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by PuzzlerNickG
Fri 10 Jan, 2014 9:48 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Puzzled Pint in London
Replies: 25
Views: 29772

Re: Puzzled Pint in London

I would very much recommend this to anyone who can get there. You'll get several interesting but not overly difficult puzzles and at the same time can enjoy your favourite tipple and chat to like-minded people.

Sadly, I can't be there this month, but I am planning to be there in February.
by PuzzlerNickG
Sun 08 Dec, 2013 11:36 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Puzzled Pint in London
Replies: 25
Views: 29772

Re: Puzzled Pint in London

I should be there this time, but it's likely to be a one-off rather than the start of a regular attendance.
by PuzzlerNickG
Wed 30 Oct, 2013 10:21 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: LMI - October 2013 Puzzle Contest
Replies: 4
Views: 4149

Re: LMI - October 2013 Puzzle Contest

detuned wrote:Lovely set of puzzles with a nice smiley face theme
Curious how impressions work. Based particularly on the Kakuro and Akari, I assumed them to be skulls for a Halloween theme. They are nice puzzles, but my performance, like the supposed theme, was horrific.
by PuzzlerNickG
Thu 24 Oct, 2013 7:50 am
Forum: Puzzle Links
Topic: croco-puzzle
Replies: 696
Views: 371659

Re: croco-puzzle

So, I somehow got second prize in last week's Preisrätsel which is a 6-month subscription to Denksel.

I think Denksel gets sent by email as a monthly pdf. Does anyone know if I have to do anything to claim the prize, or does it happen automatically?
by PuzzlerNickG
Wed 10 Jul, 2013 8:44 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UKPA Puzzle Championship 2013
Replies: 43
Views: 30902

Re: UKPA Puzzle Championship 2013

I really enjoyed this contest. I think I solved a lot of puzzles well, but then wasted too much time on Yosenabe (which I finished) and Snake (which I didn't). I've now solved all the puzzles that I hadn't finished (including Snake). There really are a lot of excellent puzzles in there. Congratulati...
by PuzzlerNickG
Sat 22 Jun, 2013 9:57 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2013 USPC
Replies: 18
Views: 7858

Re: 2013 USPC

I should have scored 140, but I made some silly mistakes. I was close to finishing Ambiguity when time ran out.
by PuzzlerNickG
Tue 18 Jun, 2013 10:14 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Croco-Liga team competition, starting in September 2012
Replies: 82
Views: 56697

Re: Croco-Liga team competition, starting in September 2012

A cursory glance at the 'team ratings' figures tells me us Northeners have a fight on our hands to stay up next season, with only 3 teams technically lower rated than us. Let's see huh? Looking forward to it already. Hmm. A cursory glance at the 'team ratings' figures tells me us Southeners have a ...
by PuzzlerNickG
Wed 08 May, 2013 8:47 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: DASH 5 puzzle hunt in London on Saturday 25th May
Replies: 11
Views: 5620

Re: DASH 5 puzzle hunt in London on Saturday 25th May

We're all sorted. I'm joining a team with Gareth and others. Ken, unfortunately, can't make it.

I could wear a recent WPC t-shirt, though weather might mean it's covered by full-length waterproofs. :roll:
by PuzzlerNickG
Fri 26 Apr, 2013 12:15 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: DASH 5 puzzle hunt in London on Saturday 25th May
Replies: 11
Views: 5620

Re: DASH 5 puzzle hunt in London on Saturday 25th May

I'm probably going to go to the Saturday meeting. I've emailed the organisers and await their response.

The registration page suggests there's still lots of team spots available (18 at time of posting), so I'm confident we'll still have time to claim a spot.
by PuzzlerNickG
Mon 08 Apr, 2013 11:58 am
Forum: Puzzle Links
Topic: croco-puzzle
Replies: 696
Views: 371659

Re: croco-puzzle

Thanks for the mention dickoon, and your comment about the run-in is spot on. Closing matches for Southern UK are tough: we play the 1st (Slovakia team), 4th (Croco B&H&Gs) and 6th placed teams. Croco B&H&Gs have the equivalent tough run-in, while Team China play the 10th, 13th and 14th placed teams...
by PuzzlerNickG
Thu 04 Apr, 2013 3:34 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: DASH 5 puzzle hunt in London on Saturday 25th May
Replies: 11
Views: 5620

Re: DASH 5 puzzle hunt in London on Saturday 25th May

I'm definitely interested in this. If anyone else is, let me know and we'll see of we can get a team organised.
by PuzzlerNickG
Tue 19 Mar, 2013 10:05 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UK Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournament 16th - 17th March, 2013
Replies: 36
Views: 24614

Re: UK Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournament 16th - 17th March,

I had a great weekend. Lots of really good puzzles and friendly faces, both old and new. I was actually more nervous being Tom's marker in the Sudoku play-off than I was for the competition itself. If anyone was in two minds about attending, I really recommend you come along next year. Congratulatio...
by PuzzlerNickG
Tue 06 Nov, 2012 9:34 am
Forum: Puzzle Links
Topic: croco-puzzle
Replies: 696
Views: 371659

Re: croco-puzzle

dickoon wrote:... Dataman is now up to 8th kyu ...
It's been a struggle. My recent solving form is patchy, but fortunately my red line is still playing catch-up.

