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by puzzlemad
Tue 25 Jun, 2019 5:48 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UK Puzzle Championship 2019 / WPC Qualification
Replies: 18
Views: 938

Re: UK Puzzle Championship 2019 / WPC Qualification

Just to confirm that now the problems with the website have been fixed the competition has been extended to the end of Thursday 27th June, 2019. Thank you for your patience during this time.
by puzzlemad
Mon 24 Jun, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UK Puzzle Championship 2019 / WPC Qualification
Replies: 18
Views: 938

Re: UK Puzzle Championship 2019 / WPC Qualification

Just to confirm that we are extending the competition window for the UKPC due to the ongoing disruption being caused to the site. Further information will be provided when we know more. Apologies to everyone.
by puzzlemad
Sun 23 Jun, 2019 5:56 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UK Puzzle Championship 2019 / WPC Qualification
Replies: 18
Views: 938

Re: UK Puzzle Championship 2019 / WPC Qualification

We are aware that some users are getting an error when attempting to log onto the main site to take part in the competition. An urgent support call is logged to get this rectified. As a result, it may be necessary to extend the competition window.
by puzzlemad
Fri 21 Jun, 2019 2:49 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UK Puzzle Championship 2019 / WPC Qualification
Replies: 18
Views: 938

Re: UK Puzzle Championship 2019 / WPC Qualification

Please ensure that you download the latest version of the competition booklet before commencing.
by puzzlemad
Fri 21 Jun, 2019 6:50 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UK Puzzle Championship 2019 / WPC Qualification
Replies: 18
Views: 938

Re: UK Puzzle Championship 2019 / WPC Qualification

Liane - re answer codes, the instructions provide fairly clear detail about what the answer keys should be - e.g. for cave: Answer Key: Going clockwise from the top left corner enter the area of the groups of cells that are connected to the outside of the grid that are not part of the cave, separat...
by puzzlemad
Thu 20 Jun, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UK Puzzle Championship 2019 / WPC Qualification
Replies: 18
Views: 938

Re: UK Puzzle Championship 2019 / WPC Qualification

Just a quick reminder to everyone - please ensure that you compile your answer submissions carefully as we will be extremely strict with the marking due to the competition being used as a qualifying competition for the WPC. There are a few puzzles where the full number needs to be submitted rather t...
by puzzlemad
Sun 16 Jun, 2019 9:16 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UK Puzzle Championship 2019 / WPC Qualification
Replies: 18
Views: 938

Re: UK Puzzle Championship 2019 / WPC Qualification

mstang wrote:
Sun 16 Jun, 2019 5:41 pm
Are 1-cell and 2-cell (or, in general, straight lines) considered L shapes for the Fillomino?
No 1 -cell and 2-cell (or other straight lines) are not considered L shapes. They must be a minimum of three cells and there must be a 90 degree turn.
by puzzlemad
Sun 16 Jun, 2019 9:13 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UK Puzzle Championship 2019 / WPC Qualification
Replies: 18
Views: 938

Re: UK Puzzle Championship 2019 / WPC Qualification

When solving the Kuromasu example, it made me wonder whether the remaining white cells can be orthogonally connected through the clue cells, or whether all the white cells had to be touching and the clue cells blocked the white cell connections. Exciting looking mix here. I'm looking forward to it....
by puzzlemad
Sun 16 Jun, 2019 9:07 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UK Puzzle Championship 2019 / WPC Qualification
Replies: 18
Views: 938

Re: UK Puzzle Championship 2019 / WPC Qualification

Just dropping in. Liane, thanks for posting the instruction booklet. Is it possible to post a copy of the UK Open puzzles? I think there was at least one Loose Magnets puzzle therein. Or just those particular puzzles if it isn't possible to post the whole files. One other piece of pedantry. Can you...
by puzzlemad
Fri 14 Jun, 2019 9:29 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UK Puzzle Championship 2019 / WPC Qualification
Replies: 18
Views: 938

Re: UK Puzzle Championship 2019 / WPC Qualification

Thanks Liane! I'll kick off the questions... - There are conflicting lengths of time for the contest. Most places say 2.5 hours, but the "Points and Bonuses" section of the instructions says "the allotted two hours" and the contest page itself says "3 hours". - In Pentopia the instructions suggest ...
by puzzlemad
Fri 14 Jun, 2019 8:11 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UK Puzzle Championship 2019 / WPC Qualification
Replies: 18
Views: 938

UK Puzzle Championship 2019 / WPC Qualification

This is the discussion thread for the 2019 UK Puzzle Championship. It will also act as the second qualifier for the UK A team competing at the World Puzzle Championships in Kirchheim, Germany to be held on the 29th September - 6th October 2019 (note that these dates also include time for the World S...
by puzzlemad
Wed 10 Apr, 2019 5:51 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 24 HPC 2019
Replies: 7
Views: 2000

Re: 24 HPC 2019

Neil's fourth was in the 'owl' contest - three rounds in the middle of the night, but he was 2nd overall, just a smidgin behind Nikola.
by puzzlemad
Mon 04 Mar, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UKPA Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournaments 2019
Replies: 26
Views: 4669

