Nurikabe (Borders) by Ashish Kumar

Nurikabe by Ashish Kumar

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Theme: V

Author/Opus: This is the 8th puzzle from guest contributor Ashish Kumar.

Rules: Standard Nurikabe rules. Also, some borders are drawn in the grid between adjacent cells. One side of each border must be part of the ocean and the other side must be part of an island.

Nurikabe Skyscrapers by Thomas Snyder

Answer String: Enter the length in cells of each of the black segments (the unnumbered, connected “ocean”) from left to right for the marked rows. Separate each row’s entry from the next with a comma.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 2:45, Master = 7:30, Expert = 15:00

Note: Follow this link for classic Nurikabe puzzles on this website and this link for other variations on Nurikabe puzzles. If you are new to this puzzle type, here are our easiest Nurikabe puzzles to get started on. More Nurikabe puzzles can be in The Art of Puzzles, in our beginner-friendly book Logic Puzzles 101, and in the e-book Nurikabe by Ashish Kumar.

Nurikabe (Skyscrapers) by Ashish Kumar

Nurikabe by Ashish Kumar

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Theme: 1 to 9 (Originally on 2018 Puzzle Grand Prix Round 3)

Author/Opus: This is the 7th puzzle from guest contributor Ashish Kumar.

Rules: Standard Nurikabe rules. Also, the numbers outside the grid show the number of shaded segments visible in that direction (as in Skyscrapers). A shaded segment of length N in a given direction is taken as a building of height N. A building blocks the view of any building behind it of equal or lesser height. For instance, in the example, there are 3 buildings seen in the fourth row from the left (as 1 < 2 < 3) but only 1 building seen in the third row from the right (as 3 > 2).

Nurikabe Skyscrapers by Thomas Snyder

Answer String: Enter the length in cells of each of the black segments (the unnumbered, connected “ocean”) from left to right for the marked rows. Separate each row’s entry from the next with a comma.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 1:45, Master = 4:30, Expert = 9:00

Note: Follow this link for classic Nurikabe puzzles on this website and this link for other variations on Nurikabe puzzles. If you are new to this puzzle type, here are our easiest Nurikabe puzzles to get started on. More Nurikabe puzzles can be in The Art of Puzzles, in our beginner-friendly book Logic Puzzles 101, and in the e-book Nurikabe by Ashish Kumar.

TomTom by Yunus Emre Büyükkale

TomTom by Yunus Emre Büyükkale

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Theme: Cactus (Note: shading is for thematic purposes only)

Author/Opus: This is the 4th puzzle from guest contributor Yunus Emre Büyükkale.

Rules: Standard TomTom rules, using the integers 1-6.

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

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

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

TomTom by Bahar Açılan

TomTom by Bahar Açılan

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Theme: Six (Note: shading is for thematic purposes only)

Author/Opus: This is the 3rd puzzle from guest contributor Bahar Açılan.

Rules: Standard TomTom rules, using the integers 1-6.

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

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 0:50, Master = 1:15, Expert = 2:30

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

LITS by Bahar Açılan

LITS by Bahar Açılan

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Theme: Key

Author/Opus: This is the 2nd puzzle from guest contributor Bahar Açılan.

Rules: Standard LITS 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 = 1:30, Master = 3:00, Expert = 6:00

Note: Follow this link for other 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, in The Art of Puzzles 2, and in our beginner-friendly collection Intro to GMPuzzles by Serkan Yürekli.

Battleships by Yunus Emre Büyükkale

Battleships by Yunus Emre Büyükkale

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Theme: Yin Yang

Author/Opus: This is the 3rd puzzle from guest contributor Yunus Emre Büyükkale.

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 = 2:15, Master = 3:00, Expert = 6:00

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 Battleships and Variations, in The Art of Puzzles, and in our beginner-friendly collection Intro to GMPuzzles by Serkan Yürekli.

Castle Wall by Mustafa Koyuncu

Castle Wall by Mustafa Koyuncu

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Theme: Stickmen

Author/Opus: This is the 1st puzzle from guest contributor Mustafa Koyuncu.

Rules: Standard Castle Wall 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 = 2:45, Master = 4:45, Expert = 9:30

Note: Follow this link for more Castle Wall puzzles. If you are new to this puzzle type, here are our easiest Castle Wall puzzles to get started on. More Castle Wall puzzles can be found in our beginner-friendly collection Intro to GMPuzzles as well as the larger collection Castle Wall, both by Serkan Yürekli.