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Minesweeper is a strategy-based puzzle game with hidden bombs in some cells. Certain other cells contain numbers to say how many bombs are adjacent to that cell. The object is to find all the bombs without clicking on one.

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Minesweeper puzzle - Too many twos

A Gobo is caught for leaving the school for the lnternet bar to play computer games without permission. He is asked to solve a problem. Put 4 mines in a 3 by 5 minesweeper grid to fill ALL the other ...
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Maximal sum in 5x5 Minesweeper

How can you place 8 mines on a 5x5 Minesweeper grid such that the sum of the produced numbers is maximal? Are there multiple solutions? Good luck with this!
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Thirteen Minesweeper mines that make seven 5s

Can you place thirteen mines on a Minesweeper grid such that they create seven 5s? The size of the grid can be arbitrary. The mines may create numbers other than 5s, but those are irrelevant. A ...
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Twelve Minesweeper mines that make twelve 4s

Can you place twelve mines on a Minesweeper grid such that they create twelve 4s? The size of the grid can be arbitrary. The mines may create numbers other than 4s, but those are irrelevant. Good ...
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All numbers in a 5x5 Minesweeper grid

Can you place mines on a 5x5 Minesweeper grid such that each number from 0 to 8 appears exactly once? Good luck!
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All numbers twice in a 7x7 Minesweeper grid

Can you place mines on a 7x7 Minesweeper grid such that each number from 0 to 8 appears exactly twice? A similar question about a 5x5 grid: All numbers in a 5x5 Minesweeper grid Good luck!
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Minesweeper challenge #4

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: ...as ...
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Minesweeper challenge #5

Coming back to another Minesweeper challenge... I've run into another "unsolvable corner" (corner of a puzzle where there isn't enough information to be 100% certain that any particular square that ...
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Minesweeper challenge #3

I seem to have run into yet another "unsolvable corner" while playing Minesweeper. The following segment is taken from the bottom right corner of the puzzle. There are 5 mines remaining, and all ...
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Minesweeper challenge #2

Again, I seem to have run into another situation where there doesn't seem to be a definitive set of squares to tap to solve a Minesweeper puzzle. What squares should I tap to maximize my chances of ...
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Is there a definite answer to this Minesweeper puzzle? If not, which square has the best chance of being safe?

I was working on solving an Expert puzzle in Minesweeper, but came across a hurdle in this corner (the top left). Is there a definitive solution to the problem? If so, what is it? If not, which ...
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A question of minesweeper

Here is where I am. Is there a unique solution somehow?
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Variant to Minesweeper

The following game is a variant of minesweeper: There is a 7 by 7 grid of squares. Each square either has a skull or a number indicating the number of squares containing skulls surrounding that ...
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What is the optimal starting strategy in Minesweeper?

Is it better to start in a corner, edge, or any random middle square? If the first square isn't empty, when is it better to click a neighbor vs. another random square? How does the strategy vary by ...
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Highest point in the minesweeper

As most of you know minesweeper is a logic game where mines are hidden in a grid of squares. The object is to open all safe squares in the quickest time possible. Each number tells you how many mines ...
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Lottery in Minesweeper

The question is inspired by this scenario: In this case, we had 2 tiles remaining, and each had the equal probability of being a mine, based on the already deduced information. Thus it was necessary ...
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Optimal next move in minesweeper game?

In order to solve this minesweeper game, what is the optimal next move? A description of the game can be found here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minesweeper_(video_game) I do not have the answer ...
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In Minesweeper, does every bomb have to have at least one neighboring number?

In a classic Minesweeper game (say, the one from Windows), is this situation possible? This is the bottom-right corner of a board: 1 2 2 2 B B 2 B B I'm ...
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The most mines that can be swept!

So the other day I was once again on Minesweeper, just doing my duty and trying not to explode. I had the thought: What is the most amount of mines possible on a logically solvable puzzle? For ...
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How is this Minesweeper position possible?

First of all, sorry for the bad quality of the picture. Now guys seriously what's wrong here! I started playing Minesweeper a few days ago; it's a good game and all, but just check the picture: the 2 ...
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How could I have avoided this mistake in Minesweeper?

The puzzle grid pictured below is a prime example of the classic rush to judgment: I was so sure of my decision, but when I double-clicked to clear more cells, the cell to the left of the one I had ...
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How do I approach a “stuck” game of minesweeper?

I've played many a-game of minesweeper, and I frequently reach positions in which there is no logical, deterministic way to come to a conclusion about how I should solve the puzzle. How should I ...
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How many states can you determine in this game of minesweeper?

In this game of minesweeper, what is the number of unclicked squares whose state you are guaranteed to be able to determine without losing? A square can have one of two states: Mine or Not Mine ...
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Which unclicked squares in this minesweeper game can you guarantee are mines?

i) Which squares in the below game can you guarantee are mines? ii) Which squares in the below game can you guarantee are not mines? A proof is required that your answer is optimal. Hint:
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A Minesweeper Crossword

This is a Random thought that occurred to me. It consists of combining aspects of Minesweeper, Nonograms, and Crosswords together to create this rather interesting and, I believe, difficult puzzle. ...
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What would be your next deduction in this game of Minesweeper?

Currently stuck in this game of Minesweeper. Can't seem to find any openings, so what would be the moves you would take and why?
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Is it always safe to click first in the lower lefthand corner of a Minesweeper puzzle?

I always start a Minesweeper puzzle in Windows by clicking the cell in the lower left corner. Even though I have never seen a bomb there, how sound is this strategy? Is it possible that some time in ...
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Non-unique Minesweeper Solution?

I appear to have encountered a position in which it is impossible to logically determine whether or not a square is a mine. From the research I have done, it appears that a) A unique solution and b) A ...
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What frequent patterns can be used to overcome Minesweeper obstacles?

Minesweeper, to those who do not know the strategies involved, is a difficult game. What patterns exist in the game which I can take advantage of? Meta-context: this question is an offshoot of ...
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Can you create a Minesweeper puzzle with 'information crossover'?

The object of this puzzle is to construct a Minesweeper grid with a special property. The grid can be any shape, but it must have four labeled squares around the outer edge. Like this: The four ...