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Yakazu is a hybrid of crossword, kakuro and sudoku (no less). All you have to do is place numbers from 1 to x (x being the size of the entry) in the entries (consecutive white squares, both horizontal and vertical), so that every number is present. Here are two 9x9 grids.

Captivating and addictive!

Rules : Rules of Yakazu

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Puzzle :yaka_9x9_00315.pdf

Solution :yaka_9x9_00315_sol.pdf

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Puzzle :yaka_9x9_00316.pdf

Solution :yaka_9x9_00316_sol.pdf

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I present you this week the Yakazu puzzle. This is one of the new puzzles I have added to my bow this year. It's a logic puzzle that's part Sudoku, part Kakuro and part crossword. In a grid shaped like a crossword puzzle, you have to enter numbers (instead of words). The numbers you have to enter depend on the size of the available space (the sequence of white squares I call an entry). So, for an entry of size 5, you'd have to enter numbers from 1 to 5, and for an entry of size 6, numbers from 1 to 6, etc.. The problem is that very often a cell belong to vertical entry and a horizontal entry, each of which has a different size. For this cell (the one common to both entries), the size of the minimum entry must be adopted. Ex a cell is part of an vertical entry of size 2 and a horizontal entry of size 6 then this cell could have only one or two. Finally, this rule doesn't apply to entries of one cell only, in which case we take the limit of the other entry that crosses this cell. See the rules link below, where everything is explained, with examples of how to solve it.

This game is fascinating, and when I discovered it, it reminded me of the interest I felt when I discovered Sudoku in 2005. But the best thing is to try it out.

Here are two grids, the first of which is 7x7, indicating that the entries will never be larger than 7. The second, more challenging, is 10x14, while the maximum entry size is 9 (i.e. using the numbers 1 to 9).

Rules :Rules of Yakazu

1) 7x7.

Puzzle :yaka_7x7_06760.pdf

Solution :yaka_7x7_06760_sol.pdf

2) 10x14.

Puzzle :yaka_10x14_00729.pdf

Solution :yaka_10x14_00729_sol.pdf

Have a good day.

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I have discovered recently a new exciting puzzle call YAKAZU. It was invented by a French : Patrick Tirone.

This game is a cross between a Sudoku and a crossword puzzle. You have to enter in each segment (consecutive white cells) the numbers from 1 to N (N is the size of the segment. A segment of size 2 will have the numbers and 2 and so on). A cell belongs to two segments, one vertical and one horizontal, so the limit of the cell is the length of the shorter segment. The only exception is for segments of size 1, so the limit is the size of the longest segment of the cell.

What I like about Yakazu is that the grid could have many size. There are 3 6x6 grids and 2 8x8 grid. iit could have many

Beware this game is powerfully addictive. I have done a tuto about the rules and on how to solve it (Rules of Yakazu).

The printable files PDF.

Puzzle: yaka_6x6_00004.pdf

Solution :yaka_6x6_00004_sol.pdf

The printable files PDF.

Puzzle: yaka_6x6_06595.pdf

Solution :yaka_6x6_06595_sol.pdf

The printable files PDF.

Puzzle: yaka_6x6_10177.pdf

Solution :yaka_6x6_10177_sol.pdf

The printable files PDF.

Puzzle: yaka_8x8_04712.pdf

Solution :yaka_8x8_04712_sol.pdf

The printable files PDF.

Puzzle: yaka_8x8_04713.pdf

Solution :yaka_8x8_04713_sol.pdf

Have fun !!!.

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