Here is what I think is a new type of clue for sudoku. It needs a better name, but I'm calling it a fence pointer for now. If you think of something better, please let me know.
A fence pointer is placed between cells if there is exactly one cell whose value is X that is X steps away from the fence. The fence pointer then has a value of X.
In this proof of concept puzzle, every possible fence pointer has been placed. Outside of the grid, there are two types of clues. The smaller numbers the largest fence pointer in that row or column. The other number is the sum of all fence pointers in that row or column.
In the example above, notice the fence pointers and their values marked in red. Notice also the fence pointers not allowed marked in blue because they refer to more than one cell. Notice also that two different fence pointers could have the same value, as in the case with the twos.
Here's the puzzle:
I'm placing the difficulty level at 2, because I think once you catch on to the rules I think it's fairly straight forward -- but grasping the rules and how you can use them will be new and might warrant a 3. If the concept is worth developing, I'll try to hand select clues to try to make a harder one.
Lösungscode: Row 5 followed by Column 5, no spaces or commas in between. (18 digits)
am 29. Juni 2020, 01:48 Uhr von RockyRoer
updated picture to remove one pointer that pointed to two values.