该hunt is always on for the next big puzzle idea.
Other times, it’s a combination of different puzzle types that yields something special. Our friends atPenny Dell Puzzles，for instance, have a popular puzzle called字谜幻方，which combines crossword-style cluing, anagrams, and the mathematical element of a magic square to create an engaging puzzle experience you can solve from several angles.
是否注定巨星或者n一个谜ot depends on a lot of factors: difficulty, the type of solving it involves, how intuitive the solving is (i.e. needing a lengthy explanation vs. getting the gist of the puzzle from a glance), visual aesthetics, and more.
As a puzzler, it’s always exciting to try out a new puzzle. Wholly original ideas are rare, to be sure, but even a single twist on an old classic can be enjoyable if executed well.
今天,我们看看puzzle that combines Sudoku with神秘的填字游戏（又称英式风格的填字游戏）。It’s calledCluedoku，它是由神秘的构造查理梅思文创造，更好地解决界称为变色龙，一个贡献者英国拼图网点像知该Guardian。
[Just a sample of the puzzle. Check out the entire puzzle这里。]
Once you’ve unraveled a clue and placed a number in the grid, standard Sudoku rules apply: that number will only appear once in a row, column, or 3×3 square.
But that’s easier said than done. These clues run the gamut of slyly clever to almost baffling. Even when you consider that there are only nine possible answers for each clue, it’s still a challenge. (Plus, not all of the clues adhere to the standard cryptic cluing mechanic of having both a definition AND a wordplay clue included.)
Okay, here we go.
In terms of traditional cryptic cluing gimmickry, we see hidden words, anagrams, homophones, word reversals, and more.
In clue 6 —Axis revolves without beginning to accelerate— we revolve (aka reverse) axis to spell SIXA, and then drop the A (“without beginning to accelerate”) to spellSIX。
In clue 8 —从懒惰恶臭最佳切割— the answer hides in plain sight, as a prime number (three) reads out in sloTH REEks (and can be cut out of it).
In clue 22 —在X战警起源场景揭示金刚狼多少爪子了！— the phrase “origins reveal” points towards the first letters of the words that precede it proving the answer, meaning thatSIX是爪狼獾具有（3每只手）的数目。
该re is a similar game in clue 67 —With only seconds remaining, Officer Columbo outwits crook— which has the second digits of “Officer Columbo outwits crook” spelling outFOUR。
In clue 27 —UFO demolished third of Parliament Square— the letter R (“third of Parliament”) gets mixed up with UFO to makeFOUR， 一个正方形。
But other clues would be familiar to crossword solvers in America.
Clue 29 —罗马人的数量在新约？— is simple wordplay for 6, since Romans is theSIXth book. (Similarly, clue 62 — Number of lines taken by bar staff — is a reference to the五lines that make up a staff in sheet music.)
线索34 -Top score in Scrabble- 是有点狡猾，需要你知道，T是值得1点，O为得1分，而P是值得3分，使正确的答案五。
线索48 -男人的怀里腿位数- 感觉就像你在看一个线索独立500orLollapuzzoola，because it’s initially baffling, but then reveals itself as merely clever and challenging. You see, there areTHREE关于武器的马恩岛的外衣腿。但是，由三种不同的词语文字游戏隐藏的，这并不意味着你会想。
This mix of American and British-style clues made for a fun solve that mixed and mingled two worlds of cluing nicely.
I think my favorite clue was Clue 39 —192 + 284- 因为它是建立像那些杂志填字游戏之一，那些在那里“rockcaughthardplace”的意思是“抓了进退两难的境地。”在这种情况下，你有“2 + 2”的字面在1984年和与乔治·奥威尔的著名小说的人熟悉，2 + 21984equalled五。
虽然明显Cluedokuisn’t really sustainable as a recurring puzzle — you’d burn out your anagrams and homophones pretty quickly, as Chameleonhimself stated in an interview- 这是两个不同的拼图一个令人印象深刻的婚姻很少互动，否则。
But he did raise the possibility of another variation in the future:
That sounds like a fun follow-up to an interesting puzzle.
What did you think of Cluedoku, fellow puzzlers and PuzzleNationers? Let us know in the comments below! We’d love to hear from you.
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