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04 September 2009 @ 12:02 am
Friday Puzzle #13 - Digital Pent-By-Number  
I decided to revisit another variation of mine this week, Digital Paint By Numbers, as I really like the concept and haven't even fully explored it myself yet. I combined paint by numbers with pentominoes in this puzzle, as others have done before for regular paint by numbers, since it helps define what is being painted rather well and adds to the logical possibilities for solving.

Rules: Paint some squares in the grid so that the shaded squares comprise the entire set of pentominoes indicated below the grid. Rotation and reflection of the pentominoes is allowed, but no two pentominoes can touch each other, even diagonally. The clues on the outside of the grid indicate the sum of the digits in connected painted squares in that row/column in order from left to right or top to bottom. At least one unshaded square must separate different sums.

grandpascorpion on September 14th, 2009 12:12 am (UTC)
My only qualm too. (I had never thought I'd say that about one of your puzzles :) )
motrismotris on September 14th, 2009 12:14 am (UTC)
So I guess there is an expectation of "hard" for my puzzles? I honestly have only had about 20 minutes each week to prepare these recently, in part because most of my puzzle writing time is getting 180 calcudoku done right now, so I couldn't experiment as much as I wanted with the design. I knew it was easier but not disgustingly so :).
grandpascorpion on September 14th, 2009 12:24 am (UTC)
Definitely not :) I'm impressed it only took you 20 minutes to do this.