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by Magoo
Sun 13 Sep, 2015 10:13 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: The Times Sudoku Championship 2015
Replies: 13
Views: 22440

Re: The Times Sudoku Championship 2015

Yes well done, Tom. I felt the formbook was followed apart from Heather's problem with one of the puzzles in the preliminary. Congrats to David and Mike for making the final. There was a surprising amount of errors made in the final - some years there are next to none, in others there are few all-co...
by Magoo
Thu 10 Sep, 2015 1:54 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: The Times Sudoku Championship 2015
Replies: 13
Views: 22440

Re: The Times Sudoku Championship 2015

The Times have just emailed asking me to switch to the morning session ...
by Magoo
Tue 01 Sep, 2015 11:13 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Puzzles at the Mind Sports Olympiad in London on Sunday
Replies: 45
Views: 62824

Re: Puzzles at the Mind Sports Olympiad in London on Sunday

I'm fine. My wife deemed we were staying in the country at the weekend, and I was taking my youngest to a theme park on Sunday. Hmm. Well done Neil, and all.
by Magoo
Wed 15 Jul, 2015 3:45 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UK Sudoku Championship 2015
Replies: 21
Views: 34288

Re: UK Sudoku Championship 2015

Good grief, that is a virtual dead heat for second. I was going to commiserate with Neil and Michael, but as David poignantly points out, there are others who were within one puzzle of that place. But as he also says, very well done Heather! My guess is you didn't waste any time on the vicious Kille...
by Magoo
Tue 23 Jun, 2015 6:34 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2015 Sudoku GP
Replies: 16
Views: 25110

Re: 2015 Sudoku GP

Thanks, Heather. I can't deny it was exciting to press 'Claim Bonus' for the first time!
by Magoo
Sat 11 Apr, 2015 1:33 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: DASH 7 puzzle hunt: May 30th
Replies: 3
Views: 8631

Re: DASH 7 puzzle hunt: May 30th

Hi Margonn. Yes, in London and many US cities.
by Magoo
Mon 23 Mar, 2015 2:45 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2015 UK Open Sudoku and UK Open Puzzle Tournaments
Replies: 32
Views: 51682

Re: 2015 UK Open Sudoku and UK Open Puzzle Tournaments

Hear, hear. A huge thank you to the puzzle setters and testers, and to the organisers, especially Liane. The weekend was really good fun with some great puzzles - will they be published here at some point? Congrats to the winners and qualifiers for the UK teams. Mark
by Magoo
Tue 17 Mar, 2015 1:24 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2015 Puzzle GP
Replies: 59
Views: 86717

Re: 2015 Puzzle GP

Hear, hear - super to see them both sitting comfortably in the top ten - but kudos to David, Tom and plenty of others too. My 'strategy' of just solving puzzles I could do without really caring about their relative value looked a bit forlorn, when 21 correct solutions turned out to be worth less tha...
by Magoo
Wed 04 Mar, 2015 12:15 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2015 UK Open Sudoku and UK Open Puzzle Tournaments
Replies: 32
Views: 51682

Re: 2015 UK Open Sudoku and UK Open Puzzle Tournaments

Thanks Liane. I'm confused by the instructions in Outside Product (Round 3, Puzzle 10) where they say "Some digits in these products may be missing". If this means that a "4" outside the grid could actually represent a product of 24, say, then the example puzzle is ambiguous as all the 1s and 6s cou...
by Magoo
Tue 03 Mar, 2015 2:25 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2015 Sudoku GP
Replies: 16
Views: 25110

Re: 2015 Sudoku GP

Actually, Heather, I agree that the Instruction Book example was much harder, and took me ages. In fact, my Instruction Book performance would have been disastrous as I broke at least 3 of the variants there. I also agree with Cooky that the best thing(!) about the GP is it shows you your weaknesses...
by Magoo
Tue 03 Mar, 2015 11:47 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2015 Sudoku GP
Replies: 16
Views: 25110

Re: 2015 Sudoku GP

Round 3 results are up: http://gp.worldpuzzle.org/content/official-results-wpf-gp-sudoku-3-0 The UK piece is: 1. Tom Collyer.......... UK 560 13 13 01:19:17 2. Mark Goodliffe ...... UK 520 11 11 01:30:00 3. Heather Golding .... UK 495 12 12 01:27:29 4. David Cook........... UK 310 9 9 01:28:05 5. Ro...
by Magoo
Fri 06 Feb, 2015 1:05 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: [SOTR] Sudoku Excavation
Replies: 3
Views: 9659

Re: [SOTR] Sudoku Excavation

I would like to recommend this excavation - it's a good series of puzzles leading to a nice mixed denouement. Thanks to tamz29 for creating and hosting it. I certainly didn't get Gareth's book at the last WPC - though could that be because I didn't stay for the WPC after the WSC? I doubt it.
by Magoo
Fri 06 Feb, 2015 1:02 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2015 Sudoku GP
Replies: 16
Views: 25110

