Ghost Tren by Murat Can Tonta

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 Ghost Tren.

Ghost Tren by Murat Can Tonta

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Theme: Clue Symmetry and Logic

Background: Variation of the object placement/object movement puzzle Tren, with new rules that allow for unclued “ghost” blocks and require overall connectivity of white cells. This specific variation with both new rules was originally created by Murat Can Tonta in 2012 but explored much more fully here as an extension of the original Tren.

Rules: Locate some train cars in the grid having size 1×2 or 1×3. Each number in the grid should be part of a car, indicating the number of unoccupied cells the car can move to by traveling along its longest axis. No more than one number can be in a train car; cars can also be placed without any numbers, with no restrictions on their ability to move. All unused cells must be part of a single connected group.

Example by Thomas Snyder:

Ghost Tren by Murat Can Tonta

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

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

Cave by Murat Can Tonta

Cave by Murat Can Tonta

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Theme: Easy as 1 2 3 4 … 11

Author/Opus: This is the 144th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Grant Murat Can Tonta.

Rules: Standard Cave rules.

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

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 2:15, Master = 4:00, Expert = 8:00

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

Cave by Murat Can Tonta [Bonus]

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Cave by Murat Can Tonta

Theme: 2, 4, 6, 8, 10

Author/Opus: This is the 143rd puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Murat Can Tonta.

Rules: Standard Cave rules.

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

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 1:50, Master = 2:30, Expert = 5:00

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

Cross the Streams by Murat Can Tonta

Cross The Streams by Murat Can Tonta

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Theme: Triangles

Author/Opus: This is the 142nd puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Murat Can Tonta.

Rules: Standard Cross the Streams rules.

Answer String: Enter the length in cells of each of the black segments from left to right for the marked rows, going in order from A to B to C to D and separating each entry with a comma.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 2:00, Master = 2:45, Expert = 5:30.

Note: Follow this link for other Cross the Streams. If you are new to this puzzle type, here are our easiest Cross the Streams to get started on.

Skyscrapers by Murat Can Tonta

Skyscrapers by Murat Can Tonta

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Theme: Four Fours

Author/Opus: This is the 141st puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Murat Can Tonta.

Rules: Standard Skyscrapers rules.

Answer String: Enter the 1st row from left to right, followed by a comma, followed by the 5th row from left to right.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 0:40, Master = 0:50, Expert = 1:40

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

TomTom by Murat Can Tonta [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.

TomTom by Murat Can Tonta

Theme: [redacted]

Author/Opus: This is the 140th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Murat Can Tonta.

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

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

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 4:00, Master = 6:00, Expert = 12:00

Note: Follow this link for other classic 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 Murat Can Tonta

TomTom by Murat Can Tonta

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Theme: Jackpot

Author/Opus: This is the 139th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Murat Can Tonta.

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

Answer String: Enter the 1st row from left to right followed by the 5th row from left to right. Separate the entries with a comma.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 2:15, Master = 3:15, Expert = 6:30

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.