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25 February 2011 @ 12:10 am
Friday Puzzle #90 - Thermo-Sudoku  
Last week I presented a new Tapa variation, based on a puzzle style created by Serkan Yurekli. Serkan is also the editor of one of the puzzle magazines I get from overseas, Akil Oyunlari (warning: Turkish ahead). Most of the puzzle content in this magazine is language-neutral and nicely hand-crafted. (There are a few exceptions, with a language-specific word puzzle here and there, and some Conceptis stuff that is clearly labeled, but the good stuff is easy to find.) I contribute from time to time, with puzzles of all sorts.

Akil Oyunlari recently launched an English-language blog to help foreigners get the magazine and find linked translations of the instructions/interviews that happen each issue. They also released a 12-page sampler if you've never experienced it, although at the moment this sampler has no English instructions which you might want for the least familiar types.

This week's Friday Puzzle consists of two Thermo-Sudoku I originally wrote for Akil Oyunlari, that just happen to be at the front of that sampler. So try out my puzzles, and then try the others too.

Rules: Place a digit from 1 to 9 into each cell so that no digit repeats in any row, column, or bold region. The digits in the thermometer shapes must be strictly increasing in each cell from the round bulb to the flat end (ie 12568).

akiloyunlari: ?akil_oyunlari on February 25th, 2011 11:37 am (UTC)
Thanks for mentioning our blog, today I will add the PuzzleWiki links of the sample puzzles. I didn't have time earlier and uploaded the file in a hurry upon request.

play_sudoku on February 25th, 2011 06:31 pm (UTC)
Cool Variation of Sudoku
This one is a mind melter! It adds a great challenge to play sudoku masterfully. I have a comprehensive guide to play sudoku for those interested in getting to this level of play. It's for those that might be stuck or frustrated or just want to learn the basic strategies, along with advanced game play strategies.
Thanks for posting this thermo-sudoku puzzle on this medium motris! I'll be sure to check out your blog too akil_oyunlari. (How is that pronounced anyway?) :)
akiloyunlari: ?akil_oyunlari on February 25th, 2011 07:09 pm (UTC)
Re: Cool Variation of Sudoku
Pretty complicated, akıl is pronounced like uncle without n, but I can never explain the rest :)
motrismotris on February 25th, 2011 07:15 pm (UTC)
Re: Cool Variation of Sudoku
Thanks for your interest in this variation.

I'll add my typical disclaimer though, since half your post is what I'd call spam, that I do not recommend the linked site for learning how to solve sudoku. I have my own free video series online with a few tips on getting started, and can point people towards other open-access tip pages if desired.