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Triplets by Palmer Mebane

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 Triplets.

Triplets by Palmer Mebane

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Theme: Clue Symmetry and Logic

Background: An original number placement puzzle created by Palmer Mebane.

Rules: Fill each cell with a number so that all 27 three-digit numbers with digits 1, 2, or 3 are used exactly once. For each pair of cells sharing a side, the two numbers in those cells must have equal digits in exactly two of the three positions (ones, tens, or hundreds).

Example by Palmer Mebane:

Triplets by Palmer Mebane

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

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

Smashed Sums by Michael Tang

Smashed Sums by Michael Tang

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Theme: Binary

Author/Opus: This is the 1st puzzle from guest contributor Michael Tang. You can find more puzzles from Michael on the blog mstang’s puzzles.

Rules: Fill each row and column of the grid with the digits 1 to 5 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.

Answer String: Enter the 5th row from left to right, followed by a comma, followed by the 7th row from left to right. Use an X (capital letter) for each blackened square.

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

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

Japanese Sums by Serkan Yürekli

Japanese Sums by Serkan Yürekli

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Theme: All Clues are Different Clues (for Randy Rogers)

Author/Opus: This is the 162nd puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Serkan Yürekli.

Rules: Place the digits 1-7 (1-9 for the example) 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. A ? can represent any sum 1 or larger.

Japanese Sums Example

Answer String: Enter the 2nd row from left to right, followed by a comma, followed by the 3rd row from left to right. Use a capital X for empty cells.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 4:00, Master = 5:30, Expert = 11:00

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

Arithmetic Square by Thomas Snyder

Arithmetic Square by Thomas Snyder

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Theme: Logical

Author/Opus: This is the 273rd puzzle from Thomas Snyder, aka Dr. Sudoku.

Rules: Place each digit from 1 through 9 into the white boxes (a different digit per box) so that the indicated equations or relations are correct when evaluating from left to right or top to bottom (ignore the usual order of operations).

Answer String: Enter the nine digits in the boxes from left to right, starting with the top row, then the middle row, and then the bottom row, as a single string (e.g., “273854169”).

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 1:30, Master = 3:30, Expert = 7:00 (*Estimates from competition scoring, not our usual process)

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

Arithmetic Square by Thomas Snyder

Arithmetic Square by Thomas Snyder

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Theme: Logical

Author/Opus: This is the 272nd puzzle from Thomas Snyder, aka Dr. Sudoku.

Rules: Place each digit from 1 through 9 into the white boxes (a different digit per box) so that the indicated equations or relations are correct when evaluating from left to right or top to bottom (ignore the usual order of operations).

Answer String: Enter the nine digits in the boxes from left to right, starting with the top row, then the middle row, and then the bottom row, as a single string (e.g., “273854169”).

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 1:15, Master = 3:15, Expert = 6:30 (*Estimates from competition scoring, not our usual process)

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

Japanese Sums by Serkan Yürekli

Japanese Sums by Serkan Yürekli

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Theme: Sum of 1 & 2 (for Randy Rogers)

Author/Opus: This is the 146th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Serkan Yürekli.

Rules: Place the digits 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

Answer String: Enter the 1st row from left to right, followed by a comma, followed by the 10th row from left to right. Use a capital X for empty cells.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 18:00, Master = 32:00, Expert = 1:04:00

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

Sum Star by Dan Adams

Sum Star by Dan Adams

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Theme: Logical

Author/Opus: This is the 1st puzzle from guest contributor Dan Adams.

Rules: Place digits into some cells and shade all remaining cells so that: each dodecagon contains the digits 1-9 exactly once; digits in cells sharing a vertex with a black triangle add up to the indicated clue number without repeats; and shaded cells cannot share an edge with another shaded cell.

Magic Summer Example by Serkan Yürekli

Answer String: Enter the digits in the marked central rows (triangle, hexagon, triangle, …). Use a capital X for shaded cells. Separate each row with a comma. The example has the key “8178XX,243”.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 16:00, Master = 32:00, Expert = 1:04:00

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