Mysterious Negg Daily
On the 27th Day of Hiding Y14, a new daily was introduced to Neopia, The Mysterious Negg . The puzzle itself isn't new. Those of you who participated in the Y14 Festival of Neggs may remember the puzzle that needed to be completed to obtain the Negg Amulet to defeat the Neggbreaker challenger. The puzzle is exactly the same and can now be completed daily for a prize.
Mysterious Negg Cave
Deep in a cave in Shenkuu lies a mysterious negg. Some say that only by solving the puzzle on the negg can it be opened, and the prize inside revealed...
This is the puzzle you need to solve. The solution is fairly simple. The 9 empty squares in the negg need to be filled by a coloured symbol. There are 3 colours and 3 symbols. By the time your puzzle is completed, you will have each symbol on the board three times, one of each colour.
You may be wondering how on earth you're supposed to know which colour and symbol combination goes on which square. Luckily, the game provides you with clues to help you place the solutions. The "clues" can be found on the left in the scroll:
How to Solve
This is basically a visual logic puzzle. The idea is to use the clue "pieces" to deduce what each square on the puzzle will be. Imagine the "pieces" overlayed on the puzzle with each square in the clue representing one square on the puzzle grid. You can visualize it in your mind (especially with the easier puzzles), or even make your own grid and pieces out of paper or in a graphics program to physically move the pieces around to see how they fit onto the puzzle grid. keep in mind, the clues cannot be rotated and must be placed onto the grid exactly as they are.
The puzzle above is extremely easy. Each clue "piece" can only be put on the grid one way: directly overtop with all the squares of the clue lining up with all the outer squares of the puzzle. Let's place the clue on the left of the scroll. According to this clue, the top left square of the puzzle needs to be a flame, the top middle needs to be a flower and the top right needs to be a shield while the bottom left square needs to be a flower, the bottom middle needs to be a shield and the bottom right needs to be a flower. Let's place those onto our puzzle first, since we know what they are.
To place a symbol or colour onto your puzzle, click the symbol/colour you want to use on the bottom of the scroll with the clues and them click the square on the puzzle where you want to place it. Clicking "clear all" clears everything you've placed on your puzzle board so far and clicking "clear" resets your colour/symbol choice for placing on the grid. For beginners, I would recommend clicking "clear" after each grid placement so you don't accidentally place the wrong combination the next time you make a selection for the grid.
The second clue also overlays perfectly on the puzzle. Now, when overlying multiple clues on the same puzzle grid section, there are a couple rules. You can overlay a colour and a symbol on the same square (which would give you the final square solution) a colour over the same colour and a symbol over the same symbol, but you cannot overlay two or more different colours or two or more different symbols on the same square.For example, a clue puts a red shield on your grid. You lay another clue overtop and one square of that clue overlays the red shield of the previus clue. The square that overlaps is a blank shield. This is fine because it's the same symbol. However, if the overlap from the second clue was a different symbol, a colour other than red or a coloured symbol that did not match (anything other than a red shield), it wouldn't work. Let's add the second clue over top of the first one:
Now that all our clues have been translated to the puzzle, we have final solutions for the four corners of the puzzle, are halfway to solving the middle squares on each side and, so far, have nothing for the middle, as none of our clues included the middle square. However, because we know the final combinations for some of the squares, we can use the process of elimination for the rest. Remember how the goal of the puzzle was to have one of each coloured symbol on the board? This is how we can deduce the remaining solutions.
Try to work on squares where you know either the colour or symbol already. It makes it much easier to narrow down the possible combinations. Looking at our board, we already have a yellow flower and a purple flower. There is one square left with a flower that we still need to assign a colour to. Because the other colours already have flowers, the last flower has to be red:
Now we have two red symbols and a square on the puzzle that needs to be red, but doesn't yet have a symbol. Since there is already both a red flower and red shield on the board, the red square needs to be a flame. We can do the same with the yellow. Since there is already a yellow flower and a yellow flame, the last yellow square needs to be a shield. Let's add those in now:
So now we have 3 yellow symbols, 3 red symbols and only 1 purple symbol. This means that the remaining two squares without coloured symbols will be purple:
Since we already have a purple shield and flower, the last purple square will end up being a flame. We now have our completed puzzle:
Though this example was fairly easy, the concept is basically the same for most puzzles. Occasionally, there will be some trial and error when you have a clue or two that can go in more than one place, but those pieces are rare and the majority of solutions should come from process of elimination. We have compiled a page of examples of completed puzzles and the clues they were solved with here that may help you in trying to figure out your own puzzle. Because there are thousands of puzzles, we can't show all of them, but hopefully the clues and solutions will help you better understand how the puzzles work.
