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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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Can you solve this nurikabe puzzle?

Here's a nurikabe for you. Let's see who can solve it first.
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How does one go about creating a new grid-deduction puzzle?

The grid-deduction tag covers puzzles like Sudoku, Kakuro, etc. where the goal is to fill in a grid of numbers [/letters/colours] in a unique way by logical deduction from some predetermined rules and ...
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Hashiwokakero Puzzle

Rules: Connect islands (the circles with numbers) with as many bridges as the number in the island. Bridges can go only in a straight line horizontally or vertically. There can be no more than two ...
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ASCII Art Painting

I've been taking an art course recently, and I met someone who was proficient with grid ASCII art paintings. However, the teacher of the class always seemed to think there was something wrong with his ...
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My featured entry

Mosaic is a Minesweeper-like puzzle based on a grid with a pixel-art picture hidden inside. Using logic alone, the solver determines which squares are painted and which should remain empty until the ...
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Academic Snake Pit

One day, you get lost in the corridors of your new school and accidentally wander into a pit full of venomous snakes. Unfortunately, the pit is deep and you have hurt your leg in the fall, so there is ...
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Incomplete Word Rectangle

This is an incomplete word rectangle: When completed, every row will contain a common English word with four letters, and every column will contain a word with five letters. All of these are common ...
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Sum in a sudoku with sum total of 15 and 45

I have created a sudoku puzzle with the following restrictions: Each row and column sum to $45$. Each row and column in the nine $3$ by $3$ sub-grids sum to $15$. Is such a sudoku unique?...
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Fill the grid (pattern)

Can you guess what comes in place of the question mark? Here's a text-based version of the table: ...
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Special Sudoku, with windows pattern

Solve this Sudoku, with rules : Every blue square means, it is the left-top of a 3x3 block with each numbers [1 to 9] appearing only once there. There is only one unique solution. Check the example. ...
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Simple grid deduction puzzle

I will let you figure the rules of this one yourselves. Here is the empty grid to assist solvers. Here is a text version of the grid: ...
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Election Day is upon us!

Some election mayhem! Any puzzlers here or regulars excited? This is a picross or nonogram, for information about it and how to approach, please go here. Wanted to make my first short and easy ...
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Word Rectangle #2

As with my previous puzzle, this is an unfinished word rectangle: Can you fill in the blanks? When completed, every row will contain a common English word with five letters, and every column will ...
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Fill $N$ by $M$ grid with numbers in such a way that any given cells' neighbors are different

Create an $N$ by $M$ grid with numbers in such a way that satisfies following conditions: numbers should be integers that range from $1$ to $r$. for any cell $C$, all its adjacent neighbors (i.e. ...
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Sums to a square number

arrange the numbers 0 to 9 in the circles below, following these rules : Every row of 3 or 4 circles sums to a square number. Every diagonal of 3 circles sums to a square number. Every green circle ...
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Difference square logic (5x5)

Rules : Arrange numbers 1 to 25 to the squares, and each number only occurs once. Green squares are the difference from its left square and its right square. Green squares are also the difference ...
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Is ambiguity prevention sufficient reason to infer a clue?

I decided to work my way through Simon Tatham's puzzle collection to broaden my puzzling skills, and have reached the game Dominosa I have a subboard below, where I've eliminated the possibility of 9/...
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A game of cricket

This puzzle is part 14 of Gladys' journey across the globe. Each part can be solved independently. Nevertheless, if you are new to the series, feel free to start at the beginning: Introducing Gladys. ...
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SafeCracker #2 - The Mission Continues

Thanks to an alert StackE user, we were able to get the first safe open. Mission Details This next safe is in a former employee's house. He is gone for now, so we have no time to spare. We weren't ...
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Modified Intersection Puzzle

This is a slightly modified version of the Intersection Puzzle introduced by user477343 here. In this case, you are given a $7 \times 8$ grid with circles and boxes provided in some of the cells. ...
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Stuck in 6x6 skyscraper puzzle

I don't know how to continue, can anyone tell me which next number am I able to add? Here is the puzzle (there are clues at edges), and below are possibilities. Feel free to tell me if I made mistake, ...
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Where did my uncle go?

That damned uncle of mine! Running out without telling us has become too commonplace in our house. I did manage to find these two nonograms and a note this time though. "Fear not nephew! I am ...
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Haisu: MathGrant

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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Triple (Almost) Gaps - Schezo's Edition

Today (Mar 16) is Schezo's birthday! Happy birthday my little creeper boi~ <3 Clarifications: $C$ may or may not be equal to $1$. The set actually tells you that at least one of $\{C,M,N,P,R,T\}$ ...
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Haisu: Pink Rose

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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The Terrible Twos of Slitherlink Part Deux

Please read and understand my first question before proceeding. This one should be worse. pdf files I uploaded to Dropbox: Slitherlink of Twos Their solutions These puzzles were generated by ...
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Bullet Drop™ #1

Concept Here is a basic example grid: AB 1\/ 2\/ ×× The player must first modify the grid by switching the slashes \ and <...
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Can someone, please, help me to solve this level of the game „Flow Mania”?

