Kakuro (Gapped) by Grant Fikes

Kakuro by Grant Fikes

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Theme: Clue Symmetry and Logic

Author/Opus: This is the 275th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Grant Fikes.

Rules: Standard Kakuro Rules. Also, some cells may remain empty but empty cells cannot share an edge with other empty cells.

Answer String: Enter the values in each cell in the 2nd row from left to right and then in the 7th column from top to bottom, separating the two entries with a comma. Enter a capital X in the string for an empty white cell. Ignore black cells.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 7:30, 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. Kakuro will also be featured in the upcoming The Art of Puzzles 2.

Kakuro by Dan Katz

Kakuro by Dan Katz

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Theme: Clue Symmetry and Logic

Author/Opus: This is the 9th puzzle from guest contributor Dan Katz.

Rules: Standard Kakuro Rules.

Answer String: Enter the values in each cell in the 8th row from left to right and then in the 5th column from top to bottom, separating the two entries with a comma. Ignore black cells.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 4:00, Master = 6:00, Expert = 12:00

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.

Double Kakuro by Grant Fikes

Kakuro by Grant Fikes

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Theme: Pattern

Author/Opus: This is the 274th 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 row from left to right and then the marked column from top to bottom, separating the groups with a comma.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 4:00, Master = 5:30, Expert = 11:00

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

LITS by William Hu

LITS by William Hu

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Theme: Vortex

Author/Opus: This is the 2nd puzzle from guest contributor William Hu.

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 = 3:30, Master = 5:30, Expert = 11:00

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 and in The Art of Puzzles 2.

Statue Park by Joseph Howard

Statue Park by Joseph Howard

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Theme: Clue Symmetry and Logic

Author/Opus: This is the 11th puzzle from guest contributor Joseph Howard.

Rules: Standard Statue Park rules. This puzzle uses a standard pentomino set.

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 = 6:00, Master = 11:00, Expert = 22:00

Note: Follow this link for other Statue Park Puzzles. If you are new to this puzzle type, here are our easiest Statue Parks to get started on. More Statue Park puzzles can be found in the ebook Statue Park by Murat Can Tonta.

Statue Park (Loop) by Serkan Yürekli

Statue Park (Loop) by Serkan Yürekli

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Theme: Utopic

Author/Opus: This is the 205th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Serkan Yürekli.

Rules: Variation of Statue Park and loop puzzle rules (using a standard pentomino set).

Place each of the twelve pentominoes into the grid once, with rotations and reflections allowed. No two pentominoes can overlap or be orthogonally adjacent, and all cells not occupied by the pentominoes must be traversed by a single, closed loop (connecting cells horizontally or vertically). The black circles indicate some cells that must be covered by pentominoes, white circles indicate spaces that may not be contained in pentominoes and must be part of the loop.

Also see this example:

Statue Park (Loop) by Serkan Yürekli

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 = 7:30, Master = 11:30, Expert = 23:00

Note: Follow this link for other Statue Park Puzzles. If you are new to this puzzle type, here are our easiest Statue Parks to get started on. More Statue Park puzzles can be found in the ebook Statue Park by Murat Can Tonta.

Masyu (Deformable) by Murat Can Tonta

Masyu by Murat Can Tonta

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Theme: “You’re Surrounded!”

Author/Opus: This is the 102nd puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Murat Can Tonta.

Rules: Standard Masyu rules. Also, some white circles may be shaded to become black circles.

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 = 3:45, Master = 5:15, Expert = 10:30

Note: Follow this link for other Masyu variations and this link for 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.