logicpuzzle.sty

Roll out your own grid-based logic puzzle

As an example we take a look at the package bokkusu.sty. First, we ignore the LPPL license stuff.

We wrote a package with version number v1.2 and date 2013/03/25 and added a copyright remark. We need to load the code base package logicpuzzle.sty.

We save the package prefix and name in a macro for easy change. Then we define the options for package bokkusu.sty and the environment bokkusu, which are executed afterwards to create the macros for the option values. In the end, we need to initialize the package counters.

We need numbers around the grid. Therefore, we define some aliases for the existing generic commands.

We define \bokkususetup for resetting the global package options.

Finally, we define the environment bokkusu.

We locally set the environment options and the prefix and name of the current puzzle environment. We need to reset the counters for rows and columns, as they might have been altered.

We start a minipage with width. If the user defined a title, we typeset the title and add a vertical space. Then, we draw the puzzle with the help of tikz.sty. We start drawing the background and the grid.

Finally, we just end the picture for the puzzle. We draw and step the counter. As last action, we need to close the environment minipage. That’s it. Easy, isn’t it? You just need to copy this skelton and change or add some code for your specific puzzle.

The code

PGF layers

The package defines the following PGF layers: LPdump, LPbgcolor, LPbackgroundtwo, LPbackground, LPforeground and LPforegroundtwo

Without specifying a special layer, the standard main layer is used. The LPbackground and LPforeground layers can be accessed with the puzzlebackground and puzzleforeground environments. The LPbgcolor is and should only be used for the background color of the grid.

All layers can also be accessed with the generic PGF method:

Order: LPdump -> LPbgcolor -> LPbackgroundtwo -> LPbackground -> main -> LPforeground -> LPforegroundtwo

So, if you are in the need to place something behind LPbackground or in front of LPforeground, you can use the LPbackgroundtwo and LPforegroundtwo layers. You can hide elements like help nodes behind the background color on the LPdump layer.

Environments

puzzlebackground

The environment puzzlebackground allows you to place elements behind the main layer on the LPbackground layer. This is for example usefull for the fillarea command.

puzzleforeground

The environment puzzleforeground allows you to place elements in front of the main layer on the LPforeground layer. This is for example usefull for the framearea command.

Commands

Initialization

\LP@definekey

With the LP@define@key command, you can define the options of the package package and of the environment package. A prefix is needed for creating different name spaces.

This code snippet defines the option rows as global option for battleship.sty and as local option for environment battleship with the default value 5. This value is stored in \LP@BS@rows.

\LP@define@choicekey@fontsize

With the \LP@define@choicekey@fontsize command, you can define the choice key option fontsize of the package package and of the environment package. Possible keys are: tiny, scriptsize, footnotesize, small, normalsize, large, Large, LARGE, huge, Huge

\LP@init@counter

The command \LP@init@counter defines the counters prefix@rows and prefix@columns, initialize them with \prefix@rows and \prefix@columns and steps the counters.

Drawing grids

\LP@drawgrid

With the \LP@drawgrid command, you can draw the grid (xmin,ymin) to (xmax,ymax) with step step. For drawing the standard puzzle grid the step must be 1cm.

\LP@drawsudokugrid

The command \LP@drawsudokugrid draws the stnadard Sudoku grid, but just the thicker lines. You will have to overlay the standard grid to get a full Sudoku grid.

\LP@drawbackground

With the \LP@drawbackground command, you can draw the background color of the grid.

In the grid

\setcell

With the \setcell command, you can set element into cell columnrow as central node. It is aware of the current values of the surrounding environment options rows, columns, scale and fontsize. Furthermore, a check if element is within the grid is applied.

\LP@setcellcontent

The command \LP@setcellcontent is the generic command to set an arbitrary element.

\setrow

With the \setrow command, you can set the contents of a row. These may be numbers or letters.

\LP@setrowcontents

The command \LP@setrowcontents is the generic command to set row contents. It does not necessarily start with 1!

