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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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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Four-dimensional light bulbs

In reaction to Three-dimensional light bulbs - rules are same (almost) This is a four-dimensional Akari puzzle (also known as Light Up). The nine squares represent the layers of a $3\times3\...
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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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JonMark Perry's Grid Logic Puzzle

Consider the following puzzle type proposed by JonMark Perry. Start with a square grid of arrows, each one pointing in one of the four cardinal directions. For example: You start at the ...
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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 ...
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A new 4 x 4 arrow puzzle

Can anyone help me with solving this puzzle: Draw arrows in all fields around the diagram in a way that every arrow is pointing at least one number inside. The numbers inside the boxes equal the ...
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3D nonogram – What's going on?

This is a three-dimensional nonogram. The first six squares depict the layers of a $6\times6\times6$ cube. The final square gives the enumerations for the Z-axis, top to bottom. Some rules: The grid ...
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3D nonogram – What's in the box?

This is a three-dimensional nonogram. The first six squares depict the layers of a $6\times6\times6$ cube. The final square gives the enumerations for the Z-axis, top to bottom. Some rules: The grid ...
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Build your own™ Dominosa!

Fictional story: As everybody knows I'm not good at making puzzles so I ordered a Build-your-own™ Dominosa kit! This should be good for my Dominosa building skills, I thought to myself. And today, ...
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5x5 Grid with all two digit numbers

There is a $5\times5$ grid where you are supposed to put all two digit numbers which consist only of the digits $1$ to $5$, namely $11,12,13,14,15$,$21,22$,.... The task is to put all these two digit ...
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Non-Congruent Fillomino

Here's a Fillomino puzzle (rules can be found here). The gimmick is that no two areas can be congruent. Enjoy!
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Sudoku with chess queen rules

This is a unique sudoku. With Rules : Common sudoku rules apply. Numbers 1,2,3 have an additional rule, they are also chess queens. If all others numbers removed, the 1s do not attack each other ...
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Oriental House: An original grid-deduction challenge

A different approach to an old concept of mine, Oriental House is a new grid-deduction puzzle based once again off exits and entries. The rules are as follows: Draw a path from S to F, passing ...
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A Family Reunion

Names have been changed to preserve anonymity A group of 25 people, A to Y, arrived at Z's door to celebrate the family reunion. They each had something to show off. Z: I know you're all excited ...
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What is a “unique solution” in a Slitherlink puzzle?

In the question Five Slitherlinks, the querent suggests that "each [Slitherlink puzzle has] a complete solution". I'm newly reading about Slitherlinks, but I don't understand what makes a solution "...
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Haisu: Pixel Perfect

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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Logic 5x5 Letter Number Combination Grid

Hey I just thought other might enjoy the challenge of this puzzle as much as I did. Not the most easy thing to solve. Sort of like Sudoku, each row and column needs the letters A,B,C,D,E and each row ...
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Three-dimensional light bulbs

This is a three-dimensional Akari puzzle (also known as Light Up). The six squares represent the layers of a $6\times6\times6$ cube, top to bottom. The objective is to add light bulbs into any number ...
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How will you save Mike?

A direct hint: this question. Question starts from here: You are Dr. Nathaniel - a renowned archaeologist, and involved in a research about an ancient site. But, there is only one problem - the ...
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4 pieces into a big slitherlink

Arrange the 4 pieces into a big slitherlink. To help you arrange it, First find the solvable small slitherlink then put it in the bottom-left position. 1st piece 2nd piece 3rd piece 4th piece
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Vertical and Horizontal Bars - An Instructionless Puzzle

Study the 2 examples given on the left and solve the puzzle on the right! The solution for each puzzle can be uniquely determined.
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Ripple effects: A suite of puzzles and conundrums

Best explained here. Basically there are two rules: fill in each region with the numbers 1 to N, where N is the size of that region two numbers, both K, cannot both be in the same row or column if ...
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Tetromi-nuri-doku

Note: This puzzle was inspired by the one here, by Mike Q. Every square in the grid above, when the puzzle is complete, has a number between 1 and 9 in it and either is shaded or is not. Each 3x3 ...
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Getting all same side pairs

The goal is to get same side pairs of the 6 tiles, , to fit into a $2\times 3$ grid, so that all touching sides match like so (excluding the red part), for example:
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You Sign Me Right Round

This is a 9x9 grid, with a sign in the center cell like shown. You can add signs to this grid one at a time following these rules: Each sign placed must point to the next sign placed Placed signs ...
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Backwards Boggle

I came up with a fun little 1-player puzzle for myself to do when bored. Pick 5-6 words, preferably words that share a good number of letters, and try to create a Boggle board containing all of those ...
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A spartan skeleton Sudoku

