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Questions tagged [grid-deduction]

Puzzles such as Sudoku or Kakuro, where the final state of a pre-existing grid must be deduced logically through clues placed within and/or around the grid. For puzzles where you are given a list of clues which can be used to compose a grid to solve them logically, use the [logic-grid] tag instead.

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Time to Hit the Bricks!

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #24: Grid-Deduction... It's 2am. The phone rings. You answer it and are immediately met with an onslaught of franticness from your (in?)famous uncle—a ...
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Unusual Kakuro Puzzle

Entry into Fortnightly Topic Challenge #38: Reusing Information 1 This puzzle sort of looks like a kakuro puzzle but there doesn't seem to be any sums. Figure out how this puzzle works and solve the ...
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Diabolical Deceptions: A 333rd Birthday Tribute to J.S. Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach is one of the most famous composers from the Baroque period. If he was still alive today, he’d be 333 years old. So, let’s celebrate 3 of his most famous works with a 33x33 loop ...
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This puzzle design was a DISASTER!

As any member of the PSE community knows, grid-deduction puzzles really aren't my forte. In fact, I'd like to share one particularly disasterous attempt at designing a Slitherlink puzzle. Disclaimer:...
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HAISU: Nought and Crosses

HAISU is a portmanteau of three Japanese words - 'hairu', to enter, 'su', number, and 'hausu', an English borrow word meaning house, of course. Together, we get a meaning of 'enter number house', ...
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Barrel - Part 1

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #35: Restricted Title 1. Title based on the very first xkcd. Continued in Barrel - Part 2, Barrel - Part 3, Barrel - Part 4, and Barrel - Part 5. You manage a ...
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Karst - A variant of Cave

This is a variant of Cave applied to a 3.4.6.4; 3.42 6; 44 tiling. Rules Draw a single loop along the dashed lines that encloses some cells. Edges of this loop may not cross or share a ...
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A Total Masyu puzzle

In a Total Masyu puzzle, one must draw a single loop through the centres of some cells according to the following rules: The loop may only travel horizontally or vertically, never diagonally; all ...
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Virus Detected - Please execute anti-virus code

Virus Detected!!! Your computer, which is represented by the grid pictured, has been infected. The bugs are clearly marked. It's your job to inject your awesome anti-virus code in the proper computer ...
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Masyu jigsaw puzzle

Here's a masyu puzzle for you. The rules are as follows Draw a single closed loop which does not cross or touch itself. The sections of the loop run horizontally or vertically between the ...
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Statue Park: Knight's Lines

This is a Statue Park puzzle. Rules of Statue Park: Shade some cells of the grid to form the given set of pieces. Pieces may be rotated or reflected. Pieces cannot be orthogonally adjacent (though ...
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Oriental HAISU - An unoriginal grid-deduction challenge

TheGreatEscaper comes up with several inventive (and original) grid-deduction genres, so I thought I'd try my hand at combining two of them. HAISU The rules are simple - draw a path from the O to ...
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25x25 slitherlink puzzle

Basic rules Form a loop using the dots (so, by joining orthogonally adjacent dots) such that a number N is surrounded by exactly N segments of the loop. Here's a tutorial puzzle and its unique ...
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Hitchhiker's guide to Scrabble

I was working at My God, it's full of stars! puzzle, when a sudden realisation came into my head: that I have a friend, who is also an astronaut, and that I have an appointment with him! We were ...
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Sum in A Sudoku

Color Blind version: Here's a sudoku puzzle with a twist! The numbers given in the squares are actually the sum of the numbers in that region. For example: 18= Sum of the numbers in the 4 yellow ...
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Tetromino Sudoku

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #32: Grid Deduction Hybrids The grid below, when filled in, forms a valid Sudoku grid. It can also be filled in like a LITS (nuruomino) puzzle without the 1x4 ...
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Mini Ripple Effect puzzles

I enjoyed this puzzle so much that I created some mini versions of it for fun. I signed up to share them with everyone. The rules are the same: Each region with n cells contains all the numbers from 1 ...
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A problem about Yin-Yang puzzles

In a Yin-Yang puzzle, one must fill every cell with either a black circle or a white circle according to the following rules: All cells with black circles form an edge-connected region. All cells ...
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Adderlink: Almost symmetrical

Rules: Hey, this looks like slitherlink! In fact, it is two slitherlinks added together. So both of the two slitherlinks have clues in exactly the same locations as this grid below. Furthermore, a 2 ...
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A Trip to Ripple Islands

All aboard! All aboard! You have won an ALL-EXPENSES PAID TRIP to the magnificent Ripple Islands! Now, the only price of admission is to solve this little puzzle. It is a Ripple Effect puzzle based ...
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Trapezoids Compound Hidden Puzzle

UPDATE To refute Sconibulus's answer, I drafted a second puzzle with identical rules. 7 months ago, I released a collection of variations of an original puzzle called Trapezoids, but never mentioned ...
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HAISU with a twist

HAISU is a grid-deduction puzzle designed by this site's very own TheGreatEscaper. To quote them: HAISU is a portmanteau of three Japanese words - 'hairu', to enter, 'su', number, and 'hausu', an ...
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Hey! Wake Up! Look At This Grid Puzzle!

The grid is divided into rooms, though some are wibbly-wobbly weird-shaped. Hey, aren't these normally supposed to be blocks? What should the title of this puzzle really be? ...
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Why you shouldn't buy cheap puzzle books

Backstory contains important information, but nothing hidden. Also, tl;dr parts are bolded, but I can't guarantee I didn't forget bolding some part. Recently there's been a grid-deduction craze here ...
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Finding the hidden path (new grid puzzle concept?)

