Castle Wall (Masyu) by Ashish Kumar

Castle Wall by Ashish Kumar

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Theme: Clue Symmetry and Logic

Author/Opus: This is the 18th puzzle from guest contributor Ashish Kumar.

Rules: Classic Castle Wall rules. Also, the loop must go straight through the cells with white circles, with a turn in at least one of the cells immediately before/after each white circle. The loop must make a turn in all the black circles, but must go straight in both cells immediately before/after each black circle.

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 = 2:00, Master = 2:45, Expert = 5:30

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.

Castle Wall by İlay Zehra Şenay

Castle Wall by İlay Zehra Şenay

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Theme: Only 1 Antisymmetry

Author/Opus: This is the 4th puzzle from guest contributor İlay Zehra Şenay.

Rules: Standard Castle Wall rules.

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

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 1:11, Master = 1:40, Expert = 3:20

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.

LITS by Bahar Açılan

LITS by Bahar Açılan

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Theme: Center F’s

Author/Opus: This is the 5th 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 = 5:30, Master = 9:30, Expert = 19:00

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.

Tapa by Ashish Kumar

Tapa by Ashish Kumar

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Theme: Jet with 3’s

Author/Opus: This is the 17th puzzle from guest contributor 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 = 1:15, Master = 2:00, Expert = 4:00

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, in Tapa and Variations, and in our beginner-friendly collection Intro to GMPuzzles, all by Serkan Yürekli.

Tight Fit Sudoku by Joseph Howard

Tight Fit Sudoku by Joseph Howard

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Theme: Intersection

Author/Opus: This is the 14th puzzle from guest contributor Joseph Howard.

Rules: Standard Tight Fit Sudoku rules. Remember, the smaller number goes above the larger number in all slashed cells. The range of this puzzle is 1-9.

Answer String: Enter the 2nd row from left to right, followed by a comma, followed by the 6th row from left to right. (Note: for the tight fit cells, enter the top before the bottom as would be normal for the read order.)

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 1:40, Master = 2:00, Expert = 4:00

Note: Follow this link for other Tight Fit Sudoku puzzles on this website. If you are new to this puzzle type, here are our easiest Tight Fit Sudoku to get started on. More Tight Fit Sudoku can be found in our beginner-friendly collection Intro to GMPuzzles by Serkan Yürekli.

Surf by Izak Bulten

This week we are sharing easy sample puzzles from our ebook The Puzzlemasters’ Workshop which showcases six authors exploring new puzzle styles or variations with 8-10 challenges in each section. Today’s post is Surf.

Surf by Izak Bulten

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Theme: LITS

Background: Shading/object placement puzzle style created by Izak Bulten in 2015 and now more fully explored in this book. Surf was inspired by Nurikabe islands and LITS paths. Along with Turf, which is the next book section, Surf is an exploration of bicolor shading logic that can yield fruitful patterns.

Rules: Shade some white cells black so that the grid is divided into white and black regions. Cell with numbers cannot be shaded. Each white region must contain exactly one number and have the same area in cells as that number. Two white or two black regions may only touch diagonally. Each black region must be exactly specified by one shape graph given below the grid, where graph edges represent one-cell-wide straight paths with variable lengths, and graph nodes represent ends, turns, and branch points. Graphs can be rotated and reflected, and, if multiple graphs are given, not all need be used.

Example by John Bulten:

Surf by Izak Bulten

(No official times or solution entry for this week; just click “SOLVE?” when finished.)

Note: More Surf puzzles can be found in The Puzzlemasters’ Workshop.

Inverse LITS by Chris Green

This week we are sharing easy sample puzzles from our ebook The Puzzlemasters’ Workshop which showcases six authors exploring new puzzle styles or variations with 8-10 challenges in each section. Today’s post is Inverse LITS.

Inverse LITS by Chris Green

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Theme: Rectangles

Background: Variation of the shading puzzle LITS, where the usual rules related to shaded tetrominoes in each region are inverted to apply to unshaded tetrominoes in each region. First explored by Bram de Laat in 2012, and now more fully explored by Chris Green.

Rules: Shade some cells black so that in each region there are exactly four unshaded cells that form an L, I, T, S, or O tetromino. When two unshaded tetrominoes share an edge across regions, they must not be the same shape regardless of rotations or reflections. All shaded cells must be connected into a single group, but no 2×2 group of cells can be entirely shaded black.

Example by Thomas Snyder:

Inverse LITS by Chris Green

(No official times or solution entry for this week; just click “SOLVE?” when finished.)

Note: More Inverse LITS puzzles can be found in The Puzzlemasters’ Workshop.