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by detuned
Wed 23 Jan, 2019 1:56 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Puzzle Ramayan - 2019
Replies: 5
Views: 272

Re: Puzzle Ramayan - 2019

Round 2 happening this weekend. It looks kind of fruity to me at first glance, so well worth familiarising yourself with the IB before starting. There's also a bunch of corrections in the forum post

http://logicmastersindia.com/PR/2019012/
by detuned
Wed 23 Jan, 2019 1:52 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: WPF Puzzle GP
Replies: 1
Views: 113

Re: WPF Puzzle GP

Preliminary Results are now out (seems to be a delay compared to the Sudoku GP). Top 3 UK:

12. Neil Zussman 594
41. Saul Glasman 456
54. Adam Bissett 422
by detuned
Tue 22 Jan, 2019 9:11 pm
Forum: WPF Sudoku Technical Discussion forum
Topic: What is a sudoku? My answer.
Replies: 1
Views: 46

Re: What is a sudoku? My answer.

Thanks Berni, I am insanely overworked right now so haven't really had time to think about things over the last week or so - and nor will I likely to be over the next week or so - but I am very glad to see some of the elements we have discussed so far put together in a coherent whole. I'm sure there...
by detuned
Sat 19 Jan, 2019 10:39 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Sudoku Mahabharat - 2019
Replies: 4
Views: 827

Re: Sudoku Mahabharat - 2019

Top 3 from round 2:

1. Tom Collyer 111.3
2. Heather Golding 94
3. Sam Cappleman-Lynes 79
by detuned
Thu 17 Jan, 2019 12:29 pm
Forum: WPF Sudoku Technical Discussion forum
Topic: Wrong Puzzles? [WSC 2011]
Replies: 11
Views: 386

Re: Wrong Puzzles? [WSC 2011]

Fred, Could I ask you to tone down your posts a little. If you are going to forensically dissect, line by line, any opinion which is contrary to yours with comments like "this is ridiculous" then you are going to discourage anyone from offering an opinion at all. And we must definitely not discourag...
by detuned
Tue 15 Jan, 2019 12:25 pm
Forum: WPF Sudoku Technical Discussion forum
Topic: Disjoint regions sudoku [new example]
Replies: 10
Views: 310

Re: Disjoint regions sudoku [new example]

So I think this comes down to what we are discussing in another thread. We clearly have rows, columns and regions, but I think it's debatable whether in the original presentation the regions are clearly marked. Liane's point about the use of colour is interesting - yes we have a colour blindness iss...
by detuned
Sun 13 Jan, 2019 7:51 pm
Forum: WPF Sudoku Technical Discussion forum
Topic: Disjoint regions sudoku [new example]
Replies: 10
Views: 310

Re: Disjoint regions sudoku [new example]

Could this variant also be described by the rules of Scattered Sudoku?
by detuned
Sun 13 Jan, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: WPF Sudoku Technical Discussion forum
Topic: Within Box Skyscrapers Sudoku [WSC 2013]
Replies: 0
Views: 55

Within Box Skyscrapers Sudoku [WSC 2013]

Within Box Skyscrapers [WSC 2013].png Source: 2013 WSC, Beijing Assuming you are happy with the skyscrapers constraint, this puzzle adds an extra element by requiring you to find the value of internal skyscrapers clues. For regular skyscrapers puzzles, the clues are all given at the edge of the grid.
by detuned
Sun 13 Jan, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: WPF Sudoku Technical Discussion forum
Topic: Anti-Knight-and-Queen Sudoku [WSC 2013]
Replies: 0
Views: 47

Anti-Knight-and-Queen Sudoku [WSC 2013]

Anti-Knight-and-Queen Sudoku [WSC 2013].png Source: 2013 WSC, Beijing. There is no specific reason to use N and Q rather than 8 or 9 beyond being familiar with Chess notation. The constraints are bespoke to certain symbols, rather than applying to all of them. In this respect, it is similar to Star...
by detuned
Sun 13 Jan, 2019 4:41 pm
Forum: WPF Sudoku Technical Discussion forum
Topic: Shape Sudoku
Replies: 0
Views: 52

Shape Sudoku

Shape Sudoku [WSC 2012].png Source: WSC 2012, Kraljevica, but has also appeared in numerous other places. I've posted this example for completeness as several other related examples have already been placed, but the point here is that the placement of shapes, rather than numbers is the more importa...
by detuned
Sun 13 Jan, 2019 4:34 pm
Forum: WPF Sudoku Technical Discussion forum
Topic: Star Sudoku
Replies: 1
Views: 63

Star Sudoku

Star Sudoku [WSC 2012].png
Star Sudoku [WSC 2012].png (96.76 KiB) Viewed 63 times
Source: WSC 2012, also in 2007

This puzzle features cells that belong to only one "generalised rows" (n.b. it doesn't really make sense to talk about rows and columns for this kind of grid), and aren't crosschecked by another.
by detuned
Sun 13 Jan, 2019 4:23 pm
Forum: WPF Sudoku Technical Discussion forum
Topic: Sick Kropki Sudoku [WSC 2011]
Replies: 1
Views: 78

Sick Kropki Sudoku [WSC 2011]

Sick Kropki [WSC 2011].png
Sick Kropki [WSC 2011].png (239.45 KiB) Viewed 78 times
Source: WSC 2011, Eger

The interesting element of this puzzle is that the set of numbers to be placed is not given, and is up to the solver to determine
by detuned
Sun 13 Jan, 2019 12:43 pm
Forum: WPF Sudoku Technical Discussion forum
Topic: Three different questions?
Replies: 17
Views: 528

Re: Three different questions?