It's very hard for me to solve this level. I just can't figure it out! Rules: Draw a lines to connect like-colored dots. A complete solution will utilize every empty square in the grid.
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Find the ? in this grid

Find question mark in this grid with numbers. csv version: 9,6,7,3 2,4,7,6 4,1,5,8 3,0,3,? Hint: You use all numbers to find ? and it is much more simple ...
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Modified Futoshiki

This is a modified Futoshiki Place the numbers 1 to 5 such that each row, and column contains each of the digits 1 to 5. Squares with same color, contains each of the digits 1 to 5 too.
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Can you solve this kakuro puzzle?

This kakuro puzzle comes from the newest edition of Topple, an indie puzzle magazine I run. For those who are unfamiliar with kakuro, here are some instructions: Kakuro consists of a blank grid with ...
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Treasure of the fancy island

The colored rectangle below is the map of a fancy island. There is a treasure hidden there, but instead of the usual X on the map to depict the location of the treasure you have the following clues ...
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Sto-stone puzzle

Sto-stone is a puzzle made by Nikoli. Here are the rules: You must color the cells with black with the following rules: There are rooms enclosed in bold lines. The number on the room shows the ...
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RPS Trinity - Teddy and Her Ribbon

The Rules of RPS Trinity: You are given a board with its tiles colored either black or white. Put Rocks (denoted by letter R), Papers (denoted by letter P), and Scissors (denoted by letter S) on ...
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Flow Free Favourites

Recently, I have been amusing myself with the interesting puzzles provided by the excellent Flow Free puzzle app. Since I couldn't find a way to bookmark my favourite puzzles, I took up a habit of ...
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Another Determinant Sudoku

sudoku-determinant have been described well here : The Determinant Sudoku I have created another one. Number in the center is the value of the determinant Numbers 0 to 10 are the values of the ...
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Fill up the grid with the letters 'P', 'U', and 'Z' in the following way

Fill up the grid, , so that the letters '$P$', '$U$', and '$Z$' occur the same number of times both column-wise and row-wise, as well as diagonally for all diagonals with a number of cells that is a ...
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What in this world is she trying to say?

I happened to meet one of my friends after about a couple of years. Obviously we both were very happy, but still, she didn't leave her habit of challenging me to decipher what she was saying. I ...
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36-length snake in a 6x6 grid

Based on https://brilliant.org/weekly-problems/2017-05-29/advanced/?p=4 We need to fill a 6x6 grid using the numbers 1-36, each cell having a single unique number, such that: Every two consecutive ...
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Square Spin #1: Sun and Moon

Defining Square Spin Lets play a game! The aim of this game is to transform one image into another using the least amount of moves possible. Here is what a move consists of: ...
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What is the answer to this IQ test problem?

What is the answer to this IQ test problem? Justify your reasoning.
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Fill the table so every consecutive 3 numbers sums to 50 or 100

Arrange numbers 1 to 40 to the table with rules: Multiple of 4 Numbers and some perfect square numbers are already there as guide. Every 3 consecutive numbers with pattern white-yellow-white, must ...
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Albrecht Durer Inspired Magic Square

A magic square is an n-dimensional matrix in which each row, column, and main diagonal sums to the same 'magic number' (denoted by s). A normal magic square uses each of the numbers from 1 to n ...
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An unknown Cryptogram

I would like to say : vyycd gow mcgr uuey
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Move 2 or 3 spaces in this 5 by 5 grid

You have a 5 by 5 Board as shown. You start from the S (Center) position. You can: 1 Move TWO or THREE spaces only 2 You can move Vertically or Horizontally or Diagonally but only in a straight ...
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Very tricky nonogram - where to go next?

I've become somewhat addicted to Simon Tatham's "Pattern" (nonogram) puzzles recently. I thought I was becoming fairly adept with them, but this unusually difficult one has me stumped. I've got as far ...
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4x4 square mapping to tick

I cannot see any pattern in how the top left box maps to the top right box.
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Does it exist a way to solve visually by using a grid or to find the truth among a set of five people telling different statements?

I am having problems with trying to solve this riddle therefore I am looking for help. The situation is as follows: At a semiconductor laboratory in Hsinchu a security guard caught five ...
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Solve the pattern! (game)

Okay, so this is based off of https://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/puzzles/js/pattern.html And, my cousin made a random pattern and gave it for me to solve. Unfortunately, the logic is ...
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Numberlink strategy

Note: This is not asking for a general strategy, you can find that here. Is the following a valid strategy in solving Numberlink (Flow Free) puzzles (I like to call it 'unwrapping the grid'): ...