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<p>Fill in all cells of the grid so that every row, every column and every 3x3 block contains the digits 1 to 9 once. Make also a dissection of the grid into rectangles, one side of length 1 and the other one of at least 2. Each rectangle contains exactly one of the small numbers. The small numbers represent the sum of the cells of their rectangles.
</p><p><img src="/gif/weihn2009_naked_killer_portal.png" alt="Sum Dissection" /></p>
Naked KillerPuzzlesPuzzle PortalChristmasDissection KillerMon, 21 Jun 2010 15:58:41 +0000Uwe1354 at http://sachsentext.deStrickliesel's thread
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<p><iStep by step inocent womans have conquered the Erzgebirge. This development has started with grandma at the smoking oven, then steaming the dumplings came with dumpling womans. Today the women are allowed to smoke a pipe. It is well-known, that Ariadne's thread can help in mazes. But you must solve the following puzzle with help of the knitting yarn of: </ i>
<p>Fill out the grid with numbers 1 to 4, so that each of these numbers occurs in each row and each column exactly once. Starting with the bottom left the spiral must have the following sequence of numbers 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 1 - 2 - ... - 3 - 4.</p>
<p><img src="/gif/weihn2009_magische_spirale_portal.png" alt="Strickliesel's thread" /></p>
</istep></p>PuzzlesPuzzle PortalChristmasMagic SpiralMon, 21 Jun 2010 15:54:12 +0000Uwe1352 at http://sachsentext.deToy makers Yonbun
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<p><i>Today's puzzle shows a toy maker, which cuts out with a jigsaw one Christmas arche. He broods over the way to paint the Yonbun. His figurines he can paint, he has frequently made it. But with the painting of Japanese puzzle, he is not so familiar. Can you help him?</i>
</p><p>Fill the grid with tetrominos (4-cell blocks) in the colors red, blue, yellow and green. All cells are used. Blocks of the same color can only touch on the corners. The color in a circle indicates the color most frequently occurs in the immediate neighbourhood. If a X in a circle, there is no unique color that occurs most frequently.
</p><p><img src="/gif/weihn2009_yonbun_portal.png" alt="Toy makers Yonbun" /></p>
Coloring PuzzlePuzzlesPuzzle PortalChristmasYonbunDissection PuzzleMon, 21 Jun 2010 15:45:49 +0000Uwe1350 at http://sachsentext.deToys Maker's Tousa
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<p>Fill in each row and column three number from 1 to 9. The difference between each pair of numbers in the row or column must be equal. Moreover the numbers are ordered in the rows from left to right and in the columns from the top to the bottom (i. e., 1 - 2 - 3 oder 2 - 5 - 8 oder 3 - 5 - 7).
</p><p><img src="/gif/weihn2009_tousa_portal.png" alt="Toys Maker's Tousa" /></p>
PuzzlesPuzzle PortalTousaChristmasMon, 21 Jun 2010 15:35:52 +0000Uwe1348 at http://sachsentext.deSeiffen
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<p><i>During the Christmas season window pictures can also be seen in many windows of the Erzgebirge. These are mad with jigsaws, with a wood turning lathe or carved. Our puzzle shows the church of Seiffen. This church is the most popular theme of all the churches in the Erzgebirge. One finds it as a light house, as a pyramid, on Christmas Arches, on tableclothes, napkins ...</i>
</p><p>Write in the twelve clouds around the church of Seiffen the numbers 1 to 12. Adjacent numbers have a difference of at least 3 and at most a difference of 6. No number can be repeated.
