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Cross-A-Pix - 2/27/2015 10:47:19 PM   
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Any tips?

I'm still digesting the rules, but so far the only one I've cruised through is the smallest/easiest one in the samples.
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RE: Cross-A-Pix - 2/28/2015 2:30:58 PM   
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Take a look at the tutorial, if you haven't done so already. Also, reading the techniques section should be very helpful.

Thanks, Dave

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RE: Cross-A-Pix - 2/28/2015 8:41:35 PM   
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I am really struggling with the SingleClue ones but find the DualClues quite easy. Of this week's 6 puzzles I found the last one the easiest despite it being 'very hard'. The 'very easy' SingleClue took me quite a while and I am stuck on the 'medium'

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RE: Cross-A-Pix - 3/2/2015 1:35:48 AM   
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Same.

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RE: Cross-A-Pix - 3/2/2015 8:35:49 AM   
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I have the same feelings. I used to solve the Campixu in Logic Pixels, so I was very happy to see Conceptis launching Cross-a-pix ! But I have more fun (and it takes less time) to do the Dual Clue ones.

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RE: Cross-A-Pix - 3/4/2015 4:52:30 PM   
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Have to agree, in general, with some of the previous comments. While the Duals can be a bit tougher to get into, once a decent start is made (usually 2-3 green arrows worth), the rest of the puzzle tends to fall into place fairly quickly. OTOH, the Singles can be a bear all the way through. I still have not made any inroads into the hardest of the singles, but NBD: it's free.

After a few days of working on these, I have to say that I'm not really impressed with this puzzle. I'm sure that some folks will find them to be worth buying, but I cannot imagine ever buying one other than an occasional Easy Dual, purely for the heck of it. Most of the time, I'll likely be perfectly happy to solve just the free one each week, much as I already do for Dot-A-Pix and several of the math-based puzzles.

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RE: Cross-A-Pix - 3/4/2015 5:01:16 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: jenmc226

Any tips?

I'm still digesting the rules, but so far the only one I've cruised through is the smallest/easiest one in the samples.


FWIW: there seems to be one line in each puzzle that is close to being a "gimme": look for it. It is usually one that has a very high, or very low, number of colored squares, often in one block. With these, there won't be too many ways to make things work. Also, look for sections that *cannot* work. For example, if a line calls for 6 squares in two strings, a section that has seven squares in that line can't work, so you can "dot it out". Other than this, I have found that I have to use Trial and Error on the bigger ones. Find a line with the smallest, or largest, required number of colored squares, and after eliminating anything that can't work, try different things until the arrow goes green. Not very satisfying, I admit, but you are just trying to find a toe-hold, a place from which to work.

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RE: Cross-A-Pix - 4/16/2015 5:34:03 AM   
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As with all puzzles here, there is always supposed to be one more logical step. "Don't guess!"
the instructions say. However, I am currently working on Cross-A-Pix puzzle 32090100019, a medium
single-clue puzzle. I have gotten the puzzle to this point and cannot find - with logic - another
move. On row 6 [with 17 blocks] I can figure out which blocks to color based on the picture but NOT
based on logic. I have tried marking (with the little circles) every row and column in the puzzle,
and for each there seems to always be more than one way to configure it.

There are two possibilities - either I'm missing something because I'm new at this, OR this puzzle
has a point where there is no logical next step.

I would love to have some discussion on this and feedback.




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RE: Cross-A-Pix - 4/16/2015 1:08:53 PM   
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Look at the 9 column that is 9 from the right. The square at the bottom and the square 3 up are part of the same shape and therefore coloring one colors both so it cannot be colored.

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RE: Cross-A-Pix - 4/21/2015 4:03:55 PM   
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That's awesome! I've now added another technique to my Cross-A-Pix skills.

Thank you so much.

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RE: Cross-A-Pix - 6/22/2015 9:10:48 PM   
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I thought I was doing really well with the Dual Clue Cross a Pix puzzles, that is until I got to the 'Medium Plus' level. I need some new strategies to work my way through this one. Any ideas?




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RE: Cross-A-Pix - 6/22/2015 9:25:57 PM   
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Column 1.
The 4 squares below your colored square cannot be colored.
True that with that group of 5 there could still be 3 more groups of 1 each to get you to the 4 groups total BUT there is only one other option for a single square group so this is an impossible combination.

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RE: Cross-A-Pix - 6/24/2015 3:09:54 AM   
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Thank you jenmc26, that was very helpful!

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RE: Cross-A-Pix - 7/12/2015 7:01:25 AM   
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http://www.conceptispuzzles.com/index.aspx?uri=puzzle/euid/01000000a66ee715e5347cb729635584cae52c45b8b740cb521febb7fb6ba38c700874c3bdc6aa97e3b7faede07d519f2ee4f435/play
Anyone help please as I just CANNOT find the next step.
Many thanks, Linda

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RE: Cross-A-Pix - 7/14/2015 6:53:39 PM   
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That link takes me to the puzzle, but as a fresh, empty puzzle. It doesn't show me how far you have gotten or where you are stuck.

Or are you saying you cannot even find the first move to make?

EDIT: I managed to solve that puzzle after more than an hour. How the hell they call that "Easy" is beyond me. There were a couple of points that required some chaining and linking to get past.

(These are just my descriptions. I didn't get them from anywhere.)
Chaining - following a sequence of if this, then that, through several pieces or groups of pieces.
Linking - determining that two separate pieces must be marked the same, regardless of whether they are filled or empty.

At one particular point I had to chain through several jumps in order to link two pieces. Once I had them linked, I could see which way they had to be marked.

If you can post a pic of where you currently are, I'll try to point you in the right direction.

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