Towards the end of last year Grant Fikes ran a puzzle construction contest on his blog: instructions, results. With the aid of random.org, I managed to defend the title from the previous Logicsmith Exhibition, tied by score with Nikola Zivanovic.
The objective was to construct a 10×10 Masyu puzzle that leaves over a battle ship fleet of empty cells while minimizing the number of clues. That turned out to be quite a fun challenge, and led to some rather nice puzzles, which I didn’t quite expect. I was a bit worried the contest would be won by optimal computer-generated submissions, but it seems no one went to that effort. Instead, I’m left curious as to how close to the optimimum we got with 8+7 clues.
Here are my two submissions (rules).(solve on pzv.jp)
(solve on pzv.jp)
Second to last in the series, this is a Masyu Reconstruction. The one on the contest turned out to be pretty similar in style. The type could also go another way, with a heavier focus on making a puzzle unique with few givens.
Rules Place black and white pearls in some cells to form a valid Masyu puzzle, such that the clues in a row or column are equal to the outside givens in that order.
Here’s a walkthrough for puzzle 20, a small but tricky Masyu that hinges on an obscure technique that I’ve recently failed to explain well. Of course, I encourage everyone to try to figure it out on their own, maybe using the hints from the comments on the original post. Here’s the puzzle, spoilers after the break. Continue reading
Another one from the Masyu series. This one I’m happy with. It just wouldn’t have made a good contest puzzle since no one would take the time to find the logical path.
EDIT: Solve at pzv.jp.
Next in the series of slightly deficient Masyu. Enjoy, nonetheless.
Here’s the first in a series of slightly failed Masyu puzzles. Enjoy!
I came up with the following little Masyu with twisted symmetry while searching for a good example for the rules page. I think you can’t get much smaller without picking up some proper symmetry.