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by Janix
Wed 23 Apr, 2014 8:13 am
Forum: Puzzle Links
Topic: Team Canada Puzzle Blog
Replies: 0
Views: 3491

Team Canada Puzzle Blog

Having received my first 2014 Championship query email from a potential Canadian competitor I came across the following blog which contains a nice account of last year's Championships written mainly by Aaron Chan as well as an ongoing series of interesting handcrafted puzzles. I don't believe that w...
by Janix
Wed 23 Apr, 2014 8:05 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2014 USPC and USSQ
Replies: 4
Views: 3291

2014 USPC and USSQ

The dates of this year's US Puzzle Championship http://wpc.puzzles.com/uspc2014/ and US Sudoku Qualifier http://wpc.puzzles.com/ussq2014/ have been announced.

They are May 17 and May 3 respectively, at the traditional start time of 6:00pm BST.
by Janix
Fri 04 Apr, 2014 9:55 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: LMI "Fast" contest 1-3 April 2014
Replies: 6
Views: 3044

Re: LMI "Fast" contest 1-3 April 2014

Yes, that cheered me up. I found it too hard to get to page two to submit the rest of the answers... but then I was laughing too much. Also, I spent too long looking at the examples in case there was a catch in the real questions. Ah, never mind, when they run it again next year I'll be ready.
by Janix
Thu 03 Apr, 2014 9:23 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: LMI "Fast" contest 1-3 April 2014
Replies: 6
Views: 3044

Re: LMI "Fast" contest 1-3 April 2014

WOW! All correct...
by Janix
Sun 23 Mar, 2014 6:51 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 14th 24 hour puzzle championship
Replies: 25
Views: 13852

Re: 14th 24 hour puzzle championship

The results are available. Neil 4th, David 11th, Tom 15th, and Liane 24th of 30 competitors. https://www.facebook.com/105959252797784/photos/gm.273174829516450/677272728999764/?type=1&theater Well done everybody - excellent performances all round. Neil missed out on a podium place by a fraction (ouc...
by Janix
Fri 21 Mar, 2014 10:58 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: 2014 WPC/WSC website now launched!
Replies: 1
Views: 3486

Re: 2014 WPC/WSC website now launched!

A big thank you to Alan for creating our championship web site. This evening I had the pleasure of informing the WPF Board that uk2014.org is up and running and that we are now open for business. We look forward to welcoming as many of you as possible to London this summer. (this is my 200th post an...
by Janix
Tue 10 Dec, 2013 10:07 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Puzzled Pint in London
Replies: 25
Views: 26835

Re: Puzzled Pint in London

Regretfully due to family circumstances I have to be somewhere else this evening. I have notified Nick G and sent him my apologies.
by Janix
Sun 08 Dec, 2013 2:48 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Puzzled Pint in London
Replies: 25
Views: 26835

Re: Puzzled Pint in London

Great - one more would help - teams are billed as from three people.
by Janix
Fri 06 Dec, 2013 11:12 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Puzzled Pint in London
Replies: 25
Views: 26835

Re: Puzzled Pint in London

London puzzlers everywhere - do we have a team for Tuesday (where ever it is going to be - details as a problem - 6 pm Monday) . I just happen to be in town again early that evening.
by Janix
Thu 05 Dec, 2013 10:43 pm
Forum: General Puzzle Discussions
Topic: Puzzler Media Bletchley Park Event Tuesday 3rd December.
Replies: 1
Views: 3284

Re: Puzzler Media Bletchley Park Event Tuesday 3rd December.

I had a most enjoyable day at Bletchley Park. I had been there before, but the benefit of a guided tour of the site brought the whole place alive in a way no normal visit can. The special part of the tour was to one of the original and massive concrete buildings (over 50,000 sq ft with multiple wing...
by Janix
Wed 13 Nov, 2013 4:38 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Puzzled Pint in London
Replies: 25
Views: 26835

Re: Puzzled Pint in London

I visited the event last night and was able to drop off flyers to each team together with a spoken overview (discussion in some cases) of the UKPA's activities. There were five tables (four to five people on each team) and the event was organised by Dan. Dan believes that there is massive potential ...
by Janix
Mon 11 Nov, 2013 1:45 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Puzzled Pint in London
Replies: 25
Views: 26835

Re: Puzzled Pint in London

I was going to be in London tomorrow afternoon, and have just arranged something for tomorrow evening that finishes at 7:15pm (and not far away!) - so perfect timing! I will take some of the fliers that Emma produced (thanks).
by Janix
Tue 27 Aug, 2013 10:05 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Classic Tapa Contest 2013 (26th Aug - 29th Sep)
Replies: 1
Views: 1881

