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by Mephisto
Sat 22 Jan, 2011 3:42 pm
Forum: Puzzle (incl. Sudoku) Rules & Tips
Topic: General Puzzle Rules & Definitions
Replies: 15
Views: 28562

Re: General Puzzle Rules & Definitions

Room: A room is a set of (usually) orthogonally connected cells, usually surrounded by bold lines. In some puzzles the diagramm is divided into rooms (e.g. Heyawake, LITS, Country Road), in other puzzles the division into rooms is the solution of the puzzle (Fillomino, Galaxies, Burokku). Area: An ...
by Mephisto
Sat 22 Jan, 2011 1:45 pm
Forum: Puzzle (incl. Sudoku) Rules & Tips
Topic: Tapa
Replies: 5
Views: 24466

Re: Tapa

'surrounding' vs. 'neighbouring' -- maybe 'adjacent'? However, I'm not a native English speaker and can't comprehend all the subtle differences in the meaning of these words.
by Mephisto
Sat 22 Jan, 2011 1:27 pm
Forum: Puzzle (incl. Sudoku) Rules & Tips
Topic: General Puzzle Rules & Definitions
Replies: 15
Views: 28562

Re: General Puzzle Rules & Definitions

"All puzzles must be logically solvable from the information given" -- What 'logically' is depends on the abilities of solver. For example, some of the more complex Sudoku solving methods - e.g. color chains - can be seen as trial & error by an average solver. Any "what if" analysis is some kind of ...
by Mephisto
Sat 22 Jan, 2011 6:22 am
Forum: Puzzle (incl. Sudoku) Rules & Tips
Topic: Tapa
Replies: 5
Views: 24466

Re: Tapa

General discussion: Every rule should define the word "neighbourship". In most puzzles the neighbours are only the orthogonally adjacent cells; in Tapa also the diagonally adjacent cells are neighbours. Since orthogonal neighbourship is far more often used than general neighbourshi, the latter one s...
by Mephisto
Sat 22 Jan, 2011 6:14 am
Forum: Puzzle (incl. Sudoku) Rules & Tips
Topic: Masyu
Replies: 10
Views: 32064

Re: Masyu

"Is is worth stating explicitly that the loop does not have to pass through every cell?" -- Yes. Some redundancy does not hurt, especially if the solver may have some expectations. That a loop must pass through every cell is more common than the oppisite. Another example is "not even diagonally" in ...
by Mephisto
Thu 20 Jan, 2011 2:06 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Tapa Variations Contest V
Replies: 17
Views: 21221

Re: Tapa Variations Contest V

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by Mephisto
Wed 19 Jan, 2011 3:44 pm
Forum: Puzzle (incl. Sudoku) Rules & Tips
Topic: Masyu
Replies: 10
Views: 32064

Re: Masyu

Missing: Diagonal line segments are not allowed (i.e. all line segments must be parallel to the grid lines). Clarification: In all other cells the loop may turn by 90° or may go straights through. In general: Some rules talk about squares, other rules talk about cells. This should be harmonized. Per...
by Mephisto
Tue 18 Jan, 2011 3:43 pm
Forum: Puzzle (incl. Sudoku) Rules & Tips
Topic: Anglers
Replies: 2
Views: 17131

Re: Anglers

Are the squares of the angler and the fish included in the count? On the Puzzle Picnic website, the fish squares are included (although the line goes not "through" the square), but the anglers are excluded (because they are outside of the diagram).
by Mephisto
Tue 18 Jan, 2011 3:33 pm
Forum: Puzzle (incl. Sudoku) Rules & Tips
Topic: Akari (aka Light Up)
Replies: 2
Views: 17922

Re: Akari (aka Light Up)

Suggestion: 1. Light bulbs can be placed in any white square, but a number indicates how many light bulbs are in the vertically and horizontally adjacent squares. -> 1. Light bulbs can be placed in any white square (not only adjacent to black squares). A number in a black square indicates how many l...
by Mephisto
Tue 18 Jan, 2011 1:02 pm
Forum: Puzzle (incl. Sudoku) Rules & Tips
Topic: Slalom (aka Gokigen)
Replies: 23
Views: 294346

Re: Slalom (aka Gokigen)

"Slalom" may be a bad name for "Gokigen Naname". "Naname" means something like "obliqueness". Simon Tatham translated "Gokigen Naname" to "Slant". Moreover, there is another Nikoli puzzle type called "Suraromu" (スラローム) - and "Suraromu" really means "Slalom". See http://www.janko.at/Raetsel/Nikoli/Su...