Thomas Snyder Outdoes the NYT KenKen
Unfortunately, all the attention led to the notice of some higher powers. I quickly received a C&D letter from the NYT saying that my posting about the KenKen was likely to cut into their profits from the soon-to-launch 1-900-4KENKEN hint number. I tried to convince them about how brilliant the kenken.com theming of puzzles was, and how I should educate the other solvers of the NYT KenKen to notice these things. They had no idea what I was talking about and said I could not continue to post the puzzles with all the digits in the grid (apparently the rules are different with crosswords).
So, instead of anger, I developed a new goal. Thomas Snyder will now outdo the NYT KenKen. We're going big time, baby!
Since this is only Tuesday, I figured I shouldn't go too tricky. But it is 3/3/(3x3) and I figured I could write a nice themed puzzle for that date. I wanted to make sure my audience got to add and subtract and multiply and divide so I got that all in here too. You can do the NYT KenKen today, or you can do this one. I'll let you vote for the better puzzle.
Rules: Fill each row and column with the digits one to five exactly once. The bold regions indicate the value of a mathematical operation performed on those cells in some order. For example, 33+ means that the 11 digits in that region collectively add up to 33. Digits can repeat within bold regions, but certainly not within rows or columns.