Countdown Tapa: 8 Days to Go

To enable our June reopening, Serkan Yürekli has stepped into a role as Managing Editor for the site. Serkan now oversees our puzzle submission and review process, assembles the web weeks, and has also brought new ideas for puzzle packet formatting, books, and other things you’ll see as we re-launch. As one small example, while we have always had an escalating set of puzzle difficulties from Monday to Saturday, we are now going to try to put star ratings (out of 5) on all puzzles for more comparison across weeks. We’re quite excited to have Serkan step into this larger role, and hope it increases the quantity of puzzles we can release without any change in the quality you have come to expect from GMPuzzles.

Enjoy this challenging Tapa (False) variation from Serkan as we count down the 8 days remaining.

Tapa (False) by Serkan Yürekli


or solve online (using our beta test of Penpa-Edit tools; use tab to shift between shading mode and the composite Yajilin mode where left click marks cells, right click marks dots in cells or X’s on edges, left click+drag draws lines.)

Theme: 8 (or 2 cubed)

Author/Opus: This is the 280th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster — and new managing editor — Serkan Yürekli.

Rules: Variation of Tapa rules. All clue digits are false and should be either one higher or one lower than the value given. (Note: Some corrected clue sets may be identical to their uncorrected versions, e.g. 1 2 becoming 2 1. Some corrected sets may contain zeroes, which have no effect on the remainder of the clue set.)

Solution: PDF

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. More Tapa puzzles can be found in The Art of Puzzles, in Tapa and Variations, and in our beginner-friendly collection Intro to GMPuzzles, all by Serkan Yürekli.

  • Muhorka says:

    Wau, what a construction. Without guessing, it took me almost 7 minutes to spot the right strating place. From there, it was better, but still challenging one!

  • SS says:

    I haven’t taken a stab at the puzzle yet, but just wanted to comment that I am very pleased that Serkan is taking over the reins as Managing Editor. Many thanks to Thomas for all his hard work over the years. Can’t wait for the site to be fully active again!

  • LorenR says:

    I would like to second the positive acknowledgment about Serkan taking over as Managing Editor. I have enjoyed his puzzles @ “The puzzle robot” from before he joined GMPuzzles and his invention of Tapa!

  • Thank you so much for your kind words.

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