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by kiwijam
Thu 20 Sep, 2012 7:41 am
Forum: Puzzle (incl. Sudoku) Rules & Tips
Topic: Slalom (aka Gokigen)
Replies: 23
Views: 280005

Re: Slalom (aka Gokigen)

So, as I understand if for example there are 3 2 3 in a line next to each other then 2 lines would still go out of both 3s and one line would go in towards the 2? And same goes for 3 2 2 3, 3 2 2 2 3 etc.? Yes, you don't know where the lines are around the 2s, but outside each 3 you can draw 2 line...
by kiwijam
Fri 07 Sep, 2012 9:01 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2012 UK Puzzle Championship (24-27 Aug 2012)
Replies: 44
Views: 39504

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

nickdeller wrote:I think I might allow myself a little :oops: at overlooking that case!
Don't worry, I'll have one too :oops:, I was sure your objection was fine!
by kiwijam
Thu 06 Sep, 2012 2:28 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2012 UK Puzzle Championship (24-27 Aug 2012)
Replies: 44
Views: 39504

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

#24 Triangle Minesweeper In the contest I made an educated 'guess' and used some uniqueness arguments (if a triangle can rotate and satisfy the same clues then something's wrong). However there is a nice logical path from start to finish that doesn't need those. I created this image yesterday but ni...
by kiwijam
Wed 05 Sep, 2012 3:09 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2012 UK Puzzle Championship (24-27 Aug 2012)
Replies: 44
Views: 39504

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

#11 Yin-Yang Different Neighbours. Interesting, I used the same rules but in the opposite order to get a very different solution path. I started by looking at the border. The two rectangles in the middle of the left side must be different colours. And the two squares adjacent to the top-right corne...
by kiwijam
Mon 03 Sep, 2012 5:54 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2012 UK Puzzle Championship (24-27 Aug 2012)
Replies: 44
Views: 39504

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

#20 Sigma Snake: (If this walkthrough is confusing I suggest looking at the solution image as you read it.) The only word with R at one end is FOUR, so R is the end of FOUR, and T is the start of either TWO or THREE. The R is beside a 6-clue, the only other number that can touch this clue is TWO. Th...
by kiwijam
Tue 21 Aug, 2012 8:25 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2012 UK Puzzle Championship (24-27 Aug 2012)
Replies: 44
Views: 39504

Re: 2012 UK Puzzle Championship

Good looking instruction book. Just clarifying some rules: Tren: "Each number in the grid must be part of a block, indicating how much length-wise movement that block can make." - Should each block contain exactly one number? (i.e. you can't add blocks that don't contain any number, and you can't ha...
by kiwijam
Mon 20 Aug, 2012 12:04 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Skyscrapers & Variations Contest (18-19 Aug 2012)
Replies: 10
Views: 7972

Re: Skyscrapers & Variations Contest (18-19 Aug 2012)

Thanks Roland, a great test with some nice variant ideas.
by kiwijam
Sat 11 Aug, 2012 11:10 am
Forum: General Puzzle Discussions
Topic: Another Olympic Puzzle
Replies: 1
Views: 4772

Another Olympic Puzzle

I was also inspired to make a puzzle, and after two weeks of playing I've finished it in time for the closing ceremony! I liked Tom's idea to have 5 grids, and so I've put five different loop puzzles in them as a vague reference to the Olympic rings. The puzzle, its instructions and a solution check...
by kiwijam
Sat 04 Aug, 2012 10:59 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Finnish Puzzle and Sudoku Championships (3th-5th August)
Replies: 11
Views: 10433

Re: Finnish Puzzle and Sudoku Championships (3th-5th August)

Thanks for the invitation Jaakko, it was a nice test.
And good luck in qualifying for the Finland team, your score looks quite good but it is still early...
by kiwijam
Fri 03 Aug, 2012 4:06 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Finnish Puzzle and Sudoku Championships (3th-5th August)
Replies: 11
Views: 10433

Re: Finnish Puzzle and Sudoku Championships (3th-5th August)

Copying the text into Google translate gives a basic translation. They're almost all classic puzzles anyway (many Japanese types), the instructions can be found under these names: (some I can't remember the name of, so I give basic rules too) 1. Slalom 2. Kakuro 3. Black and White 4. Slitherlink 5. ...
by kiwijam
Thu 02 Aug, 2012 11:37 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: USPC 2012 Announced
Replies: 6
Views: 10045

USPC 2012 Announced

2012 Competition Dates Announced U.S. Puzzle Championship August 25-26 US Sudoku Team Qualifying on Saturday, September 1 [edit: Discussion regarding this contest can now be made in the dedicated competition discussion thread . ] The U.S. Puzzle Championship will start Saturday August 25, 2011 at 1...
by kiwijam
Mon 30 Jul, 2012 12:13 am
Forum: General Puzzle Discussions
Topic: 2012 Croatian Qualification Puzzles
Replies: 4
Views: 8134

Re: 2012 Croatian Qualification Puzzles

I've spent some time translating the rules for the nine rounds (6 puzzle, 3 sudoku) provided at http://wscwpc2012.org . I've asked for permission from the organisers to publish it here, but didn't hear back from them, so am happy to remove it if they request later. Overall I thought this was a great...
by kiwijam
Mon 30 Jul, 2012 12:00 am
Forum: General Puzzle Discussions
Topic: 2012 Croatian Qualification Puzzles
Replies: 4
Views: 8134

