Battlestar by Grant Fikes [Bonus]

Our master+ subscribers receive access to two bonus puzzles each week in addition to other rewards. We make these posts so those supporters have a space to comment on these puzzles, mark as FAVES, or log their solving. If you are interested in subscribing and seeing these bonus puzzles, click here for more info.

Battlestar by Grant Fikes

Theme: Logical

Author/Opus: This is the 295th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Grant Fikes.

Rules: Variation of Star Battle. Place a star in some cells so that there are two stars in each row and column. No two stars can touch, not even diagonally.

Answer String: For each row from top to bottom, enter the number of the first column from the left where a star appears. Enter these numbers as a single string with no separators.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 1:15, Master = 1:30, Expert = 3:00

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

Kakuro (Nonconsecutive) by Grant Fikes [Bonus]

Our master+ subscribers receive access to two bonus puzzles each week in addition to other rewards. We make these posts so those supporters have a space to comment on these puzzles, mark as FAVES, or log their solving. If you are interested in subscribing and seeing these bonus puzzles, click here for more info.

Kakuro by Grant Fikes

Theme: … and After

Author/Opus: This is the 294th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Grant Fikes.

Rules: Standard Kakuro Rules. Also, no two consecutive numbers (i.e., numbers that differ by 1) can be in cells that share an edge.

Answer String: Enter the values in each cell in the 2nd row from left to right and then in the 10th row from left to right, separating the two entries with a comma. Ignore black cells.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 10:00, Master = 15:00, Expert = 30:00

Note: Follow this link for other Kakuro puzzles. More Kakuro puzzles can be found in Kakuro and Variations by Serkan Yürekli and in The Art of Puzzles 2.

Yajilin by Grant Fikes

Yajilin by Grant Fikes

PDF

Theme: Clue Symmetry and Logic

Author/Opus: This is the 293rd puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Grant Fikes.

Rules: Standard Yajilin 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 = 1:30, Master = 2:30, Expert = 5:00

Note: Follow this link for other classic Yajilin. If you are new to this puzzle type, here are our easiest Yajilin to get started on. More Yajilin puzzles can be found in The Art of Puzzles 2, and in our beginner-friendly book Logic Puzzles 101.

Yajilin by Grant Fikes [Bonus]

Our master+ subscribers receive access to two bonus puzzles each week in addition to other rewards. We make these posts so those supporters have a space to comment on these puzzles, mark as FAVES, or log their solving. If you are interested in subscribing and seeing these bonus puzzles, click here for more info.

Yajilin by Grant Fikes

Theme: Logical

Author/Opus: This is the 292nd puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Grant Fikes.

Rules: Standard Yajilin 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 = 0:50, Master = 1:30, Expert = 3:00

Note: Follow this link for other classic Yajilin. If you are new to this puzzle type, here are our easiest Yajilin to get started on. More Yajilin puzzles can be found in The Art of Puzzles 2.

Fillomino by Grant Fikes

Fillomino by Grant Fikes

PDF

Theme: Clue Symmetry and Logic

Author/Opus: This is the 291st puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Grant Fikes.

Rules: Standard Fillomino rules.

Answer String: For each cell in the marked rows/columns, enter the area of the polyomino it belongs to. Enter just the last digit for any two-digit number. Start with the 1st row, followed by a comma, followed by the 6th row.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 1:20, Master = 2:15, Expert = 4:30

Note: Follow this link for other classic Fillomino and this link for more variations on Fillomino puzzles. If you are new to this puzzle type, here are our easiest Fillomino puzzles to get started on. More Fillomino puzzles can be found in The Art of Puzzles, in Fill o’ Fillomino and Fill o’ Fillomino 2 by Grant Fikes, and in our beginner-friendly book Logic Puzzles 101.

Killer Sudoku by Grant Fikes

Killer Sudoku by Grant Fikes

PDF

Theme: Clue Symmetry and Logic

Author/Opus: This is the 290th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Grant Fikes.

Rules: Standard Sudoku rules. Also, the sum of the digits in each cage must equal the value given in the upper-left corner of that cage. Digits cannot repeat inside a cage.

Answer String: Enter the 2nd row from left to right, followed by a comma, followed by the 5th row from left to right.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 9:00, Master = 15:00, Expert = 30:00

Note: Follow this link for other variations of Sudoku and this link for classic Sudoku. If you are new to this puzzle type, here are our easiest Sudoku to get started on.

Spiral Galaxies by Grant Fikes

Spiral Galaxies by Grant Fikes

(view directly for a larger image)

PDF

Theme: Something Meta?

Author/Opus: This is the 289th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Grant Fikes.

Rules: Standard Spiral Galaxies rules (treat white and black circles the same when solving). After completing the grid, there is a secret message to find.

Answer String: Enter the hidden word in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 20:00, Master = 30:00, Expert = 60:00

Note: Follow this link for classic Spiral Galaxies puzzles on this website and this link for variations on Spiral Galaxies puzzles. If you are new to this puzzle type, here are our easiest Spiral Galaxies Puzzles to get started on. More Spiral Galaxies puzzles will eventually be found in The Art of Puzzles 2.