Cover the Grid

You must cover a 7×7 grid with L-shaped triminos and S-shaped tetrominos, without overlapping (flipping and rotating is permitted). What is the minimum number of pieces you can use in order to do this?

Remark: All pieces must be placed entirely on the board.

Consider all cells in the grid which lie in an odd row and odd column – there are 16 of them. Since each of the two pieces can cover at most 1 of these cells, we need at least 16 pieces. Giving an example with 16 pieces is easy.

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