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by PuzzleScot
Sun 06 Aug, 2017 2:44 pm
Forum: Puzzle (incl. Sudoku) Rules & Tips
Topic: Clouds
Replies: 5
Views: 10237

Re: Clouds

Coincidentally, I've solved a lot of clouds puzzles recently. I have an app called 'logic games' on my phone (logo is 2 grey cogs). "Free on iOS, Android and WP" by Andrea Sabbatini. There are dozens of familiar puzzle types you can practice, including Clouds... Anyway, that doesn't help if you don'...
by PuzzleScot
Sat 05 Aug, 2017 10:46 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Puzzle GP round 7
Replies: 6
Views: 5583

Puzzle GP round 7

On this weekend, but you should have had an email if you've competed in any previous round... (here)

Anyway, booklet C, "C16-17 Uncounted Skyscrapers". Anyone got any ideas how to solve these?
by PuzzleScot
Mon 24 Jul, 2017 11:03 pm
Forum: General Puzzle Discussions
Topic: Play-offs
Replies: 4
Views: 6137

Re: Play-offs

I once asked Ulrich what he thought of the playoffs. He said he didn't mind - At least it gave someone else a chance to be champion. Seriously though, 2-3 days of puzzling should clearly indicate who is 'best' overall, and the 'playoffs' make a bit of a mockery of the whole event. It might be justif...
by PuzzleScot
Mon 26 Jun, 2017 5:18 pm
Forum: General Puzzle Discussions
Topic: New Zealand puzzle team
Replies: 10
Views: 9456

Re: New Zealand puzzle team

As I said in a speech once (if anyone was listening), most people do not attend the WPC with any expectation of winning. They attend because it is a gathering of like-minded people, and is a very enjoyable experience. Anyone who has been to a WPC will testify this. (Not sure if the WSC is in the sam...
by PuzzleScot
Sun 25 Jun, 2017 2:03 pm
Forum: General Puzzle Discussions
Topic: New Zealand puzzle team
Replies: 10
Views: 9456

Re: New Zealand puzzle team

Nah.
by PuzzleScot
Sun 25 Jun, 2017 2:03 pm
Forum: General Puzzle Discussions
Topic: New Zealand puzzle team
Replies: 10
Views: 9456

Re: New Zealand puzzle team

Hmm. Let me think about that
by PuzzleScot
Sat 24 Jun, 2017 11:35 pm
Forum: General Puzzle Discussions
Topic: New Zealand puzzle team
Replies: 10
Views: 9456

Re: New Zealand puzzle team

Brilliant. Now you just need to see if you can qualify for the UK team!

"Simon O'Donnell will be driving from London to Bangalore".?
by PuzzleScot
Fri 23 Jun, 2017 11:26 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Bot registrations
Replies: 11
Views: 11448

Re: Bot registrations

Well, that was a disaster. Having to delete around 50 bot registrations and numerous spam posts every day. It should be much better now. I've added an extra (mathematical calculation) question to the registration screen. Every time the bots find a way round it, I'll change the question. Normal self-...
by PuzzleScot
Thu 22 Jun, 2017 9:22 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Bot registrations
Replies: 11
Views: 11448

Re: Bot registrations

I'm about to plug the UKPC somewhere fairly soon. Is self-registration available again now, please, for those who might want to take part for the first time this year? Great. I have re-enabled self-authorising registration now. It's been on admin approval recently, and I have been checking for regi...
by PuzzleScot
Tue 20 Jun, 2017 10:35 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UKPA Hall of Fame
Replies: 11
Views: 10155

Re: UKPA Hall of Fame

Yeah, Great find Chris! Everything after that is fairly well documented, so shouldn't be hard for someone (paging Prasanna!) to update and maintain As Tom knows, I have a database of UK WPC/WSC performances. There are some errors/omissions, but this is the interface I built to the data for now: http...
by PuzzleScot
Mon 08 May, 2017 1:58 pm
Forum: General Puzzle Discussions
Topic: How'd we get puzzles at the Olympics, or something like it?
Replies: 2
Views: 5476

Re: How'd we get puzzles at the Olympics, or something like

In sport, the money brought into the game is roughly proportional to the spectator interest. (both in person, and via media views) This is a self-fuelling cycle, as more money means a better show can be put on. I've seen a few things become popular on this basis, often with Red Bull associated with ...
by PuzzleScot
Mon 01 May, 2017 10:43 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Bot registrations
Replies: 11
Views: 11448

Re: Bot registrations

You'll notice an 'odd question' when you register here. Someone has recorded this oddity that occurs during registration here, and now who/whatever is clicking the right option. We get 100s of attempts every day. 99% don't pass. Right now, all new registrations are on 'admin approval'. Easy to ignor...
by PuzzleScot
Sat 29 Apr, 2017 11:27 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Bot registrations
Replies: 11
Views: 11448

