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Diamond Mine (Posted on 2007-06-28) Difficulty: 3 of 5
Each digit in the grid indicates the number of diamonds in its adjacent cells. No diamond is horizontally or vertically adjacent to another diamond, nor can any diamond occupy a numbered cell. Can you find all the diamonds? Two have been added to get you started.

K

L

M

N

O

P

Q

R

S

T

A

2

1

2

1

B

2

2

1

C

2

1

1

3

D

1

2

2

E

2

2

1

2

F

1

2

1

2

1

2

G

3

2

H

2

2

3

I

2

3

2

2

2

J

1

1

Acknowledgement to Oscar A Nawa, whose helpful suggestions for making my original puzzle more challenging have been incorporated.

See The Solution Submitted by Josie Faulkner    
Rating: 4.4286 (7 votes)

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Given diamonds | Comment 13 of 15 |

I noticed that it was not necessary to give us the diamond in DS, but it WAS necessary to give us the diamond in GT.

 

I tried working on the puzzle pretending I didn't know about the given diamonds.  Through the numbers I was able to eventually figure out that there had to be a diamond in DS.  So I didn't need to be given that information.

 

However, I could only get so far pretending I didn't know about the diamond in GT.  I filled in most of the board except for the bottom right region.  I couldn't make any definite conclusions about that area, and when I did trial and error I was able to get more than one arrangement to work there.  But only one arrangement works when you know a diamond is at GT.  So you definitely need that one in order to solve the puzzle.

 

Edited on October 8, 2007, 3:07 pm
  Posted by nikki on 2007-10-08 15:06:57

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