Friday, 10 March 2017

Two Simple Cipherscrapers

Nothing much here, just two simple skyscraper cipher puzzles.
Skyscraper rules can be found here.

Additionally, the letters A B C D E represent the numbers 1 - 5 exactly once each with no repeats.

I liked how nicely this one turned out with the clue arrangement.

Below is another cipherscraper with the skyscraper clues in a 5 queens pattern. There's a lot of similarities between these two - they're both playing off the same idea. This lower one is just a slightly more tricky use of similar deductions.


Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Find 7 Solutions...

Arrange the three pieces (rotation and reflection allowed) without overlap such that the shape (possibly disjoint) made by the white areas is congruent to the shape made by the black areas.


Find at least 7 solutions. Once you have done that, highlight the text below to see your second challenge.

Find at least 77777 solutions.

Four Birds Plus One

A strange little packing puzzle. The box is 7x7 units large, and all the pieces have whole side lengths in units. There's no trick to the shape of the pieces or the box - what you see is what you get!


Challenge 1: Allowing for rotation and reflection, pack the 4 birds into the box without overlap.

Challenge 2: Allowing for rotation and reflection, pack the 4 birds and the blue piece into the box without overlap.

Challenge 3: Allowing for rotation and reflection, pack the 4 birds and the red piece into the box without overlap.

Challenge 4: Once you've solved the first three challenges, find out which one was actually impossible. What's the smallest size square that challenge can pack into?

A Page of Puzzling

Here's a page of puzzles... solve all the puzzles and find a three word congratulatory message!

Ripple Effect: Islands

Here's a standard Ripple Effect puzzle (rules here), with an unusual irregular shape of many separate islands.

I've presented it in both colourful form and plain white form.