Thursday, August 30, 2007

My Latest Obsession

Sometimes I need to spend some time doing something mindless. Something relaxing and involving, like the grown-ups version of coloring. I miss coloring. Who deemed that it was only for kids?

What do you do for mindless fun? For relaxation?

Here’s something fun. From The Puzzle Club:

A Hanjie Puzzle Consists of a grid like that below, and may be of any width or height. The aim is to fill in the number of squares specified in each row and column to create a picture.


Typically, the larger the grid the harder the puzzle though this does not always follow. You will notice at the top and left of the puzzle are a set of numbers. These indicate which cells within the grid are to be filled in.

For instance:

  • A ’1’ next to a column indicates one cell is to be coloured in in that column
  • A ’3’ means that three cells should be coloured in that column
  • A ’1, 1’ means that there are two cells coloured in total; and there is a gap of at least one blank (non-filled) square between the two filled squares

Here are a few tips to help you get started:

  • Focus on the rows and columns with the largest numbers next to them first
  • If the total for a row or column is more than half the number of cells in that row or column, you can instantly place at least one cell
  • Remember that cross-referencing is the key to solving these puzzles
  • Each time you place a cell, check how it affects the other rows and columns
  • It is also important to work out where a filled cell cannot be

Like any puzzle, hanjie takes practice, and you will get quicker at working out possibilities over time. All our puzzles can be solved with no guesswork required - through deduction alone - and there is only one solution for each puzzle. You will end up with a picture, for instance if the puzzle was called snowflake, you might get a picture like this (note this is not the solution to the example grid at the top of this page!):


You can find a bunch of Hanje to play with, here!

7 bonus scribbles:

Erica Orloff 8/30/2007 02:02:00 PM  

Holy crap. I am terrible at stuff like that. My Significan Other does Soduko in the bathroom. (Men!) My adolescent son, too (Junior Men!). Me? Can't do 'em. My obsession (to rest my brain) is now knitting. I knit BADLY--lopsided scarves. But I love it.


spyscribbler 8/30/2007 04:08:00 PM  

Knitting is one of those things that I love, (do it badly, too) that I just don't seem to do.

There's something about picking up the needles and knitting, though. It's like this instant warm flood of relaxation just runs into me. It's wonderful!

Liz Wolfe 8/30/2007 08:30:00 PM  

My two are Tai Pei on the computer and counted cross stitch. And, yes, the husband does Soduko in the bathroom. Everywhere else, too, actually.

Bernita 8/31/2007 09:38:00 AM  

I'll stick to cut 'n paste pictures from magazines.

spyscribbler 8/31/2007 01:01:00 PM  

Oh, Liz, I miss counted cross stitch! It's been too long.

I used to do Sudoku every night before bed, but never in the bathroom, LOL. I'm a get-in, get-out sort of girl.

Bernita, really? That's something I've never tried! Where do you paste them?

Bernita 9/01/2007 05:59:00 AM  

On white stock. To make gift tags.
Mindless. Relaxing.

spyscribbler 9/01/2007 12:13:00 PM  

Wow, making gift tags. I bet you still write beautiful, handwritten letters on pretty stationery, too. And with your prose, they'd be a treasure.

I miss making stuff, LOL.