Tapa by Murat Can Tonta

Tapa by Murat Can Tonta

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Theme: Four Squares

Author/Opus: This is the 72nd 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 = 4:00, Master = 9:00, Expert = 18:00

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.

Even/Odd Sudoku by Serkan Yürekli

Sudoku by Serkan Yürekli

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Theme: Alternating Stripes (Originally on 2017 Brand’s Sudoku Open)

Author/Opus: This is the 166th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Serkan Yürekli.

Rules: Standard Sudoku rules. Also, cells with a square contain an even digit; cells with a circle contain an odd digit.

Answer String: Enter the 5th row from left to right, followed by a comma, followed by the 4th column from top to bottom.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 3:45, Master = 6:00, Expert = 12:00

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

Kakuro by Serkan Yürekli

Kakuro by Serkan Yürekli

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Theme: Hidden

Author/Opus: This is the 165th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Serkan Yürekli.

Rules: Standard Kakuro Rules.

Answer String: Enter the values in each white cell in the marked rows from left to right, separating the groups with a comma.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 3:30, Master = 5:00, Expert = 10:00

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 Serkan Yürekli

Kakuro by Serkan Yürekli

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Theme: Unicellular

Author/Opus: This is the 164th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Serkan Yürekli.

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 rows from left to right, separating the groups with a comma.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 3:00, Master = 4:15, Expert = 8:30

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.

Tapa (Transparent) by Murat Can Tonta

Tapa by Murat Can Tonta

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Theme: Clue Symmetry and Logic (for Veep)

Author/Opus: This is the 68th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Murat Can Tonta.

Rules: Variation of Tapa rules. The wall can travel through clue cells. Each clue now describes the entire 3×3 area the clue cell is in the middle of.

See also this example:

Tapa by Prasanna Seshadri

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 = 6:15, Expert = 12:30

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.

Japanese Sums by Serkan Yürekli

Japanese Sums by Serkan Yürekli

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Theme: All Clues are Different Clues (for Randy Rogers)

Author/Opus: This is the 162nd puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Serkan Yürekli.

Rules: Place the digits 1-7 (1-9 for the example) in some of the cells, so that no digit is repeated in any row or column. Numbers on the outside of the grid indicate the sums of adjacent digit groups in that row or column, in order. Each sum is separated by at least one unused cell. A ? can represent any sum 1 or larger.

Japanese Sums Example

Answer String: Enter the 2nd row from left to right, followed by a comma, followed by the 3rd row from left to right. Use a capital X for empty cells.

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

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

Spiral Galaxies by Serkan Yürekli

Spiral Galaxies by Serkan Yürekli

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Theme: When Will the Solution Be Clear?

Author/Opus: This is the 159th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Serkan Yürekli.

Rules: Standard Spiral Galaxies rules.

[Copying the rules here as this is the first week: Divide the grid along the indicated lines into connected regions – “galaxies” – with rotational symmetry. Each cell must belong to one galaxy, and each galaxy must have exactly one circle at its center of rotational symmetry.]

Spiral Galaxies Example by Thomas Snyder

Answer String: Enter the number of cells in each connected group (between bold lines) in the marked rows. Separate each row’s entry from the next with a comma. The example has the answer “2131,331”.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 5:00, Master = 6:30, Expert = 13:00

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