Puzzle 58 – Metas

Although this is supposed to be a Friday puzzle, many people are not familiar with the idea of metapuzzles. If you are, feel free to skip to the bottom block of text.

As many of you know I like hunt-style puzzles (examples from me, Thomas Snyder, and Grant Fikes) in which instructions are not given, and the puzzle leads to a one word answer.

Often in puzzles like these, there are puzzles called “metapuzzles”. These are puzzles that take a lot of answers, and has a new one word answer.

Here is an example:

  • Mammal
  • Voodoo
  • Daddy
  • Eerie

One would be given these words and need to find an answer. So first, you might notice that each of these words has some letter way more than usual. For example, “Voodoo” has 4 ‘o’s in a 6 letter word! This seems significant. Taking the letters that appear the most in each word gives M-O-D-E, and since the mode is the most common element of a set, this is a suitable answer.

If you solve each meta, you can choose some puzzle type or variation you’d like to see me make on this blog. To start, enter the word “mode” with no caps under the page “Meta 1” under “Menu” in the top right corner.

Puzzle 57 – Nurikabe [META]

This is a Thursday nurikabe puzzle, with the clue removed. You must figure out what clue can be placed in which cell in the grid to make a uniquely solvable nurikabe puzzle.

Why Thursday? The two tapas count as Tuesday and Wednesday level (but mostly because the Wednesday level slitherlink I was planning on broke)

EDIT: A 38 clue doesn’t count. There must be at least one black cell in the solution.


Wow, the entirety of this week came out harder than intended.

Puzzle 56 – Tapa [META]

Alright, I’m finished playing with formatting. I really liked the old theme I had, but it kept randomly deleting posts and messing up my formatting…

This is a Tuesday tapa puzzle. This is different from a metatapa you might have seen if you took the USPC this year. Instead of oddly shaped grids, the grids are regular. The positions of all the clues are given to you, but there is only one way to set each all of the clues to make a unique tapa puzzle. If you are still confused, see the example below:

In the example and the first puzzle, it could be possible to just check each of the 5 and 115 possibilities respectively, but the last puzzle has way too many to check (12167) without using logic. I included these two puzzles because the first might give insight on solving the second. If you want a challenge a bunch harder than Tuesday level,  start with the bottom one.