</p><p><img src="/gif/weihn2009_fensterbild-seiffen_portal.png" alt="Seiffen /></p>
Arithmetical PuzzlePuzzlesPuzzle PortalChristmasMon, 21 Jun 2010 14:59:32 +0000Uwe1346 at http://sachsentext.deSchwibknoten
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<p><i>The Christmas arches (Schwibbogen) are ubiquitous in the Erzgebirge as a symbol of light in the Christmas time. They shone for the miners if they left the mines. Light was very important for the miners because they entered the mines during the winter season before sunup and came back after sundown. From the first Advent weekend right up to February, there are very many windows in the Erzgebirge with Christmas Arches. Our shows one of the most popular motifs. We see various symbols in addition to two miners, a toy maker, a child and a woman bobbin lace maker. We also find Christmas decorations, a light angel and an Erzgebirgian candlelight spider. </i>
</p><p>Let's come to the puzzle now:
</p><p>Place the letters A, B, C and D in the grid so that precisely in each framed area each letter occurs once. In addition there is none set of four cells anywhere in the grid that is connected horizontally or vertically (corners are just as welcome as a line or a square) and has the sequence ABCD. Horizontally or vertically neighbored cells must be different.</p>
<p><img src="/gif/weihn2009_2_knot_portal.png" alt="Schwibknoten" /></p>
ABCD KnotPuzzlesPuzzle PortalChristmasMon, 21 Jun 2010 14:48:53 +0000Uwe1344 at http://sachsentext.deShoe-Toshiki
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<p><i>Natürlich kommt der Nikolaus auch im Erzgebirge. Aus diesem Anlass heute ein Futoshiki, ach nee, ein Schuhtoshiki.</i>
</p><p>As everywhere in Germany Saint Nicholas is also coming in the Erzgebirge. On the previous night of December 6, children put one empty shoe outside, and on the following morning the children awake to find that St. Nicholas has filled their previously empty shoes with small presents. To celebrate the Saint Nicholas Day we have a Futoshiki, or better a Shoe-Toshiki.
</p><p>Fill the Nicholas shoes with the digits 1 to 7. In each row and each column there is each digit exactly once. The relational symbols between the shoes show which shoe has the smaller number.
</p><p><img src="/gif/weihn2009_nikolaus_futoshiki_portal.png" alt="Shoe-Toshiki" /></p>
FutoshikiLatin SquarePuzzlesPuzzle PortalChristmasMon, 21 Jun 2010 14:34:11 +0000Uwe1342 at http://sachsentext.deSnowmans ABCD order
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<p><i> As long as we are still waiting for the snow with great longing we have time to solve the following puzzle: </i>
</p><p>Fill the letters A, B, C and D as in the grid. Every row, every column and every bold marked group of interconnected cells contains each letter exactly once. The letters of a bold marked group should be in the order ABCD.</p>
<p><img src="/gif/weihn2009_abc_order_portal.png" alt="Snowmans ABCD order" /></p>
ABCD OrderPuzzlesPuzzle PortalChristmasMon, 21 Jun 2010 14:22:08 +0000Uwe1340 at http://sachsentext.deRed or blue
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<p><i>Although there is now a very nice Nutcracker Museum in Neudorf, the Nutcrackers today no longer seem to be the best sellers. In shops, they usually are on the top shelves. But I like some of them, such as the Olbernhauer Reiterlein (Olbernhauian Horsemans) and Munchausen. As in E. T. A. Hoffmann's fairy tale of the Nutcracker and the Mouse King, which we owe the Erzgebirgian Nutcrackers, we find in our puzzle hussars. Both want to color the grid with their uniform color. Please help them.</i>
</p><p>Draw some blue and red triominoes (3-cell blocks) so that fields with the same color of different blocks are not orthogonally adjacent. All triomino of the same color are connected diagonally.
</p><p><img src="/gif/weihn2009_color_war_portal.png" alt="Red or blue" /></p>
Color WarPlacement PuzzlePuzzlesPuzzle PortalChristmasMon, 21 Jun 2010 13:55:16 +0000Uwe1338 at http://sachsentext.deKick-Start of the pyramid
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<p><i>Im Arzgebirg is wahrlich schie,<br />
wenn´s draußen stermt un schneit,<br />
un wenn de Peremett sich dreht,<br />
is unnre schännste Zeit." (Part of a Christmas Song in the Erzgebirgian dialect)
<p>Today we start a Christmassy puzzle journey into the Erzgebirge (mountains in the south west and south of Saxony with many special Christmas traditions, also called Christmas County - Weihnachtsland). At many places we find beautiful Christmas pyramids, called Peremett in the local dialect, out of doors. At the first Advent weekend there is in many villages and little towns a ceremony called Pyramidenanschieben (Kick-Start of the pyramid). Lets put our numbers pyramid into motion: </p></i>
</p><p>Each box contains one of the digits 1 to 9. The value of a cell is either the sum or the difference of the two cells under it. In yellow lines all numbers are different. In green lines just one number occurs twice, all other numbers are different. In pink lines exactly two numbers occur twice and all others are different. Fill out the grid with numbers 1 to 9 in accordance with these rules.
