#23: Capsules; Kakuro; Split Decisions
Updated: Dec 4, 2020
Hello, and welcome to Puzzles for Progress! This week, a Capsules that's on the easier side (still a challenge) but also looks nice and pretty. Also, a Kakuro with approachable corners but a spicy middle. Finally, a Split Decisions with a long history, finally appearing on PfP, that I'll describe in the footnote.*
I highly recommend you print this puzzle page out by using the link tinyurl.com/puzzlesforprogress-23. (If that’s not a possibility, you can also upload it to an app like Notability that allows you to digitally write on it.) If you'd prefer each puzzle on a separate page, those links are also available below, as well as the link to the answer page:
Just the Capsules puzzle: tinyurl.com/pfp-23-capsules
Just the Kakuro puzzle, printable: tinyurl.com/pfp-23-kakuro
Just the Kakuro puzzle, in an online solver: tinyurl.com/pfp-23-kakuroonline
Just the Split Decisions puzzle: tinyurl.com/pfp-23-splitdecisions
The answers: tinyurl.com/pfp-23-answers
*I've always thought Split Decisions was an interesting puzzle with unique logic involved. One day in September, I thought I'd try my hand at making it. It wasn't symmetrical, and still isn't (because I'm not a wizard.) Testers liked it, and I edited it up to a place where I was satisfied. But there was a problem: while the puzzle fit on its own Google Drawing, it was too wide to fit in the puzzle page. So I tried decreasing the font. It became shorter, but not skinnier. So I decreased the margins within the boxes, allowing the text to fit tighter. Still, shorter but not skinnier. It just wouldn't fit! I swapped it out for a crossword and put it on indefinite hold.
Eventually, I realized that if you unmerge the cells and then remerge them manually, the width works out. It's not a perfect solution, but it gets the job done. It fit! Sure, it takes up a lot of space, but the other puzzles can actually shrink. Anyway, formatting isn't, like, the most important thing in the world, but it took me a long time to get where it is, and I'm happy it's finally able to air on Puzzles for Progress. I hope you're happy with it as well!