Diamantensuche (Diamonds and Arrows)

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pillsbury474
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Diamantensuche (Diamonds and Arrows)

Post by pillsbury474 » Mon 07 Jan, 2013 12:46 am

Greetings to all the fine people at this site! I am named pillsbury474, after a famous American chessmaster Harry Nelson Pillsbury (1872-1906). I am located in the western US. This is my first post at this forum. I am trying to find examples of a logic puzzle known in German as Diamantensuche. A rough English translation of this would be "Diamonds and Arrows." The object of the puzzle is to find hidden diamonds in a square grid. Each diamond takes up only one square. Some squares contain arrows which can point in any one of 8 directions. Each arrow points to only one diamond. Diamonds are never allowed to be adjacent to each other -- not horizontally, vertically, or diagonally. Numbers to the left of the rows and above the columns show how many diamonds, if any, are in a particular row or column. It's common to mark any squares that cannot contain diamonds with X's to that they are empty. Not every diamond will necessarily have an arrow pointing to it.

I used Google Chrome to translate the index page where I found this puzzle from German to English, where it translates to "Diamond Search." So, I'm looking to find any links to European puzzle pages where I might be able to play this puzzle online. If anyone knows of any such puzzle pages I'd really appreciate it you'd share those links! Thanks!

http://wiki.logic-masters.de/index.php? ... ensuche/de

kiwijam
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Re: Diamantensuche (Diamonds and Arrows)

Post by kiwijam » Mon 07 Jan, 2013 10:48 am

Welcome.
A rare type, there's not much around, but here is a puzzle from the 2002 German Champs:
http://www.janko.at/Raetsel/WPC/039.a.htm
I'm curious why it interests you so?

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Re: Diamantensuche (Diamonds and Arrows)

Post by PuzzleScot » Mon 07 Jan, 2013 11:14 am

This is only one of 1000s of logic puzzle types that have been published. Understandably, not all will make it to applet versions, or even be used a great deal within contests. This is one of those.
On that wiki page, you will see references to the 2002 and 2003 German puzzle championships, where it was used under the name Schatzsuche (Treasure Hunt)
Those puzzles do not exist online anywhere now, but I will email those 2 puzzle grids to you.

The nearest style I can suggest is Sternenhimmel (Starry Sky) on the croco-puzzle site. Look through previous years' Preisraetsel from the bottom of http://www.croco-puzzle.com/Preisraetse ... aetsel.php
The Croco site is in German, but translations of everything are within this very forum. (http://forum.ukpuzzles.org/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=279)

You may also find other puzzles you will enjoy at http://www.janko.at/Raetsel/index.htm and http://www.puzzlepicnic.com/genres

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