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02 March 2012 @ 12:20 am
Friday Puzzle #140 - Big Tent Party (DD Part 4)  
Tents is a puzzle type that seems to me to be close to the top tier of classic puzzles (like Battleships, Skyscrapers, and many others) but somehow always comes up a little bit short as it doesn't seem to offer enough interesting, different logic to be as good as other placement puzzles like, say, Minesweeper or Star Battle (other classics). In the last two Decathlon tests I've explored a slight variation that I thought could add more variety to Tents, although possibly with mixed success. Here are the "big tent" puzzles I wrote for the most recent test.

Place a tent, covering two adjacent cells, next to each tree so that the tent and tree share one edge. Tents can be oriented in any direction but cannot occupy cells containing other trees. Tents do not touch each other, not even diagonally. The numbers outside the grid indicate the number of cells covered by tents in that row or column.




Here, the small puzzle was written to have a clear diagonal theme (and the no diagonal touching rule leads to a zigzag placement in the center). The harder puzzle was written to have a congested center that really has two possible general placements, but where another really cramped zone would be the break-in point. See if you can find which corner has very limited options, to set the center and eventually the rest of the puzzle.

motrismotris on March 11th, 2012 04:10 am (UTC)
Re: The hard puzzle
Thanks for sharing your path, and I'm glad you enjoyed the puzzle.