Puzzles

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The little ones

Until today in some villages and towns of the Erzgebirge on Advent Sundays carolers go with a lantern and a shiny star from house to house and wish with festive songs and chants its residents a blessed Christmas season. Rarely seen outside of the Erzgebirge in many Erzgebirgian homes you can find these little singers as wooden figurines. They are found on pyramids or musical clocks, next to a light house church or a church made of wood, on tablecloths, or even on napkins ...

Our puzzle has do with an entirely different kind of little ones:

Fill the grid with numbers (0 is allowed). Some numbers are already given. A number beside an arrow indicates how many numbers are smaller in the arrow direction. An arrow points never to a cell with the same number.

The little ones

The unvisible bridle path

A popular motif of Nutcrackers are Olbernhauian riders. Our rider has ridden on the puzzle grid, but which way he has taken?

Draw the bridle path, with the following rules:

  • The start is in the top row.
  • Start and finish cell are different.
  • The path is exactly 49 fields long.
  • The path must be connected horizontally or vertically, it must not touch or cross itself.
  • The numbers in the grid indicate how many cells of the path are horizontally, vertically or diagonally adjacent to the number.
  • The bridle path does not go through cells with a number.

The unvisible bridle path

The Smoking Fishman

Fish plays at Christmas in the Erzgebirge a large role. Fish belongs to the mandatory parts of Neinerlaa, the most important feast of Christmas on Christmas Eve. Yes, the Erzgebirgians eat at Christmas herring. The feast must contain something that can fly, as well as something that can walk on earth and something that can swim. Since it is no wonder that there are also incense smokers of fisherman profession. Our puzzle is also about fishing.

All fish in the grid is already caught and hung from a hook. The anglers are outside of the grid. There places are marked with numbers. A number indicates how long the fishing line. The field with the fish is included in this total. Fishing lines running horizontally and vertically (not diagonally). They do not cut as well as not overlap. Each fish hangs on just one hook. Draw the location of the fishing lines!

The Smoking Fishman

Christmas Matins

In the early morning of the 25th December brass choirs are playing Christmas songs in many villages of the Erzgebirge. They start usually at 2 clock in the morning. In addition, church bells invite the people for the Christmas Matins. The Christmas Matins start usually 5 clock in the morning. In this Matins the people celebrate the birth of Jesus. There is for example a play of the Christmas story, the people sing old Christmas and miner songs.

The gift giving is traditionally done after Christmas Matins. In the Erzgebirge comes Rupprich and Bornkindl (not Santa Claus). The first cut of the Christstolln, in the Erzgebirgewith fewer spices and more butter than in Dresden, is traditionally after Christmas Matins.

Today's picture shows a music box with a motif of the Christmas Matins in Seiffen. The children have erzgebirgian Matins lanterns. It is customary to go with those lanterns to the Christmas Matins.

Today's puzzle is as colorful as the clothing of the participants of the Christmas Matins and the Matins Lanterns:

Fill out the grid with tetrominoes (4-units) in the colors red, blue and yellow. Tetrominos with the same color can only touch on the corners. The red, yellow and blue arrows indicate which is the color of the next tetromino in the specified direction.

Christmas Matins

Colorful Saxonian Sextuplet

Celery root is one of the nine components of the Neinerlaa, the traditional meal on Christmas Eve in the Erzgebirge. Usually it is served as a salad. Celery has as each of the nine components of the Neinerlaa a meaning, it should provide for the blessing of children. In our case, the celery has produced sextuplets. So six puzzle species are combined in our puzzle.

Fill out the grid with tetrominoes (4-units) in the colors red, blue and yellow. Tetrominoes of the same color can touch each other only on the corners.

  1. Pastel Garden: The red, yellow and blue arrows indicate which is the color of the next tetromino in the specified direction.
  2. Don't Arrows: The black arrows are banning arrows. In direction of the arrow the color of the cell with the arrow may not occur again.
  3. Colorful Borders: An orange line is between a red and a yellow cell, a green line between a yellow and a blue cell. A purple line is between a blue and a red cell.
  4. Kinshi: The tetrominoes on the edge indicate a tetrominos that you can not see in the row or column. You can also see no part of it. The tetrominos on the edge could be rotated, but not be mirrored.
  5. Color square: The colored squares on the edge indicate the color of the first square (2x2 tetromino) in the column or row.

Views

This puzzle raises a view at a pyramid in Carlsfeld, which faces the Trinity church. Carlsfeld is located directly on the ridge of the Erzgebirge and a popular entry point for cross-country skiing. But our puzzle not only shows a view on this pyramid, but also even and odd views.

Fill in the grid with the numbers 1 to 6. In each row and each column, each number occurs exactly once. The even numbers in the margins indicate which is the first even number in the corresponding row. The odd numbers indicate which is the first odd number.

Blicke

Cinderellas Doro

For some reason, you will find fairy tale characters (except of Nutcrackers and several dwarves) only sporadically during Mannlzeug. But our Cinderella takes care of something that is very important for the Erzgebirgian Christmas, namely lentils. In many families they are one of the nine parts of the Neinerlaa. The Erzgebirgians say in the next year they will bring coins into the house (other families eat for this purpose millet). Like Cinderella, we have something to sort in our puzzle.

There are three forms (triangle, circle, square) in three colors (red, blue, yellow). Place in each row and column three of the colored forms, so that all forms are different, but have the same color or the same form. The three border forms say, that in this column or row the forms have to be the same.

Cinderellas Doro

The smoking gardener

Raachermannl is the local name of incense smokers. There origin is the Erzgebirge. The first time they were mentioned around the year 1830. Old smokers show only professions and motives of the village life. Our smoking gardener fits into this tradition. His head smokes due to the following puzzle:

The grid contains small gardens. These are rectangular green areas, which are separated by hedges. Each garden contains exactly one number. This number represents the number of fields in this garden. The gardens may not touch each other than at the corners. Each 2x2 area contains at least one garden field. Find the gardens.

The smoking gardener

Overkropki

Fill the grid with the digits 1 to 9. Each row and column box has no number repeated. If the difference between two cells is 1 then there is a white dot. If digit in a cell is the half from a neighboring cell then there is a black dot. The dot between two cells with 1 and 2 can have any of these two colors.

Overkropki

Kropki Kakuro

Fill in the grid the numbers 1 through 9. 2.The sum of each vertical or horizontal block equals the number at the top or on the left of that block.

If the difference between two cells is 1 then there is a white dot. If digit in a cell is the half from a neighboring cell then there is a black dot. The dot between two cells with 1 and 2 can have any of these two colors. If there is no dot then neither the difference is 1 nor one cell the half of the other.

Kropki Kakuro

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