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30 September 2011 @ 02:01 am
Friday Puzzle #121 - Jumping Crossnumber  
I haven't posted a fill-in type puzzle in awhile, so here is one with a twist: some of the entries have some unused spaces. This puzzle type should be familiar to those who competed on the USPC or OAPC in the past. This particular theme should be familiar to those who know a whole lot about the puzzles I've written, and may provide a clue to what I'm working hard on at the moment (besides the SUMS puzzle hunt which has turned my brain to mush the last few days). Enjoy!

Instructions: Place the listed numbers into the grid, reading across and down. Entries may have one of more gaps, including at the beginning and end of the number. Gaps are exactly one square (i.e. no two empty squares can share an edge). Numbers are grouped by their length in the grid.

thesubro on October 2nd, 2011 01:59 pm (UTC)
Great puzzle, good fun ...
Must have made a mistake each of the first 5 times I started this. Hard to clear up an error on these due to the numerous close misses. Had to clear up my head and come back with great focus. Enjoy any puzzle that demands such focus. Thanks.

motrismotris on October 2nd, 2011 04:52 pm (UTC)
Re: Great puzzle, good fun ...
You're welcome. Excellent job on Sudoku A or B by the way.
(Anonymous) on October 3rd, 2011 04:53 pm (UTC)
Working hard?
Hmm, I was reminded of a theme from a particular mutant on a test you wrote last year...I take it we will be running the 2011 Decathalon this year? If so, I look forward to it.

Nice puzzle by the way. Nothing too hard once you got started, although I liked how the 10s couldn't be fully resolved until the end.

Giovanni P.
motrismotris on October 3rd, 2011 05:11 pm (UTC)
Re: Working hard?
Yes, I did write an increasing numbers only Number Skeleton for last year's 20/10 Puzzle Decathlon.... Interesting observation.

My starting point actually begins with the 10s, but indeed the bottom-right of the 10s doesn't resolve until the very end.
(Anonymous) on October 4th, 2011 12:04 am (UTC)
Re: Working hard?
Well, that's what I meant to say. The tens have a fairly constrained way in which they can be placed, but it takes solving the rest of the puzzle to nail down the later digits exactly.

Ours BrunOurs Brun on October 13th, 2011 01:15 pm (UTC)
Re: Working hard?
Speaking of this, it reminded me very much of Serkan's gapped kakuros which often rely on this "start with the longest - end with the longest" thing. In fact, having some experience with these kakuros made this puzzle quite easy. But it was still interesting.