This puzzle was written as a birthday present to Zuzana Hromcova. Matus Demiger contacted numerous authors to make a puzzle for her birthday to create a set of 18 puzzles for her 18th birthday. This is my puzzle. It's a standard Fillomino. I think the theming should be clear to everyone. The red numbers have no special meaning for the solve, but you can probably figure out why they are red. I really like how the solve turned out. I hope Zuzana enjoyed it.
Rules for Fillomino
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Nice logic at the end of the solve. I was a little slow to get started, until I noticed that some of the hints that looked far apart were still able to 'influence' each other.ReplyDelete
I often like to place two digits N N steps apart. That way they can never join but still get close enough to influence eachother.Delete
How on Earth did you hold off on the red digits being useful until the end? When I preplace clues, I have to make deductions based on them before I can figure out what the other clues should be.ReplyDelete
From my experience, I use your approach sometimes and at other times I put down the "theming" clues first, but build from elsewhere because the theme itself might not give me the start I want to put into the puzzle. Maybe thats what Bram's done here.Delete
Another possibility is, sometimes, while re-solving a puzzle after creating, you might find an error and have to change things, which can sometimes lead to a complete change in solve path which you can still be happy with.
The reason is actually really simple. I couldn't see any way to create an opening there. Too much space to force the 2 or 4s to do anything useful. And I could place some nice 3 and 4 patterns in the bottom, so I figured i'd work out the top near the end. Most of the construction was trying to work out how to get the top unique, I still had a lot of space to fill. That's why I had the 9. I don't normally go for digits that high in Fillomino.Delete