Battleships (Digital) by Serkan Yürekli

Battleships (Digital) by Serkan Yürekli

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Theme: First 100 of Pi

Author/Opus: This is the 249th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Serkan Yürekli.

Rules: Variation of standard Battleships rules. Locate the indicated fleet in the grid. Each segment of a ship occupies a single cell. Ships can be rotated. Ships do not touch each other, even diagonally. The clues on the right and bottom edges of the grid reveal the sum of the digits in each of the ship segments that appear in that row or column.

Answer String: For each row from top to bottom, enter the number of the first column from the left where a ship segment appears (enter just the last digit for any two-digit number). If the row is empty, enter 0. Enter these numbers as a single string with no separators.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 3:14, Master = 5:00, Expert = 10:00

Note: Follow this link for other classic Battleships. If you are new to this puzzle type, here are our easiest Battleships to get started on. More Battleships puzzles can be found in Battleships and Variations, in The Art of Puzzles, and in our beginner-friendly collection Intro to GMPuzzles by Serkan Yürekli.

LITS by John Bulten

LITS by John Bulten

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Theme: Pi Again (see John’s puzzle from last year)

Author/Opus: This is the 64th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster John Bulten.

Rules: Standard LITS rules.

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 = 1:40, Master = 3:14, Expert = 6:28

Note: Follow this link for other 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, in The Art of Puzzles 2, and in our beginner-friendly collection Intro to GMPuzzles by Serkan Yürekli.

Pentopia by Bryce Herdt

Pentopia by Bryce Herdt

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Theme: Back and Forth

Author/Opus: This is the 13th puzzle from guest contributor Bryce Herdt.

Rules: Place some of the given pentominoes in the grid so that no pentominoes touch, not even diagonally. Pentominoes cannot repeat in the grid; rotations and reflections of a pentomino are considered the same shape. The arrow clues indicate all the directions (up, down, left, and right) where the nearest pentominoes are located when looking from that square. Also, see this example:

Pentopia by Thomas Snyder

Answer String: Enter the length in cells of each of the shaded pentomino 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 = 2:45, Master = 4:00, Expert = 8:00

Note: Follow this link for more Pentopia puzzles and this link for other puzzles involving Pentominoes.

Smashed Sums by Michael Tang

Smashed Sums by Michael Tang

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Theme: Binary

Author/Opus: This is the 1st puzzle from guest contributor Michael Tang. You can find more puzzles from Michael on the blog mstang’s puzzles.

Rules: Fill each row and column of the grid with the digits 1 to 5 and two blackened cells. Numbers outside the grid indicate the sum of the digits between the two blackened cells in that row or column. Blackened cells are allowed to touch. Or see here.

Answer String: Enter the 5th row from left to right, followed by a comma, followed by the 7th row from left to right. Use an X (capital letter) for each blackened square.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 2:15, Master = 3:00, Expert = 6:00

Note: Follow this link for other less common Number Placement puzzles.

Star Battle by Murat Can Tonta

Star Battle by Murat Can Tonta

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Theme: Easy as LITS

Author/Opus: This is the 132nd puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Murat Can Tonta.

Rules: Standard Star Battle rules. Two stars per row, column, and region.

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 = 1:00, Master = 1:20, Expert = 2:40

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 and in our beginner-friendly collection Intro to GMPuzzles by Serkan Yürekli.

Masyu by Grant Fikes [Bonus]

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Masyu by Grant Fikes

Theme: Logical

Author/Opus: This is the 296th 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 = 0:45, Master = 1:00, Expert = 2:00

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

Our most recent mix of Sudoku puzzles is in this PDF.

This coming week is a variety mix of puzzles across several styles, including some fun guest contributions. Our subscribers will also be receiving a bonus Masyu by Grant Fikes and a Tapa by Prasanna Seshadri, access to puzzle solutions and a puzzle walkthrough video. If you want to become a subscriber and get access to bonus puzzles, solutions, e-books, and other rewards, check out this page.