</p><p><img src="/gif/weihn20091129_zahlenpyramide_portal.png" alt="Kick-Start of the pyramid" /></p>
Arithmetical PuzzlePuzzlesPyramidPuzzle PortalChristmasMon, 21 Jun 2010 13:50:27 +0000Uwe1336 at http://sachsentext.deNeinerlaa
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<p><i> Today's picture shows a pyramid with a manger scene. Joseph has a Christmas Matins lantern in his hands. Lanterns of this type are used in the Erzgebirge on the way to Christma Matins on the morning of the 25th December.
<p>The Erzgebirgian people celebrate Christmas Eve with a feast, the Neinerlaa (literally: nine different things). There are many rules surrounding the Neinerlaa. It would take too long to mention them all here. But the nine ingredients that gave the Neinerlaa the name have special meanings. The Griene Kließ (raw potato dumplings) will bring money, the lentils or the millet little money, the beetroot red cheeks (i.e. health), the root celery fertility, bread roll milk white clothes (i.e. order in the house). Also important, there must be animals on earth (sausage from the pig), in the air (goose) and in the water (now herring, formerly also carp).
</p><p>When I decided to make a Neinerlaa puzzle, it quickly became clear there should be a sudoku, because there are nine rows, nine columns, nine boxes and nine numbers. The pioneering role of the components are symbolized in our puzzle by nine kinds of arrows. And to top this, there is sometimes a purple cell border if the sum of the neighboring cells is 9.
</p><p>By the way, one of the rules of the Neinerlaa feast is, that you may only get up when the meal is finished. So don't stop to solve the puzzle until the puzzle is solved ;-)</p></i>
</p><p>Fill in all cells of the grid with numbers 1 to 9. In every row, every column and each 3x3-fat-box each number occurs exactly once.
</p><p>If there is a purple border between two cells, then the sum of the two cells is 9. (Note: It may be that is the sum of other neighboring cells is also 9.)
</p><p>There are nine different arrows. They have the following meaning (see also the legend of the grid):
</p><p><i> Today's picture shows a pyramid with a manger. Joseph believes this one Mette lantern in his hand. Lanterns of this type are in the Ore Mountains on the way to Midnight Mass on the morning of the 25th December, worn.
<p>In the Ore Mountains to celebrate Christmas Eve with a feast, the Neinerlaa. There are many rules surrounding the Neinerlaa. It would take too long to mention them all here. But the nine ingredients that gave the Neinerlaa the name, are with meanings that influence the way next year. Thus, the grin bring Kließ (raw noodles) big money, the lenses or the millet little money, beetroot red cheeks so (health), the celery fertility, milk bread, the white clothes (that order) in the house. Also important, there must be something about animals that live in the country (sausage), which fly in
</p><p> (goose) and live in the water (now Herring, formerly also get food for carp) to. </p>
<p>When I decided to take a make Neinerlaa puzzles, it quickly became clear there should be a Sudoku, for there you have neinerlaa rows, columns, boxes and figures already. The pioneering role of the components are symbolized in our puzzle by neinerlaa arrows. And to cap it which one is located in two places that neighboring fields have the sum of 9th
</p><p>Incidentally, one of the customs of the Neinerlaa that you may only get up when the meal is finished. So stop until the puzzle when it is dissolved ;-)
</p><p>Fill in all fields of the diagram with the neinerlaa numbers 1 to 9 In every row, every column and each 3x3-fat-rimmed areas are neinerlaa numbers, ie each number occurs exactly once.
