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Leo said...

Ooh, my favorite. I've tried to craft a few myself and discovered it's no mean feat.

What's the general outline of your process? Do you start with a valid configuration that is likely to produce clues and then adjust it as you figure out where to put the numbers? Do you start with an idea of where you want some numbers to be and start growing the n-ominoes from there until they produce enough contraints?

Grant Fikes said...

"What's the general outline of your process? Do you start with a valid configuration that is likely to produce clues and then adjust it as you figure out where to put the numbers? Do you start with an idea of where you want some numbers to be and start growing the n-ominoes from there until they produce enough contraints?"

The latter is more like it. The main point I would like to make is that I don't just construct a puzzle; I construct the actual solving process, which is, in my opinion, absolutely key to a satisfying puzzle. I place numbers where I see that they will contribute to the solving process, and solve as I go. There is very little haphazardness.

A few tips: You don't have to place actual numbers at first; I draw a circle in a cell to represent a cell to which I haven't assigned a specific number, but where I know will have one. If the solving process I'm trying to make requires the number to be, say, less than 5, but I still don't have a specific number yet, I'll note that in the cell. Similarly, you don't have to place all the givens at once, unless you're trying for a superior aesthetic; otherwise, simply place them where and as they're needed.

That's all I know how to say. :)

Leo said...

Ah, wonderful, I think I see what you're getting at. Something like "ok, I want the next deductive step to be that this group is in atari and must extend out here, so let's add a constraint over there to make it so." Yeah?

Grant Fikes said...

I think you've got the gist of it! :D

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