# GRIDDLER

HOW TO PLAY BASICS: Griddlers are solved using number clues to locate solids (filled-in squares) and dots (empty squares) to reveal a picture. Each column and row has a series of numbers next to it.these refer to the number of adjacent squares that should be filled as solids. If more than one number appears, that line will contain more than one block of solids. The solid blocks must appear in the order that the numbers are printed. For example, a row that contains the numbers 11.5 would contain, somewhere, a block of 11 adjacent filledin squares (solids), then a gap of one or more empty squares (with dots in) and then a block of five adjacent filled-in squares. STRATEGIES: First look to see if any line has a single clue number bigger than half the length of its line. If there is one, you can fill one or more squares in the centre of the line. Count first from one end, then count from the other end: where two counts overlap, the squares must be solid. If there are two clue numbers, and they add up to more than half the length, a similar technique can be used. Count from each end in turn, counting for each clue number plus one for the minimum blank space between the blocks of solids. Where the same number overlaps counting from both directions (remember to use them in the right order), you can fill part of the clue. HOW TO ENTER Send your completed Griddler to: Griddler 1128, PO Box 602, London SW1W 0WY, by Thursday June 7. The winner will be the first correct Griddler drawn. Standard Telegraph rules apply. WINNER: GRIDDLER 1126