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Theme: Stalactites and Stalagmites
Author/Opus: This is the 227th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Prasanna Seshadri.
Rules: Standard Aqre 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: 3 stars
Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 5:00, Master = 7:00, Expert = 14:00
Note: Follow this link for more Aqre puzzles. If you are new to this puzzle type, here are our easiest Aqre to get started on. More Aqre puzzles are in Shading Variety Collection by Prasanna Seshadri.