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by dickoon
Sun 22 Oct, 2017 6:02 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: World Championships 2017- Updates
Replies: 12
Views: 630

Re: World Championships 2017- Updates

I too add my thanks - and congratulations, especially to the A-team; finishing in the top quarter of the team rankings is a superb result!
by dickoon
Tue 29 Aug, 2017 6:15 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Puzzles at the Mind Sports Olympiad in London on Sunday
Replies: 23
Views: 9725

Re: Puzzles at the Mind Sports Olympiad in London on Sunday

As far as I am aware, 2011 was the first event of "the modern era". Detailed results are available under the Results dropdown list at http://www.msoworld.com/ . There was a Puzzle Solving event in 1998 : I don't know the format but it sounds too early and I don't recognise any of the names involved...
by dickoon
Sat 19 Aug, 2017 8:20 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Puzzles at the Mind Sports Olympiad in London on Sunday
Replies: 23
Views: 9725

Re: Puzzles at the Mind Sports Olympiad in London on Sunday

It's (just about) that time of year again. The Sunday in question is not tomorrow, but the MSO's traditional sudoku and KenKen tournament takes place on the morning of Sunday 27th August. Details, as in previous years, are available on the MSO web site.
by dickoon
Thu 10 Aug, 2017 6:18 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Puzzle GP round 7
Replies: 6
Views: 884

Re: Puzzle GP round 7

The round 8 instruction booklets are up now. The C paper seems to have lots and lots of unusually light puzzles, which I don't mind a bit, and the A paper has some wonderful-looking combinations of familiar formats. We used to joke about the likes of Magnetic Battletent Snakescrapers; never a truer ...
by dickoon
Sun 06 Aug, 2017 8:40 pm
Forum: Puzzle (incl. Sudoku) Rules & Tips
Topic: Clouds
Replies: 5
Views: 981

Re: Clouds

I have an app called 'logic games' on my phone (logo is 2 grey cogs). "Free on iOS, Android and WP" by Andrea Sabbatini. There are dozens of familiar puzzle types you can practice, including Clouds... Ooh, what a good recommendation! Dozens and dozens of puzzle formats to practice there. Thank you ...
by dickoon
Sun 30 Jul, 2017 8:20 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: The Hunt for Justice
Replies: 2
Views: 638

Re: The Hunt for Justice

A good point well made. I observe, only mostly tongue in cheek, that the hunt would be 1:30am to 9:30am Indian Standard Time on the early hours of Sunday 22nd October when the championships are over and people have no further plans on the Sunday apart from departures. Assuming there's good Internet ...
by dickoon
Sat 29 Jul, 2017 7:58 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: The Hunt for Justice
Replies: 2
Views: 638

The Hunt for Justice

The Hunt for Justice is an online puzzle hunt which will take place on the evening (UK time) of Saturday October 21st. Teams play from wherever they like around the world, but must register in advance by August 1st - i.e., this Tuesday. There is an entry fee of US$90 per team (2-4 recommended, but ...
by dickoon
Wed 28 Jun, 2017 1:46 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Results: 2017 UK Puzzle Championship
Replies: 7
Views: 2346

Re: Results: 2017 UK Puzzle Championship

I'm delighted to see quite so many different UK solvers taking part; off the top of my head I think 29 is a considerable leap forward from a previous best of 25. Curious to know why the time limit was only two hours rather than two and a half; I suspect solvers could well have been kept busy for ano...
by dickoon
Thu 22 Jun, 2017 8:15 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UK Puzzle Championship 2017 / WPC Qualification
Replies: 7
Views: 1926

Re: UK Puzzle Championship 2017 / WPC Qualification

kiwijam wrote:If people are wanting some practise puzzles, I've collected 32 puzzles from last year's WPC that match types in this weekend's UKPC.
Thank you for your hard work!
by dickoon
Wed 21 Jun, 2017 11:17 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Bot registrations
Replies: 11
Views: 2808

Re: Bot registrations

Shouldn't make much difference in reality. I will reopen self-registration nearer the time of the the UK championship season, when hopefully this madness dies down a bit. I'm about to plug the UKPC somewhere fairly soon. Is self-registration available again now, please, for those who might want to ...
by dickoon
Mon 19 Jun, 2017 8:50 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UKPA Hall of Fame
Replies: 9
Views: 1753

Re: UKPA Hall of Fame

A .pdf document saved by archive.org has a full chart of results from 1992 to 2010, including the full details of the UK '96 performances. It shouldn't be impossible to bring this chart up to date and I rather hope that someone, somewhere (ideally at the WPF itself) is doing so.
by dickoon
Fri 16 Jun, 2017 3:06 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UKPA Hall of Fame
Replies: 9
Views: 1753

Re: UKPA Hall of Fame

Someone wrote in 2004 on the matter: "Strangely enough, your referencing Tim's site has led to the first time I've ever seen the full horror of the UK's first participation in WPC... all four team members finished in the bottom six, which may well be the Most Hopeless WPC Team Evah! Having said that...
by dickoon
Fri 16 Jun, 2017 2:57 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UKPA Hall of Fame
Replies: 9
Views: 1753

Re: UKPA Hall of Fame

I may be able to dig a little data out when I'm back off shift and on my main PC at these other end of the country. Nick Deller may remember more, but I believe the team was made up of four staff members from a puzzle magazine who may have been the UK WPC member at the time.
by dickoon
Wed 14 Jun, 2017 10:27 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UKPA Hall of Fame
Replies: 9
Views: 1753

