Tapa (Different) by Thomas Snyder

Tapa by Thomas Snyder

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Theme: 2×2 Squares (for Chris Green)

Author/Opus: This is the 292nd puzzle from Thomas Snyder, aka Dr. Sudoku.

Rules: Standard Tapa rules. Also, each dashed region must have a different combination of shaded and unshaded cells. See also this example (from Chris Green).

See also this example:

Example by Chris Green

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 = 10:00, Master = 17:00, Expert = 34:00

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.

Kakuro (Nonconsecutive) by Grant Fikes

Kakuro by Grant Fikes

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Theme: Logical (for Randy Rogers)

Author/Opus: This is the 250th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Grant Fikes.

Rules: Standard Kakuro rules. Also, no two consecutive numbers (i.e., numbers that differ by 1) can be in cells that share an edge.

Answer String: Enter the values in each cell in the 3rd column from top to bottom and then in the 10th column from top to bottom, separating the two entries with a comma. Ignore black cells.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 6:30, Master = 10:00, Expert = 20:00

Note: Follow this link for other Kakuro puzzles. More Kakuro puzzles can be found in Kakuro and Variations by Serkan Yürekli.

Snake Pit X by Ken Endo

Snake Pit by Ken Endo

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Theme: Clue Symmetry and Logic

Author/Opus: This is the 1st puzzle from guest contributor Ken Endo.

Rules: Divide the grid along the boundary lines so that every cell belongs to a snake. A snake is a one-cell-wide path at least two cells long that does not touch itself, not even diagonally. Circled cells must be at one of the ends of a snake. A snake may contain one circled cell, two circled cells, or no circled cells at all. Numbered cells must be part of a snake with a length of exactly that number of cells. A snake may contain one number, multiple identical numbers, or no numbers at all. Two snakes of the same length cannot touch each other horizontally or vertically. Cells with an X cannot be an end of a snake.

Also see this example:

Snake Pit

Answer String: For each cell in the marked rows/columns, enter the length of the snake it belongs to. Enter just the last digit for any two-digit number. This example has the key “33553,44664”.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 7:30, Master = 10:45, Expert = 21:30

Note: Follow this link for other Snake puzzles.

Sunglasses by Gomatamago

Sunglasses by Gomatamago

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Theme: GMP (see Bridge Shapes)

Author/Opus: This is the 1st puzzle from guest contributor Gomatamago.

Rules: Shade some cells to make sunglasses. The sunglasses consist of a bridge (a given line, in red) and two lenses made out of orthogonally connected black cells that are symmetric with respect to the perpendicular bisector of the bridge. Two lenses may not share an edge, but can intersect at a point. Cells with the bridges are not shaded, except at the bridge ends. The numbers on the right and bottom edges of the grid indicate the number of shaded lens cells in that row or column.

Also see this example:

Sunglasses

Answer String: Enter the length in cells of each of the black lens segments from left to right for the marked rows, starting at the top. Separate each row’s entry with a comma. This example has the key “22,121,12”.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 5:30, Master = 9:15, Expert = 18:30

Note: Follow this link for other shading puzzles.

Snake Pit X by Nikolai Beluhov

Snake Pit by Nikolai Beluhov

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Theme: XOXOXO (+ Antisymmetry)

Author/Opus: This is the 4th puzzle from guest contributor Nikolai Beluhov.

Rules: Divide the grid along the boundary lines so that every cell belongs to a snake. A snake is a one-cell-wide path at least two cells long that does not touch itself, not even diagonally. Circled cells must be at one of the ends of a snake. A snake may contain one circled cell, two circled cells, or no circled cells at all. Numbered cells must be part of a snake with a length of exactly that number of cells. A snake may contain one number, multiple identical numbers, or no numbers at all. Two snakes of the same length cannot touch each other horizontally or vertically. Cells with an X cannot be an end of a snake.

Also see this example:

Snake Pit

Answer String: For each cell in the marked columns, enter the length of the snake it belongs to. Enter just the last digit for any two-digit number. This example has the key “33553,44664”.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 11:30, Master = 17:30, Expert = 35:00

Note: Follow this link for other Snake puzzles.

Skyscrapers (Easy as 2, 3, 4) by Fidel Zapico

Skyscrapers by Fidel Zapico

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Theme: Logical

Author/Opus: This is the 1st puzzle from guest contributor Fidel Zapico.

Rules: Standard Skyscrapers Rules. Additionally, each outside clue is also an “Easy as A, B, C” puzzle type clue, showing which digit of 2, 3, and 4 appears first in that direction in the row or column.

Answer String: Enter the 7th row from left to right, followed by a comma, followed by the 6th column from top to bottom.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 10:00, Master = 14:00, Expert = 28:00

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.

Cross the Streams (SLICY) by Bryce Herdt

Cross The Streams (SLICY) by Bryce Herdt

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Theme: Logical

Author/Opus: This is the 11th puzzle from guest contributor Bryce Herdt.

Rules: Variation of Cross the Streams. Instead of the “no 2×2 shaded square” rule, in this hexagonal grid no 3 cells that share a point can be shaded. Also, the shaded region must be able to be split into tetrahexes to form a valid SLICY solution (meaning all tetrahexes are connected but no two tetrahexes sharing an edge are the same shape, including rotations and reflections).

Answer String: Enter the length in cells of each of the black segments from left to right for the marked rows, going in order from A to B to C to D and separating each entry with a comma.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 5:30, Master = 8:15, Expert = 16:30.

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