I was toying around with grid-based puzzles, and I can up with a format that I'm not sure exists yet, and from my testing leaves only one solution. (If it exists or is broken, please let me know so I ...
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A spiral Ripple Effect puzzle

I'd say the rules to a ripple effect puzzle are best explained here. Anyways, I was making a bunch of Ripple Effects and decided to do a big one which didn't work out as I'd hoped, in that I needed ...
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Hexagonal Kurokuron

Kurokuron (クロクロ一ン: "black clone"), is a shading puzzle that first appeared in Puzzle Communication Nikoli issues 153-155. Identical rules apply to a hexagonal grid. Rules Shade some cells such that: ...
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Double n-queen puzzle, with sudoku rules

Put 9 blue queens and 9 pink queens, with rules : If the blue queens removed, each pink queens do not attack each other. If the pink queens removed, each blue queens do not attack each other. Each 3×...
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Move the coin in the color grid

You need to move the Coin from the S(tart) cell to the END cell. Rules: From S you can move to cells 2,7 or 8. From BLUE cells you can only move ONE space diagonally. From YELLOW cells you can only ...
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3D Masyu - A Die

Fold this net into a cube and solve this 3D Masyu. The original Masyu rules apply. In addition, question mark '?' should be replaced by either a black or white circle. Side note: Yeah, it's almost ...
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The Peculiar File

So I was browsing through my computer files earlier and I found a file I'd not seen before. I was wondering if you guys could help me figure out what it's about. This is where I found it: This is ...
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Strategy for solving 0hh1 and Unruly?

Q42's game 0hh1 and Simon Tatham's game Unruly are two almost identical logical deduction games. In each one, we're given a square grid which is to be filled by tiles of two colours, and a certain ...
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The Terrible Twos of Slitherlink

This question is aimed at people who have a really good grasp of standard Slitherlink puzzles. This is a standard, square cell, 10x10 Slitherlink puzzle I designed. It isn't what I would call a "...
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Statue View: Raindrops

This is a Statue View puzzle, an original invention combining two logic puzzle genres: Statue Park and Canal View. It is harder than my previous Statue View, so you may want to start there. Rules of ...
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Slitherlink with crossing allowed

In a Slitherlink puzzle, you need to construct a single closed loop connecting points of a grid such that each number clue counts the number of adjacent loop segments. Normally, a Slitherlink puzzle ...
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Statue View: 2, 3, 5, 7

This is another Statue View puzzle. It's easily the hardest of the three I've made, so I recommend trying the other two as practice first. Rules of Statue View: Shade some cells of the grid to form ...
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Difference or addition on a rose petals

Arrange the numbers 1 to 20 onto the rose petals using these rules : Yellow petals contain odd numbers, white petals contain even numbers. The outer petals are the difference or addition of the inner ...
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How to solve this 0hn0 position?

What should be my next step in this game of 0hn0? I've managed to get this far, but none of the numbers are completed except the "1" in the top right, and there are so many possibilities for how each ...
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Spell out your moves and reach the exit

You are a knight, far from your familiar checkered board. You have 9 moves to escape, but there are some rules. Each region must contain all letters matching the number move you are making. So, the ...
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Futoshiki Puzzle with the least amount of clue

You are supposed to create a new $5$x$5$ Futoshiki puzzle with the least amount of clues possible, but this puzzle needs a unique answer. In other words, What is the minimum number of clues for $5$...
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Intersection Puzzle

I have invented a new puzzle called Intersection. Let's find out what it is! Intersection You are given an $n\times n$ grid with circles and boxes inside arbitrary squares. A circle cannot be in the ...
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Nested sudoku in entrance exam

My university set this question in 2013's entrance exam. Also the red boxes include from 1 to 9. What's the solution for this sudoku?
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Masyu puzzles with many circles

The rules of Masyu: Make a single loop with lines passing through the centers of cells, horizontally or vertically. The loop never crosses itself, branches off, or goes through the same cell ...
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An Incomplete Puzzle

I'm sorry to offload some of my work as the puzzle creator on to you solvers. (No, I'm not.) At least there's only one clue missing, right? EDIT: When the puzzle is ready to be solved, there will be ...
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Broken Masyu: Quartered

Below is an 8x8 Masyu puzzle (rules can be found here), but the puzzle has been broken into four pieces! Can you put the pieces back together to make a proper Masyu puzzle with a unique solution? (The ...
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Distance Puzzle

The rules are: 1. Draw two circles (O) in the empty cells in every row and column. 2. The numbers in the black cells indicate the space between the 2 circles in the black cells' row or column, in ...
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Dividing up land

Historical records indicate that the brothers Geoff, Petro, and Olaf divided up their large rectangular estate between themselves. Unfortunately, evenly dividing up favorable landmarks resulted in the ...
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A letter from Mr. Pirate, Mr. Roller, and Mr. Knight

Though I don't think it will help, you may check with the beginning of my story concerning Red Herring Puzzle Club. It seems like it's been a long time since I tried to enter the R.H.P.C. As you may ...
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A “Letter” Slope puzzle?

Your brother has been forcing you to some read some of his frankly ridiculous poetry, so, knowing that he was never a numbers man, you decide to vex him with a Number Slope puzzle. In fact, you are so ...