Puzzle No. 86 & 87 : Best thing since sliced bread.

Tomorrow, I am planning to get a few things done that I’ve had to put off for a while now(not puzzle-related). So, I’m almost certain I won’t be able to upload a puzzle tomorrow. Hence, 2 in 1 today. It feels nice to have had a good little idea for what the 2 would be and then to have properly executed it. ๐Ÿ™‚

Since both of these have the same rating, I’ll add it at the start.

Rated : Medium.ย 

Solutions here. Password – SB


Puzzle No. 86 :

Sliced Bread Tapa.

Follow regular Tapa rules.

The clues are sliced up like your everyday bread loaves. In every clue cell, one of the clues is true and the other clue is false. You have to determine which is which. The false clue has to be replaced by any non-zero Tapa clue/clues to give you the complete function of the clue cell.

Puzzle No. 86












Puzzle No. 87 :

Now, obviously, this is literally the best thing since sliced bread. In my opinion, this puzzle also displays what is truly the best thing since sliced bread. ๐Ÿ˜€

Rules for LITS.


9 comments on “Puzzle No. 86 & 87 : Best thing since sliced bread.

  1. “this puzzle also displays what is truly the best thing since sliced bread” – Indeed, whichever way you look at it!

    A bit tricky towards the end, but uniquely solvable, and lovely puzzle. Thanks.

    • Uh-huh. This LITS took quite a bit of time to get right. I made some silly errors in the basic structure, and then I was stubborn to make it work. Its possibly the longest I’ve taken on any puzzle in recent times, even longer than the 21×21 Heyawacky, so glad it came out well in the end.

  2. The presentation would be more clear if you replaced the “?/?” cells with “?/6”.

    The way it is, I understand that you need to replace each “?” with a number,
    and then solve the sliced bread tapa. It would make more sense to first slice,
    so “?/?” will mean there are at least 3 clues.

    • The “?/?” functions in two ways
      1. Prevents that cell from being shaded.
      2. Says there are at least 2 different shaded blocks in the 8 cells around it.
      That should be clear enough from the rules. IMO, Its a bit of over-thinking if you’re taking it to mean you’ve to literally replace each “?” with a number first. Would mean the same thing in terms of functioning of the clue if its “?/6” as well I think

      I’ll have no qualms about changing the presentation if you still feel this is not clear though, just a bit unnecessary if you ask me ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • I understood it to mean that there is a true “?” and a false “?”.

        How does that fit with your rules?

        Then what does the 4/?-? clue mean? I understood either two blocks plus a
        third (or more) which isn’t a 4, or a 4 and some number of other blocks (not 2).

  3. Oh right, with that example I get it. A 6/? would be clearer, a ?/? can be interpreted to mean 3 blocks. I’ll change to 6/?. In other clues, the number of blocks can remain the same, just the numbers are false. i.e. the 4/?-? can be 4-1-1 as well(if that were Tapa-ly possible of course ๐Ÿ˜› ) Thanks for the tip-off. Will be changed to 6/? where necessary soon, and you can interpret the remaining ?? as 3 blocks.

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