Archive for the ‘Hybrid’ Category

Puzzle 404 (Statue Park / Yajisan Kazusan)

June 6, 2012

This is a Statue Park and Yajisan Kazusan hybrid puzzle. Place the given shapes in the grid satisfying the Statue Park rules: no two shapes may be adjacent, and the unshaded area must be connected. In addition, any unshaded number-arrow clue must point to exactly that many shaded grid squares. A shaded number-arrow clue may be ignored and can be either true or false.

Puzzle 404

Puzzle 404

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Puzzle 337 (Magnetic Dominoes)

July 1, 2011

This is a magnetic dominoes puzzle, a hybrid of the Magnets and Domino types that frequently appear at WPCs. Detailed rules follow below the image.

Puzzle 337

Puzzle 337


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Rules

  1. Fill in the grid with numbers from 1 to 6 (some numbers are given), and then partition the grid into 1 by 2 dominoes oriented in either direction so that all 21 possible dominos with numbers from 1 to 6, including doubles (1-1, 2-2, etc.), appear.
  2. Two adjacent numbers may be equal only if they are part of the same domino. In particular, there will only be six pairs of adjacent squares with equal numbers, corresponding to the six double dominoes.
  3. If one marks the greater number in each domino with a plus and the lesser number with a minus, no two plusses or minuses can be adjacent, as in the Magnets type. Double dominoes with two equal numbers are non-magnets and are not marked with a plus or a minus.

Puzzle 315 (Nurikabe / Fillomino)

May 13, 2011

This is a Nurikabe / Fillomino hybrid puzzle.

Puzzle 315

Puzzle 315


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(See 294 for info about this “reject” series.) I think this is the very last of the rejects (two and a half months after the test was released too!). As usual for these Fridays, this was a puzzle that was just too hard to keep.

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 303 (Out of Sight / Heyawake)

March 25, 2011

This is a Out of Sight / Heyawake hybrid puzzle. Shade in some squares to satisfy the constraints of both sets of rules.

Puzzle 303

Puzzle 303


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(See 294 for info about this “reject” series.) The adult of old versions, yet again. Those of you who finished the actual test back in February may not find this one as uberhard as it is. The difficult, themed logic in this puzzle ended up being transplanted to the (non-hybrid) Out of Sight adult during a phase of replacing puzzles, and that adult survived to be on the real test. So those of you who found what that themed step was won’t be as surprised on this one.

That’s the majority of the rejects I plan to post. There are a few Friday-level puzzles left, particularly some of the old Hybrid adults. I’ll post them in the near future as I really liked all of them, even if they were too hard, but I don’t know exactly when. For the most part, we’re back to original material now.

Puzzle 302 (Out of Sight / Heyawake)

March 23, 2011

This is a Out of Sight / Heyawake hybrid puzzle. Shade in some squares to satisfy the constraints of both sets of rules.

Puzzle 302

Puzzle 302


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(See 294 for info about this “reject” series.) You’ve probably got the pattern now, but this was the adult in the most recent versions that still had this type. I was a little sad to cut this one (as has been the case for every Wednesday…), but at the same time finding the main break-in seemed too hard relative to the rest of the puzzle. I spent a very long time trying to tweak this one to alleviate that and do the themed step better justice, but didn’t have much luck.

Puzzle 301 (Out of Sight / Heyawake)

March 21, 2011

This is a Out of Sight / Heyawake hybrid puzzle. Shade in some squares to satisfy the constraints of both sets of rules.

Puzzle 301

Puzzle 301


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(See 294 for info about this “reject” series.) The hybrid type that didn’t make it on. The issue with this type is that I had already reduced the hybrid section to just having adults, and all of the types except this one had one nice fit for the difficulty level I wanted. But here the baby (the puzzle above) was a bit too easy and the adult a bit too hard. As it was I already liked the other hybrid types better, so it wasn’t a great loss.

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 292 (Nurikabe / Fillomino)

February 24, 2011

This is a Nurikabe / Fillomino hybrid puzzle.

Puzzle 292

Puzzle 292


Part 11 of 12 in the Melon’s Puzzle Zoo preview series.

Answer Entry: Enter the units digit of each number in the marked rows and columns. For instance, if a 4 or 14 appears in the row or column you would enter 4 for it.

Highlight to see answer: 1993314733, 2668655272

Puzzle 291 (Yajilin / Akari)

February 23, 2011

This is a Yajilin / Akari hybrid puzzle.

Puzzle 291

Puzzle 291


Part 10 of 12 in the Melon’s Puzzle Zoo preview series.

Answer Entry: Enter the digits corresponding to the total number of lightbulbs in each row from top to bottom.

Highlight to see answer: 1121221211