Re: UKPA Hall of Fame

Good list; very good list! Pleased to see the acknowledgement of David McNeill's world class WSC performance in 2007. By a similar token, I would argue that it's worth celebrating strong qualification performances in the pre-UKPA days. I put together the data about three years ago - while it's a lit...
by dickoon
Fri 26 May, 2017 8:41 pm
Forum: Puzzle Links
Topic: Jack Hurst's puzzle blog
Replies: 2
Views: 1303

Re: Jack Hurst's puzzle blog

He has a lifetime record of 16-1 at Countdown, so that might be where you heard of him. Never played Neil, though! (Jack played later by about a year.)
by dickoon
Tue 23 May, 2017 10:34 pm
Forum: Puzzle Links
Topic: Jack Hurst's puzzle blog
Replies: 2
Views: 1303

Jack Hurst's puzzle blog

Jack Hurst, who I don't know personally but believe to be a co-worker of a friend, has started a puzzle blog . The word puzzles there are cute enough. As he says in his first post, " I’ve been spending a lot of my spare time in recent months working on a software project to help me compile different...
by dickoon
Thu 04 May, 2017 10:33 pm
Forum: General Puzzle Discussions
Topic: How'd we get puzzles at the Olympics, or something like it?
Replies: 2
Views: 1221

How'd we get puzzles at the Olympics, or something like it?

I tend to believe that plugging my puzzly, escape-room-y blog would not generally be wildly welcome here; that said, my most recent post, on the titular question, may be of interest . Executive summary: aside from the question of whether or not you'd want to, while the answer to the first half of th...
by dickoon
Sun 19 Feb, 2017 12:29 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Trinity College Cambridge online puzzle hunt next week
Replies: 6
Views: 2490

Re: Trinity College Cambridge online puzzle hunt next week

If you know of any more events, do post again. Just found out about Galactic Puzzle Hunt 2017 in a similar style from March 14th to 23rd. The hint system is different - notably, you'll get to ask yes/no questions for the hints you want, rather than for canned hints - and the tone of the rubric (and...
by dickoon
Sat 18 Feb, 2017 12:14 am
Forum: General Puzzle Discussions
Topic: Red Bull Escape Room World Championship
Replies: 2
Views: 1350

Re: Red Bull Escape Room World Championship

Yes! I have met three of them and consider them to be thoroughly lovely people, to the point where the fourth must surely be thoroughly lovely by association at the very least. Mark runs Puzzled Pint in Manchester, and I talked both Mark and Ken (among others) into taking part in the online UK puzzl...
by dickoon
Wed 01 Feb, 2017 6:08 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Trinity College Cambridge online puzzle hunt next week
Replies: 6
Views: 2490

Re: Trinity College Cambridge online puzzle hunt next week

The best way to keep up with such things is the Puzzle Hunt Calendar . Second best way would be my blog, but if you're only going to follow one, go for the calendar. :) Now we have an emergent puzzle community in Cambridge, of course, we need to find ways to introduce them to other puzzle activities...
by dickoon
Mon 30 Jan, 2017 6:26 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2017 Puzzle GP
Replies: 41
Views: 9866

Re: 2017 Puzzle GP

The participant classes were posted yesterday afternoon. There are 14 people who have faithfully solved in the Grands Prix time and time again and have been "promoted" to Class B on the basis of effort rather than achievement. I am one of them. D'oh! (I am, at least, in good company in this...) I've...
by dickoon
Wed 25 Jan, 2017 5:14 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2017 Puzzle GP
Replies: 41
Views: 9866

Re: 2017 Puzzle GP

In general I would just solve the puzzles that you enjoy the most. Absolutely! I suspect I will fall into class B from having taken part in so many GPs over the years rather than from success, and yet I'm most interested in the Class C puzzles, so will only be taking part unofficially, which feels ...
by dickoon
Wed 18 Jan, 2017 10:36 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Trinity College Cambridge online puzzle hunt next week
Replies: 6
Views: 2490

Trinity College Cambridge online puzzle hunt next week

People from the mathematics and science societies at Trinity College, Cambridge, are launching an online puzzle hunt next week. For those to whom this means something, it very much seems to be in the SUMS/MUMS/mezzacotta style. Expect it to include cultural puzzles, but I'd be surprised if there wer...
by dickoon
Wed 16 Nov, 2016 9:03 pm
Forum: General Puzzle Discussions
Topic: Alex Bellos (The Guardian) is hosting a puzzle night
Replies: 2
Views: 4427

Alex Bellos (The Guardian) is hosting a puzzle night

Alex Bellos, who has a fortnightly puzzle column in The Guardian among many other things, is hosting "A Brain-teasing Evening of Puzzles and Problems" at Portland Hall in London on Monday next week. I don't know if Alex knows about our sorts of puzzles, and I don't know whether this might be a good ...
by dickoon
Thu 28 Jul, 2016 9:48 am
Forum: Puzzle Links
Topic: Puzzle e-books for charity donations
Replies: 0
Views: 2827

Puzzle e-books for charity donations

You probably know about this already, but just on the off-chance you hadn't heard about it already: Humble Bundle currently have a bundle of puzzle e-books available. Humble Bundle work on a "pay what you want, and you can choose to donate it to a charity of your choice" system; as far as I can tell...