Puzzle 551: Process of Illumination 40

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Monday Mutant 109: Process of Illumination (queens)

In this Process of Illumination puzzle, every light bulb illuminates its own cell, plus all other cells in an uninterrupted horizontal, vertical, or diagonal line, up to the perimeter of the puzzle, or a black cell (whichever is closer). (In a regular Process of Illumination puzzle, the light bulbs operate like chess rooks; here, they function as chess queens.) The rules are otherwise unchanged.
I feel like I should point out that, unlike MellowMelon's queen-themed puzzle, the numbers still refer only to bulbs in orthogonally adjacent cells, and not diagonally adjacent ones.

Contest 5: Letting Individuals Think Separately (RESULTS!)

The deadline has passed for Contest 5: Letting Individuals Think Separately. In this contest, entrants had to solve a Tetra Firma puzzle and answer a bunch of questions relating to how I will run this blog, including the prizes in the contest and whether puzzle 575 will be giant or not. The results are in! Who is the winner?

Warning: the following results contain spoilers (obviously)! If you wish to solve the contest puzzle yourself, please do so before reading on!

Monday Mutant 108: Pearls of Wisdom (total / minesweeper)

In this Pearls of Wisdom puzzle, there are no clues inside the grid. Instead, you are to both draw a loop and place black pearls and white pearls in every cell that could legally contain one. A number represents how many pearls are in cells which share a corner or an edge with the cell containing the number; the loop may not pass through a cell containing a number.
Boy, is it ever Monday. I had prepared a completely different puzzle this past Sunday, but after test-solving it and modifying it, I decided it didn't belong here on the blog. Maybe I'll let the winners of Letting Individuals Think Separately have a look at it. . . :)

Puzzle 550: Process of Illumination 39

There is a possibility (I'm not divulging how great or how slim the possibility is) that the votes in Letting Individuals Think Separately might prevent me from posting a 31x45 puzzle for quite a while. Better get this posted before the deadline!
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Puzzle 549: Polyominous 52

Speed Demos Archive recently published a speedrun of the Game Boy Color adaptation of the Pokémon Trading Card Game! The mere fact that somebody would plan a strategy for such a luck-based game is mind-blowing, never mind the fact that it's executed in 68 minutes. If you prefer your luck-based speedruns not to involve the Pokémon franchise, might I suggest Clue instead?

Puzzle 548: Eliza Pseudonym of Puzzlania 13

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Rules of Eliza Pseudonym of Puzzlania

Eliza Pseudonym recently made an appearance on a local TV station's game show "Logic or No Logic", where contestants are faced with nine briefcases numbered from 1 through 9, each holding a different amount of money ($1, $2, $5, $10, $25, $50, $100, $200, $250). Contestants get phone calls from a mysterious silhouetted figure known only as The Thinker, and must use his clues to determine which briefcase contains which amount of money. Due to a convenient twist of fate, Eliza won a prize drawing to decide who would get to appear alongside eight local celebrities to hold the nine briefcases. From the clues below, determine which person held which briefcase, and how much money was in each one.

1. Maui Handle, normally the master of ceremonies on "Logic or No Logic", was assigned by the producers to hold a briefcase on this episode. Maui's briefcase had precisely 10 times as much money as Eliza's briefcase. The numbers on Maui's and Eliza's briefcases had a sum of 10; Maui's briefcase was higher-numbered than Eliza's.
2. Morton Ramey, the fiery host of the reality series "Purgatory's Kitchen", had less money in his briefcase than Wilt Quinn, the leader of the Puzzlania Quilt Guild; Morton's briefcase's number was also exactly one-third that of Wilt's.
3. Annie Malone runs a local pet store which Eliza and her friends have patronized in the past; Annie's briefcase did not bear the number 5, and did not contain the $25 prize.
4. Haleigh Hawthorne plays the character Harmony on the soap opera "The Middle-Aged and the Narcoleptic"; in addition to being the only person with the same first and last initial, Haleigh held the only briefcase with the same number on it as the amount of money (in dollars) inside.
5. Mark Green, a vocalist who rose to fame on "Puzzlanian Idol", held a briefcase numbered exactly one higher than Haleigh's briefcase.
6. Moira Jackson, a veteran cruciverbalist who has become involved in the League of Puzzlers of the Nation in recent years, had a lower-numbered briefcase than the one containing $200 (which was not briefcase 9).
7. Floyd Webster, a renowned performer at the Euterpean Theatre, had more money in his briefcase than Moira, but less money than briefcase 5. Floyd did not hold briefcase 9.
8. The amount of money (in dollars) in briefcase 4, multiplied by the amount of money (in dollars) in briefcase 7, is a perfect square.

Monday Mutant 107: Streampunk / Tetra Firma

Shade in tetrominoes such that the black cells are all connected to each other through their edges, and no 2x2 cell area within the grid contains all black cells. No two congruent tetrominoes may share an edge, even if they are rotated or reflected versions of each other. Numbers in a cell indicate the sizes of the orthogonally contiguous groups formed by black cells sharing a corner or an edge with that cell. For example, "3" means that the cell shares a corner or an edge with three black cells, and they form a single group, whereas "1 3" means the cell shares a corner with four black cells which form a group of three cells and a single separate cell. Cells with numbers cannot be black.

Monday Mutant 106: Streaming Content / Tetra Firma

Shade in tetrominoes in simultaneous accordance with the rules of Streaming Content and the rules of Tetra Firma. (As the grid isn't partitioned into regions, the rule of Tetra Firma that every region contains one tetromino is waived.)

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