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by Nilz
Wed 15 Jul, 2015 9:08 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UK Sudoku Championship 2015
Replies: 21
Views: 24878

Re: UK Sudoku Championship 2015

I really liked the killer once I got into it. Couldn't see how to start the palindrome or secret code, but perhaps a second look will help.
by Nilz
Wed 15 Jul, 2015 8:18 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UK Sudoku Championship 2015
Replies: 21
Views: 24878

Re: UK Sudoku Championship 2015

Yes, we've all got hard luck stories, David, don't worry! ;) I finished the irregular within a minute or so of the finish, having earlier wasted precious seconds (minutes?) sorting out a printer paper jam... Anyway, well done Mark (he says through gritted teeth!) and especially well done Heather. B ...
by Nilz
Sat 04 Jul, 2015 3:36 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2015 Puzzle GP
Replies: 59
Views: 61424

Re: 2015 Puzzle GP

I can't see it mentioned here anywhere, so as a reminder for those not aware, round 7 is this weekend.
by Nilz
Tue 19 May, 2015 6:25 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2015 Puzzle GP
Replies: 59
Views: 61424

Re: 2015 Puzzle GP

Congrats James, great performance. Since people asked, I should say that anyone who beat me, beat me fair and square, I can't complain. I'm allowed to have off days. :-) I did solve the 54-point cave, but I solved it by guessing, and then misentered the answer key because I forgot my own notation. :...
by Nilz
Tue 17 Mar, 2015 8:52 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2015 Puzzle GP
Replies: 59
Views: 61424

Re: 2015 Puzzle GP

Really enjoyed the easy-ness of some of those puzzles, after the horror of struggling with the LMI marathon over the weekend. Didn't expect to be so high though, chuffed with that, and congrats to James as well. In fact nearly all the UK solvers had their best result on this one, compared to the pre...
by Nilz
Sat 07 Mar, 2015 2:20 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Puzzle Marathon 2015 - LMI
Replies: 14
Views: 14242

Re: Puzzle Marathon 2015 - LMI

Have only just seen that people are trying to guess which
Is James's.
Doesn't it say the answer on the submission page?
Or am I mistaken?
Knowing the answer probably disqualifies me.
Unless anyone says otherwise, I won't spoil it.
by Nilz
Sat 31 Jan, 2015 3:01 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 15th 24-Hour Puzzle Championship
Replies: 10
Views: 13479

Re: 15th 24-Hour Puzzle Championship

I've booked my tickets now, so I'm definitely in! I'm arriving late Thursday and therefore will have a lot of spare time on Friday, if anyone else is around? I'm tempted by the logical live-action game thing mentioned on the facebook page...
by Nilz
Sat 31 May, 2014 7:43 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UKPA Puzzle Championship 2014
Replies: 34
Views: 39929

Re: UKPA Puzzle Championship 2014

That's a ridiculous winning margin. Congrats James! Thanks Neil, your similar effort last year inspired me. I only won by 2 minutes, but that's not the margin you're referring to. ;) One day we'll both 'fire' at the same time :) I might be going crazy, but when I first looked, I'm sure Hideaki had ...
by Nilz
Tue 27 May, 2014 10:03 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UKPA Puzzle Championship 2014
Replies: 34
Views: 39929

Re: UKPA Puzzle Championship 2014

That's a ridiculous winning margin. Congrats James! Having had no time to prepare for this, I didn't even look at the 80 pointer and stuck well within my comfort zone. Was it particularly hard? Probably took me about half an hour of tinkering. Didn't feel especially hard, since I felt like I was clo...
by Nilz
Thu 03 Apr, 2014 9:23 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UKPA Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournaments 29-30 March, 2014
Replies: 27
Views: 36138

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

Great fun as usual- thanks to everyone who attended for making it so, and especially to everyone involved in the organising for making it happen at all! Great venue too, as others have said. And great weather! Basically, I'm disappointed this only happens once a year (especially the bit about the we...
by Nilz
Thu 03 Apr, 2014 9:20 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2014 WPF Puzzle Grand Prix
Replies: 54
Views: 58257

Re: 2014 WPF Puzzle Grand Prix

Congratulations James, great score (he says through gritted teeth). To answer the question posed, I solved this Monday evening, after a hard weekend's puzzling, followed by a hard (kinda) day at work, so I was a bit mentally shattered. But I usually enjoy the Japanese puzzles, so I didn't want to mi...
by Nilz
Thu 03 Apr, 2014 9:13 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: LMI "Fast" contest 1-3 April 2014
Replies: 6
Views: 7735

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

Yes, I did enjoy this too. And I would *probably* have still enjoyed it if I hadn't beaten James. ;)
by Nilz
Thu 03 Apr, 2014 9:12 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 14th 24 hour puzzle championship
Replies: 25
Views: 26061

