30 July 2014

Everything is Awesome

Title: Everything is Awesome
Rating: 3/5

Product rating 3

This week offers another product puzzle whose title is inspired by blocks.

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.

23 July 2014

Candy Center

Title: Candy Center
Rating: 4/5


 
Sum puzzle rating 4


One of the earliest puzzles of any type that I created, this happens also be one of the hardest.  Enjoy the treat.

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.

16 July 2014

Five By



Title: Five By
Rating: 3/5

alt, rating 3


For a change of pace, here's an alternate puzzle.  Brainfreeze Puzzles recently released a book with 10 X 10 puzzles with pentomino blocks.  Having seen test runs of such puzzles a couple of years prior to that, I decided to see what that style of puzzle would look like with overlapping regions in a standard 9 X 9 board.  I created four such puzzles; this is the first.



The official rules:
  • The digits 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 appear in the above puzzle.
  • Each shaded region contains exactly one of each of the digits 1 through 5.
  • No row or column can contain more than two appearances of any of the digits 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
  • Squares with multiple colors contain a number that’s used in both of the associated adjacent regions.

09 July 2014

Mai Tai

Title: Mai Tai
Rating: 2/5

Mix rating 2

A tropical cocktail made from rum, Curaçao liqueur, and lime juice, garnished with pineapple.

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.

02 July 2014

Jenga

Title: Jenga
Rating: 1/5

Product rating 1
A fairly easy product puzzle this week, one where choosing the right point to start causes the rest of the puzzle to topple quickly afterwards.

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.

25 June 2014

Flower

Title: Flower
Rating: 3/5


 
Sum rating 3


Instead of the usual four colors, this one has a fifth (in the center square).  The center square belongs to both the region that goes through it horizontally and the region that goes through it vertically.  The fifth color is also the average of the two colors that correspond to those regions.

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.

18 June 2014

Oatmeal Cookie

Title: Oatmeal Cookie
Rating: 3/5
mix

Word has it that this drink tastes similar to the snack.  Its mixture of Irish cream, butterscotch schnapps, Kahlua, and Jägermeister make me doubt that the claim is true.  If someone wants to make one for me though, I'm happy to try it.

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.