# How to solve Japanese crosswords?

Each of us chooses an activity to our liking. Someone likes to embroider a cross. Someone - to do crafts from a variety of materials. Another hobby is crosswords.

Now there are many periodicals, completely devoted to crosswords. In almost every newspaper there is a page for those who like to test their erudition. One of the popular types of crosswords recently is the Japanese crossword puzzle.

The technique of how to solve Japanese crosswords is quite complicated. But if you figure it out once, you can always occupy yourself and train your brain.

## What is different from the usual Japanese crossword

In ordinary crossword puzzles, we guess the words, and in Japanese we need to decipher the hidden picture. The scheme of the Japanese crossword puzzle looks like this:

The numbers indicate how many consecutive cells should be crossed out. For example, the first line should be nine. The first column is eight.

## What you need to know

- The whole field of Japanese crossword, as a rule, is divided into squares of five cells.That is, you do not need to count one by one cell, you can count as fives. Thus, we can calculate that our pattern is 14 by 15 cells.
- The order of the numbers does not change. In what order they stand, in such and will be crossed out in a row or column.
- There must be at least one space between the filled numbers. Maybe more, but the gap in one cell should be. For convenience, you can cross them with crosses or mark them with dots.
- Crosses are better to draw with a pencil, because then there will be an opportunity to erase them and see a beautiful picture.

## Instructions for solving a Japanese crossword

We proceed, in fact, to the very technique of how to solve Japanese crosswords. First find the biggest numbers. In our case it is 9 in the first line. Now you need to determine where to cross out these 9 cells in the first line? We need to know which cells will be 100% crossed out. To do this, we count 9 cells on the left like this:

And now nine cells on the right:

Those cells that were at the intersection, and will be crossed out:

Now we look at the columns in which the crossed out cells fall. These are the sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth columns.In each of them there is a single figure - that is, one cell. One cell in ours is already crossed out, which means that there must be a gap under it. We mark them with crosses, and cross out the figure, so as not to be confused:

We do the same with the following numbers in descending order. We have 9 in the last column, 8 in the first and 7 in the last row:

Please note that the last line we have consists of 14 cells, and therefore seven on the left and seven on the right give exactly half, so there will be no intersection.

Now it is clear how to solve Japanese crosswords? Moving on. Now we look horizontally that we are given shaded cells. In the seventh line we have one cell shaded to the right. So, we cross out the rightmost unit and put a cross in front of the cell - mark the gap:

The eighth line. Two units - two filled cells. Mark the gaps and delete them. Congratulations, the eighth line is solved! And this means that we can cross out the whole space between them.

We look what it gives us. In the seventh and ninth column we see the number five. Five cells should be painted over after the unit, which we have already crossed out. We look at the distance between the crosses in these columns ... Exactly five cells! The question arises why they can not be in the lower part of the field, after the crosses.Once again, back to the rules: the numbers are listed in order. That is, if from the very top we painted one cell, then there must be five, and only then 4 cells one by one. So, boldly paint over these cells:

Check the lines horizontally. Alas, in the third and fourth lines it doesn’t give us anything - it’s impossible to determine whether this one cell is painted over or perhaps two. But we can definitely put a cross between them, since there can be no three in a row in a row:

But in the fifth line, we can put as many as three crosses and cross out two units. In this case, it doesn’t matter what, since the whole line consists of units, and the drawing will not be confused:

Checking the sixth line gives us only a cross between black stripes, the seventh line so far gives us nothing. We skip the eighth, since it has already been unraveled, and in the ninth we put a cross in the penultimate cell and cross out the unit.

Further, alas, while we can not cross out horizontally. Let's go back vertically again. Checking the first six columns does not give us anything. At first glance, the seventh too, but if you take a good look ... We have 4 units left. And there are six empty cells in a column.That is, just enough space to accommodate the four shaded cells and the gaps between them. The same situation with the ninth column:

The art of how to solve Japanese crosswords is to constantly recheck yourself. Now back to the horizontal again and see what the crossed out cells in the lower field give us. In the ninth line we get a cross. In the tenth, nothing yet. In the eleventh - also no reliable information, as in the twelfth. But in the thirteenth we can sketch the cell between the two already drawn, because we have the number 5. It can not be somewhere on the side, because on the sides are units. And even if we put the units on the sides, the gap will recede - and the five cells will not fit.

We look further at the last two lines. In the most recent, where 7 cells should be drawn, we can cross out something. Since the cells are crossed out in the seventh and ninth columns in the middle, the cell between them will also be painted over. Three of seven. We retreat hypothetically possible four left and right, and mark everything else with crosses:

And then we act in the same spirit. Again and again checking horizontally and vertically, calculating all the options, cross out the new cells.When you have practically one unit left, you need to look at the drawing itself, as a rule, the picture emerges and you can understand what the author wanted to say and where to draw the cell. This is what you should end up with:

Here is a funny smiley you can do when you understand how to solve Japanese crosswords!

Good luck and interesting leisure!

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