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#### How to solve The Shroud 5 x 5 Puzzle Posted by Augon on June 20, 2015 at 4:50 PM

You must read my earlier posts, "How to solve The Shroud 4x4 puzzle" and "How to solve The Shroud 3x3 puzzle" before reading this one! this one assumes you can do a 4x4 AND 3x3 successfully.

In part three of the Shroud, you are placed in a room with a puzzle. Several folks who have run Shroud with me lately have expressed an interest in completing these puzzles. However, during the Raid we have a limited amount of time to complete puzzles before a prizmatic wall appears and kills us all, so that is not a good time to learn the puzzles.

With that in mind, I am posting a series of blogs that explain how to solve these puzzles without a puzzle solver. Earlier, I posted the easiest puzzle to solve, the 4 x 4. A few days later I posted a blog that explained how to solve the 3x3 puzzle. Today it is tiem to learn how to solve the great big 5x5. Like the 3x3, the 5x5 will often have unlit squares once you work your way down once. To solve the puzzle, you need to be familiar with how to handle this problem with 3x3 puzzles.

The 3x3 puzzle is also used in Caught in the Web Flagging quest, "Trial by Fury" - so if you learn these you are ready for that quest too!

Solving the 5X5 Shroud Puzzle

Again, I warn you: You MUST read my earlier post on how to solve the 4 x 4 and the 3 x 3 before reading this one. I also recommend going to http://terpstra.ca/vale.html and practice 4 x 4's and 3 x 3's a bit so this all makes sense.

The problem with the odd numbered puzzles are that when you reach the bottom, there are usually stil a couple of tiles left off. Allow me to show you what I mean.

Let us solve this puzzle together.

O X X X X

X X O X O

O O O X O

X O X X X

X O O O X

First we click all the squares below unlit squares in teh first row, just like the other two kinds of puzzles.

O X X X X

X @ @ @ @

O O O X O

X O X X X

X O O O X

And we have this.

O O O O O

O X X O O

O X X O X

X O X X X

X O O O X

Next, we do the same for row number 2

O O O O O

O X X O O

O @ @ O X

X O X X X

X O O O X

And we get this

O O O O O

O O O O O

X X X X X

X X O X X

X O O O X

And then row number 3

O O O O O

O O O O O

X X X X X

@ @ @ @ @

X O O O X

To get this

O O O O O

O O O O O

O O O O O

X O X O X

O X X X O

And the the fourth row

O O O O O

O O O O O

O O O O O

X O X O X

@ X @ X @

To get to this

O O O O O

O O O O O

O O O O O

O O O O O

X X O X X

A 5x5 works similar to a 3x3, this last row dictates what you do to the top so you can start down the square again. In fact, you use the exact same rules as the 3x3, using only the first three columns (colored blue). If you do not remember how to know what squares to click in the top row basedo on what are unlit in teh bottom, refer to my article, "How to solve the Shroud 3x3 puzzle?

O O O O O

O O O O O

O O O O O

O O O O O

X X O X X

So we are only looking at the X X O part of the bottom row. Since the first square is unlit, we will click the first and second square of the top row.

@ @ O O O

O O O O O

O O O O O

O O O O O

X X O X X

To get this

O O X O O

X X O O O

O O O O O

O O O O O

X X O X X

But its NOT ready to solve yet!!!

And since the second square is unlit on the bottom row, we click the first, second and third square on the top row (which means we would have clicked the first and second squares twice.)

@ @ @ O O

X X O O O

O O O O O

O O O O O

X X O X X

To give us this. It is worth noting that under no conditions do you ever click the fourth square on the top row during this part of solving the puzzle. EVEN if the third square is unlit on the bottom, row, you just consider the first three squares on the top row.

O X X X O

O O X O O

O O O O O

O O O O O

X X O X X

Now solve it as before

O X X X O

O @ @ @ O

O O O O O

O O O O O

X X O X X

O O O O O

X O O O X

O X X X O

O O O O O

X X O X X

O O O O O

X O O O X

@ X X X @

O O O O O

X X O X X

O O O O O

O O O O O

X O X O X

X O O O X

X X O X X

O O O O O

O O O O O

X O X O X

@ O @ O @

X X O X X

O O O O O

O O O O O

O O O O O

O O X O O

O X X X O

O O O O O

O O O O O

O O O O O

O O X O O

O X @ X O

O O O O O

O O O O O

O O O O O

O O O O O

O O O O O

And it is solved!

It is that easy! I suggest you go to http://terpstra.ca/vale.html and practice.

It is worth noting that under no conditions do you ever click the fourth square on the top row when you are setting up the second pass. EVEN if the third square is unlit on the bottom row, you just consider the first three squares on the top row. For example if your puzzle came out like this after teh first pass:

O O O O O

O O O O O

O O O O O

O O O O O

O X X O X

You would click the first, second, and third top row ssquares because the second bottom square is unlit...

@ @ @ O O

O O O O O

O O O O O

O O O O O

O X X O X

and you would then click the second and third top row squares becasue the bottom third square is unlit.

X @ @ O O

X O O O O

O O O O O

O O O O O

O X X O X

to give you this for solving

x x o o O

X o o O O

O O O O O

O O O O O

O X X O X

For this part, the fourth and fifth columns do not exist. Once you have clicked all required squares in the top row, you solve teh rest of the puzzle normally.

Good luck in the Shroud!

Victor

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