22 July 2015

Brandy Alexander

Title: Brandy Alexander
Rating: 1/5 


A classic drink, known to Feist fans, fans of Days of Wine and Roses, and others.  It's a mix of cognac, Crรจme de cacao, and fresh cream, garnished with nutmeg.

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.

15 July 2015

Color Blur

Title: Color Blur
Rating: 2/5


One day my older daughter saw me trying (in vain) to come up with a name for this puzzle.  I had some version of writer's block--the kind least likely to matter, I suppose.  I decided to let her name this puzzle, and "Color Blur" is what she came up with.

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. 

08 July 2015

Fundamentals

Title: Fundamentals
Rating: 4/5



This is another toral board puzzle, to join the ranks of Prorus and Circuitry.  As a reminder about the alteration, check out the last rule below.

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.
  • The board is a “toral board,” that is, cells at the end of one row are considered adjacent to those at the beginning of the same row; cells at the end of one column are considered adjacent to those at the beginning of the same column, and all corner cells are considered adjacent. 

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.