### Tapa-Like Loop by Thomas Snyder

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Author/Opus: This is the 395th puzzle from Thomas Snyder, aka Dr. Sudoku.

Rules: Form 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.

Difficulty: 4 stars

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 6:45, Master = 11:30, Expert = 23:00

Solution: PDF; a solution video is also available here.

Note: Follow this link for other Tapa-Like Loop puzzles. More Tapa-Like Loop puzzles can be found in the Tapa-Like Loop Collection by Prasanna Seshadri.

• R says:

3rd time I restart to give it another go… loving it, but its kicking my ass, is this considered masochism?

• David Altizio says:

Dang that was hard, probably closer to 4.5 stars IMO.

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• Menderbug says:

That was fantastic (and very hard, took me a little over half an hour). I spent a good while deducing some minor sections of the loop that didn’t help much before finding what I assume is the intended break-in. Afterwards, things mostly fell into place and I only needed another 10 minutes or so.

• Rajesh Kumar says:

This was a tough puzzle. I was stuck in this puzzle and have to watch the solution video to continue. Thanks for the brilliant puzzle and solution video.

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