Puzzle 63 – Sudoku/Fillomino [Mastermind]

This is a Friday puzzle. On the left, there is an irregular sudoku with numbers 1 through 8. On the right, there is a fillomino puzzle. Note that the two solid bars in the fillomino represent borders of some polyomino, in other words, they may not have the same number on both sides. The numbers in the middle represent how many places in that row would contain the same number if the two puzzles were overlayed. For example,  if the sudoku contained “12345678”, and the fillomino contained “12288771” the number in the middle would be a 3, 1 for the ‘1’ in column 1, one for the ‘2’ in column 2 and one for the ‘7’ in column 7.



Now for the solution last meta of last week’s theme. One person noticed that “Metaphor” has the sound of the number 4 at the end, “Tutorial” has the sound of the number 2, and “Don juan” has the sound of the number 1. They were looking to find a 3 in the word “Atypical” and got stuck there.

The trick is that the numbers in question were not 1,2,3,4 but instead 1,2,4,8 which checks out as the sound of 8 appears at the start of “Atypical” which gives us the ordering. Also, each word has exactly 8 characters, so it is natural to index these numbers into the words, giving:

  • Don Juan
  • tUtorial
  • metAphor
  • atypicaL

DUAL which is thematic for the powers of two.




Puzzle 62 – Pentominous [Mastermind]

Ugh.. being sick is no fun.

I have two very fun puzzles to finish the theme which I started what feels like forever ago.

The first is this Thursday mastermind pentominous puzzle. Solve this like two normal pentominous puzzles (see link for rules and example), but the numbers in the middle tell how many corresponding grid cells in that row of the two grids have the same letter . For example, if one row on one side held “XXYZZ” and the other held “WXXYZ”, the clue in the middle would say 2, for the ‘X’ in the 2nd spot, and the ‘Z’ in the 5th spot.

If you are wondering what the letters are, it initially had said “WITTY” on the right, and “PUZZL” on the left, but I had to sacrifice that for more logic of the puzzle. Other phrases which I really thought fit this puzzle were “FILL // IT UP”, “FIFTY // FIFTY”, or “TWIN // FILL”

EDIT: Corrected file to allow for paintfilling


Also, some of you might still be waiting on the answer to last theme’s metas

Here is the solution to meta 4.

Each of the words is in some common ordered sequence, and always appears in the same position in that sequence. For example, Wednesday is always the third day, and April is always the fourth month. Each of these are a different number from one to eight, and putting them in order, and then taking the nth letter of the nth item, gives the suitable answer:

  • Old testament (sections of the bible)
  • oRange (colors of the rainbow)
  • weDnesday (days of the week)
  • aprIl (months of the year)
  • boroN (elements of the periodic table)
  • subtrAction (order of operations)
  • permia(geologic periods of the earth)
  • cruel anD unusual punishment (amendments to the constitution)

Puzzle 61 – Tapa [Mastermind]

These are two Wednesday tapa puzzles. In between the puzzles there are mastermind clues. This means that they add up to the amount of corresponding cells in the two puzzles are either both shaded or both not shaded. In particular for this puzzle, an ‘8’ means that those rows are identical in the two puzzles, and a ‘0’ means that those two rows are inverses of each other.


In last week’s third meta, at first you might have thought there was a typo, as “carries” is a common word, but “caries” is much less commonly known. Normally, if you find something odd in a meta, you’re usually on a good track. In fact, each of the words can have one letter added without changing the pronunciation. Taking the extra letters, “wHine”, “browsE”, “caRies”, “aDd”, which leads to the word “HERD”, however this isn’t correct. Applying this process once more, gives the thematic answer “HEARD”.

Puzzle 59 – Yajilin [Mastermind]

These are two Monday yajilin puzzles. There are numbers in the center to represent how many squares are shaded in corresponding cells of each row.  For example, a ‘0’ means that there are no black cells in that row that would land in the same place if you overlayed the two puzzles.

The answer to the first meta puzzle was: “EASY”. I hope that everyone solved that, but in case you didn’t, it was found by taking the first letter of each word. This was motivated by the fact that they were separated from the rest of the word with a dash, and pronounced as their own syllable. It was also verified because the puzzle was in fact, easy.