Draw a closed loop passing through the centres of cells horizontally and vertically. The loop must not return to any thickly outlined region it has already visited, and any two cells touching by a side that the loop does not visit must be in the same region. The loop does not have to visit all regions. A number in a region indicates the number of cells visited by the loop in that region.
(Rules and Example from WPC 2017 IB)
- Some puzzles state the loop must visit every region.
History of the puzzle
First appeared on Nikoli volume 65 (1997). Rule was suggested by ゲサクですよ (It's me, Gesaku). Originally named メグリンク (Megurink < 巡る "go around" + リンク "Link").
Appearances in the past WPCs
- WPC 2018/Round 7 by Jan Zvěřina
- WPC 2018/Team Round 3 (part of a combination puzzle) by Jiří Hrdina
- WPC 2017/Round 16 by Prasanna Seshadri