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Tapa (Visionary) by Serkan Yürekli

Tapa (Visionary) by Serkan Yürekli

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Theme: The most popular puzzle of TVC XI

Author/Opus: This is the 153rd puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Serkan Yürekli.

Rules: Variation of Tapa. Each clue cell contains two sets of numbers. Black numbers are regular Tapa clues for immediately neighboring cells. Gray numbers supply clues for secondary neighbors that are separated by one cell from the clue cell. (It may help to refer to the figure below that shows the two rings of cells affected by black numbers and gray numbers).

Tapa (Visionary) Example

Answer String: Enter the length in cells of each of the shaded segments from left to right for the marked rows, starting at the top. Separate each row’s entry from the next with a comma.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 5:00, Master = 8:30, Expert = 17:00

Note: Follow this link for other Tapa variations and this link for classic Tapa. 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 and in Tapa and Variations, both by Serkan Yürekli.

Tapa (Difference) by Serkan Yürekli

Tapa (Difference) by Serkan Yürekli

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Theme: The most popular puzzle of TVC X

Author/Opus: This is the 152nd puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Serkan Yürekli.

Rules: Standard Tapa rules. Also, replace each clue number with two nonzero digits whose difference equals the given clue number.

Tapa (Difference) Example

Answer String: Enter the length in cells of each of the shaded segments from left to right for the marked rows, starting at the top. Separate each row’s entry from the next with a comma.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 5:15, Master = 7:15, Expert = 14:30

Note: Follow this link for other Tapa variations and this link for classic Tapa. 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 and in Tapa and Variations, both by Serkan Yürekli.

Tapa (Borders) by Serkan Yürekli

Tapa (Borders) by Serkan Yürekli

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Theme: The most popular puzzle of TVC XII

Author/Opus: This is the 151st puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Serkan Yürekli.

Rules: Standard Tapa rules. Also, if two cells are separated by a thick border, this means that exactly one of those cells is shaded and the other is unshaded.

Answer String: Enter the length in cells of each of the shaded segments from left to right for the marked rows, starting at the top. Separate each row’s entry from the next with a comma.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 3:45, Master = 6:15, Expert = 12:30

Note: Follow this link for other Tapa variations and this link for classic Tapa. 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 and in Tapa and Variations, both by Serkan Yürekli.

Pata by Serkan Yürekli

Pata by Serkan Yürekli

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Theme: The most popular puzzle of TVC XIII

Author/Opus: This is the 150th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Serkan Yürekli.

Rules: Variation of Tapa rules. The clue numbers refer to the groups of unshaded segments around that cell. Cells with numbers count as unshaded cells for adjacent clues. All other rules for the shaded Tapa are the same as usual.

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Pata by Serkan Yürekli

Answer String: Enter the length in cells of each of the shaded segments from left to right for the marked rows, starting at the top. Separate each row’s entry from the next with a comma.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 2:45, Master = 5:00, Expert = 10:00

Note: Follow this link for other Tapa variations and this link for classic Tapa. 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 and in Tapa and Variations, both by Serkan Yürekli.

Tapa (Outside) by Serkan Yürekli

Tapa (Outside) by Serkan Yürekli

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Theme: The most popular puzzle of TVC XV

Author/Opus: This is the 149th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Serkan Yürekli.

Rules: Standard Tapa rules. Also, the signs outside the grid indicate the relative values of the number of shaded cells between adjacent rows/columns.

Tapa (Outside) Example

Answer String: Enter the length in cells of each of the shaded segments from left to right for the marked rows, starting at the top. Separate each row’s entry from the next with a comma.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 2:15, Master = 4:00, Expert = 8:00

Note: Follow this link for other Tapa variations and this link for classic Tapa. 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 and in Tapa and Variations, both by Serkan Yürekli.

Tapa (Line) by Serkan Yürekli

Tapa (Line) by Serkan Yürekli

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Theme: The most popular puzzle of TVC IX

Author/Opus: This is the 148th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Serkan Yürekli.

Rules: Standard Tapa rules. Also, there may not be four consecutive black cells in any row or column.

Answer String: Enter the length in cells of each of the shaded segments from left to right for the marked rows, starting at the top. Separate each row’s entry from the next with a comma.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 1:45, Master = 3:30, Expert = 7:00

Note: Follow this link for other Tapa variations and this link for classic Tapa. 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 and in Tapa and Variations, both by Serkan Yürekli.

Birthday Surprise Puzzle by Prasanna Seshadri

(Note: This bonus puzzle is at a Saturday+ difficulty, and is being posted today to mark the occasion of Prasanna’s birthday.)

Birthday Surprise by Prasanna Seshadri

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Theme: 26 on 03/02

Author/Opus: This is the 152nd puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Prasanna Seshadri.

Rules: This puzzle combines Yajisan-Kazusan with Tapa with additional rules.

Left grid = Yajisan-Kazusan (No 2×2): Shade some cells black so that all unshaded number and arrow clues indicate the exact count of shaded cells in the given direction (all counts extend through gaps in the grid). Shaded cells cannot share an edge, and all white cells must remain connected as part of a single contiguous group. It is allowed to shade over some of the numbered cells; a shaded over clue may or may not be true. Also, no 2×2 area inside the grid can be fully white.

Right grid = Tapa: Shade some empty cells black to create a single connected wall. Numbers in a cell indicate the length of consecutive shaded blocks in the neighboring cells. If there is more than one number in a cell, then there must be at least one white (unshaded) cell between the black cell groups. Cells with numbers cannot be shaded, and the shaded cells cannot form a 2×2 square anywhere in the grid.

Additional rule 1: Clues in the middle of the grids indicate the sum or the difference of the number of shaded cells in that row between the grids (possibly both).

Additional rule 2: The shading of the green outlined regions is equivalent in the two grids in the shared cells (if the cell labeled “A” in the illustration below is shaded in one grid it must be shaded in both grids). Note that the 3 and 2 share all locations except for the bottom vertical stem of the numbers which is shifted.

Answer String: For each marked row, enter the length in cells of each of the unshaded segments from left to right in the Yajisan-Kazusan followed by the length of each of the shaded segments from left to right in the Tapa. Separate each row’s entry from the next with a comma (but do not use commas in between the Yajisan-Kazusan and Tapa entry parts in a given row). Enter both digits for any two-digit large segment in an entry.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 30:00, Master = 1:00:00, Expert = 2:00:00