get started on. More LITS puzzles can be found in LOTS O’ LITS by Grant Fikes and Prasanna Seshadri.

Schedule for Next Week

Our last week of puzzles from guest contributors can be found in this PDF.

This upcoming week is another “Patrons’ week”, featuring requested puzzle styles from our top patrons. As usual for these patrons’ weeks, the difficulty is on the higher end.

Monday: Tapa (Borders) by Murat Can Tonta
Tuesday: Castle Wall by Prasanna Seshadri
Wednesday: Fillomino by Grant Fikes
Thursday: SLICY by Thomas Snyder
Friday: Arrow/Shape/Thermo-Sudoku by Prasanna Seshadri
Saturday: Japanese Sums by Serkan Yürekli

Our patrons will also be receiving a bonus LITS by Carl Worth, access to puzzle solutions, and a written walkthrough of the Saturday puzzle. If you’d like to receive some of these special rewards, please become one of our patrons on Patreon.

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Schedule for Next Week

Our recent Colossal Cave Collection week can be found in this PDF.

This week features a mix of guest contributions to the website. We get a lot of great submissions every year, and think you’ll enjoy the selections we have for you this time.

Monday: Slitherlink by Walker Anderson
Tuesday: Fillomino by Izak Bulten
Wednesday: Balance Loop by Bryce Herdt
Thursday: Country Road by Bryce Herdt
Friday: Cave by Walker Anderson
Saturday: Sum Star by Dan Adams

Our patrons will also be receiving a bonus Tapa by Prasanna Seshadri, access to puzzle solutions, and a video walkthrough of the Friday puzzle. If you’d like to receive some of these special rewards, please become one of our patrons on Patreon.

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 become one of our grandmaster patrons on Patreon.

Schedule for Next Week

Our first week of puzzles from 2017 can be found in this PDF.

This week will feature two “mini-weeks” with these variations: Balance Loop, and Tapa (Islands). The puzzles are harder than usual (probably starting at mid-week difficulty).

Our patrons will also be receiving a bonus Fillomino by Murat Can Tonta, access to puzzle solutions, and a video walkthrough of the Friday puzzle. If you’d like to receive some of these special rewards, please become one of our patrons on Patreon.

Battleships by Thomas Snyder

Battleships by Thomas Snyder

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Theme: Just One

Author/Opus: This is the 262nd puzzle from Thomas Snyder, aka Dr. Sudoku.

Rules: Standard Battleships rules. Use the indicated fleet.

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 = 2:45, Master = 3:30, Expert = 7:00

Note: Follow this link for other classic Battleships. If you are new to this puzzle type, here are our easiest Battleships to get started on. More Battleships puzzles can be found in The Art of Puzzles collection.

Schedule for Next Week

We’re starting January with Just One week of puzzles. How often will we publish on the web in 2017? Only time will tell.

Monday: Nanro by Grant Fikes
Tuesday: Castle Wall by Serkan Yürekli
Wednesday: Battleships by Thomas Snyder
Thursday: Cross the Streams by Serkan Yürekli
Friday: Pata by Serkan Yürekli
Saturday: Pentominous by Carl Worth

Our patrons will also be receiving a bonus Cave 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 become one of our patrons on Patreon.