</p><p>If found between two fields, a violet field limit, is the sum of the two fields 9th (Note: It may be that is the sum of other fields, between 9th) </p>
<p>There are neinerlaa arrows) have the following meaning (see also the legend of the graph: </p>
<ul>
<li> Don't Arrow (orange arrow): the number that is in the cell with the arrow must not occur again in the specified direction.
</li><li> Last number (increasing) (red arrow): the number in the cell with the arrow is the last increasing number in the sequence of cells that are located in the arrow direction. If the sequence is 2-3-5-1-6, the arrow would have a 5. If the sequence is 6-1-5-3-2, it would be a 6.
</li><li> last number (decreasing) (light blue arrow): the number in the box with the arrow is the last decreasing number in the sequence of fields that are located in the arrow direction. If the sequence is 6-1-5-3-2, the cell with the arrow would have a 1, in the sequence 2-3-5-1-6, it would be a 2.
</li><li> different numbers (pink double arrow): The number in the cell with the arrow indicates how many different numbers are located in the arrow direction. For example, if the sequence would be 2-3-2-6-1-3, then the number is 4.
</li><li>hidden skyscrapers (fat orange arrow): The number in the box with the arrow indicates how many cells can be seen in the arrow direction. A cell is visible if all cells in front of it have smaller numbers.
</li><li>pencil (stylized black pencil): The number in the box with the tip is 1 greater than the other cell in that the pencil is.
</li><li>smaller numbers (bold green arrow): The number in the box with the arrow indicates how many fields in the direction of the arrow containing smaller numbers (Note: In the direction of the arrow the same number is possible. This is different than usual with this puzzle format.)
</li><li>pandigital product (yellow ellipse with a black arrow): in the yellow ellipse is the product of the numbers on the arrow. The number is read in the ellipse as a two-digit number from left to right. For example, when the arrow numbers are 3 and , then in the ellipse are the numbers 1 and 5 (3 * 5 = 15).
</li><li>sum arrow (green rectangle with a black arrow): the green rectangle contains the sum of the numbers on the arrow.
</li></ul>
<p>I wish nine types of delights with this puzzle, a Happy Christmas and Glück auf.
</p><p><img src="/gif/weihn2009_neinerlaa_english_portal.png" alt="Neinerlaa" /></p>
</i></p>Combined SudokuPandigital SudokuArrow SudokuProduct Arrow SudokuPuzzlesPuzzle PortalSmash SudokuPencil SudokuSudoku with Hidden SkyscraperSudoku with Hidden Smaller NumbersSudoku with Hidden Different NumbersSudoku with Hidden Last DigitSudoku VariantsSudoku Variants with Special ArrowsDon't Arrow SudokuDon't ArrowsChristmasSykscraper SudokuMon, 21 Jun 2010 13:38:22 +0000Uwe1334 at http://sachsentext.deThe night watchman's borders
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<p><i>The night watchman is facing the following puzzle: </i>
</p><p>Fill the grid with tetrominos (4-units) in the colors red, blue and yellow. Tetrominos of the same color can only touch on the corners. 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.</p>
<p><img src="/gif/weihn2009_borderline_portal.png" alt="The night watchman's borders" /></p>
Colorful BordersColoring PuzzlePuzzlesPuzzle PortalChristmasDissection PuzzleMon, 21 Jun 2010 12:45:11 +0000Uwe1332 at http://sachsentext.deMunchausen
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<p><i>One of my favorite nutcrackers is Munchausen. The Lord of Lies has today a special nut to crack:</i>
</p><p>Color the cells of the grid red (the number in the cell is lying) or green (the number in the cell is telling the truth). A number in a green cell says from how many green numbers it is surrounded (horizontally, vertically or diagonally). A number in a red cell does not indicate by how many green numbers it is surrounded horizontally, vertically and diagonally. In no 2x2 square can only be red cells.</p>
<p><img src="/gif/weihn2009_muenchhausen2_portal.png" alt="Munchausen" /></p>
Coloring PuzzleLiar NeighboursPuzzlesPuzzle PortalChristmasMon, 21 Jun 2010 12:36:44 +0000Uwe1330 at http://sachsentext.deMatins Shift
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<p><i> After the shift on 23 December the miners of the Erzgebirge celebrated in their mines the Mettenschicht. Still today many christmas hootenannys take place underground in former mines. For me they are among the most beautiful. Our miner is facing the following puzzle: </i>
</p><p>The letters A, B, C and D represent four minerals that are hidden in a gallery. Write the letters A, B, C and D) in some fields of the grid. Each letter must occur in each row and each column exactly once. The remaining fields are blank. Letters outside the diagram indicate which letter you see if you look into the grid from that point. Numbers in the grid indicate how many letters are on the 8 neighboring cells. Cells marked with a number are empty.
