Cave (Product) by Thomas Snyder

Cave by Thomas Snyder

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Theme: Even Slashes

Author/Opus: This is the 156th puzzle from Thomas Snyder, aka Dr. Sudoku.

Rules: Variation of Cave rules. Each clue represents the product of the # of row cells visible (including the cell itself) with the # of column cells visible (including the cell itself).

Answer String: Enter the length in cells of each of the cave segments from left to right for the marked rows, starting at the top. Separate each row’s entry with a comma.

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

Solution: PDF

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Cave (Product) by Prasanna Seshadri

Cave by Prasanna Seshadri

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Theme: Logical

Author/Opus: This is the 9th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Prasanna Seshadri.

Rules: Variation of Cave rules. Each clue represents the product of the # of row cells visible (including the cell itself) with the # of column cells visible (including the cell itself).

Answer String: Enter the length in cells of each of the cave segments from left to right for the marked rows, starting at the top. Separate each row’s entry with a comma.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 2:00, Master = 4:30, Expert = 9:00

Solution: PDF

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Cave (Product) by Grant Fikes

Cave by Grant Fikes

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Theme: Not Quite Even

Author/Opus: This is the 81st puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Grant Fikes.

Rules: Variation of Cave rules. Each clue represents the product of the # of row cells visible (including the cell itself) with the # of column cells visible (including the cell itself).

Answer String: Enter the length in cells of each of the cave segments from left to right for the marked rows, starting at the top. Separate each row’s entry with a comma.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 1:45, Master = 3:15, Expert = 6:30

Solution: PDF

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This is a Melon puzzle. (12 – Cave [Outside Domino])

Cave by Palmer Mebane

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Theme: Dominoes — in both the clues and the variation rules

Rules: Standard Cave rules. Also, the exterior of the cave (the cells not seen by the numbers) must be divisible into dominoes (1×2 rectangles) in at least one way.

Answer String: Enter the length in cells of each of the cave segments from left to right for the marked rows, starting at the top. Separate each row’s entry with a comma.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 4:15, Master = 9:00, Expert = 18:00

Solution: PDF

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Dr. Sudoku Prescribes #118 – Cave (Hex)

Cave by Thomas Snyder

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This is a “Franken-Friday” puzzle variation.

Theme: Prime Time

Rules: Standard Cave rules, except the grid is hexagonal.

Answer String: Enter the length in cells of each of the internal cave segments following the arrows for the marked rows, starting at the top. Separate each row’s entry with a comma.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 6:00, Master = 8:30, Expert = 17:00

Solution: PDF

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Dr. Sudoku Prescribes #108 – Cave (Hidden Clues)

Cave by Thomas Snyder

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This is a “Twisted Tuesday” puzzle variation.

Theme: Hidden Clues

Rules: Standard Cave rules. Also, no number may directly connect to/”see” another number within horizontally or vertically connected cells.

Answer String: Enter the length in cells of each of the cave segments from left to right for the marked rows, starting at the top. Separate each row’s entry with a comma.

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

Solution: PDF

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Dr. Sudoku Prescribes #71 – Cave (Product)

Cave by Thomas Snyder

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This is a “Franken-Friday” puzzle variation.

Theme: Common Products

Rules: Variation of Cave rules. Each clue represents the product of the # of row cells visible (including the cell itself) with the # of column cells visible (including the cell itself).

Answer String: Enter the length in cells of each of the cave segments from left to right for the marked rows, starting at the top. Separate each row’s entry with a comma.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 3:00, Master = 4:45, Expert = 9:30

Solution: PDF

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