Jim of KrazyDad.com fame suggested I kick off this blog with an inaugural post to set some sort of direction for it. What I envisioned is being able to provide a venue for established puzzle authors and occasional authors or newcomers to mix it up and just have a place to post puzzles and share them with an audience. That’s what I wanted when I started The Griddle 6 years ago, when a friend helped me get hosting and start fleshing out the site with content and code so that I could share the puzzles I’d made for friends, classmates, and teachers with a whole new audience.
So I guess that’s where I’m coming from as far as the spirit of the blog. As far as actual content and style, I envisioned something more like what Thomas Snyder, Palmer Mebane, and Grant Fikes do, with straight up puzzles, and maybe a bit of editorial commentary here and there. In fact, this puzzle is inspired by puzzle variations seen in motris’s blog, as well as a hybrid type I’ve posted on The Griddle and in Sudoku Xtra in the past. It’s a 6/9 Flip Slithery Sum Sudoku, which is a mouthful.
In this puzzle, simultaneously solve the slitherlink puzzle on the left and the latin square on the right (using digits 4 through 9). As you solve the slitherlink, overlay the loop on the latin square, and it will divide the grid into multi-digit numbers that sum to the totals given. Unlike my previous SSS puzzles, this one has an additional twist where every 6 used for across numbers is a 9 in down numbers, and vice versa.
I’ll still primarily post my puzzles on The Griddle, but I encourage puzzle enthusiasts everywhere to keep tabs on Perplexible. And if you make puzzles and need a place to share them with the puzzle world, you’re more than welcome to join us here.