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## A Fill-a-Pix with multiple solutions this week?

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A Fill-a-Pix with multiple solutions this week? - 9/18/2009 5:26:33 PM
gj_schoneveld

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The 2nd Advanced Logic Fill-a-Pix of this new week seems to contain multiple solutions. I have attached a picture with the situation where I couldn't determine the next step. The accepted solution is with blacks on the 1 and on 4, but I think it is also possible to put that upper black thing on the right side of the 1. (And I see even more possibilities...)

Code: 031.45x35
ID: 03190100164

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RE: A Fill-a-Pix with multiple solutions this week? - 9/19/2009 6:17:27 AM
chrisoat

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By my figuring, the squares to the east and north-east of the 2 should be filled in with the solution that follows from there. Otherwise there's no clear choice for which of the two squares to fill that are shared between the 2 and 1. I'd say there was a misstep in the puzzle lab.

RE: A Fill-a-Pix with multiple solutions this week? - 9/19/2009 8:47:44 AM
Claudia

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Good call.

RE: A Fill-a-Pix with multiple solutions this week? - 9/19/2009 4:53:46 PM
xiuying

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I saw that too and was just coming here to post about it! Glad to know I'm not crazy. :)

RE: A Fill-a-Pix with multiple solutions this week? - 9/19/2009 11:57:16 PM
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Hi All

Thank you for your comments, and this is indeed the first time we have a problem like this. Will check it out next week.

Thanks, Dave

RE: A Fill-a-Pix with multiple solutions this week? - 9/20/2009 5:45:24 PM
Boodle

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I was ready to post the same screenshot. Glad to know it's been found.

RE: A Fill-a-Pix with multiple solutions this week? - 9/21/2009 2:22:17 PM
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I must apologize to all who tried to solve this puzzle (03190100164), it indeed did not have a single possible solution. This was my mistake, a human error, I published this puzzle prematurely before it was verified by our algorithm.
I will make sure this does not happen again. Meanwhile we replaced the puzzle with a different version (same picture in the end, different numbers). Please check it out here:

Natalia Shrira
Product Manager, Picture-Logic Puzzles

RE: A Fill-a-Pix with multiple solutions this week? - 9/21/2009 5:12:42 PM
Claudia

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Funny! Whether because you gave it the exact same name or whatever, my solution to the other puzzle gets applied to this one and it's already solved.

RE: A Fill-a-Pix with multiple solutions this week? - 9/21/2009 9:12:10 PM
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Claudia, it is the same puzzle, but now the clues are a bit different to make it solvable.

Leena

RE: A Fill-a-Pix with multiple solutions this week? - 9/22/2009 12:40:31 AM
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Wow, I assumed these puzzles were created by a program and that a bug had shown itself. It's actually nice to realise that they're created by people, but it must take ages no?

RE: A Fill-a-Pix with multiple solutions this week? - 9/23/2009 12:22:53 AM
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Hi Boodle

The pictures of the puzzles are first drawn by an artist and then converted into a puzzle using our proprietary algorithm. For some reason the conversion of this puzzle was aborted before completion, thus leading to a puzzle with multiple solutions. Although this is the first time it has ever happened to us we're thinking of improving the algorithm to disable export or provide a warning message in such events.

Thanks, Dave

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