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Kitty Solitaire 3 is a puzzle in Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask.

Puzzle

US Version

This time, Lucky has nine white kittens crowding around her on the 5 x 5 board! Both Lucky and the kittens can jump over any kitten that is on a horizontally, vertically, or diagonally adjacent square. Jumping over a kitten removes that kitten from the grid, but Lucky can´t be jumped over.

Once again, you want to leave only Lucky in the middle of the board. Now get pouncing with those kitties!

UK Version

This time, Lucky has nine white kittens crowding around her on the 5 x 5 board! Both Lucky and the kittens can jump over any kitten that is on a horizontally, vertically or diagonally adjacent square. Jumping over a kitten removes that kitten from the grid, but Lucky can´t be jumped over.

Once again, you want to leave only Lucky in the centre of the board. Now, get pouncing with those kitties!

Hints




Click a Tab to reveal the Hint.

Let's concentrate on just one of the several possible ways to solve this puzzle.

See how the cats are clustered at the bottom? The two kittens at the top are the problem here. Think about how to jump over these two. Lucky doesn't make the first move here.

US Version

First make the kitten below the center square jump diagonally upward--either way will do. Keep jumping it until it has moved around the board and returned to its original position. This should leave five kittens in the bottom two rows of the board.

UK Version

First make the kitten below the centre square jump diagonally upwards - either way will do. Keep jumping it until it has moved around the board and returned to its original position. This should leave five kittens in the bottom two rows of the board.

It's about time Lucky did some work now. Maybe you can finish the puzzle with her?

You don't start with a diagonal jump, if that's what you're thinking.

From the position with five kittens left at the end of Hint 2, move Lucky either vertically or horizontally.

US Version

For example, if you move her up, she has to jump down and then sideways twice. The last move should bring her to the middle!

UK Version

For example, if you move her up, she has to jump down and then sideways twice. The last move should bring her to the centre!


Solution

Correct

Correct!

It's actually possible to use only Lucky to complete this puzzle. If you haven´t tried it, think about how you could do it. It takes nine moves.

  • Initial position
  • Jump Lucky over the kitten on her left
  • Jump Lucky over the kitten above and right
  • Jump Lucky over the kitten on her left
  • Jump Lucky over the kitten ablove and right
  • Jump Lucky over the kitten below and right
  • Jump Lucky over the kitten on her left
  • Jump Lucky over the kitten below and right
  • Jump Lucky over the kitten on her left
  • Jump Lucky over the kitten above her

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