Since the first one had only two rather easy clues, we're going to do another one together that's a tad bit harder:
This puzzle has more clues to it than the first one. With any puzzle you get, you're going to want to use the biggest clue first. The bigger the clue is, the easier it is to place because there are a limited number of places (many times only one) it can be put onto the puzzle grid. This large piece can only be place in one spot in our grid. Any other position would force some of the clue off of the puzzle. So let's place it first:
We're then going to move on to the next biggest clue. Since the rest of ours are the same size, you could really pick any of the three to do next. I'm going to choose the horizontal piece with 2 blank squares and a purple on the far right.
Right away, you know that, because the piece has a width of 3 squares, it either needs to go along the top row, middle row or bottom row, right from one side of your puzzle to the other. Any other position would make it run off the page. The hint we are given is that one of the squares in the far right coloumn of your puzzle is going to be purple. Remember the rules we mentioned when placing clues? Different coulours cannot overlap. Since the bottom row already has a red symbol on the far right and the middle row already has a yellow symbol on the far right, it means that this clue needs to be placed along the top row. Let's do that now:
Time to choose another clue. Let's try the one with the flame. Again, it's a three-square horizontal piece, so it will be placed in the top, middle or bottom row. This means the flame will be the center symbol for one of these rows. Since the top and middle row already have symbols in the middle (remember, just like different colours can't overlap, different symbols can't either), This piece has to go on the bottom row:
We're now left with one last clue. This piece is a three-square vertical piece. We know it has to go in the left, middle, or right row of our puzzle and that it will fit in perfectly from top to bottom (any other position would make it run off the grid). The clue we are given is that the bottom of one of the colums will be a flower. Since there are already symbols at the bottom of the middle and right columns that aren't flowers, we know that this last clue needs to go in the far left column:
Now that we are out of clues, we need to deduce the solutions for the remaining squares from what we have already. Remember, during this step, it's best to work on squares where you already know either the colour or the symbol. Let's try to solve for the purple square in the top right corner. We know it's going to be purple, we just don't know the symbol. Looking at our grid, we already have a purple shield and purple flower. Since each symbol can only be used once for each colour, this means that the purple square in the top right has to be a flame:
Now let's do the flame in the middle of the bottom row. Since we already have a purple and red flame, we know this one has to be yellow:
The only other square we have partially solved is the flower. Since there's already a yellow and purple flower on the board, this flower has to be red:
Our last square is one where we know neither the colour or the symbol. But, since we have every other one solved, we can deduce this one. Looking at the colours, we have 3 yellow squares, 3 purple squares, but only 2 red squares. This means our last square needs to be red. Looking at the red squares we have, we have a flame and a flower, but no shield. This means our last square needs to be a red shield:
Once you have completed your puzzle, click "Submit" and received your prize!
However, if you do happen to submit the wrong solution, you will be able to keep trying:
These are the prizes currently known to be awarded from the daily. As it's new, we're still gathering information. If you receive something not listed, feel free to send us a ticket!
Boots of Leaping
Ancient Shenkuu Cannon
Quintilc Throwing Star
Parasol of Unfortunate Demise
Bag of Infinite Neggs
Ultimate Icy Negg
Shenkuu City Stamp
Customization and Furniture
Fresh Bamboo Chair
Relaxing Shenkuu Rock Garden
Red Poogle Morphing Potion
Fruit and Vegetable Hand Roll
Green Tea Custard
Neggy Custard Pie
Grilled Stuffed Tofu
Chocolate Kougra Pudding
Angry Emoticon Hearts
Vanilla Gnorbu Biscuit
Creamy Stick Biscuit
Exotic Fried Noodles
CoffChai Blended Tea
Iced Soy Chai Latte
Brown Rice Bowl
Chilli Stir Fry
A Nimmo Music Extravaganza
Exotic Ingredients of Shenkuu
Nimmo - Now and Zen
Karate for Beginners
Purple Hasee Plushie
Baby Scorchio Plushie
Green Cyodrake Plushie
Blue Ruki Plushie
Gifts, Toys and Grooming
Lucky Pandaphant Doll
Camouflage Ruki Marionette
Cyodrakes Gaze Keychain
Gold Gem Negg
Pygui Hand Puppet
Pygui Nesting Dolls
Cyodrake Scratching Post
White Squid Root
Bottle of Shenkuu Ink
Hints and Tips
- Try to use the biggest clues first. As they incorporate more squares and more space, they're easiest to place correctly. Then, use the smaller clues to fill out around and over the big clues
- Don't be afraid to get hands-on. Sketch things out on paper. Draw out your own grid and clues, cut them out and try to make a layout of your puzzle. It doesn't take long and it's a great way to really visualize the puzzle
- Skip itIf you're working on a clue that could be placed in more than one position on your grid, try working on another one. Once more clues are placed, you may find the possibilities for the the piece you skipped dwindle down to just one or two.
Avatar and Challenger
If you did not participate in the Y14 Festival of Neggs, you may have heard rumors about a Battledome Challenger and an avatar for beating that challenger. It seems that people are randomly being awarded the Challenger and/or avatar when completing this daily. However, note that the Neggbreaker is no longer susceptible to the Negg Amulet and has quite the set of formidable weapons. Good luck, battlers!
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