GRIDDLER

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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 filled-in squares (solids), then a gap of one or more empty squares (with dots in) and then a block of five ad­ja­cent filled-in squares. HOW TO EN­TER By post: Send your Griddler, along with your name and ad­dress, to: Griddler 1233, Tele­graph Me­dia Group, Lon­don SW1W 0DT. (We no longer use a PO Box ad­dress. How­ever, en­tries sent to that ad­dress will still reach us.) By email: Scan your Griddler, add your name and ad­dress, and email it to: prize.puz­zles@tele­graph.co.uk. Please write Griddler 1233 in the sub­ject field. Clos­ing date: Thurs­day, June 12. Stan­dard Tele­graph rules ap­ply. STRATE­GIES: First 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 by count­ing from each end in turn. WIN­NER: GRIDDLER 1231

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