anderson's Puzzle Blog

Puzzle 15: Shortest Segment Tapa

with 3 comments

Rules, from the Tapa Variations Contest X booklet: “Follow regular Tapa rules. Additionally, clues outside the grid indicate the length of the shortest blackened block lying towards that direction.”

EDIT: As pointed out by Bram, the recently released errata on the LMI site means that this puzzle has different rules from the one on the test. For this puzzle, if a number appears on the side, then at least one segment of that length must appear in that row or column.

Notes: I’ll probably make some more tapa variations by Saturday. Don’t forget about this if you want practice for braille tapa!

I’ve also pretty much given up on sticking to any sort of puzzle creation schedule. Maybe I just need more motivation, though, so I will now be taking puzzle requests :P: if anyone wants me to try creating any kind of puzzle, say so in the comments and I’ll get to it.

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Written by qzqxq

February 22, 2012 at 8:43 pm

Posted in Puzzles!, Tapa, Variations

3 Responses

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  1. Nice puzzle.
    Just to point out, this puzzle doesn’t match the rules that will be used in TVC X. In that puzzle a row or column with a number doesn’t necessarily need a segment that is the length of the given number. The row or column just can’t contain any segment shorter than the given number.

    Bram

    February 23, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    • Ah, okay. I hadn’t checked the site in a while, so I didn’t see the errata file. Thanks for pointing it out!

      qzqxq

      February 23, 2012 at 6:58 pm

      • No problem. I had made the same assumption when creating my first puzzle of this variant. It’s a huge trap to fall into when solving under the wrong rule implication.

        Bram

        February 23, 2012 at 7:25 pm


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