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No.476 by Nikola Predrag – This funny problem made me laugh! Locust in h#7 Miniature. No more comments to leave more fun to the solvers! (JV)
Locust(L): Moves along Queen lines only by capturing an enemy unit, arriving on the square immediately beyond that unit, which must be vacant.
Circe: Captured units (not Ks) reappear on their game-array squares, of the same color in the case of pieces, on the file of capture in the case of pawns, and on the promotion square of the file of capture in the case of fairy pieces. If the rebirth square is occupied the capture is normal.
No.476 Nikola Predrag
h#7 2 solutions (1+3)
(no white King)
Hint: (click to show/hide)
Kírkē(Κίρκη) casts the spell on food to tame the ever-hungry Locust which might behave as a Grasshopper. The spell is revealed in the end, apparently as Y or ϒ.
Solutions: (click to show/hide)
I. 1.Kc8 Lxe6-f5[+bPe7] 2.e6 Lxe6-d7[+bPe7] 3.Kxd7[+wLd8] Lxe7-f6[+bPe7] 4.exf6[+wLf8] Lxf6-f5[+bPf7]+ 5.Ke7 Lxf7-f8[+bPf7] 6.Ke6 Lxd6-c5[+bPd7] 7.d5 Lxd5-e5[+bPd7]#
II. 1.Ka7 Lxd6-d5[+bPd7] 2.Kb6 Lxe6-f7[+bPe7] 3.d5 Lxe7-d7[+bPe7] 4.Kc5 Lxe7-f7[+bPe7] 5.Kd6 Lxe7-d7[+bPe7] 6.e6 Lxe6-f5[+bPe7] 7.e6 Lxd5-c5[+bPd7]#
(C+ by Popeye 4.63 and WinChloe 3.24)
Perhaps Janos could cast new spells 🙂 (Author)