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.