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Monday Mutant 94: Cross the Streams (partially inverted)

Shade in some cells black such that the black cells are all connected to each other through their edges, and no 2x2 cell area within the grid contains all black cells. Numbers to the left of a row represent the groups of consecutive black cells which are in that row. For example, a clue of "3" means the row has three consecutive black cells, and a clue of "3 1" means that the row has a group of three consecutive black cells followed by a single black cell, separated by at least one white cell. In the same fashion, numbers above a column represent the groups of consecutive white cells which are in that column. A question mark (?) represents a group of consecutive black or white cells whose size is unknown; an asterisk (*) represents any number of unknown groups of black or white cells, including none at all.
I have 15 votes so far in Logicsmith Exhibition 5. The deadline is later this month, so be sure to vote if you haven't already!
In even more exciting news, I recently got 100% completion in the Super Mario Advance 2 remake of Super Mario World! This means not only getting all 96 exits and saving the Princess, but getting all of the Dragon Coins, as well!


Paul K said...

In the "for dummies" version of this puzzle, the word "white" in the instructions is not only italicized, but also bolded, underlined and flashing.

And I don't know what to say about the "white cells" label on the puzzle image itself that I also managed to disregard.

Blaine said...

Step 1: Read the directions
Step 2: Follow the directions

Grant Fikes said...

People seem to have more trouble reading the directions the second time around than the first time around. :)

Para said...

I've finally figured out why I never was able to solve these puzzles. I didn't know the rules completely.

ralphmerridew said...

In the future, when you post a variant of an existing puzzle type, put an appropriately changed name in the title. (MM94: Cross the Streams Partially Inverted).

Grant Fikes said...

ralphmerridew, that's a terrible idea that you and motris had. I refuse to acknowledge the idea's existence.

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