Re: 2015 Sudoku GP

Thanks James, That explains bonus points awarded to those without 13 correct solutions, and also that I am yet to be in a position to push that magic button. It might even explain why the marking process seems to take 24 hours when I was expecting there was an algorithm to do it all. I'm a little sh...
by Magoo
Wed 04 Feb, 2015 8:56 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2015 Sudoku GP
Replies: 16
Views: 25110

Re: 2015 Sudoku GP

Sudoku GP Round 2 results (UK) from http://gp.worldpuzzle.org/content/official-results-wpf-gp-sudoku-2-0 : Name Country Pts Sent Ok Time Mark Goodliffe UK 510 12 12 01:07:41 Adam Bissett UK 480 12 11 01:22:48 Tom Collyer UK 475 13 11 01:28:49 Heather Golding UK 395 11 10 01:24:42 Mike Colloby UK 300...
by Magoo
Thu 08 Jan, 2015 1:28 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2015 Sudoku GP
Replies: 16
Views: 25110

Re: 2015 Sudoku GP

Good work, David, Tom & Heather. Not a great set of puzzles for me, and I chose badly, despite not wasting any time on Thermo & Arrow, both of which did not work out well post-event. Good to see so many total entrants, 494 troubling the scorers, which reconciles me to being outside the top 100.
by Magoo
Tue 02 Sep, 2014 12:22 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: The Times Sudoku Championship 2014
Replies: 12
Views: 19962

Re: The Times Sudoku Championship 2014

Personally, I'm happy about the photo situation. And indeed the whole situation. Oddly, from thinking that by accidentally going 'SuperFiendish', they had favoured Tom, I now realise that that is what gave me (and indeed Nina) a chance.
by Magoo
Tue 26 Aug, 2014 7:26 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Puzzles at the Mind Sports Olympiad in London next Friday
Replies: 28
Views: 57891

Re: Puzzles at the Mind Sports Olympiad in London next Frida

There were 8 Kenken and 6 Sudoku, David. The Kenken were two each of 6x6, 7x7, 8x8 and 9x9. They were wildly mis-pointed, as if the easier 9x9 was easier than the harder 6x6 and some of the Sudokus. People here won't be surprised that anyone unfamiliar with lots of variant Sudoku would have struggle...
by Magoo
Wed 02 Apr, 2014 12:22 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2014 WPF Puzzle Grand Prix
Replies: 54
Views: 81671

Re: 2014 WPF Puzzle Grand Prix

Thanks Chris, especially for giving me the clue (non-language-neutral) about 2a, which I have figured out now. Any chance of anyone dropping a hint about 2b? There was a warning that some knowledge of English would be required on the paper, though I didn't guess it was for 2a! I solved on the Friday...
by Magoo
Mon 31 Mar, 2014 4:56 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UKPA Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournaments 29-30 March, 2014
Replies: 27
Views: 49051

Re: UKPA Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournaments 29-30 March, 201

Great fun! Many thanks to Liane, the puzzle constructors, and all who helped with organising, and indeed to all the competitors. I hope to see you all again soon.
by Magoo
Fri 21 Mar, 2014 9:42 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UKPA Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournaments 29-30 March, 2014
Replies: 27
Views: 49051

Re: UKPA Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournaments 29-30 March, 201

I can believe that the logic is easier, but I still think the arithmetic is harder. I was really joking about there being different rules for different competitors. And even I can probably get by without a calculator, which is clearly a better way for the competition as a whole. Also I take Gareth's...
by Magoo
Thu 20 Mar, 2014 2:34 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UKPA Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournaments 29-30 March, 2014
Replies: 27
Views: 49051

Re: UKPA Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournaments 29-30 March, 201

Thanks Gareth. I was about to point out a 'missing instruction' in the Trio!

I am minded to ask the organisers if non-maths-graduates are allowed to bring a calculator to help with the Product Killer multiplications?
by Magoo
Tue 18 Mar, 2014 6:25 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2014 WPF Sudoku Grand Prix
Replies: 19
Views: 27531

Re: 2014 WPF Sudoku Grand Prix

Results for the 3rd round are up now: http://gp.worldpuzzle.org/content/official-results-wpf-gp-sudoku-3 . No UK heavyweights competing sadly. Puzzles not quite as easy as I suspected the experts would have found them - only 6 finished all-correct, but note Kota beating 2nd place (Rishi) by over 10 ...
by Magoo
Mon 10 Mar, 2014 8:22 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Puzzled Pint in London
Replies: 25
Views: 53422

Re: Puzzled Pint in London

All systems are go, judging from the website (which has been accurate before). If you want to join forces, Tom, I'm trying to assemble a short-notice team.
by Magoo
Tue 04 Mar, 2014 9:13 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2014 WPF Puzzle Grand Prix
Replies: 54
Views: 81671

Re: 2014 WPF Puzzle Grand Prix

Amazeballs, Neil! Look at the names he's taken out ... and consistent brilliance from James too. Well done, guys. I'm awestruck.