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Persistence of Memory by Prasanna Seshadri

Persistence of Memory by Prasanna Seshadri

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Theme: Tetrominoes

Author/Opus: This is the 186th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Prasanna Seshadri.

Rules: Draw a snake (a 1-cell wide path) from one dot to the other by moving horizontally or vertically between adjacent squares. The snake cannot touch itself, not even diagonally. All highlighted regions must be visited by the snake, and may be re-entered. If two or more highlighted regions have the same shape and orientation, then how the path passes through those shapes must be identical.

Difficulty: 3 stars

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 4:45, Master = 7:30, Expert = 15:00

Solution: To be posted next Sunday (September 20th).

Note: Follow this link for other Snake puzzles. More Snake puzzles and variations can be found in Snake and Variations by Serkan Yürekli.

Snake Egg by Joseph Howard

Snake Egg by Joseph Howard

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Theme: High-Low

Author/Opus: This is the 20th puzzle from guest contributor Joseph Howard.

Rules: Draw a snake (a 1 cell-wide path) in the grid whose head and tail are given by circled cells. The snake can touch itself diagonally, but cannot touch itself orthogonally or revisit any square. Besides the snake, the remaining cells must form exactly nine white areas, one of each size from 1 to 9 (in example, 1 to 5). Numbers in the grid must be part of white areas of the indicated size.

See also this example:

Snake Egg by Serkan Yürekli

Difficulty: 3 stars

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 3:15, Master = 6:45, Expert = 13:30

Solution: To be posted next Sunday (September 20th).

Note: Follow this link for other Snake puzzles. More Snake puzzles and variations can be found in Snake and Variations by Serkan Yürekli.

Dotted Snake by Serkan Yürekli

Dotted Snake by Serkan Yürekli

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Author/Opus: This is the 297th puzzle from our managing editor Serkan Yürekli.

Rules: Locate a numbered snake (a 1-cell wide path) that starts with 1 and goes to 45. The snake cannot touch itself, not even diagonally. Every third segment of the snake is marked with gray. Digits outside the grid indicate the number of gray snake segments in that row or column.

See also this example:

Dotted Snake by Serkan Yürekli

Difficulty: 2.5 stars

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 1:15, Master = 4:00, Expert = 8:00

Solution: To be posted next Sunday (September 20th).

Note: Follow this link for other Snake puzzles. More Snake puzzles and variations can be found in Snake and Variations by Serkan Yürekli.

Graffiti Snakes by Murat Can Tonta

Snake (Graffiti) by Murat Can Tonta

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Theme: Twos

Author/Opus: This is the 177th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Murat Can Tonta.

Rules: Blacken some cells and then locate two snakes (1-cell wide paths). The snakes do not touch themselves or each other, not even diagonally. All remaining white cells must be part of the snakes with the heads and tails given in the grid. Outside clues indicate the size of all groups of blackened cells in that row or column in order. There must be at least one white cell between each of these groups. When no clues are given, any number of cells may be shaded in that row/column.

Difficulty: 2 stars

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 1:15, Master = 2:30, Expert = 5:00

Solution: To be posted next Sunday (September 20th).

Note: Follow this link for other Snake puzzles. More Snake puzzles and variations can be found in Snake and Variations by Serkan Yürekli.

Snake by Ashish Kumar

Snake by Ashish Kumar

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Theme: Divisible by 3

Author/Opus: This is the 53rd puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Ashish Kumar.

Rules: Locate a snake (a 1-cell wide path) of unknown length in the grid, whose head and tail are given. The snake does not touch itself, even diagonally. Numbers outside the grid indicate the number of snake cells in that row/column.

Difficulty: 1.5 stars

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 0:50, Master = 1:30, Expert = 3:00

Solution: To be posted next Sunday (September 20th).

Note: Follow this link for other Snake puzzles. More Snake puzzles and variations can be found in Snake and Variations by Serkan Yürekli.

Kurotto (Star Battle) by Serkan Yürekli

Kurotto by Serkan Yürekli

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Theme: Square in the Center

Author/Opus: This is the 296th puzzle from our managing editor Serkan Yürekli.

Rules: Standard Kurotto rules. Also, each row and column must contain exactly two stars (one in the example). Stars cannot touch each other, not even diagonally, and all stars must be on shaded cells.

See also this example:

Kurotto Star Battle by Serkan Yürekli

Difficulty: 4.5 stars

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

Solution: PDF

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

Kurotto (Skyscrapers) by Prasanna Seshadri

Kurotto by Prasanna Seshadri

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Theme: Couples

Author/Opus: This is the 185th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Prasanna Seshadri.

Rules: Standard Kurotto rules. Also, numbers outside the grid show the number of separate shaded cells visible in that direction. A segment of length N in a given direction is taken as a building of height N. Buildings of height N block the view of all buildings behind them of equal or lesser height.

See also this example:

Kurotto Skyscrapers by Serkan Yürekli

Difficulty: 4 stars

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 4:30, Master = 9:30, Expert = 19:00

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

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