Tapa-Like Loop by Prasanna Seshadri

Tapa-like Loop by Prasanna Seshadri

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Theme: Clue Symmetry and Logic

Author/Opus: This is the 44th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Prasanna Seshadri.

Rules: In this variation of Tapa, the wall is in the form of a single non-intersecting loop. Clues inside the grid represent the number of neighboring cells visited by the loop; if there is more than one number in a cell, each number should be represented with a separate loop segment. There is no 2×2 rule of Tapa in this puzzle. This example image should help:

Tapa-like Loop Example by Serkan Yürekli

Answer String: Enter the length in cells of the horizontal loop segments from left to right in the marked rows, starting at the top. Separate each row’s entry with a comma. For the example, this would be “11,12″.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 1:20, Master = 2:15, Expert = 4:30

Note: Follow this link for other Tapa variations and this link for classic Tapa. If you are new to this puzzle type, here are our easiest Tapa puzzles to get started on.

Schedule for Next Week

All of Grant’s puzzles from last week have been grouped in this PDF.

This next week we’ll be throwing you for a loop. Every puzzle will have a familiar goal, even if the styles will be quite varied.

Monday: Tapa-Like Loop by Prasanna Seshadri
Tuesday: Masyu by Murat Can Tonta
Wednesday: Slitherlink by Thomas Snyder
Thursday: Masyu (Deformable) by Murat Can Tonta
Friday: Slitherlink (Sheep and Wolves and No 2×2) by Hans van Stippent
Saturday: Tapa-Like Loop by Prasanna Seshadri

The bonus puzzle for our Expert and above patrons will be a Yajilin by Thomas Snyder.

Fillomino by Grant Fikes

Fillomino by Grant Fikes

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Theme: Lots of L’s

Author/Opus: This is the 135th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Grant Fikes.

Rules: Standard Fillomino rules.

Answer String: For each cell in the marked rows/columns, enter the area of the polyomino it belongs to. Start with the 12th row, followed by a comma, followed by the 21st row.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 12:00, Master = 16:30, Expert = 33:00

Note: Follow this link for other classic Fillomino. If you are new to this puzzle type, here are our easiest Fillomino puzzles to get started on.

Cross the Streams by Grant Fikes

Cross The Streams by Grant Fikes

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Theme: Logical

Author/Opus: This is the 134th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Grant Fikes.

Rules: Standard Cross the Streams rules.

Answer String: Enter the length in cells of each of the black segments from left to right/top to bottom for the marked rows/columns, going in order from A to B to C to D and separating each entry with a comma.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 5:00, Master = 9:30, Expert = 19:00.

Note: Follow this link for other Cross the Streams. If you are new to this puzzle type, here are our easiest Cross the Streams to get started on.

Pentominous by Grant Fikes

Pentominous by Grant Fikes

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Theme: No P in this uzzle? (11 pentomino letter clues, but not P, appear in the starting grid)

Author/Opus: This is the 133rd puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Grant Fikes.

Rules: Divide the grid into 20 pentominoes so that no two pentominoes of the same shape (including rotations/reflections) share an edge. A cell with a letter in it must be part of the pentomino shape normally associated with that letter. An inventory of possible pentominoes is given below the puzzle.

Answer String: Enter the letter associated with the pentomino occupying each cell in the marked row from left to right and then the marked column from top to bottom, separating the groups with a comma. Use CAPITAL LETTERS!

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 2:40, Master = 5:00, Expert = 10:00

Note: Follow this link for other puzzles involving Pentominoes.

Battleships by Grant Fikes

Battleships by Grant Fikes

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Theme: Clue Symmetry and Logic

Author/Opus: This is the 132nd puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Grant Fikes.

Rules: Standard Battleships rules. Use the indicated fleet.

Answer String: For each row from top to bottom, enter the number of the first column from the left where a ship segment appears (enter both digits if a two-digit number). If the row is empty, enter 0. Enter these numbers as a single string with no separators.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 1:30, Master = 2:15, Expert = 4:30

Note: Follow this link for other classic Battleships. If you are new to this puzzle type, here are our easiest Battleships to get started on.

Masyu by Grant Fikes

Masyu by Grant Fikes

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Theme: Logical

Author/Opus: This is the 131st puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Grant Fikes.

Rules: Standard Masyu rules.

Answer String: Enter the length in cells of the horizontal loop segments from left to right in the marked rows, starting at the top. If the loop only has vertical segments in the marked row, enter 0. Separate each row’s entry with a comma.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 1:45, Master = 2:15, Expert = 4:30

Note: Follow this link for other classic Masyu. If you are new to this puzzle type, here are our easiest Masyu to get started on.