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Friday, May 29, 2015

ABCD Slitherlinks (Logical Puzzles Series #1)

In year 2010 there was one competition for puzzle creations. In fact this was competition to create new puzzle variation. This competition was named Contest for Best Logic Innovation. That time I have created many different new puzzle variations and later posted it on this blog. This puzzle type I created for this contest. That time I named this puzzle as ABC End View in Fences. Another name which I could think about this puzzle that time was ABCD Loop. However I am currently naming it as ABCD Slitherlinks as Fences puzzle is more famously known as Slitherlinks now-a-days.
I am re-publishing this ABCD Slitherlinks puzzle as 1st puzzle in Logical Puzzles Series.
Rules of ABCD Slitherlinks
Enter the letters A to C exactly once, in all of the rows and columns. The letters outside the grid show which letter you come across First from that direction. Each letter uniquely corresponds to numbers 1 to 3. Find this correspondence and use the numbers to solve the Slitherlinks puzzle. 
Rules of Slitherlinks
Draw a single closed loop by connecting neighboring dots horizontally or vertically (but not diagonally). A numbered square indicates exactly how many of its edge segments are used by the path.
ABCD Slitherlinks (Fun With Puzzles #1)
ABCD Slitherlinks (Fun With Puzzles #1)

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  1. REQ: Is it possible to post these puzzles in a format where the puzzle can be filled in online? Alternatively, is it possible to offer this as downloadable and editable excel file?

  2. Hi Puneet,
    I am trying to cover as many different variations as possible, so it is very difficult to make the format for online solving. I tried for Sudoku but it took lot of time for writing the Sudoku Applet and still it is not in working condition. If I put the puzzles as editable excel file then puzzle will not be visible here and most of the people will not be able to see the puzzle if they don't have MS excel.

  3. Loving this variant Rajesh.

    About the your comment and the comment by Puneet, one option you could use is Google Docs. You could post both an image copy of the puzzle as well as a Google Docs version with a spreadsheet that can be tried online. Just a thought.

  4. Thanks Puneet an David for your suggestions. I will definitely look to put xls file of the puzzle in future so that one can download and try solving it without taking the printout.

    Google docs share again if I give edit rights, then puzzle will not be same after some time as if one person changes, the change will be visible to others.

    Looking forward for more such suggestions.