Friday 29 June 2012

Friday Puzzles #163

I'm not too sure what to make of this kakuro, but it has its moments.  Enjoy!
   #195 Kakuro – rated medium
All puzzles © Tom Collyer 2009-12.

Friday 22 June 2012

Friday Puzzles #162

Who likes Hashi anyway?  I must be getting old, or something.  I guess I could really have sent this one to 11 with a little more time, and I daresay a little less drink, but this one has ended out a little tame.  Still, I reckon this little fella is cute enough to post, especially given the dearth of any vaguely interesting hashi puzzles, well, anywhere.  I suppose it's moot as to whether this is an exception to that particular rule, dearest reader.  Enjoy!
    #194 Hashi – rated easy
All puzzles © Tom Collyer 2009-12.

Friday 15 June 2012

Friday Puzzles #161

Sudoku this week, and I guess inevitably easy - I was initially joylessly working with a sub-pattern of 20 givens.  So few givens definitely requires a good eye for a pattern and no lack of skill as constructor to pull off, but I'm not feeling it this week.  So the puzzle features an initial head-scratch and a fluster of digits falling into place, which I suppose is also becoming something of a trademark.  See if you can't get this done in under 5 minutes - and under 2 if you're feeling competitive.  Enjoy!
    #193 Sudoku – rated easy
All puzzles © Tom Collyer 2009-12.

Friday 8 June 2012

Friday Puzzles #160

This Nurikabe seemed like a good idea at the time. Enjoy.
    #192 Nurikabe – rated easy
All puzzles © Tom Collyer 2009-12.

Friday 1 June 2012

Friday Puzzles #159

So it's a bit of a first this week, dearest reader, as we depart from a nikoli staple and instead try something different.

The idea of skyscrapers is this.  Fill in the grid so that each number from 1-N appears exactly once in each row and column, latin square style.  Each digit represents the height of a building, with bigger buildings blocking smaller buildings.  The clues on the outside of the grid tell you exactly how many different buildings are visible from that direction - so for example a row containing 123456 has 6 buildings visible from the left, and 1 from the right.

This was going to appear in the next version of the UKPA beginners contests.  By the way, if you haven't had a go at this month's contest, why not!?  Registration is quick, easy and free!  Anyhow, this puzzle was probably a little much for one of those, but I'm sure it'll be appreciated here.  I'll stick a hard label on this seeing as it is the first one, just to be safe.  Enjoy!
    #191 Skyscrapers – rated medium
All puzzles © Tom Collyer 2009-12.

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