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Fillomino-Fillia 2 Preview Series: Skyscraper Fillomino

This is a skyscraper Fillomino (AKA Polyominous). The numbers in the grid should be treated as building heights. Numbers on the outside of the grid tell how many buildings are visible when looking from that direction. A building obscures all buildings behind it whose height is equal to or smaller than itself.
Answer Entry: Enter the units digits (last digit) of the number in each circled cell starting with the leftmost column and going right.

Highlight to see the answer: 64816117

Fillomino-Fillia 2 Preview Series: Walls Fillomino

This is a walls Fillomino (AKA Polyominous). A pair of cells with a thick border between them must contain different numbers.
Answer Entry: Enter the units digits (last digit) of the number in each circled cell starting with the leftmost column and going right.
Highlight to see the answer: 15321848

Fillomino-Fillia 2 Preview Series: Sum Fillomino

This is a sum Fillomino (AKA Polyominous). The grid contains some cages. The number at the top left of each cage gives the sum of all numbers that appear inside of it. Numbers may be repeated in cages.
Answer Entry: Enter the units digits (last digit) of the number in each circled cell starting with the leftmost column and going right.
Highlight to see the answer: 33751242

This variant will be featured on a "Best of Fillomino-Fillia 1" page, alongside a Cipher Fillomino.

Fillomino-Fillia 2 Preview Series: Classic Fillomino

This is a classic Fillomino (AKA Polyominous), operating by the classic rules.
Answer Entry: Enter the units digits (last digit) of the number in each circled cell starting with the leftmost column and going right.
Highlight to see the answer: 43446462

Fillomino-Fillia 2!

Remember Fillomino-Fillia? Palmer Mebane and I are proud to present Fillomino-Fillia 2! I was hoping that Norzman, the guy who designed the shirt I'm giving away for ChipIn for Children's Charities, might have time to create some new artwork for this sequel to keep things feeling fresh, but it was not meant to be. Don't let the old artwork fool you, though; the puzzles will be entirely fresh! The answer entry mechanism will be different, too: now you have to enter merely 8 digits instead of 20. Other fresh things will be present, too.

Just like last year, we'll be posting preview puzzles on our blogs to help you be prepared for the excitement to come. Keep an eye on this blog and on Palmer Mebane's blog this week!

ChipIn for Children's Charities: I'm speedrunning Super Mario World!

I've recently made an exciting deal with dethwing, a member of The Grey Labyrinth and of BoardGameGeek who also dabbles in speedrunning: I will participate in a 96-exit race of Super Mario World on SpeedRunsLive! This huge race is apparently part of a marathon, and will take place at approximately 10:05 PM (Eastern time) on November 3 according to this schedule. I hardly expect to win, or even to be in the top 50%, but dethwing has given me huge incentive to practice: he pledges to donate $1 to ChipIn for Children's Charities for every minute faster than 2 hours 30 minutes my final time is (up to $30 if I can break 2 hours)! The current world record is a staggeringly fast 1:25:43; I am assured that once I've mastered the art of not dying, the 2:30:00 mark will be a piece of cake. As such, I will try to practice the game a lot over the course of the next few weeks. Who knows, I might even try to give something away while I'm racing. . .

If you want to watch your favorite logic puzzle author absolutely fail at video games, I'll be streaming some practice sessions, and ultimately my live performance during the race, on http://www.twitch.tv/mathgrant. If you have a twitch.tv account, I won't be offended if you decide to follow me. I'll likely also post about the race on Twitter, too. Oh, and if you're feeling generous, maybe you can pledge even more incentive for me to practice. That would be nice. My ultimate goal is to raise money with this fund-raiser; playing Super Mario World is merely a means to that end. :)

Puzzle 577: Proof of Quilt 9

I'm posting a 10x18 puzzle at 10:18 on 10-18! Aren't I delightful?

Monday Mutant 118: Cross the Streams / 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 to the left of a row or above a column represent the groups of consecutive black cells which are in that row or column. For example, a clue of "3" means the row or column has three consecutive black cells, and a clue of "3 1" means that the row or column has a group of three consecutive black cells followed by a single black cell, separated by at least one white cell. A question mark (?) represents a group of consecutive black cells whose size is unknown; an asterisk (*) represents any number of unknown groups of black cells, including none at all.
Monday Mutants return again!

Puzzle 576: Proof of Quilt 8

Norzman has finished designing the front of the T-shirt I'll be giving away for ChipIn for Children's Charities! I will soon order myself a copy of the shirt; if you'd like a chance to win your own shirt, just solve all three of the contest puzzles! You don't even have to donate! What could be a better excuse to solve puzzles than a free shirt?

Puzzle 574: Ripple Play 7

MellowMelon's posts about the current World Puzzle Championship suggest that there are a lot of 21-themed puzzles this year. As such, I have scheduled this puzzle to go up at 21:21. Hahaha, I am so clever.

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