\setcolorrow

With the \setcolorrow command, you can set the contents of a row. Furthermore, the background of the cell is filled with color LP@c@romannumber. With the number 0, you can black out the grid cell.

\setcolumn

With the \setcolumn command, you can set the contents of a column. These may be numbers or letters.

\LP@setcolumncontents

The command \LP@setcolumncontents is the generic command to set column contents. It does not necessarily start with 1!

\setcolorcolumn

With the \setcolorcolumn command, you can set the contents of a column. Furthermore, the background of the cell is filled with color LP@c@romannumber.

\setrule

With the \setrule command, you can you can set a calculation rule rule into the top left corner of cell columnrow. The rule is typeset in inline math mode. You might consider using the \times and \div commands.

\fillcell

With the \fillcell command, you can fill cell columnrow with the color defined with environment option color. It is aware of the current values of the surrounding envionment options rows, columns, scale and color. Furthermore, a check if the cell is within the grid is applied.

\fillrow

With the \fillrow command, you can fill a row. In csv list ’1’ means ’fill’ and ’0’ means ’don’t fill’. Internally, \fillrow uses \fillcell.

\fillcolumn

With the \fillcolumn command, you can fill a column. In csv list ’1’ means ’fill’ and ’0’ means ’don’t fill’. Internally, \fillcolumn uses \fillcell.

\filldiagonals

With the filldiagonals command, you can fill the diagonals with the color specified with the optional argument color (default: yellow!20). Furthermore, it checks for a quadratic grid, otherwise an error message is issued.

\framearea

The \framearea command frames the area given by tikz path with color color. The reference for coordinates is the bottom left corner of the cell.

This command will color the frame of the grid cell (2,2) green. You should consider using this command in the puzzleforeground environment.

\fillarea

The \fillarea command fills the area given by tikz path with color color. The reference for coordinates is the bottom left corner of the cell. You should consider using this command in the puzzlebackground environment.

\colorarea

The \colorarea command fills the area given by tikz path with color color – just like \framearea without frame.

\framepuzzle

With the \framepuzzle command, you can frame the grid (thicker line) with the color specified with the optional argument color (default: black).

\tikzpath

With the \tikzpath command, you can easily construct a \tikz path. You just need to define a starting point column row (bottom left corner) and a csv list with direction indicators relative to the current position..

7: up left 8: up 9: up right
4: left 5: 6: right
1: down left 2: down 3: down right

This command will frame grid cell (2,2) green.

\LP@ingrid

With the \LP@ingrid command, you can check if an element – that should be placed – is within the grid. Otherwise an error message is issued.

\LP@definecolor

With the \LP@definecolor command, you can define named rgb colors, especially for defining background colors of numbers used in \setcolorrow and \setcolorcolumn.

The background color names follow the pattern: LP@c@romannumber

This command will define the new background color of number 4!

Around the grid

\LP@leftcolumn

With the \LP@leftcolumn command, you can set the contents of the column left to the grid. The skyline.sty package uses for example:

\LP@rightcolumn

With the \LP@rightcolumn command, you can set the contents of the column right to the grid.

\LP@toprow

With the \LP@toprow command, you can set the contents of the row above the grid.

\LP@bottomrow

With the \LP@bottomrow command, you can set the contents of the row below the grid.

Presentation

\titleformat

With the \titleformat command, you can define the format of the title. By default, the definition is as follows:

\puzzlecounter

The \puzzlecounter command provides the counter in textual form to use it for example in \definecounterstyle.

\setpuzzlecounter

With the \setpuzzlecounter command , you can reset the puzzle counter, for example before the solutions.

\definecounterstyle

The command allows you to define your own styles. For example, the style left is defined as follows:

To typeset the counter into the margin we use the command \marginnote. We need to use the command \reversemarginpar to set the counter into the left margin. Of course, we must use this command in a group for local scope. Finally we use \puzzlecounter in a \tikz node with a vertical offset set with the option cvoffset.

\LP@drawcounter

The \LP@drawcounter command draws the counter with counter style name.

Examples

You can download application examples and their solutions from the project page. The puzzles are originally licensed under .

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