The SpecGram Puzzle ElvesTM are back with another installment of Masyu Ortograpiu
First, the rules. Masyu Ortograpiu is played on a grid, with several squares that contain symbols from various writing systems. The goal is to draw a single continuous non-
The different varieties of written symbols have different requirements for how the line must pass through them:
Cells with symbols from an alphabet must be traveled straight through, but the loop must make a right angle turn in the cell either just before or just after the cell with the alphabetic symbol. (These correspond to white circles in traditional Masyu.)
The loop must make a right angle turn in cells with symbols from an abugida, an abjad, or a syllabary, but the loop must travel straight through the next and previous cells in its path. (These correspond to black circles in traditional Masyu.)
Cells with logographic, pictographic, or ideographic symbols will each behave in one of the previous two ways, to be determined while solving the puzzle.
Solution to the HitoriGuistiku II
Next, the hints. Above and to the right is a list of all and only the writing systems used in the puzzle, and their classifications for the purposes of the puzzle (you will not score points with the Puzzle ElvesTM if you challenge the classifications). Each writing system is used only once in the puzzle.
Penultimately, HitoriGuistiku II was apparently not quite hard enough, as several people, listed below, submitted correct solutions. A plausibly correct solution is presented at left.
Finally, the Masyu Ortograpiu II puzzle, below
A solution (quite likely the correct one, but how would you even know?) and the name of the prize winners (not that there will be any!) will appear in the upcoming March 2008 issue.