The 2012 USPC instructions were released several hours ago. I’ve pointed out some past examples of types in a comment on motris’s post here. But this post is really for my constructions of two of the types for which I have not found good examples.
The first one is perhaps only worth 20 if you insist on doing it logically. I’m guessing the second one would be 25, so it overshoots a bit.
16. Space Probes
Locate two probes in each row and each column so that they don’t touch each other, not even diagonally. Each clue outside the grid is the number of empty squares between the two probes in the corresponding row or column.
Answer Entry: Enter the number of empty squares between each clue and the first probe in the corresponding row or column, starting with the clues across the top from left to right, then the clues along the left, from top to bottom.
Highlight for answer: [ 2,0,1 ]
18. Magic Order
Enter the digits 1 through 6 once in each row and column so that 24 distinct 6-digit numbers are formed horizontally and vertically—reading forward and backward. Each clue pointing to a number indicates the position of that number when all 24 6-digit numbers are ordered from smallest to largest.
Answer Entry: Enter the digits in the 3rd row followed by the digits in the 5th row.
Highlight for answer: [ 154362, 245136 ]
Another example of #18 was posted by thedan here, which I found after putting up this post.