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 1343, Tele­graph Me­dia Group, Lon­don SW1W 0DT. By email: Scan your Griddler, add your name and ad­dress, and email it to: prize.puz­zles@tele­graph.co.uk. Please write Griddler 1343 in the sub­ject field. Clos­ing date: Thurs­day, July 21. The win­ner will be the first cor­rect Griddler drawn. 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 1341

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