# Pipelink: A Cat for jkittykitkat

1. Draw a loop through the centers of all cells.
2. Two perpendicular line segments may intersect (cross) each other, but not turn at their intersection or otherwise overlap.
3. Clues show how the loop crosses through the cell it’s in.

This is the first time I set a Pipelink. I tried to draw a cat, a tribute to the person who introduced and guided me about the genre, jkittykitkat, :3

• So if I understand correctly, there's 2 separate pipes or just 1 long pipe that crosses? Oct 17, 2021 at 4:44
• @Stevo There is only 1 long pipe that can cross. The second rule states that if the pipe is crossing, both segments must be straight. Oct 17, 2021 at 5:06
• Got it now. opening puzzlink Oct 17, 2021 at 5:13
• Pain. Just solved it and deleted half my solve path in the process of writing the answer...
– Avi
Oct 17, 2021 at 9:24
• Penpa link for interested solvers. Recommend the "Line\Middle" tool for solving. Oct 17, 2021 at 12:25

This is a very nice puzzle made by:

This is the solve process:

First draw some necessary connections and impossibilities:

Fill in the top left corner, and some necessary connections:

Take some free corner areas:

Fill in some more necessary connections and corner areas:

Fill in the top-right corner and flesh out the top and top-right areas:

Realize that covering the bottom left leaves a square underneath the up-heading line uncovered:

So cross over it and continue:

See that going up on the right side will either loop prematurely or block the incoming top-loop on the bottom center:

So go left instead and create a corner that you fill in:

Finish off the bottom right:

Fill in some more required connections:

Fill in some more required connections and deal with corners:

Prevent looping too early on the top right:

Use the only out to create a corner:

Realize the line below the highlighted square can't go down without leaving the line above the highlighted square hanging:

Fill in some impossibilities:

Use the created corner and fill in another corner:

Complete the cross:

We can try going left at the boxed space, but it forces two separate closed loops to form:

So, we instead go right and fill in a corner:

We continue extending on the left side:

Repeat until we are nearly finished, with only one line remaining:

Which we promptly fill in:

The next step is to:

Go celebrate a puzzle well solved :)

• Beautiful write-up! Thanks for your care, Avi! Oct 17, 2021 at 12:33
• Great job and well done! Lol at the pattern on the first spoiler XD Oct 17, 2021 at 23:01