Re: UKPA Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournaments 2019

The 2019 UKPA Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournaments were successfully held over the weekend. Congratulations go to everyone who took part, whether they were in the awards or not. Thanks again go to all the wonderful puzzle creators and test solvers from around the world without whom we wouldn’t be able...
by puzzlemad
Thu 28 Feb, 2019 12:42 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UKPA Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournaments 2019
Replies: 26
Views: 4669

Re: UKPA Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournaments 2019

Hi Niraj, All the puzzles in the competition booklets will have the instructions with them, they won't have a copy of the examples though. If you're happy with just the instruction then you won't need a copy of the instruction file, but if you do want a copy of the example you'll need to bring a pri...
by puzzlemad
Tue 26 Feb, 2019 7:02 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UKPA Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournaments 2019
Replies: 26
Views: 4669

Re: UKPA Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournaments 2019

The attached file includes instructions and examples for puzzles that will appear in the team rounds. Full instructions regarding the team rounds will be provided at the time, but as there are puzzle types that are not included elsewhere these are provided for familiarisation.
by puzzlemad
Mon 25 Feb, 2019 11:39 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UKPA Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournaments 2019
Replies: 26
Views: 4669

Re: UKPA Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournaments 2019

Just tried doing one each for the Sudoku and Puzzle Tom and it came out that the file was too large. Will try something tomorrow.
by puzzlemad
Mon 25 Feb, 2019 3:31 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UKPA Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournaments 2019
Replies: 26
Views: 4669

Re: UKPA Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournaments 2019

drsteve wrote:
Mon 25 Feb, 2019 2:45 pm
Real pedantry here, but Round 4 Cave - can we shade the cave rather than the walls? The rules say "a single white area". That's not the way I tend to do these...
As long as your marking is clear and consistent it'll be fine.
by puzzlemad
Mon 25 Feb, 2019 1:07 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UKPA Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournaments 2019
Replies: 26
Views: 4669

Re: UKPA Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournaments 2019

Am I being daft (quite possible) or are there two solutions to Double Skyscrapers, Puzzle Round 5? If you interchange the 1s and 2s in the second and fifth rows, I think that's still a valid solution or am I missing something in the rules? Have you checked the last sentence of the instruction? If y...
by puzzlemad
Sat 23 Feb, 2019 9:22 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UKPA Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournaments 2019
Replies: 26
Views: 4669

Re: UKPA Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournaments 2019

Puzzle round 2, Four Winds / Eight Winds - does every cell in the grid have to be used? Puzzle round 5, Pento Coral - must the pentominoes completely cover the coral i.e. must it consist of exactly 55 shaded squares? Thanks, Eva. Yes to both - all cells will be used in the four winds and eight wind...
by puzzlemad
Sat 23 Feb, 2019 9:20 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UKPA Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournaments 2019
Replies: 26
Views: 4669

Re: UKPA Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournaments 2019

hi there, thanks for the reply. I'm surely trying to go through them all. Trying. So just to make sure I understand it correctly... if the instructions state that all such occurencies are given, there cannot be a pair of numbers adding up to 5 or 10 anywhere else in the puzzle other than marked one...
by puzzlemad
Sat 23 Feb, 2019 7:34 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UKPA Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournaments 2019
Replies: 26
Views: 4669

Re: UKPA Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournaments 2019

Hi Tom, I hope you are enjoying working through the examples. I believe that the problem you are encountering with these is that the instructions stated that 'all' such marks are given in the grid, so for the XV puzzle for example, if you were to put 4,1 in row six instead of 1,4 then you would have...
by puzzlemad
Sat 23 Feb, 2019 10:16 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UKPA Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournaments 2019
Replies: 26
Views: 4669

Re: UKPA Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournaments 2019

New version of Puzzle round 3 uploaded (solution of Coded First Seen Snake redrawn to be visible when printed).
Puzzle Round 1 re-uploaded - no change, deleted in error.
by puzzlemad
Sat 23 Feb, 2019 10:08 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UKPA Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournaments 2019
Replies: 26
Views: 4669

Re: UKPA Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournaments 2019

Hi Adam, Yes you are correct on the killers. The grids will be different but have an identical solutions. You 'll need to work on both grids to get the solution. As long as one grid is fully completed correctly then you will get the points awarded. Coded First Seen Snake looks like the solution hasn...
by puzzlemad
Fri 22 Feb, 2019 7:46 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UKPA Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournaments 2019
Replies: 26
Views: 4669

Re: UKPA Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournaments 2019

Hi Hassana, Each round has the puzzles that are described in the instruction booklet. The best solvers may well solve all the puzzles in the time allowed for that particular round and if they do, they can earn bonus points for each minute that they save (as long as their answers are all correct, or ...
by puzzlemad
Fri 22 Feb, 2019 2:54 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UKPA Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournaments 2019
Replies: 26
Views: 4669

Re: UKPA Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournaments 2019

Hi, overall the rounds look very exciting and I am glad I decided to participate this year. Two small points: 1) In round two of the puzzle competition, the minesweeper example puzzle does not seem to be a minesweeper puzzle. 2) Is there any additional information about the team rounds? They are me...