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Question about #13, which sounds to me like a conflict.

should it read “ nothing is south of the one black rook, which is on the edge”?

or should it read “ nothing is south of the white rook that is on the edge”

or even “one of the white rooks is on the edge, and has nothing south of it”?

for that matter, should it name a different piece than white rook?

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For number 8, does that mean the black queen is on the opposite E-W extreme or just opposite half?  Or can it potentially refer to N-S? Number 12 would seem to contradict that if it means the E-W extreme.

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If the black queen is on the extreme east per clue 8 (N,S,W spaces adjacent), and alone in her column per clue 12, that leaves only the W space to put both the pawn and bishop mentioned in clue 8. Should it maybe read the queen is alone in her own row?

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Seems like there could be multiple answers from my interpretation of the clues. 

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Knight A3

White Rooks A2, B1

Black Rook A1

White Pawns D6, G3

Black Pawn D5

White King F3

Black King D2

White Queen G4

Black Queen H2

Bishop G1

 

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Based on 3 and 8, the black queen has to be in one of the bottom 2 rows. There are 2 white rooks. One is in a column by itself (15). The other is south of the knight (1) and north of the black rook. That means the knight has to be at least the 3rd row from the bottom so that doesn't work with being directly across from the queen.

 

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I have these set:

Knight A2

White Pawns D6, G3

Black Pawn D5

Black King D2

Black Queen H2

Bishop G1

These I can find a couple options. One option:

White King C6

White Queen D7

Black Rook F3

White Rooks A1, F4

 

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Thought that wording was a bit repetitive. . .

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Knight A2

White Pawns D6, G3

Black Pawn D5

Black King D2

Black Queen H2

Bishop G1

White King F3

White Queen G4

Black Rook C6

White Rooks A1, C7

 

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Way to go Thalia! I’ll bet the problem thought you were playing Whack-amole. 

Nice problem, Rocdocmac, every one of the 18 items was a different kind of constraint; I didn’t find a convenient way to represent the data. I’m glad Thalia solved it.

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