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by puzzlemad
Wed 31 Mar, 2021 11:10 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2021 WPF Sudoku and Puzzle GPs
Replies: 73
Views: 11446

Re: 2021 WPF Sudoku and Puzzle GPs

Mega stupidity on my part - battleships solved correctly - entering solution code and I managed to pick the big outside clue numbers instead of column numbers and domino search managed to enter the number of horizontal dominoes not the contents of them. 52 points wasted - not a huge amount but enoug...
by puzzlemad
Thu 18 Mar, 2021 3:01 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2021 WPF Sudoku and Puzzle GPs
Replies: 73
Views: 11446

Re: 2021 WPF Sudoku and Puzzle GPs

Well done all. Think this one passed me by.
by puzzlemad
Thu 18 Mar, 2021 11:52 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Division D 2020-21
Replies: 48
Views: 12490

Re: Division D 2020-21

Well done everyone. Plans are afoot for our on line Championship (expecting this to be the 4th weekend in June). I look forward to seeing you all take part.
by puzzlemad
Sun 14 Mar, 2021 10:43 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Division C 2020-2021
Replies: 23
Views: 6090

Re: Division C 2020-2021

I’m really excited for this round! I don’t know if some of these variations are original, but I really like the rule of 6 and socially distant minesweeper, as well as the triangle minesweeper rules. Although, I think in the instruction booklet, the socially distant and triangle minesweepers do not ...
by puzzlemad
Fri 12 Mar, 2021 10:14 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Puzzle Ramayan and Sudoku Mahabharat 2021
Replies: 8
Views: 1874

Re: Puzzle Ramayan and Sudoku Mahabharat 2021

Well done Sam that was fantastic. Me, on the other hand - one of the first puzzles I submitted showed an error - instead of looking at the submitted key, I checked and double checked the puzzle wasting eons of time, then to realise it was stupid fingers on the key - so corrected. I then wasted time ...
by puzzlemad
Thu 11 Feb, 2021 2:10 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Divisions A and B 2020-2021
Replies: 64
Views: 10739

Re: Divisions A and B 2020-2021

S&W Slitherlink - one of the things I find useful with those is to use some sort of notation on cells that must be inside/outside the loop - I lightly shade those inside the loop. I find that helps when looking at ends that can be joined up to make sure that they don't finish up with an inside and o...
by puzzlemad
Thu 11 Feb, 2021 1:58 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Divisions A and B 2020-2021
Replies: 64
Views: 10739

Re: Divisions A and B 2020-2021

Slitherlink - this guide by Bram de Laat is an excellent guide for some of the patterns within Slitherlink.

http://puzzleparasite.blogspot.com/2011 ... .html#more
by puzzlemad
Sat 06 Feb, 2021 8:48 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2021 WPF Sudoku and Puzzle GPs
Replies: 73
Views: 11446

Re: 2021 WPF Sudoku and Puzzle GPs

Thanks James and Sam. I have solved it (my way) but will have another look with these hints to doing it.
by puzzlemad
Wed 03 Feb, 2021 11:27 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2021 WPF Sudoku and Puzzle GPs
Replies: 73
Views: 11446

Re: 2021 WPF Sudoku and Puzzle GPs

Well done everyone - in particular Freddie - that's fantastic. As for me - less said the better - wasted silly points and time with the scrabble and anglers cave - got virtually to the end of the scrabble and couldn't finish it off and had done something wrong with the anglers - only got one of the ...
by puzzlemad
Tue 26 Jan, 2021 4:59 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2021 WPF Sudoku and Puzzle GPs
Replies: 73
Views: 11446

Re: 2021 WPF Sudoku and Puzzle GPs

Oh no, I hope you have better luck for the puzzle GP. Thanks for the tips! I was wondering, though, what is the no battenburg rule? I see that Feadoor has already explained. This is something that is important to remember in a number of different types of puzzles. YinYang is another one of those wh...
by puzzlemad
Sun 24 Jan, 2021 10:03 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2021 WPF Sudoku and Puzzle GPs
Replies: 73
Views: 11446

Re: 2021 WPF Sudoku and Puzzle GPs

All good advice there. I fully intended 'taking part' with the Sudoku round - had a quick look at the instructions and tips here first, then ploughed in. While waiting for the full print, I grabbed the first page, got stuck on a fairly simple one (realised later that I missed the placement of a 4), ...
by puzzlemad
Thu 21 Jan, 2021 1:32 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Division D 2020-21
Replies: 48
Views: 12490

Re: Division D 2020-21

Daft question but are Minesweeper puzzles like the old Microsoft ones? I had a look in the Puzzle Rules board and couldn’t find any examples in there. I could easily have overlooked them though! :) I have seen two common versions of minesweeper puzzles. The more common (I think) is where you won't ...
by puzzlemad
Mon 04 Jan, 2021 4:47 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UK Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournament 16th - 17th March, 2013
Replies: 39
Views: 58156

Re: UK Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournament 16th - 17th March, 2013

