Nurikabe by Izak Bulten

Nurikabe by Izak Bulten

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Theme: It ALL Adds Up (as shown below, the author intended all clues to be part of arithmetic groups)

Nurikabe by Izak Bulten

Author/Opus: This is the 2nd puzzle from guest contributor Izak Bulten.

Rules: Standard Nurikabe rules.

Answer String: Enter the length in cells of each of the black segments (the unnumbered, connected “ocean”) from left to right for the marked rows. Separate each row’s entry from the next with a comma.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 1:30, Master = 2:30, Expert = 5:00

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

TomTom by Thomas Snyder

TomTom by Thomas Snyder

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Theme: 6-10 Repeats (prepared for the 2017 Puzzle Grand Prix)

Author/Opus: This is the 276th puzzle from Thomas Snyder, aka Dr. Sudoku.

Rules: Standard TomTom rules, using the integers 1-6.

Answer String: Enter the 3rd row from left to right followed by the 4th row from left to right. Separate the entries with a comma.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 1:45, Master = 3:15, Expert = 6:30 (*Estimates from competition scoring, not our usual process)

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

Arithmetic Square by Thomas Snyder

Arithmetic Square by Thomas Snyder

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Theme: Logical

Author/Opus: This is the 273rd puzzle from Thomas Snyder, aka Dr. Sudoku.

Rules: Place each digit from 1 through 9 into the white boxes (a different digit per box) so that the indicated equations or relations are correct when evaluating from left to right or top to bottom (ignore the usual order of operations).

Answer String: Enter the nine digits in the boxes from left to right, starting with the top row, then the middle row, and then the bottom row, as a single string (e.g., “273854169”).

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 1:30, Master = 3:30, Expert = 7:00 (*Estimates from competition scoring, not our usual process)

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

Arithmetic Square by Thomas Snyder

Arithmetic Square by Thomas Snyder

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Theme: Logical

Author/Opus: This is the 272nd puzzle from Thomas Snyder, aka Dr. Sudoku.

Rules: Place each digit from 1 through 9 into the white boxes (a different digit per box) so that the indicated equations or relations are correct when evaluating from left to right or top to bottom (ignore the usual order of operations).

Answer String: Enter the nine digits in the boxes from left to right, starting with the top row, then the middle row, and then the bottom row, as a single string (e.g., “273854169”).

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 1:15, Master = 3:15, Expert = 6:30 (*Estimates from competition scoring, not our usual process)

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

LITS by John Bulten

LITS by John Bulten

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Theme: Meow Mix

Author/Opus: This is the 22nd 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 = 2:15, Master = 3:45, Expert = 7:30

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.

LITS by Grant Fikes

LITS by Grant Fikes

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Theme: Logical

Author/Opus: This is the 234th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Grant Fikes.

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 = 2:45, Master = 3:30, Expert = 7:00

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.

Double Yajilin by Grant Fikes

Yajilin by Grant Fikes

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Theme: What are the Odds?

Author/Opus: This is the 233rd 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 = 1:15, Master = 2:30, Expert = 5:00

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.