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Scrabble (First Letter) by Murat Can Tonta

Scrabble by Murat Can Tonta

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Theme: One to Thirteen, Almost

Author/Opus: This is the 24th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Murat Can Tonta.

Rules: Place each of the given words into the grid, one letter per cell, reading from left to right or top to bottom. All words must be connected, and no words other than the given words can appear in the grid. The highlighted cells must contain the first letters of each of the words.

Answer String: Enter all letters in the indicated rows from left to right, separating each row with a comma. Use CAPITAL LETTERS.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 4:30, Master = 8:00, Expert = 16:00

Solution: PDF

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Scrabble (Double Letter) by Murat Can Tonta

Scrabble by Murat Can Tonta

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Theme: Spelling Test

Author/Opus: This is the 23rd puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Murat Can Tonta.

Rules: Place each of the given words into the grid, one letter per cell, reading from left to right or top to bottom. All words must be connected, and no words other than the given words can appear in the grid. The borders between all adjacent cells that contain the same letter have been marked.

Answer String: Enter all letters in the indicated rows from left to right, separating each row with a comma. Use CAPITAL LETTERS.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 5:00, Master = 10:00, Expert = 20:00

Solution: PDF

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Word Connection by Serkan Yürekli

Word Connection by Serkan Yürekli

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Theme: Solar System (words come from Italian, French, Hindi, Norwegian, Greek, English, Welsh, Farsi, and Arabic)

Author/Opus: This is the 89th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Serkan Yürekli.

Rules: Place the words into the grid (one letter per cell) so that they do not touch each other, not even diagonally, and so that they can be read in a straight line in a vertical or horizontal direction. Some letters in the words are already given in the grid. Then find a path that passes through every cell of the grid, starting with the first letter of the first word, passing through the words in order from their first letters to their last letters, and ending at the last letter of the last word.

Or see this example:

Answer String: Enter the number of turns the path takes between each of the words in order as a single string of numbers. (Ignore turns in cells with letters.) The answer for this example is “224”.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 6:30, Master = 11:00, Expert = 22:00

Solution: PDF

Word Connection by Serkan Yürekli

Word Connection by Serkan Yürekli

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Theme: Numbers

Author/Opus: This is the 88th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Serkan Yürekli.

Rules: Place the words into the grid (one letter per cell) so that they do not touch each other, not even diagonally, and so that they can be read in a straight line in a vertical or horizontal direction. Some letters in the words are already given in the grid. Then find a path that passes through every cell of the grid, starting with the first letter of the first word, passing through the words in order from their first letters to their last letters, and ending at the last letter of the last word.

Or see this example:

Answer String: Enter the number of turns the path takes between each of the words in order as a single string of numbers. (Ignore turns in cells with letters.) The answer for this example is “224”.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 3:45, Master = 7:00, Expert = 14:00

Solution: PDF

Word Connection by Serkan Yürekli

Word Connection by Serkan Yürekli

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Theme: Days of the Week

Author/Opus: This is the 87th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Serkan Yürekli.

Rules: Place the words into the grid (one letter per cell) so that they do not touch each other, not even diagonally, and so that they can be read in a straight line in a vertical or horizontal direction. Some letters in the words are already given in the grid. Then find a path that passes through every cell of the grid, starting with the first letter of the first word, passing through the words in order from their first letters to their last letters, and ending at the last letter of the last word.

Or see this example:

Answer String: Enter the number of turns the path takes between each of the words in order as a single string of numbers. (Ignore turns in cells with letters.) The answer for this example is “224”.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 2:00, Master = 3:00, Expert = 6:30

Solution: PDF

Crisscross with Pentominoes by Serkan Yürekli

Crisscross with Pentominoes by Serkan Yürekli

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Theme: Just Pentomino Letters

Author/Opus: This is the 86th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Serkan Yürekli.

Rules: Locate the given words in the grid, reading across and down. All words should be interconnected and no words other than those in the word list should appear. All cells that are not part of the crisscross belong to one of the twelve pentominoes. Pentominoes can only touch each other at corners. Rotations and reflections of the pentominoes are allowed. The letters inside the grid are either part of the words, or part of a pentomino (and they must belong to a pentomino shape with that letter).

Or see this example:

Crisscross with Pentominoes by Serkan Yürekli

Answer String: Enter all crisscross letters (ignore pentominoes) from left to right for the marked rows, starting at the top. Separate each row’s entry with a comma. Use CAPITAL LETTERS.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 7:45, Master = 10:15, Expert = 20:30

Solution: PDF

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Nurikabe (Word) by Thomas Snyder

Word Nurikabe by Thomas Snyder

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or solve online (using our beta test of Penpa-Edit tools; use Tab key to alternate between shading and letter entry)

Theme: Indian States (contributed by GMPuzzles to the Indian Puzzle Championship)

Author/Opus: This is the 180th puzzle from Thomas Snyder, aka Dr. Sudoku.

Rules: Variation of Nurikabe rules. Here, the islands are made up of words given in the list below the grid. The words must appear “snake-like” without forming 2×2 white squares or branching. Each given letter belongs to a separate word from the list. This example from the IPC instructions may be helpful:

Word Nurikabe Example by Prasanna Seshadri

Answer String: Enter the length in cells of each of the black segments (the unnumbered, connected “ocean”) from left to right for the marked rows, starting at the top. Separate each row’s entry from the next with a comma.

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

Solution: PDF; a solution video is available here.

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