Free puzzle: Non-Consecutive Killer Samurai Sudoku + a new book

Last time I posted a free puzzle on this website was… I don’t know when. It’s one of the things that I intend to do more in the future – posting new puzzles at least once a week, just like back in the good old times.

Before I show you the new puzzle, I’d first like to show you a new book I published. Many of you responded to my question in the newsletter that you’d like to see a new Killer Samurai book – probably because the last volume I had published was in 2017.

Well, so I listened to your request. Volume 11 of Killer Samurai Sudoku series of books contains 99 puzzles altogether:

  • 69 Classic Killer Samurai Sudoku puzzles
  • 10 ZERO Killer Samurai Sudoku
  • 10 Diagonal Killer Samurai Sudoku
  • and 10 NON-CONSECUTIVE Killer Samurai Sudoku
Killer Samurai Sudoku book
Killer Samurai Sudoku book

Please be warned – this book is not for beginners. The puzzles are very difficult to solve, each will probably take a few hours. It is only intended for experienced solvers of Killer Sudoku puzzles.

Now, back to the free puzzle. I’m not 100% sure if I’ve ever posted here a non consecutive killer samurai. I don’t think I have, but I could be wrong. Non consecutive sudokus are one of my favorite sudoku variants, especially when mixed with other variations of sudoku. They add another twist and make you think even harder. In the book I just introduced, there are 10 such puzzles – I think they make the book much more interesting.

So… without further ado… here is the free Non-Consecutive Killer Sudoku Samurai puzzle.

If you prefer you can download this puzzle and the solution in the PDF format.

I’m waiting for your thoughts… have a great weekend!

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Arrived to Madeira – plus a new Picross book

If you have read my previous post, just the fact that it was posted and available it kinda implied that I had arrived to Madeira. Still, I want to confirm that I’m all good, Cash is all good and we’re both loving Madeira so far. I will soon write more about the details of the whole trip, the logistics of everything and how it went, but, because this is a busy season for my puzzle books, I have to make the first announcement for this year of a new book. So… without much further ado, here it is:

It’s a new Nonograms book with over 200 puzzles! All puzzles in this book are NEW, and have not been published in any other book. The book is 6 inches by 9 inches format.

About half of the puzzles are BRAIN difficulty – challenging, but just the right amount. I think that’s what most people prefer.

There are more than 40 puzzles in each of the sizes 15×15, 15×25, 30×20 and 30×40. I think those are the best sizes for picross puzzles, where 30×40 is, obviously, the most challenging and best looking puzzle size of all, with most details.

The main difference compared to previous volumes is that this book is back to the smaller 6″x9″ format. The reason behind this is so that it would be cheaper for you. There’s been a change in the printing cost of my books, not by me but by the printer, and now they charge more per page for books larger than 6″x9″. Therefore, I decided to print this one in 6″x9″. If many of you, dear followers, dislike this size, I will also release another edition with the same puzzles in a bigger format. So, please please please let me know how you like this book!

Thank you and I’m off to enjoy Madeira and make more puzzles. At the same time. I don’t know how I’ll manage. Wish me luck.

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Poop Deck

Current position

Latitude: 35~40’0“
Longitude: 13~6’30“
Distance from Lisbon: 265nm (490km = 305 miles)
Distance to Canical: 250nm (463km = 288 miles)
Distance to continental Europe: 215nm
Distance to Africa (Morocco): 275nm

(I’m typing this far away from the coast, in the Atlantic Ocean, where there’s obviously no internet connection and so I shall post this tomorrow morning as soon as we approach Madeira enough that we get the signal)

All crew members, including the captain, and I as the only passenger, eat three meals a day together: breakfast at 7.30am, lunch at noon and dinner at 7pm. Today for lunch we had vegetable soup, salad and bacalhao (codfish cooked in various ways – all of them your absolutely favorite meal if you are real Portuguese). I’m still getting acquainted with the taste of this super salty, quite dry and a bit smelly fish – even though I generally really love my fish and I love salty food, this combination is still a bit too much for my palate. But, with time I’ve been actually becoming more fond of the bacalhao, albeit very slowly.

