Four Cells is an area dividing puzzle. You may see an introduction to this puzzle here: Four Cells: An Introduction

Rules of Four Cells:

  • The grid is to be divided along the grid lines into areas containing exactly four cells.
  • A number in a cell indicates how many of its four sides are segments of area boundaries. Note that this also includes the border of the grid.
  • Line segments of area boundaries should not be left dangling.
  • An area may contain multiple number cells (including none).

An example is shown in the link above if further clarification is needed.

Shown below is the actual puzzle to solve:


Good luck and have fun!

P.S. You may be wondering, "What's the big deal about not having any 3s?" Nothing. I just needed something for the title.


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The Top

The 1 at the top is already fulfilled, and we can make progress with the two 2’s, also at the top.


If the lower end of the top right 2 goes down, it would make the 2 below it have three borders instead of just two. Therefore, the top right 2 must form a square instead.


Same logic can be applied to the downward extension of the 2 at Row 1 Column 5 and the 2 at Row 3 Column 8.


The Middle Left and the Two Down Under

Let us also turn our attention to the 1 in the middle left. If its border were anywhere other than to its right, the 2 would always be forced to have three borders. Therefore, the border of the 1 must be to its right.


The square to the top left of the same 1 must be obtained by the 2 in the top left; otherwise, it will belong to a region that does not have exactly four squares. And there will only be one way that this is fulfilled:

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The square at Row 3 Column 3 cannot extend rightward, as it would force the 2 to its right to have three borders. Therefore it must extend downward.


Note than the 2 at the bottom must extend fully horizontally. Otherwise, either a group of less than four cells would be trapped, or the 2 would obtain three borders.


The Bottom Right, and Finishing Off the Twos

Now the unsolved 1 is limited as to how it can extend: two configurations of the area where the 1 will be yield a square trapped to the bottom left of the 1. Therefore, we are sure that the 1 will extend upward and rightward. It also cannot include the 2 to its right, because of the same problem that arose in previous steps: the 2 will have three borders.


And quickly we see that the 1 must extend downward, or else it would trap a few squares below it.


Here it took me a bit of time to figure out that the 2 at the top cannot form a square, or the 2 at Row 3 Column 4 would be forced into an area of six squares.


Therefore it must form an S-shape instead.


Finally, the 2 at Row 3 Column 6 cannot extend downward, or else it would trap seven squares to the right. Therefore, it must extend rightward. The puzzle is completed after this.


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