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Puzzle 23: Black Hole Tapa

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Rules (copied from the TVC instruction book): Follow regular Tapa rules. Additionally, each row/column must contain N Black Holes. Black Holes must be placed on the Tapa wall. For the purposes of surrounding clues, a cell with a Black Hole counts as M consecutive shaded cells instead of 1. Black Holes may touch each other. N and M will be given in Puzzle Booklet.

Also, in this puzzle, one of the clues has a 0 in it. I think the meaning of this should be natural, but just to be precise, the 0 must correspond to a non-empty group of black cells whose total length (adjusted for black holes) is 0.

Edited to add one more clarification: Even though the black holes count as 0 for clue purposes, they still count as black squares for everything else (black holes count for connectivity, you can’t have a 2×2 square of black holes, etc.)


Notes: Well, I suppose I’m still alive. 😛

After going to the WPC (I’m currently writing a recap and hope to have it finished at some point), I’ve been motivated to get back into making puzzles after I basically had no time at all the past year due to school/burnout. So, have some TVC practice! Although I’m not sure whether this puzzle is representative of a typical Black Hole Tapa, as M=0 is a little unusual heh.

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December 1, 2016 at 11:51 pm

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Puzzle 16: Tapa-Like Loop

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Some preparation for the upcoming Tapa Variations contest at LMI.

Rules (copied from instruction manual): Tapa wall is in the form of a continuous loop. Clues inside the grid represent the number of neighbouring cells visited by the loop. If there is more than one number in a cell, each number should be represented with a separate loop segment. In this puzzle, no 2×2 rule of Tapa does not hold.

Notes: I really should start posting on a regular schedule. Again, I’ll say that if anyone has any requests for puzzles they want to see on this blog, just leave a comment and I’ll try my best.

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March 27, 2012 at 8:02 pm

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Puzzle 15: Shortest Segment Tapa

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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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February 22, 2012 at 8:43 pm

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