Anyway… We are past the half way point on this voyage, at the more or less equidistant spot between the coast of Africa, continental Europe and Madeira. After lunch, I approached the captain and asked if it was against the shipping company rules if I took some photos and wrote this blog about my journey. The reason I asked him is that someone had mentioned in a group chat which I’m a member of, that passengers were not allowed on cargo ships, which sounded wrong, but I wanted to double check. The Captain gave me his permission to write about the journey, so I suppose it means that I am not an alien aboard this ship after all. 😀

This voyage is one of my absolutely favorite and unique experiences ever. I love it. There isn’t much going on, I’m resting, working on some long overdue puzzles and writing. But I simply love the experience of the long passage, and of being aboard a cargo vessel. However, I must give you at least 3 reasons why this kind of a trip may not be for everyone:

  1. I am a licensed skipper of almost 15 years. Before moving to Portugal, I would go sailing in Greece for about a month and a half every year. I’ve done several relatively long passages­ in the open sea – although all of them in the Mediterannean and never in the open Ocean. And I’ve never been sea sick. On the other hand, I’ve seen people get sea sick even in zero Beaufort conditions (calmest possible seas) on more than one occassion. What I’m saying is that it is a very personal thing whether you’ll get sea sick and in my view, you should not attempt a voyage like this one if you don’t have any maritime experience, at least of sailing for a couple of weeks or something alike.
  2. The weather is a bit cloudy but very fine and stable. The waves are long and rolling, so a 127 meters long M/V „Funchalense 5“ is riding them smoothly, with a bit of rocking but in a very stable and gentle way. If the waves were bigger and shorter (higher frequency), the predicament would’ve been much more difficult to handle. The captain has told me that on occassion they do get even 10 meter waves. In all honestly – I do not know how I would handle that, as I’ve never experienced it. You simply can’t know until you get caught in the bed weather with big choppy waves for the first time.
  3. You don’t know how your dog will react to the new environment. Cash is not handling it very well. Minutes before I started writing this post, he peed for the first time in about 22 hours! The deck where I’m supposed to „walk him“ is a steel deck of about 5 meters by 5 meters. And Cash hates steel surfaces – including the steel pedestrian overpasses above the trains, which there are a few in Lisbon along the river. I guess he hates the lack of grip, and the gentle rolling of the ship isn’t helping. Also, steel is not the most inviting environment for dogs to pee – normally they first like to smell something natural and organic so that they’d know they were leaving their scent mark. Anyhow, my biggest concern since we boarded – Cash not peeing – has been resolved, thankfully. He also hasn’t eaten yet, which I was actually expecting and that’s fine, dogs can go without food for several days. Aaaand… Ta da!!! He hasn’t pooped yet either. I guess that’s ok. He’s been generally very calm since we boarded, sleeping a lot, and I know he feels safe when I’m there next to him, but I can see it in his body language that he is not happy to be here. When he was a year old I took him sailing – and he didn’t enjoy it – and my explanation was that it was too hot for him with all that fur he’s got. But now that’s certainly not the case… I just don’t know anymore. Perhaps Cash, being a Border Collie, simply belongs to the mountains and not the seas. And on the covers of my books.

Ok, I guess the time has come to explain the title of this post. You might think that the „poop deck“ from the title is the 5×5 steel deck that I just described where Cash had finally peed. But, you’d be wrong to think that! The „poop deck“ on a vessel is actually the cantina, the place where the crew and the passengers eat! It comes from the French word “la poupe” which means “aft cabin”. Why is it transcribed like that? I don’t know. Was someone just being bored white eating or while being „seated“?

P.S. I just tricked him into eating… first gave him the dog buiscits to entice the apetite and then continued with his actual food. Or, so I think that I tricked him. What if he tricked me into starting with the buiscuits? You know the quote from the „Hitchikers’ guide to the Galaxy“: „and thank you for all the fish“. Now, one more task is left… you know… the big one.

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Saturday night in Lisbon

It’s a beautiful November evening in Lisbon. I just had dinner with a few guys that I had never met before. Typical homemade Portuguese food: caldo verde (vegetable and sausage soup), risois (pastries stuffed with meat or shrimp), then a dish made of chicken and vegetables – I don’t know if it’s got a name, fruit for dessert and coffee. Water or juice for drinks, because alcohol and drugs are strictly prohibited.

