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Penguin Book Of Nurikabe Paperback – Mar 24 2006

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Canada (APB) (March 24 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143050362
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143050360
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.1 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,127,063 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Michael Mepham is a veteran puzzle complier. His puzzles are featured in newspapers around the world, including Life magazine, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, the National Post, and The Daily Telegraph (U.K.). He compiled the runaway bestsellers The Penguin Book of Sudoku, The Beginner's Book of Kakuro, and The Penguin Book of Ultimate Kakuro.

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Format: Paperback
Of the 15 "Expert" rated puzzles in this book, there are only 4 that are unique:
#86 = #89 = #93 = #97
#87 = #91 = #95 = #99
#88 = #92 = #96 = #100
#90 = #94 = #98.
That's right, one of the puzzles is repeated three times, and three are repeated four times! I haven't noticed any duplicates in the rest of the book, but I also haven't checked thoroughly. I haven't done too many of the puzzles in the book yet, having only just got it, but at least number 87 (= 91, 95, 99) has a flaw -- it has two potential solutions -- one in the back of the book, and one obtained by swapping the colours of two of the cells adjacent to the 6.
The difficulty throughout the book is on the easy side, though for a book which is likely aimed at newcomers, that's to be expected. Many of the puzzles have far too many "1" clues, which, while they can help the puzzle designer shape the rest of the puzzle, should really be used more sparingly. Here, I never got the sense that they were being used for any purpose than to make the puzzle easier. In one particularly egregious puzzle in the "Intermediate" section, there are 20 ones. That means that 80 cells will be shaded black right off the start. Together with the white cells involved, that's 100 cells of the puzzle solved without any actual thought. The puzzle itself is only 10x14 = 140 cells total.
I haven't done all of the puzzles yet, but even one of the "Expert" puzzles didn't require any actual thinking (just applying the standard automatic tricks over and over, not having to consider the connectedness of the nurikabe in any interesting way, or even use the reachability of cells from islands).
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