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by nickdeller
Fri 16 Jun, 2017 3:33 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UKPA Hall of Fame
Replies: 11
Views: 4181

Re: UKPA Hall of Fame

I don't think I have any way to find out much about that 1996 team that hasn't already been deduced in this thread, but by elimination from the ExitGames blog data it looks like Stuart Madison and Chris Yates must have been the other two team members. I'm pretty confident that there was no other UK ...
by nickdeller
Fri 26 Feb, 2016 4:40 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UK Open Puzzle & Sudoku Tournaments
Replies: 26
Views: 24663

Re: UK Open Puzzle & Sudoku Tournaments

Just a quick note to say sorry I can't be there this time round, but hope you all have a successful and enjoyable weekend!
by nickdeller
Sat 19 Jan, 2013 3:44 pm
Forum: General Puzzle Discussions
Topic: Only Connect - contestant call
Replies: 12
Views: 10184

Re: Only Connect - contestant call

Good thing I've found a thoroughly reliable subcontractor then! ;) Watch this space...
by nickdeller
Fri 18 Jan, 2013 12:08 pm
Forum: General Puzzle Discussions
Topic: Only Connect - contestant call
Replies: 12
Views: 10184

Re: Only Connect - contestant call

We may have minor "Someone actually taking charge so we get the form filled out and submitted" issues. :D
by nickdeller
Sat 12 Jan, 2013 9:23 pm
Forum: General Puzzle Discussions
Topic: Only Connect - contestant call
Replies: 12
Views: 10184

Re: Only Connect - contestant call

Have wanted to have a go for years and never quite got my act together with a team. Interested.
by nickdeller
Wed 02 Jan, 2013 9:00 pm
Forum: General Puzzle Discussions
Topic: CrocoPuzzle Weihnachtsüberraschung 2012
Replies: 13
Views: 8561

Re: CrocoPuzzle Weihnachtsüberraschung 2012

I got a long way in, then hit the same contradiction. I have to say that I'm not at all comfortable that my logic is correct, but I'd also like to hear from a successful solver for reassurance that it's worth continuing.
by nickdeller
Tue 09 Oct, 2012 10:43 pm
Forum: Puzzle (incl. Sudoku) Rules & Tips
Topic: Croco Puzzle rules.
Replies: 92
Views: 445014

Re: Croco Puzzle rules.

driv4r wrote:Also, in nickdeller's post above it's said that Q is for both white and black squares, which can't be possible.
Sorry, my error. Corrected now!
by nickdeller
Tue 09 Oct, 2012 1:57 am
Forum: Puzzle (incl. Sudoku) Rules & Tips
Topic: Croco Puzzle rules.
Replies: 92
Views: 445014

Re: Croco Puzzle rules.

Hmm, rules for Islands, anyone? :? Never seen it before... Bit rough and ready and it'll need tidying up, but: Islands (aka Nurikabe) Paint some cells black (the sea) leaving some cells white (the islands). Each given number is part of an island. Each island contains exactly one number, which is th...
by nickdeller
Sat 29 Sep, 2012 6:08 pm
Forum: Puzzle (incl. Sudoku) Rules & Tips
Topic: Kropki
Replies: 15
Views: 23494

Re: Kropki

Ignoring the above discussion on what type of puzzle this is, I would be more interested in some tips for this puzzle type. Having seen my first of these only a few moments ago on croco-puzzle, I was more than a little flummoxed for about 15 minutes on how to even start! After this time, I had dedu...
by nickdeller
Tue 18 Sep, 2012 9:47 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2012 UK Puzzle Championship (24-27 Aug 2012)
Replies: 44
Views: 23506

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

#18. Tren. This one seems to have caused more difficulties than most, so I'll give this a bash. 4 at F5 is vertical. Note 3 at F1 is horizontal, and nothing can occupy F2. Therefore this has to be a size 3: F3/4/5. OK. I'm finally getting round to looking at these (it's been a busy few weeks) havin...
by nickdeller
Sun 16 Sep, 2012 11:20 am
Forum: Daily Puzzles
Topic: Any interest in a UK croco-puzzle ladder?
Replies: 592
Views: 317866

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

A big thank you from me to Chris, Alan and Berni for putting together the various jigsaw pieces to make this work over an 18 month period, and to all my opponents while I was on the ladder for some excellent matches and rivalries. It's been worth the effort!
by nickdeller
Thu 06 Sep, 2012 10:12 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2012 UK Puzzle Championship (24-27 Aug 2012)
Replies: 44
Views: 23506

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

Am I missing something? Yes. All unoccupied cells must be contiguously connected. If there was a block of 3 cells in the BL of that grid that could not be contiguous with the rest of the unoccupied cells whilst satisfying the remaining clues near the bottom, then it is perfectly acceptable to fill ...
by nickdeller
Thu 06 Sep, 2012 8:23 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2012 UK Puzzle Championship (24-27 Aug 2012)
Replies: 44
Views: 23506

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

#17 - Wittgenstein Briquet. Note that often with this puzzle type, there are necessarily blocks that do not touch any clues! I'd say the opposite, actually - if the rules don't define the total number of blocks, as here, then a block that touches no clues could be removed without anything breaking....
by nickdeller
Wed 05 Sep, 2012 4:46 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2012 UK Puzzle Championship (24-27 Aug 2012)
Replies: 44
Views: 23506