Congratulations to detuned and apollo.
by PuzzlerNickG
Thu 06 Sep, 2012 1:14 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2012 UK Puzzle Championship (24-27 Aug 2012)
Replies: 44
Views: 24811

Re: 2012 UK Puzzle Championship (24-27 Aug 2012)

Time for one of the easy ones... Puzzle #3 - Tapa #1 Columns labelled left-right A-H, rows labelled top-bottom 1-8. The cells around the 5 at B8 are all shaded: A7, B7, C7, A8, C8 are shaded. C7 is shaded, so to complete the 1/1/1/1 at D6: C5, E5, E7 are shaded. D5, C6, E6, D7 are blank. The 1/3 at ...
by PuzzlerNickG
Tue 28 Aug, 2012 8:31 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2012 UK Puzzle Championship (24-27 Aug 2012)
Replies: 44
Views: 24811

Re: 2012 UK Puzzle Championship (24-27 Aug 2012)

I too spent ages on the Rock-Paper-Scissors puzzle, which looked easy but completely stumped me. That and trying some of the harder puzzles meant I solved nothing in the last 40 minutes. Nevertheless, very enjoyable overall.
by PuzzlerNickG
Mon 27 Aug, 2012 7:42 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2012 US Puzzle Championship (USPC)
Replies: 24
Views: 12570

Re: 2012 US Puzzle Championship (USPC)

Not good for me either. 121 assuming no answer typos. As often happens, I felt like I wasted too much time on puzzles I didn't complete.
by PuzzlerNickG
Mon 23 Jul, 2012 8:50 am
Forum: Daily Puzzles
Topic: Any interest in a UK croco-puzzle ladder?
Replies: 592
Views: 330809

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

Sorry detuned, I wasn't at the races at all last week, and even forgot :!: to do the puzzles on the Monday because I was engrossed in other things. A bye request - I'll be off on Friday and possibly Thursday of next week so I'll need a bye for those. It might help that if a tie-break is necessary, w...
by PuzzlerNickG
Mon 09 Jul, 2012 8:09 am
Forum: Daily Puzzles
Topic: Any interest in a UK croco-puzzle ladder?
Replies: 592
Views: 330809

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

drsteve wrote:Whoever I've got next week, congratulations in advance as I'll be away all week. Back for the following week though...
That's a shame. Our last match was a good one.

It's a long way up this ladder. I hope my acrophobia doesn't get the better of me. :D
by PuzzlerNickG
Sun 01 Jul, 2012 3:44 pm
Forum: Daily Puzzles
Topic: Any interest in a UK croco-puzzle ladder?
Replies: 592
Views: 330809

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

Congratulations to drsteve. That was pretty close.

The puzzle types helped me: my statistics show my top five are Arukone, Sternenhimmel, Koralle, Slalom and Schlange. I would have been beaten more soundly without that I think.
by PuzzlerNickG
Mon 18 Jun, 2012 1:42 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Seven Samurais - LMI June Puzzle Test
Replies: 17
Views: 9405

Re: Seven Samurais - LMI June Puzzle Test

emma wrote:Fun - thank you.
More than fun, judging by your excellent score, Emma.

I enjoyed it too, but struggled on so many puzzles and couldn't get started at all on the Yin Yang, which I thought would be one of the easier ones for me.
by PuzzlerNickG
Mon 18 Jun, 2012 10:39 am
Forum: Daily Puzzles
Topic: Any interest in a UK croco-puzzle ladder?
Replies: 592
Views: 330809

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

Finally! I believe that's my first non-walkover win. :D
by PuzzlerNickG
Sun 29 Apr, 2012 9:21 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UK Open Sudoku and Puzzle Championship
Replies: 8
Views: 4535

Re: UK Open Sudoku and Puzzle Championship

I agree too. I had a brilliant weekend. There were plenty of excellent puzzles and the whole weekend was organised with just the right balance between formality and fun.

Well done Gareth! And well done to Mike, Liane and anyone else who helped make the championships happen.
by PuzzlerNickG
Tue 20 Mar, 2012 2:52 pm
Forum: Daily Puzzles
Topic: Any interest in a UK croco-puzzle ladder?
Replies: 592
Views: 330809

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

dickoon wrote:puzzlemad 6 Dataman 4

Congratulations to our winners after what might have been our closest week yet!
Very close indeed. I lost out on the second Friday puzzle by just 5 seconds (18m 13s to 18m 18s), or just 0.46% more time. That made the difference between a 4-6 loss and a 7-5 extra-time win.
by PuzzlerNickG
Fri 02 Mar, 2012 10:39 pm
Forum: Daily Puzzles
Topic: Any interest in a UK croco-puzzle ladder?
Replies: 592
Views: 330809

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

I'm not going to be able to compete next week so I have to cede my match. (Or, I have no objection to dickoon leap-frogging me into the last ladder match.)

I'm also going to miss out on several days of Classic Tapa at LMI. :cry:

I'll be back the following week.
by PuzzlerNickG
Mon 27 Feb, 2012 8:33 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Tapa Variations Contest X — 25th-27th February
Replies: 2
Views: 2249

Re: Tapa Variations Contest X — 25th-27th February

Very enjoyable, but two silly solving errors cost me, most notably on the Braille puzzle where 122 points went bye-bye for the sake of a single incorrect cell.