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Tuesday Teaser #2

I'm nervous. Did I set the bar too high last week? What are the high expectations for, specifically?

Okay, I shouldn't worry that much. My viewers (readers? visitors?) want me to do a good job, but they won't call me out on doing just an okay job. I have plenty of material, and I'm sure you'd be just as happy to see it if it weren't on a schedule.

So without further ado-
Double Fillomino
These are two Fillomino puzzles. They have the same clues, and there's a reason for that. The left one is normal, while the one on the right, helpfully labeled "Toric," is one of grandpascorpion's variants, Wraparound Fillomino. (I was also a little worried about having broken the symmetry, but none of those in his entry have perfect symmetry either.)

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motris
Aug. 19th, 2009 12:18 am (UTC)
The puzzles solved alright. The highlight of course is getting a grid to work in two very different ways with just the introduction of wrapping.

While I think I see where you started the construction at the top/bottom of the two grids, did you have to focus a lot on the Toric grid and then tweak to get it to work as a regular? I found a lot of the Toric steps much more subtle than I would have expected.
cyrebjr
Aug. 19th, 2009 01:36 am (UTC)
Subtle... right. Really, what I did was lay shared clues into the grids and see how far they could be solved. Work went much faster on the Regular grid because the edges directed a lot of the flow, so I had to tweak that one because the Toric grid was slightly crowded in the upper center.

What I mean is, it's not so much that I put subtle steps in as I take simple ones out. Explains a lot, really.
motris
Aug. 19th, 2009 01:42 am (UTC)
Cool. However the sausage was made, it was a very interesting result and I enjoyed solving them.
ertchin
Aug. 24th, 2009 04:55 am (UTC)
Toric puzzles always bend my brain in a good way.
thesubro
Oct. 15th, 2009 04:13 am (UTC)
Nice Fill-Em-In-Os
I avoid standard Filliminos, as they get either boring or start using really long and winding blocks to push the solver. I tolerated your standard one (a fine example, but as you note yourself, the walls push the action along), with great anticipation of the Toric. You delivered well. Very fun to solve both.

Take the walls away and the softer interactions between the developing blocks compel you to "see the board" more as it solves out.

Thanks for creating these.

Ken

*** How many could have created it?
... how many could have solved it?
How wonderful for both.

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