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Skyscrapers by Sam Cappleman-Lynes

Skyscrapers by Sam Cappleman-Lynes

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Theme: 234

Author/Opus: This is the 3rd puzzle from guest contributor Sam Cappleman-Lynes.

Rules: Standard Skyscrapers rules.

Difficulty: 3.5 stars

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 4:15, Master = 9:15, Expert = 18:30

Solution: To be posted by next Sunday (October 17th).

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, in our beginner-friendly collection Intro to GMPuzzles by Serkan Yürekli, and in the e-book Skyscrapers by Ashish Kumar.

Japanese Sums by JinHoo Ahn

Japanese Sums by JinHoo Ahn

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Theme: Magic Squares

Author/Opus: This is the 32nd puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster JinHoo Ahn.

Rules: Place the digits in the indicated range (1-9) in some of the cells, so that no digit is repeated in any row or column. Numbers on the outside of the grid indicate the sums of adjacent digit groups in that row or column, in order. Each sum is separated by at least one unused cell.

Japanese Sums Example

Difficulty: 4.5 stars

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 7:15, Master = 20:00, Expert = 40:00

Solution: PDF; a solution video is also available here.

Note: Follow this link for other less common Number Placement puzzles.

TomTom (Twins) by Grant Fikes

TomTom by Grant Fikes

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Theme: Signed by the Author

Author/Opus: This is the 352nd puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Grant Fikes.

Rules: Standard TomTom rules, using the integers 1-5. The two grids have the same numerical clues in the cages with the given operations (e.g. the sum of the upper-left cage in the top grid equals the product of the upper-left cage in the bottom grid). The value of all mathematical operations must be nonnegative integers.

Difficulty: 3 stars

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 3:45, Master = 4:45, Expert = 9:30

Solution: PDF; a solution video is also available here.

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

Smashed Sums by Murat Can Tonta

Smashed Sums by Murat Can Tonta

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Theme: Ten’s Complement

Author/Opus: This is the 206th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Murat Can Tonta.

Rules: Fill each row and column of the grid with the digits 1 to 4 and two blackened cells. Numbers outside the grid indicate the sum of the digits between the two blackened cells in that row or column. Blackened cells are allowed to touch. Or see here.

Difficulty: 2.5 stars

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 2:15, Master = 3:00, Expert = 6:00

Solution: PDF; a solution video is also available here.

Note: Follow this link for other less common Number Placement puzzles.

Skyscrapers (Sum) by Ashish Kumar

Skyscrapers by Ashish Kumar

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Theme: Sequence

Author/Opus: This is the 77th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Ashish Kumar.

Rules: Variation of Skyscrapers; each clue represents the sum of the heights of the visible buildings in that direction.

Difficulty: 2 stars

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 1:30, Master = 2:00, Expert = 4:00

Solution: PDF; a solution video is also available here.

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, in our beginner-friendly collection Intro to GMPuzzles by Serkan Yürekli, and in the e-book Skyscrapers by Ashish Kumar.

Kakuro by Palmer Mebane

Kakuro by Palmer Mebane

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Theme: Crossing the River

Author/Opus: This is the 53rd puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Palmer Mebane.

Rules: Standard Kakuro Rules.

Difficulty: 1.5 stars

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 0:50, Master = 1:20, Expert = 2:40

Solution: PDF; a solution video is also available here.

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

Sunday Stumper: Japanese Sums (Cipher) by Murat Can Tonta

This year, we have started to have 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 seventh Sunday Stumper is a Japanese Sums (Cipher) puzzle with a hidden theme.

Japanese Sums by Murat Can Tonta

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or solve online (using our beta test of Penpa-Edit tools; use tab to shift between number entry, sudoku, and shading modes. Note that any extra numbers (in green, blue, or red) or shaded cells outside the grid will interfere with solution checking. So we suggest using the Number mode in black to write notes over the outside clues or in the cipher box below the grid; make sure only blue digits are inside the 11×11 grid and not outside the grid.)

Theme: Hidden

Author/Opus: This is the 203rd puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Murat Can Tonta.

Rules: Place the digits 1-9 in some of the cells, so that no digit is repeated in any row or column. Also, all numbers are encrypted with J, A, P, N, E, S, U, M, H, D letters and each letter represents a different digit from 0 to 9. Numbers on the outside of the grid indicate the sums of adjacent digit groups in that row or column, in order. Each sum is separated by at least one unused cell. Single-digit clues cannot be a 0, and also multi-digit clues cannot start with a 0. A question mark indicates a sum value of unknown size, and can be single- or multi-digit.

Or see this (non-cipher) example of Japanese Sums:

Japanese Sums Example

Difficulty: 5 stars

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 27:30, Master = 37:00, Expert = 1:14:00

Solution: PDF; a solution video is also available here.

Note: Follow this link for other less common Number Placement puzzles.