EctoPlasma wrote:
Sun 03 Jan, 2021 11:10 am
I tried to see the file "UKPA Mixed Bag Round -PB 2013.pdf" but downloaded PDf file seemed to be broken. It gave an error message: "Failed to load PDF document." Can someone look into this?
Here it is again. Hopefully, this should be okay.
by puzzlemad
Sat 19 Dec, 2020 10:44 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Division C 2020-2021
Replies: 23
Views: 6090

Re: Division C 2020-2021

Was puzzle 7 super difficult or was that just me? I wasted time on this by not thinking about it properly. As the diagonals couldn't have repeated numbers in them it was worth considering the actual size of the grid as that gave how many different numbers would be in the diagonals. With that bit of...
by puzzlemad
Wed 16 Dec, 2020 5:09 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Division D 2020-21
Replies: 48
Views: 12490

Re: Division D 2020-21

Thanks - I'm sorry I didn't manage to submit this time. Incidentally, I find it interesting and mentally challenging that blocking out stuff is actually a positive rather than negative aspect to this puzzle. Perhaps I need to think of it and/or mark it in a different way, as I naturally think of th...
by puzzlemad
Fri 11 Dec, 2020 9:59 am
Forum: General Puzzle Discussions
Topic: Some puzzles for your solving pleasure
Replies: 27
Views: 19925

Re: Some puzzles for your solving pleasure

Thanks Sam. The first two lots were fine - just the 3rd set.
by puzzlemad
Sat 05 Dec, 2020 9:49 pm
Forum: Puzzle (incl. Sudoku) Rules & Tips
Topic: Four Winds
Replies: 8
Views: 3072

Re: Four Winds

I have seen an odd one in competitions that haven't had all cells visited - if it isn't explicitly stated, then there's a simple way of verifying this, though may be a little tedious on a larger puzzle (and a test of your arithmetic) - sum the total of the clues and the number of clue cells and comp...
by puzzlemad
Sun 29 Nov, 2020 2:56 pm
Forum: General Puzzle Discussions
Topic: Some puzzles for your solving pleasure
Replies: 27
Views: 19925

Re: Some puzzles for your solving pleasure

Thanks for these Sam. I'm very slowly working my way through them. As an aside, for us that are not great at solving Sudoku it would help if the grids were larger to give us more space for having to put candidates in etc. I've finished up copying them to enlarge them out, but a faff. Thanks.
by puzzlemad
Tue 17 Nov, 2020 11:25 am
Forum: General Puzzle Discussions
Topic: PUZZLE METHODOLOGY
Replies: 3
Views: 8080

Re: PUZZLE METHODOLOGY

With our beginners league 'Division D', there is some discussion before each type on methods, examples etc. that is worth looking at. As long as a question doesn't relate to a puzzle in a 'live' competition you can also ask for advice on the forum and people will generally try to help.
by puzzlemad
Sat 24 Oct, 2020 6:39 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Division D 2020-21
Replies: 48
Views: 12490

Re: Division D 2020-21 Round 1

Also, for puzzles that have arrows and circles inside the cell, how do you create that on Microsoft word? I’m trying (but failing) to design anything with more than just numbers and lines. It may be better for you to use excel rather than word. Others may have better methods but I finish up creatin...
by puzzlemad
Wed 21 Oct, 2020 9:18 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Division D 2020-21
Replies: 48
Views: 12490

Re: Division D 2020-21 Round 1

Normally, when questions are asked about whether it is necessary to for example "draw all the borders" etc. the normal answer from organisers is that as long that the notation is clear and consistent so that it can be confirmed that the puzzle has been completely solved, then it is acceptable. For T...
by puzzlemad
Fri 16 Oct, 2020 9:39 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Division D 2020-21
Replies: 48
Views: 12490

Re: Division D 2020-21 Round 1

- despite suffering incessant bullying and coercion from Liane as a result :-) - I am delighted to have dipped a toe into the waters of the puzzling part of our community. I really look forward to trying out the other puzzle variants over the coming months. Best wishes and congratulations to the ot...
by puzzlemad
Sun 23 Aug, 2020 8:45 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: WPF Puzzle GP 2020
Replies: 67
Views: 44965

Re: WPF Puzzle GP 2020

It’s the last round of Puzzle GP this weekend, in case anyone’s missed it. Also, I was trying to work through Round 7 after my abysmal mess and can’t get started on the larger Heyawake. Can anyone give me a start on it? I think I've done it, but not convinced I've not missed a step. Anyway, start: ...
by puzzlemad
Sun 23 Aug, 2020 4:54 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: WPF Puzzle GP 2020
Replies: 67
Views: 44965

Re: WPF Puzzle GP 2020

Hausigel wrote:
Sun 23 Aug, 2020 3:52 pm
I received a message that the GP website uses a certificate which has expired on August 22, but told the browser (Firefox) to continue and accept the risk, which worked for me.
Thank you. I have managed to get in now.
by puzzlemad
Sun 23 Aug, 2020 2:39 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: WPF Puzzle GP 2020
Replies: 67
Views: 44965

Re: WPF Puzzle GP 2020

Anyone else getting problems getting onto the GP pages? I'm getting error messages saying that the connection isn't private and someone might be trying to steal information. I did manage to get on yesterday.