### Aqre by Eric Fox

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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: Slash

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

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

Note: Follow this link for other shading puzzles. More Aqre puzzles are in Shading Variety Collection by Prasanna Seshadri.

• R says:

2:30 , easy after getting familiar with the clues, really like this puzzle type

• Asher S says:

It’s not the most sophisticated deduction but I was amused by the logic on the big 1 region

• Menderbug says:

Ah, a rare Master time (2:36). Neat puzzle! 🙂 And the lighter grey helps readability a lot, thanks for the quick change.

• Chandrachud says:

I was secretly hoping that Canal View would be added to the catalog but Aqre is just as fun 👍
My usual time, double the expert time.

• nkm says:

A rare master time for me! Nice logic, and I appreciate the new light gray default color.

• Teddy says:

The 1 clue really took me a long time to figure out. Aqre puzzles are awesome. Are we expecting an aqre puzzle collection in the future?

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