Archive for the ‘Fillomino Path’ Category

Puzzle 357 (Fillomino Path)

September 14, 2011

This is a Fillomino Path puzzle.

Puzzle 357

Puzzle 357


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Puzzle 329 (Fillomino Path)

June 13, 2011

This is a Fillomino Path puzzle.

Puzzle 329

Puzzle 329


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The much easier companion to last week’s Path puzzle. Again, gray squares mean the same thing as yellow ones. The S doesn’t have any special meaning; it just made for a good puzzle.

Puzzle 327 (Fillomino Path)

June 8, 2011

This is a Fillomino Path puzzle.

Puzzle 327

Puzzle 327


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In my opinion this is by far the best puzzle among those that didn’t get used. Including Path as a variation was considered almost up to the end, but there were good reasons to drop it. For one thing, this was the Path puzzle I was most attached to, but I wasn’t sure if it was suited for use in a competition (answer entry issues among other things). Path also had a set of directions that were much longer and more complicated than for any other variation, and this was a problem with the Zoo I was intent on correcting.

Also, this image is in black-and-white since it’s the same one that would have gone into the test PDF. There’s no difference between gray squares and the yellow squares in other puzzles.

Finally, this puzzle has the odd distinction of being constructed in very little time, around 5-10 minutes after thinking of the concept. Usually when I try crazy ideas like these I eventually realize they will never work, sometimes quickly and sometimes not so quickly. Here, the puzzle was completed before I even realized it.

Puzzle 270 (Fillomino Path)

January 10, 2011

This is a Fillomino Path puzzle.

Puzzle 270

Puzzle 270


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Puzzle 221 (Fillomino Path)

March 21, 2010

This is a Sunday Fillomino Path puzzle.

Puzzle 221

Puzzle 221


The meaning of the red squares is on the description page now. Basically each one gives one of the two endpoints of the path.

Perhaps not Sunday level if you use a bit of intuition to work this one out. A logical solution exists, but it is probably more difficult than a typical Sunday and requires a fair amount of if-then. Unlike any of my other Fillomino puzzles you will also need to do plenty of careful counting.

Puzzle 186 (Fillomino Path)

February 8, 2010

This is a Monday Fillomino Path puzzle.

Puzzle 186

Puzzle 186

Puzzle 131 (Fillomino Path)

December 16, 2009

This is a Wednesday Fillomino Path puzzle.

Puzzle 131

Puzzle 131


A type that I haven’t done in ages.

Puzzle 22 (Fillomino Path)

September 8, 2009

This is a Fillomino Path puzzle.

Puzzle 22

Puzzle 22

These puzzles look so much more empty than standard Fillomino puzzles, which makes them more appealing to me. Puzzles that can force a unique solution with a minimal amount of clues have a sort of elegance to them. There’s more variation I’d like to try with Fillomino, but we’ll leave it at this for now.