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Monday Mutant 102: Pearls of Wisdom (optional whites)

In this Pearls of Wisdom puzzle, the loop does not have to pass through the white circles; however, when it does pass through a white circle, it must obey the standard rules for white circles.
Lest the African-American community deem me racist for posting a puzzle that suggests that black circles, and black people by inference, are optional. . .

7 comments

Giovanni P. said...

To be honest, I didn't think the "optional blacks" puzzle didn't really live up to the (admittedly high) mark that Melon set with his two entries...

And then I saw this puzzle. Well played Grant. I can only imagine how long it took to get this one right.

Giovanni P. said...

Remove one "didn't", and the above comment ought to make more sense.

Still, not a bad puzzle in both forms. I'd like to see what Melon could do with an "optional whites" puzzle himself now.

rob said...

Even individually, I really enjoyed solving these problems. Sure, they're less works of art than Melon's and the solving path is more down to earth, but I don't think of that as a negative: They solve fluidly and make good use of the rule mutation. They're fun easy puzzles.

Grant Fikes said...

Rob: Hehe. Believe it or not, aside from the chimera gimmick, which definitely caught several people off guard when the second Monday Mutant was unveiled, I agree that these puzzles don't come very dangerously close to outshining MellowMelon's puzzles. Veteran readers will know that I love unveiling chimeras out of nowhere like that. :)

Greg F said...

Definitely enjoyable. I also liked aesthetically how different the solution loops were- it sort of suggests the "character" of the black and white pearls.

Anonymous said...

Great twist. Thanks for the fun!

TheSubro

Stumbler's Rider said...

I solved these on the same sheet using a red and a blue pen. It was tons of fun.

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