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by ronald
Sun 21 Sep, 2014 11:27 am
Forum: General Puzzle Discussions
Topic: I wrote a Sudoku-like puzzle app for iPhone
Replies: 0
Views: 3299

I wrote a Sudoku-like puzzle app for iPhone

Hello all, it's been a while! ;) I thought you would be interested to hear that I've written a puzzle app for iPhone and iPad. They are small sudoku-like puzzles that I think readers here might enjoy and I wanted to share with you. This forum is unfortunately blocking the name of the app, so I can't...
by ronald
Sun 02 Feb, 2014 12:12 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: DASH6 Puzzle Hunt: April 26th
Replies: 3
Views: 4871

DASH6 Puzzle Hunt: April 26th

Save the Date announcement for DASH6 puzzle hunt which is taking place simultaneously in multiple cities across the USA and also in London, England :) You'll need to gather a team together for April 26th at 10am. Further details to be confirmed at http://www.playdash.org/DASH6/ DASH (Different Area,...
by ronald
Mon 30 Jan, 2012 2:20 am
Forum: Daily Puzzles
Topic: Any interest in a UK croco-puzzle ladder?
Replies: 592
Views: 440419

Re: Any interest in a UK croco-puzzle ladder?

I would like to concede my way off the ladder; thanks.

N.B. I lost to rodders fair and square! Congratulations to him :)
by ronald
Sat 31 Dec, 2011 12:13 am
Forum: General Puzzle Discussions
Topic: Help with letter puzzle
Replies: 4
Views: 6029

Re: Help with letter puzzle

The puzzle is embedded in a computer game, highly unlikely you know it as it's quite obscure.
I'm curious now. I saw a single online reference to the same puzzle being in MUD2, but that doesn't quite match your dates.
by ronald
Fri 30 Dec, 2011 7:34 am
Forum: General Puzzle Discussions
Topic: Help with letter puzzle
Replies: 4
Views: 6029

Re: Help with letter puzzle

I put the solution in three parts in case you want to try and figure each part for yourself. For future reference, the source of the puzzle would be (by far) the best info to give. azzey - You're lucky, this time. First, a huge clue: Considering A = 1, B = 2, C= 3 ... helps to solve this Obviously A...
by ronald
Tue 20 Dec, 2011 12:04 am
Forum: Daily Puzzles
Topic: Any interest in a UK croco-puzzle ladder?
Replies: 592
Views: 440419

Re: Any interest in a UK croco-puzzle ladder?

Might I add that players including rodders, dickoon, erika, oenomel and afcwarren have been consistently improving and are posting increasingly competitive times leading to more danger for everyone!
by ronald
Sun 04 Dec, 2011 11:48 am
Forum: General Puzzle Discussions
Topic: Help with Triple Entendre
Replies: 5
Views: 7296

Re: Help with Triple Entendre

Soulsville's number has been edited.
Instead of 634-5789, it now reads 476-0321
Each digit has been changed according to a pattern.

You should try editing Jenny's number in the same way. I'm sure that will give you the correct answer.
by ronald
Sat 19 Nov, 2011 3:50 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Reflections on the croco-puzzle ladder?
Replies: 47
Views: 29163

Re: Reflections on the croco-puzzle ladder?

I have spent most of the ladder on one half of the draw - and in finally managing to win the champs I switched to the other half of the draw. I observe this half to be much, much "easier" - I am currently way more likely to get to the final as I can bypass 2 out of 3 of drsteve, kiwijam and detuned ...
by ronald
Wed 09 Nov, 2011 10:44 pm
Forum: Puzzle Links
Topic: croco-puzzle
Replies: 696
Views: 510067

Re: croco-puzzle

I have enjoyed the difficulty levels of the U2s this week - challenging but logical. Thanks.
by ronald
Sat 22 Oct, 2011 10:51 am
Forum: Puzzle Links
Topic: croco-puzzle
Replies: 696
Views: 510067

Re: croco-puzzle

The random difficulty levels of croco, and frustratingness, are part of what makes it fun: I don't think it should be changed. You can easily see the difficulty level from the length of time the first few pioneers take, if you want. I would note that berni has recently made some changes that the pla...
by ronald
Wed 12 Oct, 2011 10:39 pm
Forum: General Puzzle Discussions
Topic: some sort of griddler code?
Replies: 8
Views: 9067

Re: some sort of griddler code?

oh, then every other row should go backwards.

the pattern appears to read "SD-198+14"
by ronald
Sun 24 Jul, 2011 9:48 pm
Forum: Daily Puzzles
Topic: Any interest in a UK croco-puzzle ladder?
Replies: 592
Views: 440419

Re: Any interest in a UK croco-puzzle ladder?

Hello, I'd ultimately like to withdraw from the ladder, because I can't guarantee to play at all for the next 6 weeks due to home moving and holidaying - so I won't be able to keep up with the action. Dickoon - it's up to you how to deal with it. I'm happy with any solution, including nominally keep...
by ronald
Sat 02 Jul, 2011 10:48 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Reflections on the croco-puzzle ladder?
Replies: 47
Views: 29163

Re: Reflections on the croco-puzzle ladder?

