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Balance Quest Puzzles

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Whit McMahon, a puzzle constructor, wrote to me recently to share a new kind of puzzle he created last year called Balance Quest®. In these numeric logic puzzles, you fill in blanks so that the sum of each box is made by adding the numbers in the adjoining half-height boxes. Note that some of these […]

Hmm, this maze looks familiar

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

While grocery shopping this evening, I happened to notice a box of Kraft Mac & Cheese that was turned around, with a familiar looking maze on the back. While this maze may look generic to you, it looks quite recognizable to me, because I spent quite a bit of time writing software that produces mazes […]

Masyu puzzles are here!

Friday, May 9th, 2014

I occasionally get requests to add new puzzle varieties to the collection. I have to ignore a lot of these, because there are 24 hours in a day. However, the last request I received, for Masyu puzzles, was hard to ignore, since I’ve enjoyed solving these myself for the past few years, and I’d love […]

BaffleDazzle – an interesting kickstarter for puzzle people

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Path Puzzles

Saturday, February 8th, 2014

Roderick Kimball wrote to tell me about an interesting logic puzzle he’s developed called Path Puzzles. In these puzzles, you must make a path that winds its way from one opening to another on the edge of the grid. The clue numbers tell you how many squares in each row or column are occupied by […]

Systematic Sudoku

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

John Welch writes an excellent blog for advanced Sudoku Solvers called Systematic Sudoku. Every Tuesday he posts a new detailed analysis of a tough puzzle, one of his goals being to understand the comparative difficulties of various sudoku publications. Sudoku difficulty is hard to measure and describe, and different publications (including this website) use different […]

Get started with Jigsaw Sudoku

Friday, September 7th, 2012

I recently added a new puzzle variety to Krazydad, called Jigsaw Sudokus. These are very similar to normal Sudokus. Like those puzzles, each row and column contain all the digits 1 through 9. However, these puzzles are missing the 3×3 blocks found in regular Sudoku. Instead, the puzzles are divided into a set of irregular […]

Solve Krazydad puzzles on an IPad with UPAD

Monday, April 16th, 2012

Lately, I’ve been solving Krazydad puzzles on an iPad, using my finger, or a stylus, rather than printing them out and solving with a pencil. My iPad app of choice for printable puzzles is UPAD, a great little drawing app that works well with PDF files. It is available in both free and paid versions. […]

Perplexible

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

David Millar, of the excellent puzzle site The Griddle, has launched a new collaborative puzzle site called Perplexible. The intent is to provide a forum for diverse puzzle authors to post new creations. I’ve posted an unusual Slitherlink there, and hope to post more unique puzzles, in the future. I occasionally get emails from puzzle […]

Dinosaur Mazes are here!

Friday, January 27th, 2012

I’ve added two new collections of Dinosaur mazes to the puzzle collection, which are great for kids. Each collection contains 50 booklets, with 12 mazes per booklet. Within each booklet, the mazes start out easier, and then get progressively harder. If you’d like to see mazes in other shapes, let me know! Easy Dinosaur Mazes […]