# Solving a picross puzzle

Now that you know the goal and the game rules of *hanjie*, we are going to learn how to solve a *picross* puzzle through this tutorial.

## Discover

First of all here is what a

*picross* puzzle looks like.

Here we have a 5 by 5 puzzle. There are several numbers on the left side and above the puzzle. Each sequence of numbers in front of a line or above a column indicates how many squares have to be blackend in this line or columns.

For instance, the

**3** above the first column indicates that 3 squares have to be blackened, one after the other.

## Step one

First we will blacken the easiest squares.

Take a look at the two

**5** on the left side of the puzzle. The indicate that you must blacken five squares on each line. As the puzzle is 5 by 5 squares, you have to blacken each square of those two lines!

## Full line

Now take a look at the first line. The number sequence is

**2 2**, that means that there are two series of two squares, those series being

**separated by AT LEAST one empty square**.

Let's do some maths: we have 2+1+2 (at least one empty square between the two series) = 5 squares (it's a minimum).
This line being exactly 5 squares long, there is only one solution: 2 black squares at the beginning of the line and 2 black squares at the end.

## Column

Let's deal with columns!

We have 2 columns with a

**3** on top. Those columns already have three black squares. Thus, those columns are good and we can check the other squares in it.

## Beginning of a column / line

Then we have 2 columns with a

**4** and three black square in each one. We just need to blacken the fourth square to find the solution for those columns.

## Solving the puzzle

Now you can take care of the last squares!

Congratulations! You just solved your first *picross* puzzle! Now you can try to solve as much *picross* puzzles as you can!