Although I haven't been paying such close attention to the ladder - it's definitely the case that drsteve and I have suffered for having to play each other for the challenger spot every other week. I've been surprised that detuned has successfully defended his top spot - although some puzzle-types c...
by ronald
Wed 29 Jun, 2011 11:00 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2011 UK Puzzle Championship (25-26 June 2011)
Replies: 83
Views: 58095

Re: 2011 UK Puzzle Championship (25-26 June 2011)

I am somewhat surprised you express such deep offence. It's my goal to improve things for the future and I made no personal comment (I didn't suggest there was favouritism here, only that the process cannot be described as blind if you already know who has made which submission): the fact that you'r...
by ronald
Wed 29 Jun, 2011 3:50 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2011 UK Puzzle Championship (25-26 June 2011)
Replies: 83
Views: 58095

Re: 2011 UK Puzzle Championship (25-26 June 2011)

"So, rather than half-marks (or none), I've decided my new strategy for these things is to deduct 'some' points from the full tally." Despite your quote, the spirit of the discussion was that you suggested several times (and I agreed) that deducting a fixed number of points was better than awarding ...
by ronald
Tue 28 Jun, 2011 5:50 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2011 UK Puzzle Championship (25-26 June 2011)
Replies: 83
Views: 58095

Re: 2011 UK Puzzle Championship (25-26 June 2011)

I note earlier discussion suggested that 1 mark would be deducted where the puzzle was solved beyond reasonable doubt. Now it's the case that all but 2/3 marks have been deducted (a much harsher penalty on the high point-value puzzles?). This seems wildly different, although I haven't been personall...
by ronald
Mon 27 Jun, 2011 12:05 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2011 UK Puzzle Championship (25-26 June 2011)
Replies: 83
Views: 58095

Re: 2011 UK Puzzle Championship (25-26 June 2011)

uvo: It's true that I didn't try, but only because I didn't understand the rules clearly enough to find it a valuable use of time during competition. drsteve: Perhaps you missed that the rules were different in the competition. Since they now say "eight of the shapes given below" it suggests to me t...
by ronald
Mon 27 Jun, 2011 11:02 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2011 UK Puzzle Championship (25-26 June 2011)
Replies: 83
Views: 58095

Re: 2011 UK Puzzle Championship (25-26 June 2011)

However, there was plenty time to clarify this before the event started. There was a lot of discussion on Good Neighbours, and a request for a better example was clearly made - and declined - on this forum. It's always going to be hard to understand instructions fully without a proper example. Besi...
by ronald
Sat 25 Jun, 2011 2:06 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2011 UK Puzzle Championship (25-26 June 2011)
Replies: 83
Views: 58095

Re: 2011 UK Puzzle Championship (25-26 June 2011)

Alan - I made a typo in Puzzle #4, so that the answer key is correct but for one missing letter that I didn't see (detail in e-mail). I hope you can accept the answer as correct!

Thanks,
Ronald
by ronald
Fri 24 Jun, 2011 5:05 pm
Forum: Daily Puzzles
Topic: Any interest in a UK croco-puzzle ladder?
Replies: 592
Views: 440419

Re: Any interest in a UK croco-puzzle ladder?

I think you've underestimated how much drsteve dislikes sudoku.

I actually thought this was a nice puzzle but I'll take the 7-3 result :D
by ronald
Wed 22 Jun, 2011 10:09 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2011 UK Puzzle Championship (25-26 June 2011)
Replies: 83
Views: 58095

Re: 2011 UK Puzzle Championship (25-26 June 2011)

Good Neighbours - so if the grid were

515
555

the top row would be clued as 11 (and not 6)?
by ronald
Tue 21 Jun, 2011 7:37 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2011 UK Puzzle Championship (25-26 June 2011)
Replies: 83
Views: 58095

Re: 2011 UK Puzzle Championship (25-26 June 2011)

Ronald, the puzzle author (Gabriele) followed up my response by stating that you specifically can NOT add to any single cannon ship segments. (If there are any) So the rules do forbid adding cannons to existing ship segments? Please can you edit/remove the comments that state the rules incorrectly?...
by ronald
Tue 21 Jun, 2011 6:03 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2011 UK Puzzle Championship (25-26 June 2011)
Replies: 83
Views: 58095

Re: 2011 UK Puzzle Championship (25-26 June 2011)

PuzzleScot wrote:Spanish Armada - if there is a given "1 gun" square, can you draw an extra gun in the square to make a "2 gun" square?

The rules do not forbid this.
ermmmm... oh. :S

Thanks for the clarification :) I had not understood this at all from the given rules and example.
by ronald
Mon 20 Jun, 2011 4:36 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2011 UK Puzzle Championship (25-26 June 2011)
Replies: 83
Views: 58095

Re: 2011 UK Puzzle Championship (25-26 June 2011)

Agree that the solution key for Hidoku is Hideous. Can we input row(s) of numbers instead? The solution key for the Masyu too is probably as hard as the puzzle and I would anticipate mistakes by competitors there - although I'm less clear about a workaround for that. Gareth: about the ships - I unde...
by ronald
Sun 19 Jun, 2011 11:59 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2011 UK Puzzle Championship (25-26 June 2011)
Replies: 83
Views: 58095

Re: 2011 UK Puzzle Championship (25-26 June 2011)

#13 and #14 Easy as UKPA example appears to have two solutions (rotating the As in rows 3, 4 and 5)?
Have I understood the rules correctly?