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2012-05-03 06:57 am (UTC)
Good to see all of these again!
Perhaps you remember me commenting on your blog two years ago about this puzzle and how we were unable to logically do the 7th one (team guessed the answer and moved on afterwards). My revenge was two years late, but I made mincemeat of it this time. Though I suppose compared to the me of two years ago my solving is on a different level now.
One thing about this type in general: I know you've mentioned in some of your earlier posts how you like making types that have a single exception in the grid. In this type it's that Syren can touch nodes. I have to confess I'm not a big fan of that kind of rule. Before finding that damn S, solving these puzzles usually has me doing irritating case analysis of whether some particular grid space touching a node might possibly be that S or not. The most enjoyable of these puzzles were 63 and 67, which both went backwards and did not require any of this thinking. Though I do confess 62 was as nice as promised.
Incidentally, for me the difficulty order of 61-66 seemed almost reversed. Probably because the later instances are heavier on the Nurikabe steps, which I am very well-versed in.
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