Sunday 6 September 2020

Puzzle 348 Doppelblock

So once again I find myself wondering if a post is particularly well advised or not, but I've had a belly full of being made to feel bad about things.

In recent weeks I'd dabbled back on to a couple of discord servers, namely the puzzler club and cracking the cryptic.  I'm not really sure those discord servers are a particularly healthy way to have spent my time - whilst both represent some kind of community of like minded individuals, neither has given me the impression of being friendly or caring too much about individual users.  Having apparently withdrawn myself from the puzzling community a month or two back, it does feel like a mistake to have dipped my toes back in to those particular waters.

Anyhow, I found myself on the receiving end of a particularly snarky comment suggesting that I might be overestimating how interesting and useful my comments were, which seemed to me to come with an additional nasty implication that it would be better for everyone if I simply kept quiet.  Naturally I wondered if I had done something to offend this individual who had taken it upon themselves to speak on behalf of the group, but private enquiries with the individual in question bore no response beyond apparently blocking my messages.  I suppose that confirms the fact I have offended them in some way, although I'm none the wiser as to why.

This initially made me very frustrated, and in no small part angry.  And whilst this individual has succeeded in getting me to throw away logins and delete discord, and they can congratulate themselves on that, I have also taken this opportunity to see this one instance of a block, and re-raise that to a double block.  

The rules to this puzzles go something like this.  In each row and column, you need to place the numbers 1-6, and shade the other two cells.  The clues outside the grid give the sums of the numbers in cells between the two shaded cells (which maxes out at 21 for everything, and hits 0 when they are adjacent).  In other words it's similar to sandwich sudoku.  

All that's left to say to all my dearest readers who do still care in some way about what I have to say, enjoy!
    #348 Doppeblock – rated 5/10 [Medium]
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