I remember, when filling out variety puzzle books from Dell Publishing, there being one or two logic puzzles per book called "Eight Ball." I really like these puzzles, but I can find NO information on them anywhere! It was a deduction puzzle about putting groups of 8 numbers into a labyrinth shaped like a giant 8 ball. Some numbers were already filled in, and each number group started and ended in 8.

Is there another name for this puzzle? Or is there more information about it... anywhere? Somewhere I can play it without buying an entire book for one puzzle?

EDIT: Due to... particular design choices of the Dell-Penny website, I was able to find a copy: An incomplete 8-Ball puzzle

  • $\begingroup$ Can you give a example? Maybe a picture? $\endgroup$ Feb 20, 2018 at 19:29
  • $\begingroup$ It looks like you may be able to find this puzzle at this site: pennydellpuzzles.com/free_puzzles/default.aspx if you look in the archives for 8/5/16 based off Amy Lowenstein's post here: pennydellpuzzles.com/forum/… (I would have looked for the specific puzzle, but it required me to sign up for the site and I didn't want to. :P) $\endgroup$
    – phroureo
    Feb 20, 2018 at 19:43
  • $\begingroup$ Can you be more specific about the rules, maybe with a sketch if possible? $\endgroup$
    – Deusovi
    Feb 20, 2018 at 19:52
  • $\begingroup$ @phroureo The puzzle archives only go back a month. :( I can't find any of my puzzle books right now, otherwise I'd throw in a picture. They were full-page puzzles, and drawing one would be too difficult/ time consuming. I'll buy a puzzlebook tomorrow and take a picture, if nobody can do without. $\endgroup$
    – Orion
    Feb 20, 2018 at 20:03

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At first it sounded like you are describing Logic Art puzzles or Nonorams. But those can be in any shape, not just and eight ball. Sample here.

But it turns out what you are looking for is actually a proprietary PennyPress puzzle which doesn't have references anywhere else. I don't think there is any other generic name for this. It is just called "Eight Ball" and appears under the "Variety Puzzle" section.

Here is the only Eight Ball sample I was able to ahem "extract" with some deductive url finagling. https://www.pennydellpuzzles.com/Upload/PuzzleFiles/Daily/DellV/20160805_puz_dvar.pdf


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