Re: Classic Tapa Contest 2013 (26th Aug - 29th Sep)

Do you know that you can compare your solutions move by move with up to three others simultaneously! It is an excellent way to see how Sai and MellowMelon (say) compare with each other in terms of solving order (and speed), compared with ourselves... Poetry in Motion. I have also been a bit glib hit...
by Janix
Sat 03 Aug, 2013 3:14 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: PuzzleUp 2013 season
Replies: 24
Views: 29610

Re: PuzzleUp 2013 season

I can't see us commenting after six months unless there was a really spectacular puzzle (or two...). I know that we are not allowed to discuss but if we wrote and said that all UK puzzle members would submit no later than two weeks (deadline plus one week to allow for emergencies), then it would be ...
by Janix
Wed 24 Jul, 2013 6:52 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: PuzzleUp 2013 season
Replies: 24
Views: 29610

Re: PuzzleUp 2013 season

You missed the maximum marks by one in a few thousand. How did you manage that most frustrating feat!
by Janix
Wed 10 Jul, 2013 8:29 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UKPA Puzzle Championship 2013
Replies: 43
Views: 26474

Re: UKPA Puzzle Championship 2013

Really enjoyed it. No errors, and annoyingly a 20 pointer (LITS) that I couldn't get the answer in properly as the time disappeared. Second Dickoon's comments that there was a sense of achievement as puzzles were solvable in fair time (according to their marks) and possible to submit solutions throu...
by Janix
Wed 19 Jun, 2013 5:53 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2013 USPC
Replies: 18
Views: 6078

Re: 2013 USPC

Dickoon I got wrapped up in things and only submitted three answers, one incorrect so you'll be pleased to know that the support has support... Mainly writing to say that it was refreshing to see such a wide range of new puzzles although the absence of the instruction booklet until only ? hours befo...
by Janix
Thu 25 Apr, 2013 8:54 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: DASH 5 puzzle hunt in London on Saturday 25th May
Replies: 11
Views: 4595

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

Are we doing this: Nick, Gareth? Anyone else...
by Janix
Sun 07 Apr, 2013 7:10 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: DASH 5 puzzle hunt in London on Saturday 25th May
Replies: 11
Views: 4595

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

Yes - I'm interested. Hopefully it will have stopped snowing by then...
by Janix
Fri 15 Mar, 2013 12:08 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UK Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournament 16th - 17th March, 2013
Replies: 36
Views: 19525

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

You have mentioned that you want to book a table at the Travel Lodge at the Airport to eat. Have all other competitors booked there to stay? Otherwise, I would have thought that we should eat near the venue: there should be a good choice of eateries in Solihull itself.
by Janix
Wed 27 Feb, 2013 9:55 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: UK Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournament 16th - 17th March, 2013
Replies: 15
Views: 16826

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

Or I could fetch you from the most convenient station or even your home if you are contemplating a bike ride - you can't be that far away. I like unusual journeys and will have to check out of my hotel and drive to St. Johns anyway, so it is not a problem I will just be on the road a little earlier.
by Janix
Fri 14 Dec, 2012 5:13 pm
Forum: Daily Puzzles
Topic: Picture Clues
Replies: 4
Views: 7221

Re: Picture Clues

Thank you Yaf for your prompt action. Appreciated.
by Janix
Fri 14 Dec, 2012 4:26 pm
Forum: Daily Puzzles
Topic: Picture Clues
Replies: 4
Views: 7221

Re: KickStarter: Picture Clues

Dear Yaf, Kickstarter is a commercial project. You have signed up to this forum without any introduction and expect us to play a game by your rules. If you had studied the forum you would see that we do not promote commercial activities on this site. Also, if this isn't commercial, then perhaps it w...
by Janix
Sun 09 Dec, 2012 9:42 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 5th Serbian Open Optimizing Puzzle Championship
Replies: 12
Views: 4562

Re: 5th Serbian Open Optimizing Puzzle Championship

Oops - in respect of last week. Totally overlooked the BOLDED requirement for only unique scores to count somewhere in the course of the week, and didn't even pick it up on submission... Didn't submit this week, but spent a good few hours playing around with Eight Equations. A beautiful problem wher...
by Janix
Tue 04 Dec, 2012 12:45 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 5th Serbian Open Optimizing Puzzle Championship
Replies: 12
Views: 4562

Re: 5th Serbian Open Optimizing Puzzle Championship

Question 1 I didn't have time to optimise this, but I got as far as recognising the different constraints of the planned routes vs the unplanned routes and the 4,3,4 scenario. My worst score - submitted just to enter - only 104 Question 2 Lots of degrees of freedom on this one. Did the min-max const...