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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Not a crossword

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

An interesting puzzle, basically a kind of maze with limited movements, that resembles a crossword, by Tyler Capp. Link.

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 […]

It takes 17 clues to make a Sudoku

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

The science journal Nature reports that a mathematician has proven that it takes 17 clues to make a Sudoku. Gary McGuire of University College Dublin showed this in a proof posted online on January 1st (apparently he wasn’t partying on new year’s eve). This means that sudoku puzzles with 16 or fewer clues do not […]

Dumb Ripoff Alert

Friday, January 6th, 2012

I just found a book in the Kindle bookstore that (incompetently) rips off some of my sudoku puzzles. The book is called “The Most Difficult and Hardest Sudoku Puzzles” and is “copyrighted” by one Johnny Cohen. Here’s the cover: The cover helpfully informs you that the book is a BEST SELLER. Here’s a sample of […]

Hexadecimal Sudoku

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

At the request of a few persistent (and possibly masochistic) puzzle fans, I’ve added four collections of Hexadecimal Sudoku to the puzzle collection. These are 16 x 16 puzzles that use the 16 hexadecimal digits (0-F), instead of the nine digits used in regular Sudoku puzzles. This is a good puzzle to take on your […]

Sudoku Troubleshooter #4 – XYZ-Wing

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

Troubleshooter #4: XYZ-Wing This is part of a series on puzzle solving techniques. If you are stuck on a particular Krazydad puzzle, drop me a note, and I’ll use this space to help you out. Michael wrote in an email: Dad, Good morning and an early happy thanksgiving. I really enjoy your puzzles and I […]

Kagen Schaefer’s Pipe Organ Desk

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

This is undoubtedly the coolest wood working project I have ever seen. A wooden desk whose drawers emit pipe organ sounds ranging over an octave. Open the doors to play a particular melody, and a secret compartment opens. The password can be changed by turning wood screws on the wooden pneumatic logic board, shown below. […]