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by Puzzle_Maestro
Wed 21 Oct, 2020 4:00 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Divisions A and B 2020-2021
Replies: 11
Views: 2043

Re: Divisions A and B 2020-2021

It seems to me that the Puzzleduel interface is designed to be mobile-friendly to an extent - at least that would explain the rather clumsy number placement input. Though not having a mouse would certainly be a disadvantage, even if only a small one. Solving in any online interface tends to imbalanc...
by Puzzle_Maestro
Sun 18 Oct, 2020 7:45 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Division D 2020-21
Replies: 30
Views: 4518

Re: Division D 2020-21 Round 1

I don't believe it makes a big difference at most levels unless the puzzle is solvable within 30 seconds (as many puzzles here were). Most competitions only have a couple of puzzles which are at this difficulty level. From watching Ken Endo's solving videos, I've noticed that he tends to write a fai...
by Puzzle_Maestro
Sat 17 Oct, 2020 7:17 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Division D 2020-21
Replies: 30
Views: 4518

Re: Division D 2020-21 Round 1

My testing time for this set was about 3:29 not including puzzle 10 (as that was initially a much harder Fillomino but was substituted out for something easier). I use almost exactly the same notation as you, though I will often leave a region unnumbered if its size is no longer significant to the s...
by Puzzle_Maestro
Mon 07 Sep, 2020 3:13 pm
Forum: General Puzzle Discussions
Topic: Erich's Puzzle Palace
Replies: 1
Views: 1441

Re: Erich's Puzzle Palace

It seems like a lot of the Stetson website is down. The puzzle palace has relocated to here: https://erich-friedman.github.io/
by Puzzle_Maestro
Tue 25 Aug, 2020 5:43 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: WPF Puzzle GP 2020
Replies: 67
Views: 34218

Re: WPF Puzzle GP 2020

Preliminary results for round 8:

2. Freddie Hand 860.5
7. Neil Zussman 663.5
36. James McGowan 496

And thus, this year’s series has concluded, with the unfortunate lack of playoffs.

Preliminary final standings:

3. Freddie Hand 4678.7
11. Neil Zussman 3998.5
29. James McGowan 3533
by Puzzle_Maestro
Tue 11 Aug, 2020 7:19 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: WPF Puzzle GP 2020
Replies: 67
Views: 34218

Re: WPF Puzzle GP 2020

Preliminary results for Round 7: 2. Freddie Hand 1120.7 (57:56) 19. Neil Zussman 681 37. James McGowan 608 Another frustrating loss to Ken, though understandable given the amount of time I burned on the Sudokus. Higher scores across the board as expected, with a lot of familiar genres (or because of...
by Puzzle_Maestro
Tue 14 Jul, 2020 1:56 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: WPF Puzzle GP 2020
Replies: 67
Views: 34218

Re: WPF Puzzle GP 2020

Preliminary results for round 6 (EDIT: a lot of people have been awarded points for previously incorrect answers to the 159-pointer) 2. Freddie Hand 988.5 (70:27) 20. Neil Zussman 719 24. James McGowan 692 Pretty frustrating to come second with such a high score, but there were quite a few over-valu...
by Puzzle_Maestro
Wed 01 Jul, 2020 1:54 pm
Forum: Welcome!
Topic: Hello
Replies: 6
Views: 3962

Re: Hello

Welcome! Off the top of my head, I can think of Nikoli and Toketa. Both are excellent, and I would highly recommend them. There is also a huge amount of puzzle material on the web if you are willing to do a bit of searching. Obviously there is https://www.gmpuzzles.com/blog/ but there are also other...
by Puzzle_Maestro
Tue 30 Jun, 2020 5:57 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Results: 2020 UK Puzzle Championship
Replies: 7
Views: 6149

Re: Results: 2020 UK Puzzle Championship

Many thanks to Liane for organising and to the authors for an excellent set of puzzles! Congratulations to James on another UK victory. It's a little frustrating to make an error on one of the easiest puzzles in the test (namely, the four snails), especially since that was one of the puzzles I actua...
by Puzzle_Maestro
Sun 28 Jun, 2020 9:23 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Puzzle Ramayan - 2020
Replies: 13
Views: 9158

Re: Puzzle Ramayan - 2020

That was because the initial version of the last pentominous borders was faulty (the 4 had been transposed down a cell). The points have now been refunded. The reason why I attempted the obviously wrong puzzle so many times is that I thought it was possible that a border had simply been omitted and ...
by Puzzle_Maestro
Thu 25 Jun, 2020 8:13 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Puzzle Ramayan - 2020
Replies: 13
Views: 9158

Re: Puzzle Ramayan - 2020

Round 6 UK results: 4. Freddie Hand 147.4 (42:11) 29. James McGowan 124.8 (64:48) 74. Jeremy Kong 83.3 Overall, a very nice set of puzzles to round off this year's series. Struggled massively with the rangolis; took about 6 minutes for each of the 8x8s. Second place was definitely possible with more...
by Puzzle_Maestro
Wed 24 Jun, 2020 8:09 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: WPF Sudoku GP 2020
Replies: 37
Views: 22585

Re: WPF Sudoku GP 2020

Official results for round 6:

40. Jeremy Kong 450
47. Mark Goodliffe 433
86. Freddie Hand 339
by Puzzle_Maestro
Tue 23 Jun, 2020 10:22 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UK Puzzle Championship 2020
Replies: 16
Views: 7974

