This puzzle is a variant on the well-known connecting wall puzzles. May contain traces of grid deduction and happy stars 😊


  • Your goal is to fill all the empty squares in the main grid (left) with either path tiles or happy star tiles (right).

  • Each word/phrase must be connected to a happy star, either directly (orthogonally adjacent) or via one or more path tiles.

  • Each happy star must be similarly connected to four words/phrases that are thematically related (e.g. names of UK Prime Ministers)

Good luck! enter image description here


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First, the categories:

PSE 100K users:

  • Gareth McCaughan
  • Stiv
  • Deusovi
  • Hexomino

  • Only Connect Egyptian heiroglyphs:

  • (Twisted) Flax
  • (Eye of) Horus
  • (Two) Reeds
  • Water

  • PSE tags:

  • No computers
  • Lateral thinking
  • Sudoku
  • Cryptic clues

  • Quiz/Game shows:

  • 1 vs 100
  • Only Connect
  • Jeopardy!
  • Pointless

  • [Synonym of Happy] [anagram of Star]:

  • Joyful Arts
  • Cheerful Tars
  • Glad Tsar
  • Smiling Rats

  • Then the grid:

    enter image description here

    The solve path was fairly straightforward, starting with a star in the top-left corner for the Happy Star group. Then the tags group which are mostly at the bottom of the grid. And the rest was mostly forced.

    • $\begingroup$ Well done. If this concept is considered sufficiently fun I'm sure there's plenty of scope for more challenging puzzles :) $\endgroup$
      – happystar
      Commented Jun 22, 2023 at 9:24
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      $\begingroup$ @happystar I found it fun. I'm wondering if it's possible to have a puzzle where there are overlaps and red herrings that lead to multiple solutions in the groups, but only one of them leads to a solvable grid. $\endgroup$
      – fljx
      Commented Jun 22, 2023 at 9:52

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