Snake Pit X by Takeya Saikachi

Snake Pit by Takeya Saikachi

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Theme: X Box

Author/Opus: This is the 2nd puzzle from guest contributor Takeya Saikachi.

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.

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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 = 1:00, Master = 1:30, Expert = 3:00

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Sunglasses by Eden

Sunglasses by Eden

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Theme: Logical

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

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.

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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 = 1:30, Master = 2:15, Expert = 4:30

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Double Yajilin by Grant Fikes

Yajilin by Grant Fikes

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Theme: One, Two

Author/Opus: This is the 245th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Grant Fikes.

Rules: Standard Yajilin rules, except that instead of blackening single cells, blacken in dominoes (1×2 rectangles). Clues indicate the total number of dominoes (not the total number of cells) that are shaded in the given direction.

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 = 1:00, Master = 1:30, Expert = 3:00

Note: Follow this link for other variations of Yajilin and this link for classic Yajilin. If you are new to this puzzle type, here are our easiest Yajilin to get started on. More Yajilin puzzles can be found in The Art of Puzzles 2.

Yajilin by Grant Fikes

Yajilin by Grant Fikes

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Theme: One, Two

Author/Opus: This is the 244th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Grant Fikes.

Rules: Standard Yajilin 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 = 1:00, Master = 1:20, Expert = 2:40

Note: Follow this link for other classic Yajilin. If you are new to this puzzle type, here are our easiest Yajilin to get started on. More Yajilin puzzles can be found in The Art of Puzzles 2.

Tapa by Murat Can Tonta

Tapa by Murat Can Tonta

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Theme: Clue Symmetry and Logic

Author/Opus: This is the 71st puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Murat Can Tonta.

Rules: Standard Tapa 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 = 1:45, Master = 3:00, Expert = 6:00

Note: Follow this link for other classic Tapa and this link for Tapa variations. If you are new to this puzzle type, here are our easiest Tapa to get started on. More Tapa puzzles can be found in The Art of Puzzles and in Tapa and Variations, both by Serkan Yürekli.

Tapa by Murat Can Tonta

Tapa by Murat Can Tonta

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Theme: Top Three

Author/Opus: This is the 70th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Murat Can Tonta.

Rules: Standard Tapa 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 = 1:15, Master = 1:40, Expert = 3:20

Note: Follow this link for other classic Tapa and this link for Tapa variations. If you are new to this puzzle type, here are our easiest Tapa to get started on. More Tapa puzzles can be found in The Art of Puzzles and in Tapa and Variations, both by Serkan Yürekli.

Double Kakuro by Grant Fikes

Kakuro by Grant Fikes

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Theme: Cloverleaf

Author/Opus: This is the 242nd 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 then the marked column from top to bottom, separating the groups with a comma.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 2:00, Master = 4:00, Expert = 8:00

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.