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by Nilz
Sun 17 Mar, 2013 8:37 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UK Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournament 16th - 17th March, 2013
Replies: 36
Views: 36538

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

Thanks everyone for a really enjoyable weekend! Great to see lots of familiar faces, and always pleasing to see some new faces too. :) Shame it's a year until the next one. :cry: For those who weren't there, the Sudoku results were: 1st Tom Collyer, 2nd Neil Zussman, 3rd David McNeill, in an incredi...
by Nilz
Thu 14 Mar, 2013 9:59 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: [LMI] Puzzle Marathon - 1st to 10th March
Replies: 9
Views: 7361

Re: [LMI] Puzzle Marathon - 1st to 10th March

Label rows 1-17, cols are A-Q, segments will be referred to by their top left cell. There are 3 segments entirely within cols O,P,Q, so no other stars can be in those cols. In the 3x3 areas, there must be at least 1 star on each of the top and bottom rows. This means row 4 cols H-M, row 8 cols H-M,...
by Nilz
Thu 14 Mar, 2013 7:26 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: [LMI] Puzzle Marathon - 1st to 10th March
Replies: 9
Views: 7361

Re: [LMI] Puzzle Marathon - 1st to 10th March

I was asked for some hints for the Star Battle. Here's my entire write-up, which I'll post publicly in case it helps anyone else. I can’t remember if this is exactly how I did it, so I may have made some assumptions below that don’t quite hold. If you spot any, let me know and I’ll see if I can prov...
by Nilz
Mon 11 Mar, 2013 9:58 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UK Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournament 16th - 17th March, 2013
Replies: 36
Views: 36538

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

Looking forward to this- you know it's getting close when the booklets are published to whet your appetite! :D No queries yet (I've only had a quick glance through) but I'll post if I have any. Certainly looks like a lot of hard work has gone into this, as always, so thanks to those involved!
by Nilz
Mon 11 Mar, 2013 9:57 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: [LMI] Puzzle Marathon - 1st to 10th March
Replies: 9
Views: 7361

Re: [LMI] Puzzle Marathon - 1st to 10th March

Nice to see another Neil/James duel. I see Neil doesn't like playing 2nd fiddle to anyone and upped his game a little! James - your move ;) I finished all 12 puzzles on the first weekend of the competition, then checked the leaderboard about 3 times a day for the past week to see how many people ha...
by Nilz
Mon 29 Oct, 2012 6:04 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: LMI: Fillomino Fillia 2 (27-29 Oct 2012)
Replies: 6
Views: 6486

Re: LMI: Fillomino Fillia 2 (27-29 Oct 2012)

A lot of positive reviews of these puzzles, which I agree with. I think the contest is open for another day. And UK has two top-ten finishes (top-four if you exclude Japan!). In a holiday house, I solved my puzzles at the other end of the house from the computer, and because of the instant-marking ...
by Nilz
Wed 10 Oct, 2012 9:29 pm
Forum: General Puzzle Discussions
Topic: Only Connect
Replies: 9
Views: 12139

Re: Only Connect

Thanks Ken; I agree that they had far easier questions than us- pretty much everyone who's seen it has said that, and they can't all be trying to make us feel better! Having said that, the other team did deserve to win, they were better than us, and their captain was a machine. I was a split second ...
by Nilz
Wed 10 Oct, 2012 9:25 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Team UK at the WPC
Replies: 26
Views: 22766

Re: Team UK at the WPC

Just want to echo what everyone else has said- it was great to see everyone who was there, I thought we had some great team camaraderie, and it was a really enjoyable week. Hope to see you all again soon! All that's left now are the memories. Well, memories and insect bites. Lots of insect bites... ...
by Nilz
Sat 18 Aug, 2012 10:07 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UKPA Sudoku Championship 2012 (17th - 20th August)
Replies: 39
Views: 39615

Re: UKPA Sudoku Championship 2012 (17th - 20th August)

puzzlemad wrote:We have to be patient I'm afraid.
At least that will save me from refreshing the page every hour to see the latest updates. :)
by Nilz
Sat 18 Aug, 2012 9:39 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UKPA Sudoku Championship 2012 (17th - 20th August)
Replies: 39
Views: 39615

Re: UKPA Sudoku Championship 2012 (17th - 20th August)

As others have said, there were some nice puzzles, thanks.
Is there any way to see the current results? Or do we have to be patient and wait til the end of the test? ;)
by Nilz
Thu 19 Jul, 2012 8:08 pm
Forum: General Puzzle Discussions
Topic: 2012 Croatian Qualification Puzzles
Replies: 4
Views: 8225

Re: 2012 Croatian Qualification Puzzles

David, you may have found this out already, but the first couple of puzzles, at least, have unique solutions without needing to know what the lettered squares (or circled squares) mean, so I presume they're something like check digits. I'd guess you could ask what digits go into the lettered squares...
by Nilz
Wed 04 Jul, 2012 8:44 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: LMI June Sukoku Test (30 Jun - 2 Jul 2012)
Replies: 8
Views: 9702

Re: LMI June Sukoku Test (30 Jun - 2 Jul 2012)

No horror stories from me- if you finished above me, Magoo, you did so on merit. I just couldn't really get into the test, I spent ages and ages on a couple of puzzles and never really had any 'Aha!' moments. In short, I found it a bit of a slog. That's not to say they weren't nice puzzles, they jus...
by Nilz
Wed 20 Jun, 2012 8:08 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Seven Samurais - LMI June Puzzle Test
Replies: 17
Views: 14667

