01 July 2015

Savoy Affair

Title: Savoy Affair
Rating: 3/5 

A mix of peach brandy, lime juice, passion fruit juice, and Fraise de Bois (strawberry-flavored) liqueur, this seems like the definition of "fruit-forward."

The official rules:

  • The digits 1 through 9 appear in each row and each column exactly once.
  • Digits in each shaded region must add to the indicated sum (denoted by +) or multiply to the indicated product (denoted by *).   
  • Squares with multiple colors contain a number that’s used in the sum/product for adjacent regions of each of those colors.  
  • Remember: numbers can repeat within a shaded region if that repetition doesn't violate the first rule.

24 June 2015

Lighten Up

Title: Lighten Up
Rating: 2/5


Given the desire to have a puzzle where the colors steadily faded as one travels inward, there are lots of un-twisty regions.  Hence the easier rating.

The official rules:

  • The digits 1 through 9 appear in each row and each column exactly once.
  • Digits in each shaded region must multiply to the indicated product.   
  • Squares with multiple colors contain a number that’s used in the product for adjacent regions of each of those colors.  
  • Remember: numbers can repeat within a shaded region if that doesn't violate the first rule. 

17 June 2015

Microscopic

Title: Microscopic
Rating: 4/5



I suppose this one would pair nicely with Petri Dish in name, but it's not quite as difficult as that one.

The official rules:

  • The digits 1 through 9 appear in each row and each column exactly once.
  • Digits in each shaded region must add to the indicated sum.   
  • Squares with multiple colors contain a number that’s used in the sum for adjacent regions of each of those colors.
  • Remember: numbers can repeat within a shaded region if that doesn't violate the first rule.

10 June 2015

Nothing

Title: Nothing
Rating: 2/5 


In the last of the tweaks, this week's puzzle is a mix puzzle with 0 thru 8 instead of 1 thru 9.  And yes, this really is a drink: it's made with Malibu rum, Midori, pineapple juice, and it's served on ice.

The official rules:

  • The digits 0 through 8 appear in each row and each column exactly once.
  • Digits in each shaded region must add to the indicated sum (denoted by +) or multiply to the indicated product (denoted by *).   
  • Squares with multiple colors contain a number that’s used in the sum/product for adjacent regions of each of those colors.  
  • Remember: numbers can repeat within a shaded region if that repetition doesn't violate the first rule.

03 June 2015

Nada

Title: Nada
Rating: 2/5

Continuing the theme from last week's puzzle, here's a product puzzle with one tweak: 0 thru 8 instead of 1 thru 9.

The official rules:

  • The digits 0 through 8 appear in each row and each column exactly once.
  • Digits in each shaded region must multiply to the indicated product.   
  • Squares with multiple colors contain a number that’s used in the product for adjacent regions of each of those colors.  
  • Remember: numbers can repeat within a shaded region if that doesn't violate the first rule.

27 May 2015

Zero Sum

Title: Zero Sum
Rating: 3/5



In the first of three consecutive alternate puzzles, here's a sum puzzle with one small tweak.  Check out the new first rule.

The official rules:

  • The digits 0 through 8 appear in each row and each column exactly once.
  • Digits in each shaded region must add to the indicated sum.   
  • Squares with multiple colors contain a number that’s used in the sum for adjacent regions of each of those colors.
  • Remember: numbers can repeat within a shaded region if that doesn't violate the first rule.