</p><p><img src="/gif/weihn2009_minesweeper_salat_portal.png" alt="Mettenschicht" /></p>
As Easy As ABC VariantsMinesweeper VariantsPuzzlesPuzzle PortalAs Easy As MinesweeperChristmasMon, 21 Jun 2010 12:24:35 +0000Uwe1328 at http://sachsentext.deWalls of Madness
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<p><i>Our ancestors began on 24 August, exactly four months before Christmas Eve, with the preparation of Christmas. On this day, the Bartholomew day, the geese have been patterned on the pastures and the carp in the ponds, and it was started with the pole for Christmas. Today the Christmas goose is mostly not longer from the own farm and the carp can be found in most families only at 31 december or at the beginning of next year. In Neinerlaa carp has been substituted by herring.
<p>Not only the Bartholomew day is almost forgotten today, but it was among the first puzzle types (if it was not the first at all) of that I made my first puzzles. They are called Sudoku walls, although it is not a Sudoku variant. Let us use this opportunity to remember not just the Bartholomew day, but also this puzzle type.</p></i>
</p><p>Fill the grid with the numbers 1 to 8, so that in each row and each column each number occurs exactly once. On no stone two even or two odd numbers should be.</p>
<p><img src="/gif/weihn2009_brick_sudoku_portal.png" alt=" />Walls of Madness"></p>
Latin SquarePuzzlesPuzzle PortalBrick SudokuChristmasMon, 21 Jun 2010 12:14:28 +0000Uwe1326 at http://sachsentext.deGriene Kließ
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<p>One of the 9 ingredents of the Erzgebirgian christmas meal, called Neinerlaa, are Griene Kließ (Green Dumplings). The circles in our puzzle, an Hanidoku, look like these dumplings.</p>
<p>Put the numbers 1 through 9 into the hexagonal cells so that every line (of any length) contains every digit not more than once. The lines must contain consecutive numbers, i. e., if a line has five cells there can be 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 3, 5, 4, 2, 6 but not 3, 4, 1, 9, 8 in the cells.</p>
<p><img src="/gif/weihn_2009_hanidoku_portal.png" alt="Griene Kließ" /></p>
HanidokuHexagonalHexagonal Sudoku VariantsPuzzlesPuzzle PortalSudoku VariantsChristmasMon, 21 Jun 2010 12:03:30 +0000Uwe1324 at http://sachsentext.deAngel and miner
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<p><i>This angel painted with an apron that bears a miners head. But from the Erzgebirge Christmas customs they are indispensable and they reflect the desire of the miners to light. Today these figures are often somewhat swaggering because these figures represent the number of girls and boys in the household and even in the Erzgebirge not all families have two children.
<p>The miners left the apartment at night in winter, and returned after dark. Angel and miner with their candles had to help the miners to find the way home. And you have also to find a way in our puzzle: </p></i>
</p><p>Number the boxes 1 to 31. Some numbers are already given. An arrow in a cell points in the direction in which there is a cell with the next number. Each cell must be used exactly once.
</p><p><img src="/gif/weihn2009_arrow_path_portal.png" alt="Angel and miner" /></p>
Arrow PathPuzzlesPuzzle PortalTopological PuzzlesChristmasMon, 21 Jun 2010 11:53:11 +0000Uwe1322 at http://sachsentext.deOne or All
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<p><i>Today give us the Nutcracker a one-or-all-puzzle for nut-cracking: </i>
</p><p>Fill the grid with the letters A, B and C. The letters in bold framed areas must have either all the same or all different letters. Neighboring cells that are in different boxes must be different (diagonal equal letters are allowed).
