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Spiral Galaxies Puzzle #4054 by mindnektar
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Joined: 22/05/2011 01:04:56
Messages: 26

Number: Puzzle #4054
Genre: Spiral Galaxies
Author: mindnektar
Appeared at: August 13, 2013

One of the reasons I like this site is that the various solving interfaces work so well. Interestingly (to me anyway), I was only able to solve this puzzle - logically and without guessing or trial and error - by copying it into Paint so I could use a few colored tickmarks in the squares. Once I did that, it was a challenging but never frustrating experience to solve.

Joined: 03/10/2009 15:04:37
Messages: 4

I didn't have that problem with this puzzle, but I have with other 4/5 star Spiral Galaxies puzzles.

I do with there was a way to put colored tickmarks in squares or something similar.

Joined: 13/02/2010 03:36:12
Messages: 101

I used to struggle with Spiral Galaxies on this site for that reason, but there is a way to use the interface well enough:

Use the blue color to mark defined borders as usual. The other colors represent fuzzy borders that are not finished but for which every cell or region surrounded by that color is part of the same galaxy. This is especially useful for large galaxies that can have cells quite far apart from each other but that you wish to mark as belonging to the same one. As borders become known (or known to not be borders), mark them as blue (or erase the non-blue lines). For large puzzles, you can re-use colors for galaxies that are small and far away from each other.

I've had no trouble with being able to notate these puzzles since discovering that method.

Oh, and this puzzle was fun to solve, once you find how to get started

Joined: 05/08/2012 07:18:19
Messages: 17

Sweet idea, that. Didn't think of it myself when solving these puzzles. Thanks for the nice feedback, too!
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