As I’m typing these words on my laptop, getting the internet connection off my phone hotspot while I still have the signal, my dog Cash is watching me as he’s lying on the bed where I’ll sleep for two nights and the guys whom I had the dinner with are dropping the bow and stern lines and the engine of the “Funchalense 5” cargo ship is revving up, sailing away from the docks of Lisbon on the river Tejo (Tagus), heading towards the Atlantic Ocean port of Caniçal on the island of Madeira, north-west off the Canary Islands, in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

Hi, I’m still Djape, your favorite puzzle author, and the dog I mentioned above is the same dog that you see on the covers of my puzzle books for adults and kids. I’ve been living in Cascais, Portugal, for the past 3 years and I’m now moving to Funchal, Madeira – also Portugal. I intend to stay there for the next 6 months, if not more, so if you happen to be there, feel free to drop me a note and we can meet and have a glass of some fine Portuguese wine. Or two.

I will write more about my voyage when we disembark in Madeira. This is it for now, as I think my internet connection is about to go off. It’s a 2 day, 520 nautical miles journey (960km or 600 land miles).

Port of origin: Lisbon, Portugal.

Port of call: Caniçal, Madeira, Portugal.

Crew: 11 + 1 in training.

Passengers: 1. And Cash the Dog, of course. Where I go – he goes.

Oh yes, and I’ve published 3 new puzzle books for adults (sudoku, kakuro and picross) in the past month. And there will be more in the next few weeks. A bit later than usual. Sorry. It’s been super busy and hectic the last month or so, moving house and all. Hope you understand. See you soon!

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10 New Books have been published!

Le BIG book of BIG Trigons         Avant Garde Sudoku Variants         Quirky Sudoku variants book         250 black and white Picross Japaneses Picture Logic puzzles        500 Medium Hard Kakuro Puzzles book          Deadliest Killer Sudoku book volume 5             The Way of Samurai book volume 10                                          Letter Fill Ins Random Letters Word Searches
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New Sudoku book with 600++ puzzles

It’s that time of the year, folks! Time for new puzzle books by Djape. I am eagerly waiting for you to tell me about the new books that you would like to see.

Meanwhile, I’ve published a book of vanilla (meaning “regular” or “plain”) Sudoku puzzles. Yes, it’s just another Sudoku book, but the goal this time was to make it as affordable as possible. It is the cheapest sudoku book out there. And I intend to publish future books with lower prices than before – as much as I can help it.

Important: to make this book as affordable as possible, the solutions are NOT INCLUDED in the book, but they can be easily downloaded.

  • More than 600 SUDOKU puzzles of ALL LEVELS of difficulty
  • 6 puzzles per page (3 rows of puzzles)
  • Each puzzle is 3″x3″ in size (7.5cm x 7.5cm)
  • Extra wide inside margin
  • 8.5″x 11″ paper size (21.6cm x 28cm) and thick paper
  • bold font – easy viewing
  • Explanations and examples of all sudoku solving techniques
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  • This book is for the whole family – read below why!

This is a great GIFT IDEA – for anyone who enjoys solving puzzles – including YOU!

In this book, the puzzles are ordered in such a way that on each page you have one puzzle of each of the 6 levels of difficulty. Furthermore, the order of puzzles on each page rotates, so that sometimes an “easy” level puzzle will be in the top left corner, but on another page it will be in the right center and another time in the bottom right corner.

This way, if more than one person is solving the puzzles in this book, there will always be something for someone on each page and also, you will have equal opportunity to solve puzzles on different parts of the page and of the book. If you’ve solved a book with other people before, you know what I’m talking about.

Since the solutions are not printed in the book, not only is the book cheaper for you, but we are also helping keep the planet a little greener by not using the unnecessary paper for printing. Thank you for your understanding!

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Easy-Medium Trigons Book

This is the easiest Trigons book I’ve published so far. So, if you haven’t already tried Trigons puzzles, then you should certainly start with this one. It also contains STEP-BY-STEP instructions on how to solve Trigons.

Remember, Trigons are not Sudoku! They are not even related. They are one of the most difficult kinds of puzzles to create and to the best of my knowledge, I am the only author who still creates them.

And, you should be warned, they are difficult to solve, too. However, in this book, I’ve deliberately added some starting clues to help you out and to make the solving process easier. This book is good for beginners and for kids, too.


  • 100 Trigons puzzles
  • 6 inches x 9 inches paper size and thick paper
  • Step-by-step instructions
  • All solutions
  • 30 Trigons puzzles, size 0 to 4
  • 40 Trigons puzzles, size 0 to 5
  • 30 Trigons puzzles, size 0 to 6

If you ever wanted to try a new kind of puzzle, I think this is the one you should try!

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