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O = Official Rank
Solve Time = Time taken to solve the puzzle correctly
Pen = Penalty
E = Early Bird Rank
Finish Time = Time at which puzzle was submitted correctly
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About the contest
This is an online only puzzle contest with 16 Yajilin puzzles.
A new Yajilin puzzle will be live in every 30 hours between July 27th until August 15th.
Cumulative points from each day's solving will determine the final scores.
There will be a leaderboard for early-birds, apart from the official one. Details here.
About the Author
All puzzles for this contest are authored by Jeffrey Bardon (12831)
Draw a loop through some empty cells and shade the rest.
The loop may not cross or self-intersect.
Shaded cells may not share an edge.
Clue cells may not be passed over by the loop or be shaded.
Clue cells give the number of shaded cells in the indicated direction.
It is possible that a clue cell will have no value on it - this will confer no information beyond that it is not shaded and not a part of the loop.
Points to remember
The loop must pass through all unshaded and unclued cells.
The presence of a clue cell will influence the loop, regardless of its value. In the example puzzle, the 1 up clue does not need its value given for the puzzle to work, but the clue cell does need to be there.
Only the loop will be checked as part of solution checking.
Any other modes in the grid can be used for auxiliary marking.
All puzzles will have two modes enabled: Composite -> Yajilin, and Line -> Normal.
Yajilin input mode has the following features:
Line drawing - left click and drag (PC) or tap and drag (mobile)
Shading - left click a cell (PC) or tap a cell (mobile)
Auxiliary dots - right click a cell (PC, supports dragging) or tap a shaded cell (mobile)
Cross marks - right click a cell boundary (PC) or tap a cell boundary (mobile)
Line input mode only has the first input from Yajilin, and also has 5 colors available to switch between. Any of the colors can be used for the loop.
If Yajilin mode is hard to use, switching to Line to avoid accidentally placing auxiliary marks is recommended.
Marking cells that must be part of the loop (and therefore, not shaded) is often useful. There can be cases where shading a cell would create a dangling endpoint or force the loop to self-intersect; in these cases, the cell must be unshaded.
Noting places where there must be a shaded cell, even without knowing exactly which cell it belongs in, is often useful. A cross mark is recommended to note a place where a shaded cell is in one of two cells.
There cannot be any dangling loop ends. Even without knowing how the ends connect, it can be determined if the last possible entrance is used or not. In this example, the blue lines are deducible and the red line is a contradiction.
Walkthrough of Example
The 0 right clue sees no shaded cells, so let's use dots to mark those as unshaded.
The clue cells and grid corners have 12 places where shading a cell would create a dangling loop end, so let's mark those unshaded.
Since shaded cells cannot be adjacent, we can mark the 2 down as having 1 shaded cell in each pair.
The 3 left can be resolved. This could have been done immediately.
Drawing in the loop segments that follow directly.
There are 2 loop entrances to the top right: since there must be an even amount, the last option is not used, and must be shaded.
The bottom right needs at least 2 exits, so both possibilities are used.
The cell in row 6, column 3 must not be shaded for two reasons. If it were shaded, it would create multiple loops. Additionally, it would force the loop to self-intersect.
A is determined by player's rank on that day. The table below demostrates the link between rank and A.
B is puzzle difficulty indicator. Players solving all 16 puzzles will always get 1600 points as B. B for each puzzle will be calculated based on the following formula after the official time for the puzzle is over. B for Nth puzzle = 1600 * (Avg of Top 10 players's time of Nth puzzle) / [ Sum of (Avg of Top 10 players's time of all puzzles) ]
First 100 players to submit the puzzle will get C as 100 to 1
Final Leaderboard considers cumulative of A + B for each day.
Final Leaderboard considers cumulative of C for each day.
A + B
N = Number of puzzles solved within Official Period / Number of puzzles solved
A = SUM(Top 100 players get points from 100 to 1 based on their ranking for that day)
B = SUM(Puzzle Points calculated based on average solving time of top 10 players)
C = SUM(First 100 players get points from 100 to 1 based on their solving end time for that day)