</p><p><img src="/gif/weihn2009_one_or_all_portal.png" alt="One or All" /></p>
One or AllPuzzlesPuzzle PortalChristmasSun, 20 Jun 2010 09:46:41 +0000Uwe1320 at http://sachsentext.deThe hidden mountain parade
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<p><i>Mountain parades of miners are an integral part of Christmas traditions in the Erzgebirge. They have their origin in the Silver City of Freiberg, where the first parade was presented in December 1557 in honor of the Saxon Elector Augustus I. All slightly larger villages take part and almost every town and some villages of the Erzgebirge have a mountain parade.</i>
</p><p>Draw the path of the mountain parade. The rules are:
<ul>
<li> start and finish cell are different.
</li><li> The path is exactly 30 cells long. Two cells are given.
</li><li> The path must be connected horizontally or vertically, it must not touch or cross itself.
</li><li> The numbers on the edge of the grid indicate how many cells of each row or column are on the path.
</li></ul>
</p><p><img src="/gif/weihn2009_bergparade_portal.png" alt="The hidden mountain parade" /></p>
PuzzlesTopological PuzzlesHidden SnakeChristmasSun, 20 Jun 2010 09:40:34 +0000Uwe1318 at http://sachsentext.deThe little ones
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<p><i>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 ...
<p>Our puzzle has do with an entirely different kind of little ones: </p></i>
</p><p>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.
</p><p><img src="/gif/weihn2009_kurrende_portal.png" alt="The little ones" /></p>
Under-Pair NumbersPuzzlesPuzzle PortalChristmasSun, 20 Jun 2010 09:34:22 +0000Uwe1316 at http://sachsentext.deThe unvisible bridle path
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<p><i>A popular motif of Nutcrackers are Olbernhauian riders. Our rider has ridden on the puzzle grid, but which way he has taken? </i><br />
</p><p>Draw the bridle path, with the following rules:
<ul>
<li> The start is in the top row.
</li><li> Start and finish cell are different.
</li><li> The path is exactly 49 fields long.
</li><li> The path must be connected horizontally or vertically, it must not touch or cross itself.
</li><li> The numbers in the grid indicate how many cells of the path are horizontally, vertically or diagonally adjacent to the number.
</li><li>The bridle path does not go through cells with a number.
</li></ul>
</p><p><img src="/gif/weihn2009_inivisible_snake_portal.png" alt="The unvisible bridle path" /></p>
Minesweeper VariantsPlacement PuzzlePuzzlesPuzzle PortalTopological PuzzlesInvisible SnakeChristmasSun, 20 Jun 2010 09:24:04 +0000Uwe1314 at http://sachsentext.deThe Smoking Fishman
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<p>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. </p>
<p>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!</p>
<p><img src="/gif/weih2009_angeln3_portal.png" alt="The Smoking Fishman" /></p>
FishmanPuzzlesPuzzle PortalTopological PuzzlesChristmasSun, 20 Jun 2010 09:07:41 +0000Uwe1312 at http://sachsentext.deChristmas Matins
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<p>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. </p>
<p>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. </p>
<p>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. </p>
<p>Today's puzzle is as colorful as the clothing of the participants of the Christmas Matins and the Matins Lanterns: </p>
<p>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.</p>
<p>
<img src="/gif/weihn2009_pastellgarten_portal.png" alt="Christmas Matins" /></p>
Coloring PuzzlePastel GardenPuzzlesPuzzle PortalChristmasDissection PuzzleSun, 20 Jun 2010 09:01:23 +0000Uwe1310 at http://sachsentext.deColorful Saxonian Sextuplet
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<p><i>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.</i>
</p><p>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. </p>
<ol>
<li> Pastel Garden: The red, yellow and blue arrows indicate which is the color of the next tetromino in the specified direction.
</li><li>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.
</li><li> 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.
</li><li> 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.
</li><li>Color square: The colored squares on the edge indicate the color of the first square (2x2 tetromino) in the column or row.
