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Classics Collection: Kakuro

Hi folks,
the Classics Collection continues! There will probably be another Beginners Contest next, but we already have more puzzle types in mind to go on with our series. Kakuro is certainly a “classic” style; it is not particularly rich in solving techniques, but those who enjoy arithmetic-based logical puzzles will typically get what they pay for. Here is the PDF file: Kakuro

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A puzzler’s life, Part 2

Just a few short paragraphs this time. The last two weeks have been somewhat busy for me, but there was just enough time to squeeze in two puzzle contests. My results were ok, given that I had mixed ambitions from the start. The one contest was the fourth round of this year’s Puzzle Grand Prix series, and the other was the German Sudoku Championship which was held as an online event. With the pandemic around, especially the latter should not be taken for granted, so here is a big Thanks to all the authors, organizers and helpers.

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A puzzler’s life, Part 1

Happy Easter everyone!
No puzzles from me today, instead I felt like sharing some assorted stuff. The phrase “A puzzler’s life” is of course not to be taken literally. For the common good we are keeping our contacts down to a minimum, but even so, there is still a life to be lived outside the puzzle world. What I write here (I hope to continue this series) is merely a more or less random collection of experiences and occurrences from my puzzle activities.

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Classics Collection: Easy as ABC

Hi folks,
I am hoping to host another Beginners Contest soon, covering five more classic puzzle styles. That said, here is the next set of our puzzle series: Easy as ABC. This puzzle type goes back as far as I can remember, and it is as basic a logical puzzle style as I can think of.

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Composite Puzzles: City of Circles

Hi folks,
the following is a new creation of mine in the context of Composite Puzzles. Unlike the previous installments of this series, it constitutes a single large puzzle which consists of several smaller components. I encountered the concept – an assortment of smaller puzzles embedded in a larger grid – many years ago. Constructions like this one have appeared frequently in puzzle events, in particular WPC team rounds; the details of how the individual puzzles are pieced together have varied, of course.

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More solving experiences

This is another short review of puzzle events I have participated in. There were three, to be precise, and they all took place two weeks ago: the second round of the Puzzle Grand Prix 2021, a Skyscrapers contest hosted by the UK Puzzle Association, and the online qualifier for the German Puzzle Championship. I was fortunate on several occasions and ended up better than I anticipated in all three of them – it seems I can still live up to my potential every now and then. Before I go on, many thanks to the authors and organizers.