Re: 2012 Croatian Qualification Puzzles

My understanding of the translation is slightly different. The 12 lettered squares are basically the answer keys, each letter is worth between 7 and 10 points. First finished gets a 20 point bonus, so there's a total of 120 points possible. And the three circled squares are identical in each of the ...
by kiwijam
Mon 23 Jul, 2012 4:34 am
Forum: Puzzle Links
Topic: croco-puzzle
Replies: 696
Views: 575000

Re: croco-puzzle

berni wrote: If you wanna get rid of this mails you can go to "Benutzerkonto" and remove the tick at "E-Mail Benachrichtigung bei Beförderungen".
When I was going up a rank every 10/11 days I didn't read them. But now I'd be very happy to receive another one :D
by kiwijam
Thu 19 Jul, 2012 11:54 pm
Forum: Puzzle Links
Topic: croco-puzzle
Replies: 696
Views: 575000

Re: croco-puzzle

Every week I complete the prize-puzzle, but never win anything. Then I was looking in the CrocoPuzzle online shop, and decided to buy the magazine of Hard puzzles (2.50 euro for ~150 puzzles should keep me quiet for a while :? ). Anyway, I clicked through the checkout process but couldn't figure out...
by kiwijam
Wed 18 Jul, 2012 3:41 am
Forum: General Puzzle Discussions
Topic: Puzzle Book in Progress - Need Help!
Replies: 1
Views: 4413

Re: Puzzle Book in Progress - Need Help!

Good idea. I've pledged.
by kiwijam
Thu 28 Jun, 2012 11:53 pm
Forum: Puzzle (incl. Sudoku) Rules & Tips
Topic: Slalom (aka Gokigen)
Replies: 23
Views: 280005

Re: Slalom (aka Gokigen)

Amazing! Many many thanks to Nix for this tutorial. For those of you unaware, it is fair to say that Nix is "by far" the best in the world at croco-Slalom puzzles http://www.croco-puzzle.com/Rating/rating.php?typ=slalom . In fact his Slalom-rating is so high that it is higher than anyone else's rati...
by kiwijam
Thu 28 Jun, 2012 11:30 pm
Forum: Daily Puzzles
Topic: Any interest in a UK croco-puzzle ladder?
Replies: 592
Views: 495678

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

Publishing a puzzle just to avoid a bad score seems an extreme plan. I would suggest that if a top solver did it then they might be immediately expelled from Crocopuzzle. Lower solvers don't have as much to gain, so might be allowed one 'accident'. Something for Berni to decide for each case of cour...
by kiwijam
Thu 28 Jun, 2012 10:48 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Croco-Liga team competition, starting in September 2012
Replies: 82
Views: 82828

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

You're in a team with the sister of uvo! ;) Wow, I am? That is a talented family. I don't even know which one she is :lol:, but Google tells me that she is good at chess. These crocopuzzle names make everything very anonymous - I guess I'll learn more about my team once we start. speaking of which,...
by kiwijam
Wed 27 Jun, 2012 4:04 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Croco-Liga team competition, starting in September 2012
Replies: 82
Views: 82828

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

Yes, I was talking to one of the Carpe Noctem members who has since invited me to join. And the Night-owls theme seems to fit in with me being awake while you're all asleep. I haven't been crocopuzzling so much recently, my main aim was to reach a certain final milestone (now very imminent).Trying t...
by kiwijam
Mon 25 Jun, 2012 10:30 pm
Forum: Daily Puzzles
Topic: Any interest in a UK croco-puzzle ladder?
Replies: 592
Views: 495678

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

A lot of people were upset by that. Berni was generous to not mention the name of the user or the forum that caused the puzzle cancellation. A second point is that you should not ask for help (public or private) while you're still in a contest. If someone explained how to solve it you could enter th...
by kiwijam
Fri 22 Jun, 2012 5:31 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Seven Samurais - LMI June Puzzle Test
Replies: 17
Views: 14504

Re: Seven Samurais - LMI June Puzzle Test

Yes, I think Alan has explained most if it. To summarize, the loop can only enter/exit a 3x3 corner region along the very outside edge of the grid. So for each 3x3 overlap zone, you can immediately (around the outside of it) draw in 4 segments, and mark 8 segments as not possible. And a secondary po...
by kiwijam
Tue 19 Jun, 2012 11:49 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Seven Samurais - LMI June Puzzle Test
Replies: 17
Views: 14504

Re: Seven Samurais - LMI June Puzzle Test

Agree with Alan's persistence comment. They were all tough to get started, but after a certain point the multiple grids helped each other a little more. Flitting from one to another looking for easier points didn't work this time. I was annoyed that I made one small error in one of the Battleship gr...
by kiwijam
Wed 23 May, 2012 5:26 am
Forum: Daily Puzzles
Topic: Any interest in a UK croco-puzzle ladder?
Replies: 592
Views: 495678

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

Lauri, Tapa is also a railway town in Estonia, and so some people have made a railway-themed Tapa puzzle types. The Tapa puzzle name comes from Turkish Art PAint.
by kiwijam
Sun 20 May, 2012 9:41 pm
Forum: Daily Puzzles
Topic: Any interest in a UK croco-puzzle ladder?
Replies: 592
Views: 495678

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

@driv4r: to answer your first question, if you go to crocopuzzle but don't log in then you'll see yesterday's puzzles instead of today's. It won't count toward your score, but you can still complete them for fun.