While solving another Minesweeper puzzle, I ran into yet another unsolvable corner.

Well, actually, this time I have two unsolvable corners in the same puzzle.

Here's the bottom left corner:

Bottom left of puzzle

...as well as the bottom right:

Bottom right of puzzle

(Image updated to add more clues from tapping random squares)

Which squares have the best chance of being safe? What is the overall probability I'll be able to solve this puzzle without hitting a mine? There are 7 mines remaining overall in the puzzle.


After opening some further squares based on the clues, can you come up with the solution for this corner? How far can you solve the other corner based on this? Bonus puzzle

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    $\begingroup$ It's easy just click on thBOOM $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 13, 2018 at 12:08

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Mmmmmmm minesweeper

Legend: S - Safe M - Mine

The 7 mines are at

Bottom Left(R2C2, R2C5)
Bottom Right(R2C5, 2 between R3C5/R3C6/R5C5/R5C5, 2 at either R4C3&R5C4 or R4C4&R5C2)

Lets start with bottom left

This suggests a minimum of 2 mines here on second Row R2C1/C2 & R2C4/C5

& Final answer for bottom left (read this after reading Bottom right portion)

Since we have confirmed that there are 5 mines at bottom right, bottom left has to have only have 2 mines. meaning remaining squares in R3 are all safe 12222M2
Since R2C6 dictates that R2C5 has to be a mine, and the rest follows.

& for the bottom right


Around R4C6 there are 2 mines (within R3C5 R3C6, R5C5 R5C6)
& 66% chance that there is a mine at R4/R5C4 and a 33% chance that it is at R3C4

However if it is at R3C4, R4C3 & R5C2 have to be mines to fulfill the 3 mine criteria at R5C3 Since amongst R2C4/C5/C6, there is a 50% chance there is 1 mine (C5) or 2 mines (C4,C6), this brings the total count of mines in this map to be 5/6 But 6 can't be right! Because we have concluded that there are minimum 2 mines in Bottom Left map earlier

Hence it is confident that R2C5 is a mine and R2C4/C6 are safe.

Out of the remaining squares

R2C4 will reveal if R3C5 is a M(6) or S(5)
Subsequently, R2C6 will reveal R3C6

Taking a breakdown from R3 onwards,

4 sub-scenarios presents itself for R3C5/C6:
R5C5/C6 are both safe and will be 1/0 respectively
Depending whether R3C4 is 2/3/4, there are various subcases.
1.1 R3C4= 2
100% chance mines are at R5C2/C4 1.2 R3C4= 3
50% chance whether it is R4C3&R5C4 or R4C4&R5C2
1.3 R3C4= 4
100% chance mines are at R4C3/C4

Cumulative probability : 83.33%

Arguably the worst-case scenario. It is the same guessing effort for the 4 squares as per above, with additional guessing effort for R5C5/C6
2.1 R3C4= 2
Answer for R5C5 will be revealed by R4C4 (100%)
2.2 R3C4 = 3
Strategy will be to click R4C4 or R5C4. If this is not a mine, it will reveal R5C5 (50%)
2.3 R3C4 = 4
Best move will be to click R5C4. If this is not a mine, it will reveal R5C5 (50%)
Cumulative probability: 66.67%

R4C4 is revealed by R3C5 (M if it is 2, S if it is 1) and R4C3 is subsequently revealed. The crucial 4 squares as per Scenario 1/2 above could be derived using the same pairing logic (2 mines always at R4C3&R5C4 or R4C4&R5C2). R5C5 could then be derived from R4C4 or R5C4.
Cumulative probability: 100%

It becomes clear that R5C5/C6 are mines. R3C4 & R3C5 will determine R4C3/C4 .... and the rest follow the above logic.
Cumulative probability: 100%

Therefore, total probability of solving is :


Okay I have to take a break after this lengthy post phew.

Additional doubts:

Assumptions: I am not entirely sure if Scenario 1 could exist, as if both R5C5/C6 are S, would this be already revealed by clicking R4C5/C6 (which has been done by TS). Would require some more frequent minesweeper players to confirm this.

Adding for bonus:

As mentioned in my answer, there is no guesswork required to reach the additional step provided by TS. Probability remains the same (:
The scenario arrived by TS currently is Scenario 3, which means that it is 100% possible to solve it from here onwards.


I got a different answer. I didn't really read the other one but I saw it was different.

With only 7 mines left, it turns out we have to be very conservative with our mines. At a minimum, the bottom-left corner needs 2 and the other corner needs 5. Knowing the bottom-left corner must have 2 mines means it can be solved easily. The bottom-right corner has a few things we can conclude, it boils down to the following eight scenarios:

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Technically there are more, I just assumed the position of the middle-right mine because it doesn't change how the puzzle plays out (it would change the orange numbers by 1). The highlighted numbers are ones we would know, so the orange numbers (whatever they end up being) is something we would be able to work off of. Four of these scenarios are solvable, and four are not. Of the unsolved ones, I highlighted the best cell to click as a guess. The outcomes show the overall probability to be 6/8 or 75% of winning.

The bonus shows us some extra cells that tells us which outcomes actually occurred. Ironically, since the less-fortunate outcomes are the ones that actually happened, it means our odds of winning drop to 50%.


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