Archive for the ‘Country Road’ Category

Puzzle 397 (Country Road)

April 18, 2012

This is a Country Road puzzle.

Puzzle 397

Puzzle 397

Almost went an entire year without one of these… given that, perhaps a reminder is in order: I’ve always used a variant on the rules which does not require every room to be visited. This puzzle is no exception.

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Puzzle 316 (Country Road)

May 16, 2011

This is a Country Road puzzle.

Puzzle 316

Puzzle 316


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EDIT: Fixed a no solutions goof at 5/16/2011 9:40 AM ET.

Puzzle 309 (Double Back / Country Road)

April 8, 2011

This is a Double Back / Country Road hybrid puzzle.

Puzzle 309

Puzzle 309


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(See 294 for info about this “reject” series.) Before the Hybrid section in the zoo got cut down, this was the adult — the puzzle that appeared on the test used to be the baby. I personally thought this was one of the highest quality puzzles in consideration, but there was no way I could keep something this hard on there.

Puzzle 300 (Loop of Death) [Unique]

March 20, 2011

This is a Loop of Death puzzle, a unique type. Almost all of your favorite (and unfavorite) loop puzzles have been combined into a single type. Detailed rules, along with an example, follow below the image and comments.

Puzzle 300

Puzzle 300


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3/20/2011 5:22 AM ET – Fixed a goof in the far bottom right corner that resulted in no solutions by a minor change to the regions. You probably found this contradiction if you made any progress at all in that area. My apologies.

As far as my marathons/unique puzzles go, my guess is this is probably tied for the easiest – size has something to do with that – but I could be completely off in either direction. Of course, this still means it is going to be really hard.

Grid size is 29 by 29 squares. This means 30 by 30 for the vertex clues, although I never used any of the edges. From that, I’m sure some of you are going to figure out what puzzle I paid homage to in constructing this one, but I’ll leave to you all to guess.

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Melon’s Puzzle Zoo has ended

February 28, 2011

Around the time of this posting, LMI is no longer accepting score submissions for the contest. Below is a link to the puzzle booklet, the same as the one on LMI without the password. There is also a PDF that has all of the puzzles on the test together with their solutions (don’t open if you don’t want to see them yet!), as well as some brief comments from myself about the puzzles. Mostly I pointed out the tricky innovative logic the puzzle had, if any — and for the adults there almost always was some.

Puzzle PDF
Solution PDF

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Puzzle 293 (Double Back / Country Road)

February 25, 2011

This is a Double Back / Country Road hybrid puzzle.

Puzzle 293

Puzzle 293


Part 12 of 12 in the Melon’s Puzzle Zoo preview series.

Answer Entry: Start from the first letter alphabetically that is part of the loop and travel clockwise around the loop until you return to the original letter. Enter the letters you encounter in order. Not all letters may be used.

Highlight to see answer: AFCDJLKIBEH

And that ends the preview series for the test, which can be started a bit less than 24 hours after this post goes up. The test can be taken from this page. As said before, it lasts for a consecutive 2 hour block of your choice this weekend. Best of luck for any of you that decide to take it on. I look forward to your performances and feedback.

EDIT: The test can now be started.

Puzzle 262 (Country Road)

October 19, 2010

This is a Country Road puzzle.

Puzzle 262

Puzzle 262


The apology, if you noticed it, is for my silence the past month. Rather than bore you with excuses, I’ll just say that non-square grid styles are still going to take some more time, and I thought I’d hurry up and get myself back on my feet first.

As for the puzzle itself, one could say the apology is also for the level of challenge. It’s not the devilish Heyawake I returned from my last hiatus with, but it ought to give most people trouble.

Update 10/18/2010 9:03 PM ET: fixed crippling error in left side of puzzle. Guess that’s a third thing to apologize for.
Update 10/20/2010 12:00 PM ET: fixed a much more subtle error the first fix introduced resulting in multiple solutions.

Puzzle 243 (Country Road)

April 12, 2010

This is a Monday Country Road puzzle.

Puzzle 243

Puzzle 243


Just a quick note: a lot of comments recently have gone without a response from me. Do know that I see and read every comment that’s posted here, and appreciate everything you’ve said. Just that for a lot of the recent ones I wouldn’t have much of a reply beyond a word of gratitude for the feedback and hope that you’ll continue to enjoy the work here.

And thanks to everyone who tries and enjoys these puzzles, silent or not.

April 12, 1:09 ET: Updated the image; original was an old version that I didn’t mean to post, which was solvable but too difficult.

Puzzle 235 (Country Road)

April 4, 2010

This is a Sunday Country Road puzzle.

Puzzle 235

Puzzle 235

Puzzle 218 (Country Road)

March 18, 2010

This is a Thursday Country Road puzzle.

Puzzle 218

Puzzle 218

Not your usual Country Road puzzle.