A skeleton crossword is a crossword where the black and white squares aren't given; you have to deduce them. Here's a generalisation of that idea to the Sudoku puzzle. Here's a 4 by 4 grid, with four ...
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Cryptic Crossword Sudoku

This puzzle is inspired by Matt’s excellent Cryptic Sucrosswordoku. Below is a sudoku as well as some cryptic clues. The clues lack enumeration and are in no particular order. The solutions to the ...
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Not Just Black and White

Answer for this puzzle is one word. Have fun! Highlighted parts are where I realised I have clued it wrong... Sorry for all this inconvenience! Hint: usefulness level 1 usefulness level 2 This ...
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A “Find the Path” Puzzle

I invented a puzzle, inspired by Simon Tatham's Portable Puzzle Collection. Is there anything that it could improve on? Was it too easy, or was it too hard? Anything I could add? What must I call it? ...
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Unusual Sudoku Puzzle

Find the solution to this Sudoku puzzle. The only problem is there aren't any normal Sudoku clues. Instead there are only some cryptic clues. What is the solution and how does the puzzle work? Edit: ...
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Ambiguous Grids

After six to eight weeks of waiting, your Shmikoli™ Ambiguous Grid Deduction Puzzle Set has finally arrived! You tear into the box only to discover that the instructions are missing. You shouldn't ...
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Statue Park: Five

This is a Statue Park puzzle (originally constructed for the 2019 24-Hour Puzzle Championship, as part of a Tarot card themed set -- no prizes for guessing which rank this puzzle was). Rules of ...
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Puzzles: Meander

I have come up with an interesting type of puzzle based on the mathematical concept of a meander. The concept, of course, is not original to me, but the type of puzzle is, as far as I know. A ...
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Fill this 5x5 number grid incrementally, either by moving two boxes diagonally or moving three boxes in a row or column

One day, a friend has shown me a 5 by 5 grid, challenging me to fill it with numbers from 1 to 25. Obviously, it is not simple because there are some rules: The number 1 is placed in the center of ...
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Revenge of the Cryptic Crossword Sudoku

This puzzle is inspired by Matt’s excellent Cryptic Sucrosswordoku. Below is a sudoku as well as some cryptic clues. The clues lack enumeration and are in no relevant order. The solutions to the ...
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I'm Bad at Naming Things, so Just Try to Solve this Patterned Masyu Puzzle!

$\hskip1in$ The original Masyu rules apply. Make a single loop with lines passing through the centers of cells, horizontally or vertically. The loop never crosses itself, branches off, ...
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The Knights and the Hounds

(With thanks and congratulations to Lee Leon) We rejoin our heroes several days after the events of The Knights' Gift, at the head of a pack of enormous staghounds, 1000 strong. Such a pack ...
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13-by-13 SIKAKU puzzle

A SIKAKU puzzle consists of a square or rectangular grid in which some of the cells contain a one or two digit number. To complete the puzzle, a Solver must divide the puzzle into a number of ...
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Algebra Sudoku: Dozens

Alas, the grid deduction fortnightly is over, but my love for the genre remains the same - i.e. very high. So, here is another grid deduction puzzle. An algebra sudoku! I think the rules are fairly ...
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Partiti : solve this new type of puzzle

These are puzzles similar to Kakuro, which is the creation of a friend of mine whom I met last year: Rules: Place one or more digits from 1 to 9 in arbitrary order in each empty cell, such that a ...
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4 More Meander Puzzles

My previous set of meander puzzles was fairly well-received, so I decided to make some more. If you didn't see the first set of meander puzzles, the instructions can be found here. Here they are: ...
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Fill numbers to the star shaped puzzle

Fill in all the blank circle with numbers 1 to 6, so : Each lines of 6 circles, contains 6 different numbers. Each corner (consist of 3 greens circle) sums to 11. There is only 1 unique solution.
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Try to design a uniquely solvable masyu

Warning: extreme difficulty Does there exist a 6x6 masyu puzzle with one black pearl in each row/column (without any white pearls) which is uniquely solvable? What about for 7x7 grids? In fact, what ...
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Wumpus-hunting Masyu

You are an explorer looking to capitalize on a cave you've discovered. The goal is to construct a pathway that visitors can take safely. The problem is that the cave is full of dangers, including a ...
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Which number goes in the square with the question mark?

My friend, who loves puzzles as much as me, gave me this image this afternoon. My friend game me a hint: Skyscraper, which, as Daniel Mathias pointed out in the comments, is a type of grid puzzle.
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Square Spin #4: Rude Awakening

Square Spin History: #1>#2>#3>#4 New Rule This puzzle introduces a new square type: Lonely squares (Ly) Lonely squares This type of square contains a box and it is ...