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Puzzle 475: Fencing Match 45

Merry Christmas! (Well, in the Central time zone, at least. Those of you living west of that time zone still think it's Christmas Eve.)

On this holiday, Christians commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ, who has been alternately portrayed as a generous feeder of the hungry and as kind of a jerk towards tall people. It is also a day when some Christians complain about how secular the holiday has become with its focus on materialism and Santa Claus rather than on Jesus, and demand that the "Christ" be put back in "Christmas". This large puzzle not only puts the "Christ" in "Christmas", but the "mas" as well, or more technically the "más" (the Spanish word for more). Oh, and for those non-Christians out there who are offended to see crosses in a logic puzzle, think of it this way: Christmas is about the birth of Christ, but crosses represent the death of Christ! As such, I'm really offending Christians just as much, if not more.

That paragraph aside, I hope you enjoy this Christmas present from me to logic puzzle fans everywhere.
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Scott said...

On top of that, upside-down crosses are a symbol of Satanism.

Grant Fikes said...

Scott: Are sideways crosses symbolic of anything? :)

james39562 said...

For other ancient religious symbols, check out the half of a sun at the top and bottom of the pages. Which, as it just so happens, Sol Invictus was celebrated by the late Romans as the birthday of the sun soon after the winter solstice, which was adopted by Christians in the celebration of Christmas to attract pagans to the religion.

Grant Fikes said...

james39562: Yeah, it's kind of overwhelming to think about how the historical holidays and their traditions have historically evolved into the modern Christmas and its extremely different traditions.

TheSubro said...

That was a bear of a slitherlink ... not necessarily complex, but when I messed up somehow 2 times, there was a lot of redoing to redo from the start.

Thanks for the holiday fun though.


? said...

i cant solve it :(

Grant Fikes said...

You give up too easily, "?".

Trayton said...

This one was a lot of fun. I liked how "I can't close this loop" portions would chase down corridors between the edge and other regions. Took 75-90 minutes (2 and a fraction bus rides) for me.

Have you checked out Croco-puzzle yet?


Grant Fikes said...

Trayton: I have, in fact heard of CrocoPuzzle, and in fact, back when their site had some English and a unique system where you pay for however many specific puzzles you want (as opposed to their current magazines), I very nearly made a transaction with them. Then I found Nikoli. :) Judging by motris's reviews, their online ranking system is very intriguing, but I have no interest in joining, I'm afraid. Thanks, though!

Oh, and I'm glad you liked my puzzle, too. :)

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