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There are two types of PATH puzzles: ABC Path and 123 Path. Both use the same rules and grid size, but one is played with letters and the other is played with numbers.

PATH Puzzle Rules

The rules are simple:

  • each letter/number will appear only once
  • each letter/number will be in the same row/column/diagonal as its clue
  • the letters/numbers will make a consecutive path

How to Play ABC PATH

ABC Path consists of a 5×5 grid. Around the edges of the grid are the letters B to Y. The letter A has been placed.

The goal is to fill in all the cells so that the letters A to Y appear exactly once. Each letter must appear in the row, column, or diagonal corresponding to its clue. Furthermore, each letter must be a neighbor to the letter that comes before and after it.

How to Play 123 PATH

123 Path consists of a 5×5 grid (just like ABC Path). Around the edges of the grid are the numbers 1 to 25. The number 1 has been placed.

The goal is to fill in all the cells so that the numbers 1 to 25 appear exactly once. Each number must appear in the row, column, or diagonal corresponding to its clue. Furthermore, each number must be a neighbor to the number that comes before and after it.

Path Tips & an Example

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ABC and 123 Path use the same tips and tricks. The following example is an ABC Path puzzle.

Path Example 1

“A” & “B”

A is pre-placed in the grid.

The rule, “the letters will make a consecutive path” means we know that the B will be in one of the squares surrounding the A. I’ve circled those cells in green.

The rule, “each letter must appear in the same line as its clue” means we know that the B will be in the circled row.

There are only 2 squares that meet the criteria of both rules, so we know the B must be one of those.

It’s important to mark (in small writing) these potential letters down for future reference.

Path Example 2


We know the C must touch the B, so we’ll circle that.

We know the C must appear in the hint column, so we’ll circle that.

There are only 2 squares that meet both rules, so we’ll mark down mini-C’s in them.

Path Example 3


We’ll circle our known rules (touching C and column) and see that this gives us 3 potential D’s so we’ll mark them down.

Path Example 4


There’s nothing special happening here. Check out where you could put E’s and mark down the possibilities (2).

Path Example 5


Keep going through the alphabet. There are only 2 possibilities for where an F can go so mark them down.

At this point, you might be wondering if we’re ever going to write a permanent letter. And we will, next in fact.

Path Example 6

“F” and “E”

Look at where we placed those 2 F’s.

Remember, the E must touch the F. That means the E cannot be in the bottom-right corner which leaves only one place for an E. Mark it down!

Now that we have a permanent E, we should also check our potential D’s. In this case, we can remove the top D.

Path Example 7


And back to the regular alphabet.

When we cross the potential F’s and the G row, we’re left with 2 places G’s could go. Mark them!

Path Example 8


Where can the H go? There are only 2 places!

Path Example 9

“H” and “G”

Now that we have those two potential H’s, it affects our potential G’s.

The G has to touch one of them which leaves us with only one place for a G. Mark in that permanent G!

Path Example 10


Back to the alphabet. It’s time to mark our potential I’s.

Path Example 11


The J is our first diagonal clue. But otherwise, it’s the same! Find where the potential J’s could go and mark them.

Path Example 12


Diagonal clues make for much larger circles of potentials for the next letter.

For the first time, there are 4 potential places our letter K could go.

Path Example 13


Find and mark down the potential L’s. There are 3 of them.

Path Example 14


How many potential M’s are there? 2!

Path Example 15

Backwards from “M”

There are only 2 potential M’s and both of them only touch one potential L.

So we can write in permanent L. YAY!

We should also go back some more. A permanent L means our potential K’s might change (they do, there’s only 2 now so we can remove the other 2).

Fewer potential K’s might affect our potential J’s (they do, we’re going to cross out 1 J).

Fewer potential J’s might affect our potential I’s (they don’t). Since the I’s weren’t affected, there’s no need to keep going backward.

Path Example 16


Back to the regular alphabet checks.

How many potential N’s are there? Just 2!

Path Example 17


Looking for O’s and I see 3 potentials.

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Let’s find our potential P’s. Mark down the 4 of them.

Path Example 18


There are three potential Q’s.

This also affects our potential P’s (we can remove two of them that don’t touch our potential Q’s).

Path Example 19


How many R’s could there be? 2!

Lucky us, it also reduces one of our potential Q’s.

Now, I’m going to quickly do S, T, U, V, W, X, and Y. There’s nothing new or complicated. I’ll just be marking down the potential letters (and erasing and potentials that are no longer possible).

Path Example 25

Only One!

Now that we’ve got all our potential letters marked in, we can clearly see some boxes that only have one letter.

So great, those letters go there!

At the same time, we can cross off the remaining potentials for those letters.

Path Example 26

Can you finish?

That’s everything you need to know. Now it’s time for you to finish the puzzle. Good luck!

The solution is at the very end if you want to see it.

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Happy Puzzling,

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Path Example Solution

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