This is a Melon puzzle. (10 – Yajilin)
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Rules: Standard Yajilin 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 = 12:00, Master = 22:30, Expert = 45:00
Very nice how the solver is constantly jumping around to make progress.
That was a tricky puzzle, but very satisfying to solve. It was interesting how once the general outline was filled in, there were a lot of little ambiguities about the details which neatly resolved themselves in a chain (sort of like resolving a lot of hanging pairs in a Sudoku, but you hardly ever see something like that in Yajilin).
This puzzle may be cursed. For no apparent reason, I kept missing obvious steps. It took me hours (probably – I worked for 5-10 minutes at a time) of staring at the puzzle to complete. Then it took me four tries to enter the answer without any typos. I did find the logic of getting the path in and out of confined spaces to be interesting.