Killer Sudoku by Serkan Yürekli

Killer Sudoku by Serkan Yürekli

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Theme: Fan (for Randy Rogers)

Author/Opus: This is the 156th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Serkan Yürekli.

Rules: Standard Sudoku rules. Also, the sum of the digits in each cage must equal the value given in the upper-left corner of that cage. Digits cannot repeat inside a cage.

Answer String: Enter the 5th row from left to right, followed by a comma, followed by the 9th row from left to right.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 6:45, Master = 16:00, Expert = 32:00

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.

Nurikabe (No 5 in Line) by John Bulten

Nurikabe by John Bulten

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Theme: 2×2 Welcome! (for Jamie Hargrove)

Author/Opus: This is the 25th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster John Bulten.

Rules: Variation of Nurikabe rules. The 2×2 shaded cell rule no longer applies. In its place, it is not allowed to have five consecutive black cells in any row or column.

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 = 7:30, Master = 13:00, Expert = 26:00

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. More Nurikabe puzzles can be in The Art of Puzzles collection.

Skyscrapers by John Bulten

Skyscrapers by John Bulten

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Theme: Duplexes (for Veep)

Author/Opus: This is the 24th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster John Bulten.

Rules: Standard Skyscrapers rules.

Answer String: Enter the 2nd row from left to right, followed by a comma, followed by the 3rd row from left to right.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 2:45, Master = 5:00, Expert = 10:00

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

Masyu by Grant Fikes

Masyu by Grant Fikes

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Theme: Logic (for Daniel Cohen)

Author/Opus: This is the 236th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Grant Fikes.

Rules: Standard Masyu rules.

Answer String: Enter the length in cells of the horizontal loop segments from left to right in the marked rows, starting at the top. If the loop only has vertical segments in the marked row, enter 0. Separate each row’s entry with a comma.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 1:30, Master = 3:30, Expert = 7:00

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

Schedule for Next Week

The recent LITS and Double LITS week can be found in this PDF. If you enjoyed this week, you’ll find 25 more LITS and 25 more Double LITS puzzles in The Art of Puzzles 2 section recently added to our estore.

This coming week is another Patrons’ Week with puzzle styles requested by our top patrons. The difficulty is higher than usual. Our patrons will also be receiving a bonus Fillomino by Grant Fikes, access to puzzle solutions, and a video walkthrough of the Friday puzzle. If you’d like to receive some of these special rewards, please become one of our patrons on Patreon.

LITS (Liar) by Grant Fikes [Patron Bonus]

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LITS by Grant Fikes

Theme: Logical

Author/Opus: This is the 235th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Grant Fikes.

Rules: Variation of LITS rules. Every region here is a lie: while exactly four cells must be shaded in each bold region, they do not form an L, I, T, or S tetromino. (Note: the other rules still apply. There must be a single connected group of shaded cells, divisible into L, I, T, and S tetrominoes so that no two identical tetrominoes touch and no 2×2 block of cells is completely shaded.)

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.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 5:00, Master = 10:30, Expert = 21:00

Note: Follow this link for more variations of LITS and this link for classic LITS. If you are new to this puzzle type, here are our easiest LITS to get started on. More LITS puzzles can be found in LOTS O’ LITS by Grant Fikes and Prasanna Seshadri and in The Art of Puzzles 2.

Double LITS by Murat Can Tonta

Double LITS by Murat Can Tonta

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Theme: Five Stars

Author/Opus: This is the 66th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Murat Can Tonta.

Rules: Same as LITS, except that each region must contain two shaded tetrominoes. These two tetrominoes within a region cannot touch each other, and can be the same or different shapes.

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.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 12:00, Master = 18:30, Expert = 37:00

Note: Follow this link for more variations of LITS and this link for classic LITS. If you are new to this puzzle type, here are our easiest LITS to get started on. More LITS puzzles can be found in LOTS O’ LITS by Grant Fikes and Prasanna Seshadri and in The Art of Puzzles 2.