Re: Seven Samurais - LMI June Puzzle Test

Woah PQRST that's a blast from the past. First online comp I ever did: http://www.otuzoyun.com/pqrst/pqrst11.html. Alan beat me. :cry: And Ulrich Voigt was *only* 24th. Makes fascinating reading though, now that I recognise so many more of the names. What happened to some of those people- the top U...
by Nilz
Wed 20 Jun, 2012 7:02 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Seven Samurais - LMI June Puzzle Test
Replies: 17
Views: 14667

Re: Seven Samurais - LMI June Puzzle Test

Can't help much on the Yin-Yang talk, I made a small guess to get started and lots of things flowed from there. Shame I only had about 3 minutes left when I started it. James's second point is quite important though, as it can help make a lot of quick deductions. This might not be new to anyway, but...
by Nilz
Tue 19 Jun, 2012 8:42 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Seven Samurais - LMI June Puzzle Test
Replies: 17
Views: 14667

Re: Seven Samurais - LMI June Puzzle Test

Yes, really good performance Emma- solving Easy as ABCD and Starbattle within 45 minutes is very impressive, I gave up on the former, and struggled with the latter as well- I'm not sure I deserved 42 points more than you really.
by Nilz
Sun 29 Apr, 2012 9:16 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UK Open Sudoku and Puzzle Championship
Replies: 8
Views: 8459

Re: UK Open Sudoku and Puzzle Championship

Seconded- thanks to everyone who organised any part of the weekend for making it happen. Great to see a few familiar faces, and several new ones as well. Let's hope we continue to grow and attract an even bigger crowd next time.
by Nilz
Sat 10 Mar, 2012 11:41 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Diagonal Vision — LMI March Sudoku Test — 10th-12th March
Replies: 4
Views: 5923

Re: Diagonal Vision — LMI March Sudoku Test — 10th-12th Marc

Thanks Fred, some nice puzzles in there. And some frustrating ones too. :x
I was asked if I was as good at Sudoku as I seem to be at the other puzzles. The results of this test will give you your answer. :roll:
I did better before I had a printer. ;)
by Nilz
Tue 31 Jan, 2012 1:04 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: LMI Puzzle Marathon
Replies: 21
Views: 19745

Re: LMI Puzzle Marathon

Neil, will you PLEASE go and buy a printer!! But if I had a printer, I wouldn't have an excuse for losing to Tom S/ Palmer etc. ;) I don't think the lack of a printer affected me that much here actually. I used the work printer for some, and the rest- Tapa, Pentominoes, Graffiti, Small Regions and ...
by Nilz
Sun 01 Jan, 2012 9:59 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: LMI December Puzzle Test on 23rd-25th
Replies: 6
Views: 5265

Re: LMI December Puzzle Test on 23rd-25th

I was at my parents house over Christmas, so I had a printer to hand for this one. ;) Very pleased to get the Penta Chess correct- I solved it, then realised I needed to work out which pentomino was which for the answer key- my Achilles heel! :o Thanks for the puzzles. :) And a Happy New Year to all...
by Nilz
Sat 19 Nov, 2011 7:39 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Updates from Eger
Replies: 47
Views: 31148

Re: Updates from Eger

My photos are now on facebook, though the picture quality (and photographer quality!) is pretty awful. http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.865487883794.2358448.61311175&type=1#!/media/set/?set=a.865471346934.2358445.61311175&type=1 http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.865487883794.2358448.6...
by Nilz
Sat 12 Nov, 2011 2:11 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Updates from Eger
Replies: 47
Views: 31148

Re: Updates from Eger

Well that certainly went better than it could have done... Thanks for all the congratulations! I'm certainly glad I was available (and selected!). The playoff didn't go particularly well, nerves and the pressure of being up against so many great puzzlers got the better of me. But I'm certainly not d...
by Nilz
Tue 01 Nov, 2011 7:33 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: LMI Screen Test #2 — 1-4 November'2011
Replies: 5
Views: 5510

Re: LMI Screen Test #2 — 1-4 November'2011

Thanks very much to the LMI team for putting this together, it's really useful for those of us who haven't seen a screentest before to get an inkling of how it works. How does the test at the WPC itself compare to this, in terms of, say, organistation and difficulty? As well as being useful practise...
by Nilz
Tue 25 Oct, 2011 7:50 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: hungarian championships
Replies: 11
Views: 8272

Re: hungarian championships

Capsules I think is also known as Tatami, a puzzle I've seen in an Italian book. English rules are pretty much what everyone has already guessed:
http://www.puzzler.com/Puzzles-encyclopedia/Tatami.htm
http://forum.enjoysudoku.com/tatami-help-plz-t6038.html
by Nilz
Tue 25 Oct, 2011 7:46 pm
Forum: General Puzzle Discussions
Topic: WPC/WSC preparation
Replies: 16
Views: 15699

Re: WPC/WSC preparation

Thanks for the answers. I didn't expect anyone to accept sterling, I was more interested in whether they accepted Euros or if we'd need Hungarian currency (Forints?). It seems like the conclusion is that probably only Euros are needed.
by Nilz
Wed 19 Oct, 2011 8:22 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2011 Double Decathlon - LMI October Puzzle Test - 15/16 Oct
Replies: 6
Views: 6634

Re: 2011 Double Decathlon - LMI October Puzzle Test - 15/16

Agree with most of the other comments, there were some great puzzles. I did intend to solve all the hards first, but I couldn't get a few of them out, so I had to solve the corresponding easies to lead me toward the bonus. I did end up solving both puzzles of the same time on a few occassions and th...