Re: UK Puzzle Championship 2020

There is a minor error in the Eulero example answer key; it should be 'A1C2B3' not 'A1C3B3'. Not that it really matters.
by Puzzle_Maestro
Tue 23 Jun, 2020 10:19 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UK Puzzle Championship 2020
Replies: 16
Views: 7974

Re: UK Puzzle Championship 2020

Thanks for the speedy work with the points, Liane! Greatly looking forward to the puzzles.
by Puzzle_Maestro
Mon 15 Jun, 2020 7:55 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: WPF Puzzle GP 2020
Replies: 67
Views: 34218

Re: WPF Puzzle GP 2020

I've made a couple of practice puzzles, which I will share here: Japanese Tren: https://tinyurl.com/y9ae7996. I've used question marks inside the grid here; these simply mean the respective automobiles can move any number of squares (including 0). Japanese Column Dance: https://tinyurl.com/y9pcy269....
by Puzzle_Maestro
Mon 15 Jun, 2020 7:50 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: WPF Puzzle GP 2020
Replies: 67
Views: 34218

Re: WPF Puzzle GP 2020

Honey Islands doesn't tend to be very logical; it's very much an intuitive type. I can draw a parallel with numberlink here; both are examples of 'efficient packing' puzzles, which don't tend to be particularly prone to logic. As for Easy As Japanese Railways, I also found the example rather difficu...
by Puzzle_Maestro
Sun 14 Jun, 2020 7:48 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: WPF Puzzle GP 2020
Replies: 67
Views: 34218

Re: WPF Puzzle GP 2020

Server problems still persist. My expectation is that the competition will be postponed to next weekend.
by Puzzle_Maestro
Wed 27 May, 2020 8:33 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Puzzle Ramayan - 2020
Replies: 13
Views: 9158

Re: Puzzle Ramayan - 2020

Round 5 UK results: 1. Freddie Hand - 132.8 (53:25) 20. James McGowan - 102.7 (87:16) 33. Adam Bissett - 89.4 A rather low UK participation, made up for by a strong showing, with all 5 competitors finishing in the top 50. Quite pleased to finally win a competition after coming close in the Alphabet ...
by Puzzle_Maestro
Thu 21 May, 2020 6:54 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: WPF Puzzle GP 2020
Replies: 67
Views: 34218

Re: WPF Puzzle GP 2020

I partially agree with both sides here; I don't think the rules are as badly explained as Tom makes them out to be, but the bullet point format is definitely something I would like to see (rather than huge paragraphs where it is easy to miss a rule/exception). I didn't have any trouble myself as I r...
by Puzzle_Maestro
Tue 19 May, 2020 9:34 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: WPF Puzzle GP 2020
Replies: 67
Views: 34218

Re: WPF Puzzle GP 2020

I do agree that columns would be on the whole more desirable (especially for the second galaxies), but at the same time that might have resulted in more people getting marked correct with a small error. In this case, I believe many people erroneously shaded one of R9C17 or R9C18, not realising that ...
by Puzzle_Maestro
Tue 19 May, 2020 5:37 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: WPF Puzzle GP 2020
Replies: 67
Views: 34218

Re: WPF Puzzle GP 2020

Preliminary results for round 5: 17. James McGowan 541 19. Freddie Hand 540 45. Neil Zussman 435 Bad luck with the answer keys Neil - there were more errors across the board, but nevertheless it’s annoying to lose 133 points that way. As expected, people found that to be a very tough round. Even som...
by Puzzle_Maestro
Tue 28 Apr, 2020 6:50 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: WPF Sudoku GP 2020
Replies: 37
Views: 22585

Re: WPF Sudoku GP 2020

Prelimininary (sic) results for round 5: 34. Sam Cappleman-Lynes 455 47. Jeremy Kong 398 69. Freddie Hand 354 Several nice puzzles in this round, I thought. The high-pointers were less fiddly than I expected and so it was a smooth-ish round for me. Not sure others had the same experience though, as ...
by Puzzle_Maestro
Mon 27 Apr, 2020 4:29 pm
Forum: General Puzzle Discussions
Topic: Some puzzles for your solving pleasure
Replies: 25
Views: 14760

Re: Some puzzles for your solving pleasure

I’m fairly certain my breakin also involved the 1s.
by Puzzle_Maestro
Wed 22 Apr, 2020 8:06 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Puzzle Ramayan - 2020
Replies: 13
Views: 9158

Re: Puzzle Ramayan - 2020

Round 4 UK results:

13. Freddie Hand - 111.6
18. James McGowan - 107.5
42. Sam Cappleman-Lynes - 84

Good to see Sam achieve a good puzzle result!

A rather tough round this time, with only 28 finishers. Ken Endo wins as usual, although not by as huge a margin as last round.
by Puzzle_Maestro
Mon 20 Apr, 2020 9:04 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: WPF Sudoku GP 2020
Replies: 37
Views: 22585

Re: WPF Sudoku GP 2020

I doubt that puzzle 10 will have an empty grid - I don’t think that’s in the style of the Indian authors - and besides, most of the points probably come from time-consuming addition of large numbers. I recall a similar arithmetic-heavy puzzle in the 2019 round 8 test (the 72-point Symmetric Product ...