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Tapa (Twopa) by Prasanna Seshadri

Tapa by Prasanna Seshadri

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Theme: Nine Clues

Author/Opus: This is the 157th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Prasanna Seshadri.

Rules: Variation of Tapa. There are two grids to solve simultaneously; each number clue must have a different arrangement of shaded cells in its eight neighboring cells from its counterpart clue in the other grid.

Answer String: Enter the length in cells of each of the shaded segments from left to right for the marked rows, starting at the top. Separate each row’s entry from the next with a comma. For entry purposes, the “A/B/C” grid is the grid with the longer entry for its first row. (The “D/E/F” grid has the shorter entry for its first row.)

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 6:00, Master = 7:30, Expert = 15:00

Note: Follow this link for other Tapa variations and this link for classic Tapa. If you are new to this puzzle type, here are our easiest Tapa puzzles to get started on. More Tapa puzzles can be found in The Art of Puzzles and in Tapa and Variations, both by Serkan Yürekli.

Fillomino (Cipher) by John Bulten

Fillomino by John Bulten

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Theme: A Novelty Against the French Defense

Author/Opus: This is the 35th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster John Bulten.

Rules: Standard Fillomino rules. Also, each letter represents a different positive integer.

Answer String: For each cell in the marked rows/columns, enter the area of the polyomino it belongs to. Enter just the last digit for any two-digit number. Start with the 5th row, followed by a comma, followed by the 7th row. (For this puzzle, use the integer values of the area, not the encoded letters.)

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 4:30, Master = 7:15, Expert = 14:30

Note: Follow this link for other classic Fillomino and this link for more variations on Fillomino puzzles. If you are new to this puzzle type, here are our easiest Fillomino puzzles to get started on. More Fillomino puzzles can be found in The Art of Puzzles and in Fill o’ Fillomino by Grant Fikes.

Double Kakuro by Grant Fikes

Kakuro by Grant Fikes

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Theme: Nine Squares

Author/Opus: This is the 253rd puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Grant Fikes.

Rules: Variation of Kakuro. The gray (2×2) cells are to be filled by a single digit which sits in multiple rows and columns. No digits can repeat within an entry, regardless of if it is in a small or large cell.

Answer String: Enter the values in each white/gray cell in the marked columns from top to bottom, separating the groups with a comma.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 2:30, Master = 3:45, Expert = 7:30

Note: Follow this link for other Kakuro puzzles. More Kakuro puzzles can be found in Kakuro and Variations by Serkan Yürekli. Kakuro will also be featured in the upcoming The Art of Puzzles 2.

Sudoku (Consecutive Pairs) by Thomas Snyder

Consecutive Pairs Sudoku by Thomas Snyder

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Theme: Heart

Author/Opus: This is the 298th puzzle from Thomas Snyder aka Dr. Sudoku.

Rules: Standard Sudoku rules. Also, if a grey circle is given between two adjacent cells, then the two numbers in those cells must be consecutive. (Note: not all grey circles are given; adjacent cells without a circle may contain either consecutive numbers or nonconsecutive numbers.)

Answer String: Enter the 1st row from left to right, followed by a comma, followed by the 9th row from left to right.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 4:15, Master = 6:45, Expert = 13:30

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

Star Battle (Builder) by Murat Can Tonta

Star Battle by Murat Can Tonta

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Theme: JOIN ME

Author/Opus: This is the 80th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Murat Can Tonta.

Rules: Standard Star Battle rules with two stars per row, column, and region. Also, some region boundaries are missing, but all given borders must separate cells in different regions.

Answer String: For each row from top to bottom, enter the number of the first column from the left where a star appears. Enter these numbers as a single string with no separators.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 6:30, Master = 12:00, Expert = 24:00

Note: Follow this link for other classic Star Battles. If you are new to this puzzle type, here are our easiest Star Battles to get started on. More Star Battle puzzles can be found in The Art of Puzzles.

Crosslink by John Bulten [bonus]

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Crosslink by John Bulten

Theme: Boxy

Author/Opus: This is the 32nd puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster John Bulten.

Rules: Variation of Slitherlink rules. The loop may now intersect itself at a point (it still may not coincide anywhere). At any dot at which more than 2 segments meet, the segments must all travel straight through the dot. This example may help:

Crosslink by Grant Fikes

Answer String: For each marked row, enter the length in cells of each connected group inside the loop from left to right. Separate each row’s entry with a comma. Shading the loop so that each fence separates a shaded/unshaded cell can help identify what is inside. For the example, the answer would be “11,12”.

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

Note: Follow this link for other Slitherlink variations and this link for classic Slitherlink. If you are new to this puzzle type, here are our easiest Slitherlink puzzles to get started on. More Slitherlink puzzles can be found in our books The Art of Puzzles and Slitherlink and Variations.

Slitherlink by Serkan Yürekli

Slitherlink by Serkan Yürekli

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Theme: Road Trip across America

Author/Opus: This is the 173rd puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Serkan Yürekli.

Rules: Standard Slitherlink rules, on an irregular grid that can only follow the lines. Ignore the gray letters while solving.

Answer String: Enter the values (number of fences) for the light letters A-G in order.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 7:45, Master = 12:00, Expert = 24:00

Note: Follow this link for other classic Slitherlink. If you are new to this puzzle type, here are our easiest Slitherlink puzzles to get started on. More Slitherlink puzzles can be found in our books The Art of Puzzles and Slitherlink and Variations.