Sunday Stumper: Statue Park (Tapa Clues) by Prasanna Seshadri

Since 2021, we have posted some extra difficult Sunday Stumpers, about once a month. These will be quite tough puzzles, but with a logical path to be found (and solution videos to help). This fourth Sunday Stumper of 2022 is a Statue Park variation with Tapa-style clues by puzzlemaster Prasanna Seshadri.

Statue Park (Tapa Clues) by Prasanna Seshadri

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Theme: 4×4 Matrix

Author/Opus: This is the 232nd puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Prasanna Seshadri.

Rules: Standard Statue Park rules, using a double pentomino set. Number clues are equivalent to white circles and cannot be shaded. Also, number clues behave like Tapa clues and indicate the length(s) of consecutive shaded block(s) in the neighboring cells. Each question mark represents a positive integer.

See also this example:

Statue Park (Tapa Clues) Example by Serkan Yürekli

Difficulty: 5 stars

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 20:30, Master = 32:00, Expert = 1:04:00

Solution: PDF and solving video.

Note: Follow this link for other classic Statue Park and this link for Statue Park variations. If you are new to this puzzle type, here are our easiest Statue Parks to get started on. More Statue Park puzzles can be found in the ebook Statue Park by Murat Can Tonta.

Statue Park (Tapa Clues) by JinHoo Ahn

Statue Park (Tapa Clues) by JinHoo Ahn

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Theme: Octagon

Author/Opus: This is the 45th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster JinHoo Ahn.

Rules: Standard Statue Park rules, using a standard pentomino set. Number clues are equivalent to white circles and cannot be shaded. Also, number clues behave like Tapa clues and indicate the length(s) of consecutive shaded block(s) in the neighboring cells.

See also this example:

Statue Park (Tapa Clues) Example by Serkan Yürekli

Difficulty: 4.5 stars

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 6:45, Master = 15:00, Expert = 30:00

Solution: PDF and solving video.

Note: Follow this link for other classic Statue Park and this link for Statue Park variations. If you are new to this puzzle type, here are our easiest Statue Parks to get started on. More Statue Park puzzles can be found in the ebook Statue Park by Murat Can Tonta.

Statue Park (Half and Half) by Murat Can Tonta

Statue Park by Murat Can Tonta

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Theme: Where Are the Circles?

Author/Opus: This is the 222nd puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Murat Can Tonta.

Rules: Standard Statue Park rules, using a double tetromino set. Also, there are some given cages with dashed lines. In each cage, exactly half of the total number of cells must be occupied by tetrominoes.

Difficulty: 3.5 stars

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 3:30, Master = 6:00, Expert = 12:00

Solution: PDF and solving video.

Note: Follow this link for other classic Statue Park and this link for Statue Park variations. If you are new to this puzzle type, here are our easiest Statue Parks to get started on. More Statue Park puzzles can be found in the ebook Statue Park by Murat Can Tonta.

Statue Park (Twilight) by Prasanna Seshadri

Statue Park by Prasanna Seshadri

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Theme: Antisymmetry

Author/Opus: This is the 217th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Prasanna Seshadri.

Rules: Standard Statue Park rules. Also, the numbers in the black circles show the number of spaces not occupied by pentominoes in orthogonally and diagonally adjacent cells. The numbers in the white circles show the number of spaces occupied by pentominoes in orthogonally and diagonally adjacent cells.

Difficulty: 4.5 stars

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 11:00, Master = 16:00, Expert = 32:00

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

Note: Follow this link for other classic Statue Park and this link for Statue Park variations. If you are new to this puzzle type, here are our easiest Statue Parks to get started on. More Statue Park puzzles can be found in the ebook Statue Park by Murat Can Tonta.

Statue Park (Half and Half) by Palmer Mebane

Statue Park by Palmer Mebane

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Theme: Squares

Author/Opus: This is the 51st puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Palmer Mebane.

Rules: Standard Statue Park rules, using a standard pentomino set. Also, there are some given cages with dashed lines. In each cage, exactly half of the total number of cells must be occupied by pentominoes.

Difficulty: 4.5 stars

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 10:00, Master = 16:30, Expert = 33:00

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

Note: Follow this link for other classic Statue Park and this link for Statue Park variations. If you are new to this puzzle type, here are our easiest Statue Parks to get started on. More Statue Park puzzles can be found in the ebook Statue Park by Murat Can Tonta.

Sunday Stumper: Statue Park (Half and Half) by JinHoo Ahn

This year, we have started to have some extra difficult Sunday Stumpers, about once a month. These will be quite tough puzzles, but with a logical path to be found (and solution videos to help). This third Sunday Stumper is a new Statue Park variation with a double set of pentominoes to place.

Statue Park by JinHoo Ahn

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Theme: GMP

Author/Opus: This is the 23rd puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster JinHoo Ahn.

Rules: Standard Statue Park rules. Also, there are some given cages with dashed lines. In each cage, exactly half of the total number of cells must be occupied by pentominoes.

See also this example:

Statue Park (Half and Half) Example

Difficulty: 5 stars

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 30:00, Master = 40:00, Expert = 1:20:00

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

Note: Follow this link for other classic Statue Park and this link for Statue Park variations. If you are new to this puzzle type, here are our easiest Statue Parks to get started on. More Statue Park puzzles can be found in the ebook Statue Park by Murat Can Tonta.

Statue Park (Loop) by John Bulten

Statue Park by John Bulten

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Theme: Pent-Up Rage

Author/Opus: This is the 77th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster John Bulten.

Rules: Place each of the twelve pentominoes into the grid once, with rotations and reflections allowed. No two pentominoes can overlap or be orthogonally adjacent, and all cells not occupied by the pentominoes must be traversed by a single, closed loop (connecting cells horizontally or vertically). The black circles indicate some cells that must be covered by pentominoes, white circles indicate spaces that may not be contained in pentominoes and must be part of the loop.

See also this example with five pentominoes:

Statue Park (Loop) Example

Difficulty: 4 stars

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 4:30, Master = 10:00, Expert = 20:00

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

Note: Follow this link for other classic Statue Park and this link for Statue Park variations. If you are new to this puzzle type, here are our easiest Statue Parks to get started on. More Statue Park puzzles can be found in the ebook Statue Park by Murat Can Tonta.