HAISU is a puzzle designed by this site's very own TheGreatEscaper. To quote them:

HAISU is a portmanteau of three Japanese words - 'hairu', to enter, 'su', number, and 'hausu', an English borrow word meaning house, of course. Together, we get a meaning of 'enter number house', which I have roughly translated to English as 'Room Count'.

The rules are simple - draw a path from the O to the X, passing through every cell in the grid exactly once. The grid is divided into several rooms. When your path passes over a cell with the big number N, it must be the Nth time you have entered the room. If a room has a small number m in the top left corner, you must enter that room a total of m times.

For an example puzzle, see the original post: HAISU (Room Count): An original grid-logic challenge

This puzzle is a bit different, however: it is embedded on a Möbius strip. The top and bottom act like normal, but the left and right edges join up as shown by the letters. Good luck!

HAISU with a twist


  • The letters aren't their own cells, they just tell you where to join the two sides up.
  • The rooms do not connect between the two sides of the puzzle (e.g. if an edge passes through d it will leave and enter the room again).
  • "No guessing, no handwavy steps, just pure logic required to solve this puzzle!" - TheGreatEscaper
  • Thanks Wen1now for testsolving!
  • Great idea with the Möbius strip :) – npkllr Sep 13 at 8:04
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    I'm having trouble understandig the big numbers. Aren't they basically the same as the small numbers? – Ian Fako Sep 13 at 9:28
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    The small numbers refer to the amount of times you have to enter a room (room = thick lines). The large numbers refer to a cell (small square / thin lines). If a cell contains a large number (N), you have to pass over the cell the Nth time you enter the room that contains your cell. – npkllr Sep 13 at 9:45

So that should be the solution:

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Step by step:

1. Top-Right: Cell with the 2 can't be connected to the O.
2. Below the O: Room has to be entered exactly once -> cells have to be connected to each other.
3. Bottom-Left: Only way to hit the 3 on the third entrance since it is next to the X.
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1. Bottom-Left: Cell only has two free neighbour-cells left.
2. Bottom: Cell only has two free neighbour-cells left.
3. Top: Room with the 2 must be entered at least two times + the room below can only be entered once -> all cells have to be connected to each other.
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1. Top-Right: Connect the Möbius strip.
2. Above the X: Room has to be entered two times and has two cells -> they can't be connected.
3. Next to it: Room has to be entered three times -> top-right cell can't be connected to any other cell in the room.
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Now it gets a bit more complicated since we have to consider the direction of the path.
1. Bottom-Left: The path on the bottom-left is connected with the top-right. At the top-right the direction of the path is from left to right since we have to pass the 2 on our second entry. Therefore if we would connect the bottom-left path with the e or the f we would always end at the O which would lead to a direction-conflict.
2. Top-Right: Since we can't use e and f any more, this is the only possible path to connect the cells.
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1. At the red arrow: The cell can't be connected to his left and his lower neighbour at the same time -> has to be connected to his right neighbour.
2. Right: Cell only has two free neighbour-cells left.
3. Left: Complete the connection with d. enter image description here

The next step is even more complicated.
From now on I will call a move from one side to another (by connecting two letters) a Möbius-Move.
Since the puzzle is a square with an nxn amount of cells, we can color it in a black/white chess-pattern (like in the next picture in the top-left quarter).
Let's try to connect all cells starting from the top right corner without using a Möbius-Move. You will see that the path will always end in a black cell (for example: top-right quarter in the next picture).
Now we do the same thing, but we will use exactly one Möbius-Move. Now the path will always end in a white cell (example: bottom-left quarter).
Last but not least we try the same thing again, this time with two Möbius-Moves. And the path will end in a black cell (example: bottom-right quarter).

The important thing to notice right here is the following:
- even number of Möbius-Moves: path will end at the same color
- odd number of Möbius-Moves: path will end at the other color enter image description here

Now let's take a look at the puzzle again:
The cells with the X and the O both have the same color, so we can conclude that we need an even number of Möbius-Moves.

We already used two Möbius-Moves and there are three letters left that could be connected, so we have to either use two more or no more Möbius-Moves.
Take a look at the room in the top-left corner. Since the room has to be entered at least two times and has an odd number of cells, it is not possible to find a solution with no more Möbius-Moves.
Now we know that there are exactly two more Möbius-Moves left.

Let's assume we would do a Möbius-Move at a and c. As you can see in the image, this leads to a problem in the bottom-right corner.
Therefore we now know that there has to be a Möbius-Move at the letter c.
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We already know that we have to enter rooms in the top-left and the bottom-right corner exactly two times.
We enter them two times with a Möbius-Move, so we have to leave them two times with a normal move.
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Now take a look at the cells inside the red frame.
There are four path-ends inside the frame. Let's assume we would connect the two paths at (1). Now we would need an additional path going upwards at (2).
Now there would be three path-ends at the top-half of the red frame, which would lead to an incomplete path.
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Knowing that we can't connect the paths at (1) these are the only possible steps:
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Now we just do some basic path-connecting. Not much logic required. enter image description here

Bottom-Right: The cell with the 2 has to be passed at the second entry.
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Now to finish the puzzle, we just have to connect the last cells.
The only possible way to enter the room with the 6 six times, is by leaving and re-entering it.
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And there we have it: The puzzle is finished :)

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  • Nice job! Did you manage to get there with logic? – boboquack Sep 13 at 8:46
  • Yes, of course. At first it was a bit confusing with the Möbius strip but it's a nice additional challange :) – npkllr Sep 13 at 8:53
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    Nicely done. If you addtionally could describe (in spoiler tags) the individual logical deduction steps you've used, it would be worth addtional upvotes. :c) – BmyGuest Sep 13 at 8:57
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    @BmyGuest,boboquack Sorry for the delay, I was a bit busy yesterday. Hope you understand my step-by-step explanation. Feel free to ask if something is unclear or wrong (I hope it's not). – npkllr Sep 14 at 11:34
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    You can use the checkerboard colouring argument more efficiently, by counting the colours of cells that enter/exit a region, to show that a Mobius move at both a and c would lead to a parity error, without having to do any look-ahead deduction. Likewise, you can use a similar thing on the "8 squares inside the red frame" part as well. – edderiofer Sep 14 at 12:37

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