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.)
Author/Opus: This is the 6th puzzle from guest contributor Eric Fox. Eric invented this style and more Aqre from Eric are on his blog here.
Rules: Shade some cells so that all shaded cells form one connected group. Regions with numbers must contain the indicated count of shaded cells, and it is allowed to shade over the numbered cells. There may not exist a run of four or more consecutive shaded or unshaded cells horizontally or vertically anywhere in the grid.
Difficulty: 2 stars
Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 1:20, Master = 2:45, Expert = 5:30