[This is a repost from our archives with new notes at the top (original post here): Tapa is a very special shading puzzle, that grow instantly to be one of my favorites when it was focused on for the World Puzzle Championship in Turkey in 2009. While my puzzles would introduce the genre on the website, Serkan Yürekli who created Tapa would write the full “The Art of Puzzles: Tapa” section as his first of many projects with Grandmaster Puzzles.]
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: A little of everything — clues from 1 to 8 exist in value-mirrored (9-x) symmetric locations throughout the middle of the grid.
Rules: Standard Tapa rules.
Estimated Difficulty*: 1.5 stars
Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 0:30, Master = 1:15, Expert = 2:30
Note: Follow this link for classic Tapa and this link for Tapa variations. 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 1, 2, and 3, and in our beginner-friendly books Intro to GMPuzzles and Starter Pack 2: Tapa, all by Serkan Yürekli.