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Hooks #5

The grid presented here can be partitioned into 9 L-shaped “hooks”. The largest is 9-by-9 (contains 17 squares), the next largest is 8-by-8 (contains 15 squares), and so on. The smallest hook is just a single square. Find where the hooks are located, and place nine 9’s in the largest hook, eight 8’s in the next-largest, etc., down to one 1 in the smallest hook.

The filled squares must form a connected region. (Squares are “connected” if they are orthogonally adjacent.)

A number outside the grid indicates the sum of the first consecutive block of filled squares when looking in that direction. (As shown in the example.) Furthermore, every 2-by-2 region must contain at least one unfilled square.

The answer to this puzzle is the product of the areas of the connected groups of empty squares in the completed grid.

Correct Submissions as of 14/06/19

Dan Lin
Heidi Stockton
Jeffrey Fu
anthonyclays
Zack Lee
Stranger
Sandip Ghoshal
Nikhar Patel
Kyu-Tae Sim
Bob
Julie Moy
Jacoby Jaeger
Jinjie Zhang
Sherwin
James Sheehy
Brad Chavis
George Wahid
Sébastien Geeraert
Alex Varga
balbert
Kevin Gu
M. Schlögel
Edvin Memet
mCki
Justin Hsieh
Matthew Johnson
Leif Cooper
Brian Sun
Michael DeLyser
yyf
Michael Gant
oquechy
Cheston Chow
Anuj Shetty
Dewei Chuan
Henry Jolliffe
Gwennie Gilbert-Snyder
Jon Kutasov
Taejun Park
Xingyu Zhou
Guillermo Wildschut
Iron_Forge
Stan Tendijck
Kartik Kolanukuduru
Nicolas Auguin
pat pumpkin
Andy X
Gnaixuj
Y. Bear
Team J
Wrongtree
Katamari
Ghibli
Mild_HK
Esser Qu
istinetz
Harin Chong
jzhang
Miklós Horváth
Kartal
Calvin Pozderac
SD
gjose
Nicolas LAIGNEL
Kendall Yu
Joe Bartusek
Senthil Rajasekaran
Neil Dabholkar
nd
Robert Oxer
Hugues Lacotte

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