Archive for the ‘Loop/Path’ Category:

This puzzle style was created by Robert Vollmert (Geradeweg roughly means “Straight Path” in English). More Geradeweg will be in our upcoming Loop Variety Collection 2.

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Theme: Knight Matrix

Author/Opus: This is the 248th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Prasanna Seshadri.

Rules: Draw a single, non-intersecting loop that passes through all cells with circles; the loop may either go straight through or turn at each circle. If the loop goes straight through a circle, the number on that circle indicates the length of the straight segment. If the loop turns at a circle, the number on that circle indicates the length of both loop segments extending from that circle.

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Difficulty: 2.5 stars

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 2:30, Master = 4:30, Expert = 9:00

Solution: PDF and solving video.

Note: Follow this link for other Loop/Path puzzles. More Geradeweg puzzles are in the book Loop Variety Collection 2.

Rail Pool by Martin Ender

This puzzle style was created by Martin Ender (first example here), and was one of the “new generation” of puzzles at the 2022 World Puzzle Championship. While it won’t be in our upcoming Loop Variety Collection 2, we are planning to have some more Rail Pool in GMPuzzles projects in the future.

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Theme: Tetris

Author/Opus: This is the 1st puzzle from guest contributor Martin Ender.

Rules: Draw a single, non-intersecting loop that passes through the centers of all cells, including clue cells. Clues represent all of the different lengths of the straight line segments that pass through all cells within the region, either partially or fully contained by that region. Each number within a region must be represented by at least one line segment. Each “?” represents a positive integer; if a clue cell has more than one “?”, all numbers and “?”s in that clue must be different from each other.

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Difficulty: 2.5 stars

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 1:30, Master = 2:45, Expert = 5:30

Solution: PDF and solving video.

Mukkonn Enn by Serkan Yürekli

This style, whose name means “Triangular Numbers” in English and has also been called “Four Directions Loop” elsewhere, was originally created by the Indian team that organized the 2017 World Puzzle Championship as part of an instructionless team round. More Mukkonn Enn will be in our upcoming Loop Variety Collection 2.

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Theme: Sequences

Author/Opus: This is the 386th puzzle from our managing editor Serkan Yürekli.

Rules: Draw a single, non-intersecting loop that passes through the center of all cells, including clue cells; the loop may either go straight through or turn at each clue. Each clue cell is divided into four sections; if a number is present in a section and the loop travels in that direction, then the number represents the length of the straight loop segment in that direction, measured from the clue cell to the cell where the loop turns. If the loop does not travel in that direction, then the number means nothing.

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Difficulty: 1 star

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 0:45, Master = 1:00, Expert = 2:00

Solution: PDF and solving video.

Note: Follow this link for other Loop/Path puzzles. More Mukkonn Enn puzzles are in the book Loop Variety Collection 2.

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Theme: Similar Instances

Author/Opus: This is the 27th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Takeya Saikachi.

Difficulty: 2 stars

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

Solution: PDF and solving video.

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

Nanro Loop by Bryce Herdt

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Theme: Parquet

Author/Opus: This is the 23rd puzzle from guest contributor Bryce Herdt.

Rules: Variation of Nanro rules. Label some cells with numbers to form a single non-intersecting loop; no 2×2 group of cells may be fully labeled, but the loop may touch itself orthogonally or diagonally. The region boundaries divide the loop into segments, and each region must have at least one segment. Numbers denote the length in cells of each segment within a region; all numbers in a region must be the same. When two numbers from different segments are orthogonally adjacent, the numbers must be different. (Consequently, segments in the same region must not share an edge.)

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Difficulty: 4 stars

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 6:15, Master = 9:15, Expert = 18:30

Solution: PDF and solving video.

Note: Follow this link for Nanro puzzles on this website and this link for variations on Nanro puzzles. If you are new to this puzzle type, here are our easiest Nanro Puzzles to get started on. More Nanro puzzles can be found in A Number o’ Nanro by Prasanna Seshadri.

Sunday Stumper: Yajilin by Sam Cappleman-Lynes

Since 2021, we have posted some extra difficult Sunday Stumpers, about once a month. These will be quite tough puzzles, but with a logical path to be found (and solution videos to help). This twelfth Sunday Stumper of 2022 is a Yajilin puzzle by Sam Cappleman-Lynes with a tricky path into and out from the “Open Middle”.

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Theme: Open Middle

Author/Opus: This is the 13th puzzle from guest contributor Sam Cappleman-Lynes.

Rules: Standard Yajilin rules.

Difficulty: 4.5 stars

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 8:30, Master = 12:30, Expert = 25:00

Solution: PDF and solving video.

Note: Follow this link for classic Yajilin and this link for Yajilin variations. 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, in Yajilin by Murat Can Tonta and Prasanna Seshadri, and in our beginner-friendly book Logic Puzzles 101.

Yajilin by David Altizio

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Theme: 4×4 Grid

Author/Opus: This is the 11th puzzle from guest contributor David Altizio.

Rules: Standard Yajilin rules.

Difficulty: 4 stars

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 7:00, Master = 9:45, Expert = 19:30

Solution: PDF and solving video.

Note: Follow this link for classic Yajilin and this link for Yajilin variations. 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, in Yajilin by Murat Can Tonta and Prasanna Seshadri, and in our beginner-friendly book Logic Puzzles 101.

Yajilin by JinHoo Ahn

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Theme: Parallel Lines

Author/Opus: This is the 61st puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster JinHoo Ahn.

Rules: Standard Yajilin rules.

Difficulty: 3.5 stars

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 6:00, Master = 7:30, Expert = 15:00

Solution: PDF and solving video.

Note: Follow this link for classic Yajilin and this link for Yajilin variations. 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, in Yajilin by Murat Can Tonta and Prasanna Seshadri, and in our beginner-friendly book Logic Puzzles 101.

Yajilin (Even Rows/Columns) by Grant Fikes

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Theme: Fortysomething?

Author/Opus: This is the 393rd puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Grant Fikes.

Rules: Standard Yajilin rules. Also, an even number of cells must be shaded in each row and in each column.

Difficulty: 3 stars

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 3:15, Master = 4:15, Expert = 8:30

Solution: PDF and solving video.

Note: Follow this link for classic Yajilin and this link for Yajilin variations. 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, in Yajilin by Murat Can Tonta and Prasanna Seshadri, and in our beginner-friendly book Logic Puzzles 101.

Yajilin (Masyu) by Chandrachud Nanduri

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Theme: Divided by 1

Author/Opus: This is the 2nd puzzle from guest contributor Chandrachud Nanduri.

Rules: Standard Yajilin 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.

Difficulty: 2.5 stars

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

Solution: PDF and solving video.

Note: Follow this link for classic Yajilin and this link for Yajilin variations. 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, in Yajilin by Murat Can Tonta and Prasanna Seshadri, and in our beginner-friendly book Logic Puzzles 101.