Monday, November 27, 2006

Wei-Hwa's Puzzle Challenge Number 27

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Bridges:
Construct bridges on the open sea so that each island has the specified number of bridges connected to it.

Rules.
Bridges go vertically or horizonally. If an island is numbered, that many bridges (and no more) must connect to it.

How to Play.
All empty water spaces must be labeled with a bridge before the puzzle can be considered solved. Click on a water space to cycle between bridges and water. The numbers will turn yellow-green or red (depending on whether it is satisfied) when you have constructed all the bridges around that island.

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Saturday, November 18, 2006

Wei-Hwa's Puzzle Challenge Number 26

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Mini Kakuro 4:
Since so many users had problems with the puzzle rendering last week, I've decided to keep them here this week, with 12 more puzzles added for those of you who managed to make them work.

Rules.
Place the given digits into the grid so that no digit appears more than once in any "word" and that the sum of the digits in the word match the indicated sum. For example, a three-digit 8 might be "152", or "215", or "431".

How to Play.
Drag letters from the "palette" on the left into the grid to place them. You'll know you've solved it when all the sums turn green. Click on a cell to get a keyboard-sensitive cursor. You can click on "Shrink" to make the grid smaller (for those of you with small screens).

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Friday, November 10, 2006

Wei-Hwa's Puzzle Challenge Number 25

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Mini Kakuro 3: The twist in these Kakuro puzzles is that low numbers are used frequently, while you only have a few copies of the big numbers.

Rules.
Place the given digits into the grid so that no digit appears more than once in any "word" and that the sum of the digits in the word match the indicated sum. Sometimes there is one digit left over; don't let that rattle you.

How to Play.
Drag letters from the "palette" on the left into the grid to place them. You'll know you've solved it when all the sums turn green. Click on a cell to get a keyboard-sensitive cursor.

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Friday, November 03, 2006

Wei-Hwa's Puzzle Challenge Number 24

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Whyme Rhyme 2: Find the non-rhyming pairs of words that only differ in their first letter, such as LEMON DEMON.

Rules.
The words may or may not be proper nouns. Pronunciations are assumed to be standard American English, but these pairs will fail to rhyme in almost all dialects of English. (For more Whyme Rhymes, check out the archive.)

How to Play.
Simply type your guess in the box. Spaces and capitalization don't count, but spelling does! You can try as much as you want without penalty. If you have solved a puzzle already and want to see the original clue, try parking your mouse over the answer.

In the direction of milquetoasts
A serviceman stationed closer to the tropics
Description for teeth that could be a bit whiter
The right person to be reaching
Famous actor from Sheffield
StarbucksĀ® concoction that isn't very shiny
Attempts to popularize grassy plants
What to press a doorbell with
A new sort of miserable dwelling
Pours out trigonometric functions
Mexican food from a city in central Texas
An amazing thing that one likes better

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