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Basic Mine Sweeping Skills

by Novel Games
2009-01-06 13:39:26
You need to master two basic skills:

1) Find out the only possible positions of the mines from a certain number:

For the following case:

Only one covered tile is adjacent to the circled tile, and therefore that covered tile must contain a mine:

2) When all mines from a certain number are found, clear all remaining tiles:

For the following case:

You have already found the mine for the circled tile, and therefore all remaining tiles must be safe:

by Novel Games
2009-01-06 13:39:26
The advanced skills involve some logical thinking, for example:

Looking at the number 2 alone, there are three cases:

But the number 1 shows that the third case is impossible, and therefore there are two cases left:

For both cases, the leftmost tile contains a mine, and therefore you can be sure that the first tile contains a mine:

Another way of thinking is that if the first tile does not contain a mine, then the remaining two tiles must contain mines. But this is impossible as the number 1 will be violated. Therefore you can conclude that the leftmost block must contain a mine.

Moving on, the number 2 shows that the circled tiles contain only one mine:

So the mine corresponding to the number 1 must be one of the two circled tiles, and so the remaining tile must be safe:

by Novel Games
2009-01-06 13:57:55
When you see the following patterns, you can quickly find out the solution:

by Novel Games
2009-01-06 13:58:27

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