This puzzle is part of the Monthly Topic Challenge #13: Variety Slitherlinks.

Adding a bit of colour to enhance the loopy goodness of a traditional Slitherlink.

  • Draw a single, non-intersecting loop that only consists of horizontal and vertical segments between the dots.
  • Numbers inside a cell indicate how many of the edges of that cell are part of the loop.
  • Shade the interior of the loop so that every cell is part of an L, I, T, or S tetromino.
  • No 2×2 group of cells can be entirely shaded.
  • When two tetrominoes share an edge, they must not be of the same type (L, I, T, or S), regardless of rotations or reflections.
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Should be solvable by hand with no guessing/backtracking.

Penpa link (If you want the Penpa automated checker to work, Use Green for the loop, and (DG, GR, LG, BK) for shading.)


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What a wonderful puzzle!

I started with typical sli-li deductions but had to use all the rules to disambiguate.


Hint1 The adjacency restriction helps disambiguate L and S.



How I started out:

Starting out Got this far with standard slitherlink (I think?)

These squares must be part of an L with long tail up or down due to T adjacency. The x in the upper left is needed to avoid a region with area 1 or 3. tetromino deduction

  • $\begingroup$ Nicely done. Can you add some more detail on your solve path. I'm curious to see how close it was to the intended route, or if there are shortcuts I missed when testing/tweaking. $\endgroup$
    – fljx
    Commented Aug 3, 2023 at 16:01
  • $\begingroup$ @fljx Is it fine if I add an answer with more detail and explanation? $\endgroup$ Commented Aug 3, 2023 at 16:45
  • $\begingroup$ Sure. I'll try and retrace my steps and update later. $\endgroup$
    – n1000
    Commented Aug 3, 2023 at 17:08
  • $\begingroup$ @fljx, I'm sorry. I deleted most of my solving path while trying to highlight one step in Penpa...still getting the hang of it. I added some of my initial steps, at least. $\endgroup$
    – n1000
    Commented Aug 3, 2023 at 17:52
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    $\begingroup$ @n1000 When using Penpa, I make heavy use of the "clone" button. It does what it says, and gives you a clone of your current position in a new tab, complete with undo/redo history. I find it very useful for creating an instant backup if I'm about to make a potentially destructive change. $\endgroup$
    – fljx
    Commented Aug 3, 2023 at 19:14

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