Thanks for the post Fred. On 1.1 - I'm not sure we need to get too technical with the definition of regions. The guiding principle should be that the regions are clear and well described, and I think trying to reach a level of abstract generalisations which covers a whole range of the cases isn't ne...
by detuned
Sun 13 Jan, 2019 11:56 am
Forum: WPF Sudoku Technical Discussion forum
Topic: Battleships sudoku [WPF Sudoku GP 2015]
Replies: 2
Views: 104

Re: Battleships sudoku [WPF Sudoku GP 2015]

This seems to be in common with Sukaku actually, in that the constructor has given more thought to the rules than a simple hybrid. It's not clear to me whether this moves the solving experience towards or away from Sudoku however, I'd be interested to hear other views here.
by detuned
Sun 13 Jan, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: WPF Puzzle GP
Replies: 1
Views: 113

WPF Puzzle GP

The 2019 season is up and running next weekend, but this instructions are already out. http://gp.worldpuzzle.org/sites/default ... nd1_IB.pdf

The first round is by India.

Main website is here: http://gp.worldpuzzle.org/content/puzzle-gp
by detuned
Sun 13 Jan, 2019 11:24 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Sudoku Mahabharat - 2019
Replies: 4
Views: 827

Re: Sudoku Mahabharat - 2019

Top 3 from Round 1. Scores are always out of 100.

1. Sam Cappleman-Lynes 86
2. Matthew White 57.6
3. David Collison 36

No finishers this time round, but Sam was just 1 puzzle away
by detuned
Sun 13 Jan, 2019 11:19 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Sudoku Mahabharat - 2019
Replies: 4
Views: 827

Re: Sudoku Mahabharat - 2019

Round 2 is happening this weekend:

http://logicmastersindia.com/SM/201901/
by detuned
Sun 13 Jan, 2019 11:17 am
Forum: WPF Sudoku Technical Discussion forum
Topic: Sukaku [WPF Sudoku GP 2015]
Replies: 2
Views: 87

Re: Sukaku [WPF Sudoku GP 2015]

It's worth considering the two different elements of the constraint here. I think if numbers placed were allowed to repeat within the rectangles of the resulting divided grid, we have the more straightforward issue of is dividing a grid really something that should be happening in a Sudoku puzzle. D...
by detuned
Sun 13 Jan, 2019 11:11 am
Forum: WPF Sudoku Technical Discussion forum
Topic: Serbian irregular sudoku [WPF Sudoku GP 2015]
Replies: 1
Views: 67

Re: Serbian irregular sudoku [WPF Sudoku GP 2015]

This should be thought about in combination with the discussion with surplus and deficit sudoku. In that thread, there was a separation of the concept of having only surplus regions, or only deficit regions - as Fred says, this puzzle combines both of them, with another constraint to control which d...
by detuned
Sun 13 Jan, 2019 10:58 am
Forum: WPF Sudoku Technical Discussion forum
Topic: Triomino sudoku [WPF Sudoku GP 2014, including finals]
Replies: 1
Views: 72

Re: Triomino sudoku [WPF Sudoku GP 2014, including finals]

Very similar to Tetris Sudoku.

Another way of looking at this is that this is very close to an Extra Space Sudoku, except you are also determining exactly where the extra space goes
by detuned
Sat 12 Jan, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: WPF Sudoku Technical Discussion forum
Topic: Battleships sudoku [WPF Sudoku GP 2015]
Replies: 2
Views: 104

Re: Battleships sudoku [sudoku GP 2015]

Note that this example is not to be confused with Battleship Sudoku, which appeared much earlier than this example: https://www.gmpuzzles.com/blog/category/sudoku/battleship-sudoku/ With this example, the outside sums provide another degree of controversy. For this puzzle they helped more with the p...
by detuned
Sat 12 Jan, 2019 5:00 pm
Forum: WPF Sudoku Technical Discussion forum
Topic: Puzzle decorations
Replies: 1
Views: 94

Re: Puzzle decorations

I'm not sure I understand the question fully - as I don't think what you are describing is much of an issue. As far as I can tell, you are concerned about people being confused by rules which are redundant to solving the puzzle. But as far as I can tell, it's only on very rare occasions that a puzzl...
by detuned
Sat 12 Jan, 2019 4:43 pm
Forum: WPF Sudoku Technical Discussion forum
Topic: Crossnumber sudoku [WPF Sudoku GP 2014]
Replies: 2
Views: 91

Re: Crossnumber sudoku [sudoku GP 2014]

I think the opposite - the sudoku element of this puzzle is little more than an afterthought. Nothing against cross-number puzzles mind you.
by detuned
Thu 10 Jan, 2019 12:48 am
Forum: WPF Sudoku Technical Discussion forum
Topic: READ ME FIRST: What is a Sudoku Committee
Replies: 28
Views: 1828

Re: READ ME FIRST: What is a Sudoku Committee

Hi Nikola, thanks for your thoughts. As I've said in another post, there are a certain number of puzzle solvers who don't really like Sudoku, and given the existence of a WSC, complain that anything about anything that remotely looks like Sudoku in the WPC is overkill and belongs in the WSC instead....
by detuned
Wed 09 Jan, 2019 8:50 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Puzzle Ramayan - 2019
Replies: 5
Views: 272

Re: Puzzle Ramayan - 2019

Round 1 results outs: http://logicmastersindia.com/PR/201901/score.asp Despite some pretty challenging answer entries (oh and the puzzles themselves weren't trivial ;-) ), 4 of the 54 all-complete were UK based. Neil had a very strong showing in 7th overall, with James, Adam and me all bunched fairl...