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

#23 Crypted Fence (Decryption) Columns A-O, rows 1-6, top left is A1. All clue letters appear multiple times, so there's no sneaky 4 in there - the clues represent 0, 1, 2, 3. There are three diagonally adjacent C's in E5/F4/G3; C cannot represent 3. If I4/I5/I6 were all 3s, J5 could not also be 3;...
by nickdeller
Wed 05 Sep, 2012 3:00 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2012 UK Puzzle Championship (24-27 Aug 2012)
Replies: 44
Views: 23506

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

#24 Triangle Minesweepers Grid co-ordinates: columns A-G, rows 1-7, top left is A1 Cell halves are TL, TR, BL, BR. Any edge-adjacent group of three cells includes a total of 8 cell vertices, so cannot contain three non-touching triangles. Hence, from clue B1: A2 and C1 contain mines (I initially ma...
by nickdeller
Wed 05 Sep, 2012 1:39 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2012 UK Puzzle Championship (24-27 Aug 2012)
Replies: 44
Views: 23506

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

#14 Magic Minesweepers Grid co-ordinates: columns a-h, rows 1-8, top left is a1 1) From clue h1: g1/h2 are empty. 2) From the givens in e2/h7: e7 cannot contain either type of mine, and is empty. 3) From clue d1: at least one of c1/d2 is a mine. 4) From clues c4/c6: at least one of b3/c3/d3 is a mi...
by nickdeller
Tue 04 Sep, 2012 12:01 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2012 UK Puzzle Championship (24-27 Aug 2012)
Replies: 44
Views: 23506

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

#?? Triangle Minesweepers Not a full walkthrough yet, though I think I can do one - but a big, big starting point. Two triangles in edge-adjacent cells must between them touch every corner in that pair of cells. It then becomes impossible to place a further triangle in any cell edge-adjacent to thos...
by nickdeller
Tue 04 Sep, 2012 9:38 am
Forum: Puzzle Links
Topic: croco-puzzle
Replies: 696
Views: 355308

Re: croco-puzzle

...but it does appear that the UK contingent are broadly in pretty good form right now. Long may it continue! In my case I'll be honest, it does wonders for your rating when you strategically avoid the puzzle types that you're relatively hopeless at *gives particularly evil eye to Hashi and Schlang...
by nickdeller
Mon 03 Sep, 2012 6:49 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2012 UK Puzzle Championship (24-27 Aug 2012)
Replies: 44
Views: 23506

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

#9 Flip Mirror Sums 1 Notation: Columns A-D, Rows 1-4, top left cell is A1, clues are referred to as R1L (Row 1 Left, ie the 29 in grid 2) or C2T (Column 2 Top, ie the 22 in grid 1) Numbers 1 to 10 total 55. From grid 1, A1+B1 + C4+D4 = 31 From grid 2, A3+A4 = 13 A1+B1+C4+D4+A3+A4 = 44 The remaining...
by nickdeller
Mon 03 Sep, 2012 12:35 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2012 UK Puzzle Championship (24-27 Aug 2012)
Replies: 44
Views: 23506

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

#5 Tilt Maze (not my favourite puzzle type, and nearly the last one that I've solved after the event) First note that the target in R5C3 can only be collected with a horizontal roll in row 5. Once it's doing that, the ball can't escape from column 1 and/or row 5 - so this target must be collected to...
by nickdeller
Sun 26 Aug, 2012 11:56 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2012 US Puzzle Championship (USPC)
Replies: 24
Views: 12079

Re: 2012 US Puzzle Championship (USPC)

I'm claiming "mitigated disaster". :-) Possibly 113, assuming no unnoticed silly errors. Wish I'd made a serious stab at Magic Order (which turns to be not too bad, given a should-have-been-blindingly-obvious insight) instead of wasting a lot of time messing up some of the standards.
by nickdeller
Fri 01 Jun, 2012 4:00 pm
Forum: Daily Puzzles
Topic: Any interest in a UK croco-puzzle ladder?
Replies: 592
Views: 317866

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

I'd like to drop off the ladder for the time being if I may, either by retrospectively conceding this week's match or by conceding the next two - whichever seems to cause less disruption. I intend to rejoin the ladder later in the year if it's still running, but after a year solid the Crocopuzzles a...
by nickdeller
Fri 18 May, 2012 1:29 pm
Forum: General Puzzle Discussions
Topic: Missing pieces for Kingdom of Mountains puzzle
Replies: 3
Views: 4389

Re: Missing pieces for Kingdom of Mountains puzzle

Not strictly in our remit, but I'll have a go anyway. :-) I've looked at the website on the image you posted, and I think you would ideally need the number from YOUR box. Because of the way jigsaws are made, even the exact same piece from a later pressing of the puzzle probably wouldn't be an precis...
by nickdeller
Mon 07 May, 2012 1:33 pm
Forum: Puzzle (incl. Sudoku) Rules & Tips
Topic: Croco Puzzle rules.
Replies: 92
Views: 445014

Re: Croco Puzzle rules.

ABC-Box ( example ) Instructions: Write one of the specified letters in each cell of the diagram. The letters by the grid indicate the sequence that the letters appear in that row or column, in the correct order. The same letter appearing consecutively will only be specified once. A question mark i...
by nickdeller
Mon 30 Apr, 2012 5:53 pm
Forum: Puzzle Links
Topic: croco-puzzle
Replies: 696
Views: 355308

Re: croco-puzzle

I just wanted to give a shout-out to this week's Japanische Summen Preisratsel - it's an absolutely lovely construction, probably as beautiful a puzzle as I've seen for ages. Assuming that it surely MUST be human-made, my congratulations to the puzzle-maker!