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TooT


In this post I’d like to introduce TooTs, a mix between crossword puzzles and numbers. The grid looks just like a crossword puzzle, but instead of words the grid has to be filled with numbers. Vertical numbers must be read top-down. Thus if the digits 3, 9 and 5 are listed from the top down, the number would be 395.

Every clue consists of three numbers. Two of them have to be added together to get the number to be filled into the grid.
Example: the clue is 7, 8 and 13. Then the solution is either 7+8=15, 7+13=20 or 8+13=21. The name TooT is shorthand for Two out of Three.

Here is a 5×5 exercise:
Toot 5x5 2015-04-24 exercise

Horizontal
1) 16, 17, 18
3) 20, 26, 36
4) 142, 139, 145
8) 6819, 20002, 30134
11) 18, 20, 22
12) 11, 24, 36
Vertical
2) 17, 19, 23
3) 18, 36, 47
5) 400, 406, 418
6) 18, 106, 256
7) 15, 25, 190
9) 1, 51, 61
10) 11, 12, 13

A 7×7 exercise:
Toot 7x7 2015-04-24 exercise

Horizontal
1) 16891 18930
6) 382, 23, 67
8) 25, 8, 17
10) 32, 14, 17
11) 2913476, 173823, 1876543
12) 61, 23, 38
13) 45, 11, 34
14) 865, 249, 444
16) 13947, 1171, 5419
Vertical
2) 53, 26, 27
3) 8843269, 332160, 345612
4) 22, 3, 5
5) 12263, 5321, 6942
7) 62652, 23487, 39165
9) 591, 109, 482
10) 374, 25, 98
14) 83, 16, 26
15) 54, 17, 27

You can check your solution here and here

A 9×9 puzzle:
Toots 9x9 2015-05-15 nr 1

Horizontal
1. 108, 132, 146
4. 2, 166, 660
6. 2497, 9892, 12837
9. 0, 7, 24
11. 212, 669, 774
12. 4, 19, 30
13. 18, 27, 27
15. 14, 33, 40
16. 242, 977, 2236
17. 596, 903, 2770
18. 25, 31, 52
20. 4, 11, 22
21. 7, 9, 35
22. 126, 343, 422
24. 3, 10, 13
26. 2918, 74181, 82214
28. 292, 320, 398
29. 66, 191, 228
Vertical
1. 38, 96, 224
2. 4, 41, 77
3. 239, 1644, 4146
4. 19, 29, 35
5. 3, 7, 227
7. 20, 36, 38
8. 1, 14, 17
10. 12591, 13966, 31881
12. 706, 10961, 36955
14. 186, 210, 367
15. 102, 153, 279
19. 2287, 3330, 3945
21. 112, 239, 304
22. 19, 26, 45
23. 6, 23, 87
25. 74, 299, 315
26. 33, 49, 52
27. 12, 12, 12

You can check your solution here and here

In a subsequent post, probably next month, I hope to publish some variations.

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Chaos checks


In september last year, I wrote about ‘Vinken’ or ‘Checks’, a Sanders puzzles publication. My main comment was that it was a nice puzzle variation, but that the puzzles were slightly too easy. Sanders puzzels corrected this in later issues.

I did come up wit a slight variation, though the puzzle I designed didn’t make the puzzle difficult enough for my tast. Anyway, I’d like to present this variation to the world.

The rules are simple:
– every row and column, and every 9 sized area, contains 3 checks.
– the checkmarks are never adjacent horizontally or vertically. They may be adjacent diagonally.
– some checkmarks have been pre-filled, as well as some empty squares.

Here are three examples.
puzzle 1*
As you can see some checks and some empty positions have been given. You hve to derive the position of the remaining checks.
Vinkies-chaos 9x9 nr1 exercise

puzzle 2*
This time only some empty positions have been given as clues.
Vinkies-chaos 9x9 nr2 exercise

puzzle 3**
Again only some empty positions have been given as clues.
Vinkies-chaos 9x9 nr3 exercise

You can check your solutions here

A new puzzle is published every Friday.

1-8


The Dutch reformed-christian ‘Reformatorisch Dagblad’ twice a year publishes an extra puzzle issue for its subscribers. This weeks puzzle type is 1-8, invented by Marijke Balmaekers, and published in the childrens section of the ‘Vakantie Doe Boek’ of the reformatorisch Dagblad.

The numbers one to eight have been arranged in a 5×5 grid in such a way that:


  1. Each of the numbers one to eight is used exactly once

  2. There are always one or two numbers in every row, column or diagonal

  3. the sum of the numbers is listed as a clue at the end of the row/column/diagonal

Example:
1-8 example

number 1
1-8 2016-02-14 nr 1 exercise

number 2
1-8 2016-02-14 nr 2 exercise

number 3
1-8 2016-02-14 nr 3 exercise

You can check your solutions here, here and here

Tectonics


The free Dutch daily newspaper Metro recently – I think it was in september – published a new type of puzzle calles tectonics.
The puzzle area usually is a rectangle, for example 4×5, which is subdivided into areas of size 1 to 5. An area of size 1 contains just the number 1, an area of size 2 contains the numbers 1 and 2, and so on, until an area of size 5 which contains the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 exactly once.
A second rule is that the same number may never be adjacent: not horizontally, not vertically, and not diagonally.
Note that there is no rule that a number may appear just once in a row or column.

A complete filled tectonic may look like:
tectonic example solution

The puzzles in Metro are designed by Denksport, the largest puzzle publisher in the Netherlands. In the magazine shop I discovered a magazine with these puzzles.
Tectonic puzzle booklet can be ordered here. I think the order page is only in Dutch, and I’m not sure if you can mail order from abroad.

Nr 1)*
Tectonic 2015-10-15 5x10 exercise nr 1

Nr 2)*
tectonic 2015-10-14 nr 3 exercise

Nr 3)**
Tectonic 4x5 2015-10-15 nr 2 exercise

You can check your solutions here, here, and here.

The publisher claims that these puzzles are a new international rage. That may well be true, but a quick search on “tectonic puzzles” turned up just puzzles on plate tectonics.