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Mirror Universe by Carl Worth

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 Mirror Universe.

Mirror Universe by Carl Worth

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Theme: Circle

Background: Variation of the region division puzzle Spiral Galaxies, with new clues indicating galaxies with mirror symmetry. This variation was created by Carl Worth.

Rules: Divide the grid along the indicated lines into connected regions – “galaxies” – so that every cell is part of one galaxy and every galaxy has one circle clue inside it. If the galaxy contains a plain circle without any lines, the galaxy must be rotationally symmetric with that circle being the center of rotational symmetry. If the galaxy contains a circle with a horizontal, vertical, or diagonal line, the galaxy must have mirror symmetry when reflecting across the line given in the circle.

Example by Carl Worth:

Mirror Universe by Carl Worth

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

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

Spiral Galaxies by Grant Fikes

Spiral Galaxies by Grant Fikes

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Theme: Something Meta?

Author/Opus: This is the 289th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Grant Fikes.

Rules: Standard Spiral Galaxies rules (treat white and black circles the same when solving). After completing the grid, there is a secret message to find.

Answer String: Enter the hidden word in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 20:00, Master = 30:00, Expert = 60:00

Note: Follow this link for classic Spiral Galaxies puzzles on this website and this link for variations on Spiral Galaxies puzzles. If you are new to this puzzle type, here are our easiest Spiral Galaxies Puzzles to get started on. More Spiral Galaxies puzzles will eventually be found in The Art of Puzzles 2.

Galactic Fillomino by Carl Worth

Galactic Fillomino by Carl Worth

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Theme: Clue Symmetry and Logic

Author/Opus: This is the 36th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Carl Worth.

Rules: Combination of Spiral Galaxies and Fillomino rules. Divide the grid along the dotted lines into regions, each of which must contain either exactly one circle, or one or more identical given numbers. (Note that there are no “hidden polyominoes” in this puzzle meaning there are no regions without a given number or a given circle.) Each region containing a circle is a “galaxy” and must have rotational symmetry with the circle at its center. Each region with given numbers must be the same size in cells as those numbers. Two regions with numbers of the same size cannot share an edge, but a region with numbers and a region with a circle in it can be the same size.

Answer String: For each cell in the marked rows, enter the area of the region it belongs to. Enter just the last digit for any two-digit number. Start with the 4th row, followed by a comma, followed by the 8th row.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 7:00, Master = 13:45, Expert = 27:30

Note: Follow this link for classic Spiral Galaxies puzzles on this website and this link for variations on Spiral Galaxies puzzles. If you are new to this puzzle type, here are our easiest Spiral Galaxies Puzzles to get started on. More Spiral Galaxies puzzles will eventually be found in The Art of Puzzles 2.

Spiral Galaxies by Grant Fikes

Spiral Galaxies by Grant Fikes

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Theme: Hidden?

Author/Opus: This is the 288th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Grant Fikes.

Rules: Standard Spiral Galaxies rules.

Answer String: Enter the number of cells in each connected group (between bold lines) in the marked rows. Separate each row’s entry from the next with a comma.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 3:45, Master = 6:30, Expert = 13:00

Note: Follow this link for classic Spiral Galaxies puzzles on this website and this link for variations on Spiral Galaxies puzzles. If you are new to this puzzle type, here are our easiest Spiral Galaxies Puzzles to get started on. More Spiral Galaxies puzzles will eventually be found in The Art of Puzzles 2.

Spiral Galaxies by William Hu

Spiral Galaxies by William Hu

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Theme: Hidden?

Author/Opus: This is the 5th puzzle from guest contributor William Hu.

Rules: Standard Spiral Galaxies rules.

Answer String: Enter the number of cells in each connected group (between bold lines) in the marked rows. Separate each row’s entry from the next with a comma.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 3:00, Master = 4:15, Expert = 8:30

Note: Follow this link for classic Spiral Galaxies puzzles on this website and this link for variations on Spiral Galaxies puzzles. If you are new to this puzzle type, here are our easiest Spiral Galaxies Puzzles to get started on. More Spiral Galaxies puzzles will eventually be found in The Art of Puzzles 2.

Spiral Galaxies (Norinori) by Grant Fikes

Spiral Galaxies by Grant Fikes

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Theme: Logical

Author/Opus: This is the 287th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Grant Fikes.

Rules: Standard Spiral Galaxies rules. Then shade some dominoes (two-cell connected blocks) so that no two dominoes share an edge and so that every “galaxy” in the solved puzzle contains exactly two shaded cells.

Answer String: Enter the total number of horizontal dominoes (i.e., dominoes with two cells in the same row) in each row, starting at the top and proceeding to the bottom.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 4:15, Master = 6:30, Expert = 13:00

Note: Follow this link for classic Spiral Galaxies puzzles on this website and this link for variations on Spiral Galaxies puzzles. If you are new to this puzzle type, here are our easiest Spiral Galaxies Puzzles to get started on. More Spiral Galaxies puzzles will eventually be found in The Art of Puzzles 2.

Spiral Galaxies by Thomas Snyder

Spiral Galaxies by Thomas Snyder

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Theme: Think Outside the Box

Author/Opus: This is the 329th puzzle from Thomas Snyder, aka Dr. Sudoku.

Rules: Standard Spiral Galaxies rules.

Answer String: Enter the number of cells in each connected group (between bold lines) in the marked rows. Separate each row’s entry from the next with a comma.

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

Note: Follow this link for classic Spiral Galaxies puzzles on this website and this link for variations on Spiral Galaxies puzzles. If you are new to this puzzle type, here are our easiest Spiral Galaxies Puzzles to get started on. More Spiral Galaxies puzzles will eventually be found in The Art of Puzzles 2.