Bot registrations

The site is being hammered with rogue registrations, and spam posts, so I've turned off self-registration. For the foreseeable time, all new accounts must be admin approved. Therefore, if you register a new account, you must email me (chairman@ this site's domain name) to request account activation....
by PuzzleScot
Fri 21 Apr, 2017 9:24 am
Forum: General Puzzle Discussions
Topic: possibly the hardest puzzle you will ever see
Replies: 2
Views: 6150

Re: possibly the hardest puzzle you will ever see

A little more information is required to define the challenge, and explain what everything in the grid represents.
Unless the puzzle is to figure out the puzzle, in which case, not interested.
by PuzzleScot
Fri 10 Mar, 2017 6:46 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2017 Sudoku GP
Replies: 21
Views: 16557

Re: 2017 Sudoku GP

Round 3 (Czech) this weekend.
http://gp.worldpuzzle.org/content/sudoku-gp
by PuzzleScot
Wed 08 Mar, 2017 3:35 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: [SOTR] PuzzleDo
Replies: 3
Views: 4846

Re: [SOTR] PuzzleDo

Excellent so far. Thanks Tawan!

I think everybody on here will enjoy the Billiard Room puzzle. https://roygbivpuzzles.wordpress.com/billiard-room/

Hey, it's sudoku, and even *I* loved it! 8-)
by PuzzleScot
Mon 06 Mar, 2017 1:24 pm
Forum: Welcome!
Topic: Hello (again)
Replies: 2
Views: 6610

Re: Hello (again)

Welcome Matt! [edit: no pun intended!]

Always good to see new faces at the Opens.

As you now know, there are plenty of current and past competitions to sink your teeth into.
Tip: Don't let language be a barrier, as some excellent competitions are not in English.
by PuzzleScot
Wed 01 Mar, 2017 9:24 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UKPA Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournament 2017
Replies: 20
Views: 15927

Re: UKPA Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournament 2017

On behalf of all the competitors at the Open... We are extremely grateful to all the puzzle compilers for their wonderful contributions. We'd also like to thank David for the puzzle and sudoku team rounds, and Saturday evening quiz night. All were very enjoyable indeed. The biggest thanks though goe...
by PuzzleScot
Mon 27 Feb, 2017 7:12 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2017 Puzzle GP
Replies: 41
Views: 25151

Re: 2017 Puzzle GP

Reminder.

Only a few hours left to compete in round 2 of the puzzle GP... http://gp.worldpuzzle.org/
by PuzzleScot
Fri 24 Feb, 2017 4:20 pm
Forum: General Puzzle Discussions
Topic: Help
Replies: 5
Views: 7841

Re: Help

You're welcome.

Mind you don't lose that ball & chain now!
by PuzzleScot
Thu 23 Feb, 2017 6:00 pm
Forum: General Puzzle Discussions
Topic: Help
Replies: 5
Views: 7841

Re: Help

Looks fun!

Perhaps search for chain in ladders ring puzzle

This one is similar... https://www.aliexpress.com/store/produc ... 62678.html

But then I found this ;)
by PuzzleScot
Tue 31 Jan, 2017 8:44 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2017 Puzzle GP
Replies: 41
Views: 25151

Re: 2017 Puzzle GP

I agree too. If I was a beginner, and only did the C contest, I'd be giving in right away. A) It was too hard, period. A seasoned puzzler, regardless of level, should have been able to finish with time to spare. B) Only 4 of my 10 submitted answers were correct! Regardless of silly mistakes, in no w...
by PuzzleScot
Tue 31 Jan, 2017 4:11 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2017 Puzzle GP
Replies: 41
Views: 25151

Re: 2017 Puzzle GP

... that's still 100 in front of me
I make 608 - 425 = 183, not 100. Maybe this is why I beat you? :lol:
by PuzzleScot
Thu 26 Jan, 2017 2:18 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2017 Puzzle GP
Replies: 41
Views: 25151

Re: 2017 Puzzle GP

Thanks Steve. I'm firmly in class C (to start with) then... Pretty sure each of the class contests are 60 minutes *each*: The participant chooses a Division, and has 60 minutes to submit the correct answers to as many puzzles as they can. They may then choose to attempt the puzzles for as many other...
by PuzzleScot
Thu 17 Nov, 2016 5:35 pm
Forum: General Puzzle Discussions
Topic: Alex Bellos (The Guardian) is hosting a puzzle night
Replies: 2
Views: 8453

Re: Alex Bellos (The Guardian) is hosting a puzzle night

Thanks for posting this Chris. I hope a few regulars from here can make it along. Sounds fun, regardless.