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If anyone likes the idea of the puzzle things that I'm talking about but has a gut fear that they're all going to be horribly difficult, the daily Ue-ratsel puzzles for 11th April (German time, i.e. now as I type and for the next 22+ hours) are reasonably friendly examples of their designs and are a good way to get started.

Open my walk-through and create an account and be sure that the Highscoretabelle box is ticked so that you can play today's daily puzzles and have your performances rated. The Ue-ratsel puzzles for today are a Doppelstern and an ABCD-Ratsel.

Doppelstern puzzles require you to put 18 stars in a 9x9 grid, such that (a) every row has exactly two stars, (b) every column has exactly two stars, (c) every outlined-in-black shape has exactly two stars and (d) no stars touch each other, even diagonally. There are quite a few Doppelstern puzzles in the Preisratsel archives, but I'd start with this one, starting with the smallest shapes and working from there. Today's Ue-ratsel is little or no harder; practice with the ones in the Preisratsel archives until you're confident.

ABCD-Ratsel puzzles require you to fill a square grid with the letters A, B, C and D so that each letter appears in each row or column a certain number of times and no identical letters border each other, though they can touch diagonally. There are quite a few ABCD puzzles in the Preisratsel archives, but I'd start with this one, starting with the rows and columns with more than half of their letters being a certain type and working from there. Today's Ue-ratsel is larger, but not much harder; the ones in the Preisratsel archives aren't too friendly, in general, but practice with the ones in the janko.at archives until you're confident.

If the principle appeals at all, today's puzzles will probably please in practice!

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