Re: 14th 24 hour puzzle championship

A bit late, but I'll add my voice to those who are saying it was a lot of fun. My body may disagree slightly, but then there are a lot worse things I could do to it than deprive it of sleep for one night! Hopefully next time I'll be more alert in the final rounds... Also, looking through the detaile...
by Nilz
Wed 05 Mar, 2014 6:27 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2014 WPF Puzzle Grand Prix
Replies: 54
Views: 58257

Re: 2014 WPF Puzzle Grand Prix

Very surprised, but delighted, to be that high. I found most puzzles quite easy, and assumed a lot more people would finish. They were nice puzzles though; the shape of the grid I guess constrained the compilers quite heavily, which meant I found it relatively easy to find a logical path through mos...
by Nilz
Sat 11 Jan, 2014 9:56 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 14th 24 hour puzzle championship
Replies: 25
Views: 26061

14th 24 hour puzzle championship

It appears this years 24hr championship will be taking place 21st-23rd March (link to event on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/247785822055351/). Given that I don't have a foreign WSC/WPC to look forward to this year, I may well be tempted. Please tell me I'm crazy and talk me out of it! ;)
by Nilz
Tue 10 Dec, 2013 6:30 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Hausigel Contest Series
Replies: 111
Views: 183979

Re: Hausigel Contest Series

Congrats James. I'm sure when I had a quick look yesterday your name was much lower down (below mine, which is why I noticed! :P ) so I guess you must've had a few alternative solutions- thanks again Roland for taking the time to check all the alternatives (usually uniqueness is necessary, but, prob...
by Nilz
Wed 31 Jul, 2013 7:00 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Japanese championships
Replies: 16
Views: 18351

Re: Japanese championships

Good work James. Delighted to see a Curve Data, those are great puzzles. Some possible additions to James's rules/ comments on his interpretations: 14. It's Japanese, but it looks like it might be solvable. Perhaps the first row says the difference is 3 and the 2nd row says the sum is 10? 22. Are yo...
by Nilz
Wed 10 Jul, 2013 5:23 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UKPA Puzzle Championship 2013
Replies: 43
Views: 46289

Re: UKPA Puzzle Championship 2013

Wow. Did not expect that.

Thanks again for all your hard work Liane.
by Nilz
Tue 09 Jul, 2013 8:54 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UKPA Puzzle Championship 2013
Replies: 43
Views: 46289

Re: UKPA Puzzle Championship 2013

By the way, I hope my previous comment isn't misinterpreted- I do appreciate all the effort that goes into running something like this, I know it can't be a simple process, so I'm not complaining about the wait- the USPC results aren't released immediately either.
by Nilz
Tue 09 Jul, 2013 8:20 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UKPA Puzzle Championship 2013
Replies: 43
Views: 46289

Re: UKPA Puzzle Championship 2013

As I said in an email to Liane, I thought it was a really nice set of puzzles, which I hope will be reflected in my performance- I don't like the suspense of having to wait another couple of days to find out how my effort compares to other people's, but for now I'm happy with how I've done, and I'll...
by Nilz
Tue 14 May, 2013 9:14 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UKPA Sudoku Championship 2013 (On-line event)
Replies: 72
Views: 100408

Re: UKPA Sudoku Championship 2013 (On-line event)

Awesome performance David, congrats! See you in Beijing, I hope!
by Nilz
Tue 30 Apr, 2013 8:24 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: German Puzzle championship
Replies: 26
Views: 19957

Re: German Puzzle championship

Thank you, Neil; that was clear, and I appreciate your time and effort on the walkthrough - both notation and reasoning were clear in context. There are 2 places for a 2 in the bottom N. I got the first sentence in practice, but that was the first bit I didn't get. Note to self: there's more of the...
by Nilz
Mon 29 Apr, 2013 7:45 pm
Forum: Puzzle Links
Topic: croco-puzzle
Replies: 696
Views: 590724

Re: croco-puzzle

detuned wrote:Out of interest, has Neil succumbed to the lure of croco yet?
Nope! :P I'm really not tempted, either. I spend far too much time looking at a computer screen as it is.
But congrats on all this 'Black Belt' and '2nd Dan' business, whatever it means!
by Nilz
Mon 29 Apr, 2013 7:42 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: German Puzzle championship
Replies: 26
Views: 19957

Re: German Puzzle championship

Nice to see that a few of us would still be in with a shot of getting into the German squad. Y'know, if we were German and everything... Pretty pleased with my performance. Guards I can't see how to solve at all- if anyone has a logical walkthrough it would be much appreciated. As for Battleships, I...
by Nilz
Sun 28 Apr, 2013 8:19 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UKPA Sudoku Championship 2013 (On-line event)
Replies: 72
Views: 100408

Re: UKPA Sudoku Championship 2013 (On-line event)

Looks good. :)
Spotted a typo though: In the answer key section, it says rows should be read from right to left- I presume this should be left to right (as borne out by the answer given).