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!):

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