</li><li> Yonbun (today with three colors): The color in a circle indicates the color most frequently occurs in the immediate neighbourhood. If there is a X in a circle, then there is no unique color that occurs most frequently.
</li></ol>
<p><img src="/gif/weihn2009_saechsling_portal.png" alt="Colorful Saxonian Sextuplet" /></p>
Colorful BordersColoring PuzzleColor SquareKinshiPastel GardenPuzzlesPuzzle PortalDon't ArrowsChristmasYonbunDissection PuzzleSun, 20 Jun 2010 08:56:04 +0000Uwe1308 at http://sachsentext.deViews
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<p>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. </p>
<p>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.</p>
<p><img src="/gif/weihn2009_carlsfeld_even_odd_view_portal.png" alt="Blicke"</p />
</p>As Easy As ABC VariantsLatin SquarePuzzlesPuzzle PortalChristmasSun, 20 Jun 2010 08:26:51 +0000Uwe1306 at http://sachsentext.deCinderellas Doro
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<p>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. </p>
<p>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.</p>
<p><img src="/gif/weihn2009_2_doro_portal.png" alt="Cinderellas Doro" /></p>
DoroPlacement PuzzlePuzzlesPuzzle PortalChristmasSun, 20 Jun 2010 08:20:29 +0000Uwe1304 at http://sachsentext.deThe smoking gardener
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<p>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: </p>
<p>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. </p>
<p><img src="/gif/weihn2009_gardens_portal.png" alt="The smoking gardener" /></p>
GardensPlacement PuzzlePuzzlesPuzzle PortalChristmasSun, 20 Jun 2010 08:17:25 +0000Uwe1302 at http://sachsentext.deChristmassy Windows Picture "Bergmaa"
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<p>Starting with the 1st Advent you can see in the Erzgebirge besides other things frequently so-called windows pictures. These are made with fretsaws, at wood turning lathes or with wood carving knivess. This puzzle shows a traditional fretsaw theme which is also used for Schwibbögen and Lichterbögen. You can see two Bergmaa (miners), there tools and a little Erzgebirgian church.</p>
<p>Fill in the grid so that it contains the digits 1 through 6 four times each. There are no neighbouring cells with the same or with consecutive digits.</p>
<p><img src="/gif/weihn5.gif" alt="Fensterbild Bergmaa" /></p>
CircularCircular Sudoku VariantsPuzzlesSudoku VariantsChristmasThu, 17 Jun 2010 08:46:31 +0000Uwe903 at http://sachsentext.deNeinerlaa
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<p>Christmas Eve eat many Erzgebirgians the traditional Neinerlaa (English: of 9 kinds, speak: 'nein' like the number word 'nine', 'er' like the end of the words 'number', 'butter' and 'laa' with a long 'a'). A Neinerlaa is consisting of 9 courts, which all must be served simultaneously, and there are a lot rules around this. When we think to make a puzzle about a Neinerlaa theme we could think naturally about Sudoku, the puzzle with numbers of 9 kinds. Here I have a similar Neinerlaa prepared.</p>
<p>Fill in the grid with the letters of the word 'Neinerlaa' in each row, column and each 3x3 box. That means in each column, row and every 3x3 box exist the letters N, E and A exactly two times and the letters I, R and L exactly once.</p>
<p><img src="/gif/weihn8.gif" alt="Neinerlaa" /></p>
PuzzlesSudoku with RepititionSudoku VariantsChristmasThu, 17 Jun 2010 08:43:21 +0000Uwe901 at http://sachsentext.deAngel Dominoes
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<p>Angel musicians are an integral part of Erzgebirgian Christmas traditions. In many homes there is a cloud with such wooden angels. Here is a puzzle with domino stones on which Christmas angels can be seen. The domino pieces shown at the bottom have been arranged to form a rectangle. After that the borderlines between the pieces have been removed. Reconstruct the missing lines so that every domino piece exists exactly once in the grid. </p>
<p><img src="/gif/weihn7.gif" alt="Engeldominos" /></p>
Domino DissectionPuzzlesChristmasDissection PuzzleFri, 11 Jun 2010 11:05:06 +0000Uwe374 at http://sachsentext.de