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by motris
Tue 14 Jun, 2011 1:56 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2011 UK Sudoku Championship (11-12 June 2011)
Replies: 55
Views: 32997

Re: 2011 UK Sudoku Championship (11-12 June 2011)

On a more positive note for Puzzler, I thought their killer generator stands up really well amongst some quality hand made puzzles. I wonder how many people realised the 2nd killer was in fact from the generator? Said generator even managed to elicit some begrudging praise from Dr Snyder in Beijing...
by motris
Tue 14 Jun, 2011 1:40 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2011 UK Sudoku Championship (11-12 June 2011)
Replies: 55
Views: 32997

Re: 2011 UK Sudoku Championship (11-12 June 2011)

A few (unsolicited) comments from a non-competitor - I will not compete in any sudoku championship that isn't 100% a sudoku championship - but I did go through all the puzzles and think you put together a really great 16 sudoku set. 1. Timing: If the target timing was about 2 points per minute, then...
by motris
Thu 02 Jun, 2011 3:31 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: LMI May Sudoku Contest (28-29 May 2011)
Replies: 8
Views: 4641

Re: LMI May Sudoku Contest (28-29 May 2011)

I'd also add that the inconsistent bonus scoring made April's test have "lower" high scores than it should have, so you are curving around different numbers. The two April tests (Puzzle and Sudoku) were the first where LMI really strayed from a standard time bonus, and the result unfortunately affec...
by motris
Mon 30 May, 2011 10:51 pm
Forum: Puzzle (incl. Sudoku) Rules & Tips
Topic: Croco Puzzle rules.
Replies: 92
Views: 450829

Re: Croco Puzzle rules.

Thanks very much for the improved Masyu interface. It's now exactly where I want it as a solver, and I'm comfortable again voting for Masyu on the Ligasystem after some months where that type was much less friendly.
by motris
Wed 25 May, 2011 10:09 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Beijing International Sudoku Tournament (19-22 May 2011)
Replies: 45
Views: 43029

Re: Beijing International Sudoku Tournament May 19-22

At the first WSC there was a product sudoku that seemed to be broken. The center cage was a bit unusual, split between four adjoining cells but no numbers would go into it to be used as usual. However, as a large puzzle with all products given, it was immensely constrained. So I worked around other ...
by motris
Tue 24 May, 2011 4:43 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Beijing International Sudoku Tournament (19-22 May 2011)
Replies: 45
Views: 43029

Re: Beijing International Sudoku Tournament May 19-22

I'm probably the bigger threat to be a double world champion, but even I think it will be quite difficult if not impossible to win a WSC and a WPC back to back. The two days of competition before the start of the harder event for me will leave me less sharp at a time I need to be more sharp. If I co...
by motris
Wed 18 May, 2011 1:43 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: LMI May Puzzle Contest (14-15 May)
Replies: 23
Views: 9865

Re: LMI May Puzzle Contest (14-15 May)

It seems an odd thing to root for, but I'm quite disappointed that the negative Masyu got such a low score when people were rating the puzzles! OK, a 10x10 Masyu is a 10x10 Masyu, and I don't think there were any great insights from solving one that helped you solve the other. Nevertheless - and I ...
by motris
Tue 17 May, 2011 2:21 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: LMI May Puzzle Contest (14-15 May)
Replies: 23
Views: 9865

Re: LMI May Puzzle Contest (14-15 May)

I definitely had the same issues with point allocation overall throughout the test and would echo some of the comments above such as SG1 versus SG2 based on how the path to the answer occurs. To maximize my score, I should certainly have not done the Deformable Kropki 1, my last submitted puzzle, an...
by motris
Sun 15 May, 2011 7:13 am
Forum: Daily Puzzles
Topic: Any interest in a UK croco-puzzle ladder?
Replies: 592
Views: 334762

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

While the vote determines which puzzles show up in the top tier in each month, the order is random. However, since the number is fixed it's easy to know when they are up. For example No more doppelstern or Fillomino this month, but 2 lasers ahead :( . In the lowest division I think it is fully rando...
by motris
Fri 13 May, 2011 3:12 pm
Forum: Daily Puzzles
Topic: Any interest in a UK croco-puzzle ladder?
Replies: 592
Views: 334762

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

There have been worse Vergleichssudoku; that one had a path but it was hard to see (having an error early on didn't help). The most critical and difficult thing for me to see was row 6, where there is near the start just one place for a 1, and after that just one place for a 2 that has a > to a 1. I...
by motris
Fri 29 Apr, 2011 3:11 pm
Forum: Puzzle Links
Topic: croco-puzzle
Replies: 696
Views: 376955

Re: croco-puzzle

The main mode of failure for me is dragging a line to the center of a box and, because I went a few pixels past center, getting an extra unwanted segment at the same time. This makes me now have to be extra careful when drawing so that I don't have a hidden segment, say, near two black circles to Fe...
by motris
Thu 28 Apr, 2011 2:54 pm
Forum: Puzzle Links
Topic: croco-puzzle
Replies: 696
Views: 376955

Re: croco-puzzle

My mouse control has always been rubbish (certainly wasted 5 seconds with incorrect connections on the Masyu today, which seems more sensitive than it used to be in a bad way). So I'm just using my two hands to hit the arrow keys and the numpad and basically typing as fast as I can. Since I don't us...
by motris
Wed 27 Apr, 2011 11:44 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Reflections on the croco-puzzle ladder?
Replies: 47
Views: 21052

Re: Reflections on the croco-puzzle ladder?

As an outsider to this process, with no real stake in the ladder, I've still found seeing the weekly results rather interesting, and the format of the ladder feels right. Croco-puzzle is stressful for me everyday with potential point losses even with an "average" performance, so I wouldn't care if I...
by motris
Wed 27 Apr, 2011 2:42 am
Forum: Puzzle Links
Topic: croco-puzzle
Replies: 696
Views: 376955

Re: croco-puzzle

I can only imagine everyone is leaving a single cell blank on this one. Seriously, 91 solvers now and 52 made errors! Crazy.
by motris
Sun 24 Apr, 2011 3:39 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Easter Countdown Puzzle Contest (1-24 April 2011)
Replies: 23
Views: 8931

Re: Easter Countdown Puzzle Contest (1-24 April)

PRIME_BBCODE_SPOILER_SHOW PRIME_BBCODE_SPOILER:
If you thought your sticking point was not understanding the translation, know that you now have the rules you are supposed to use on the Kakuro. If the rules don't make sense for the puzzle you are seeing, then that is a sign you may need to dig a little deeper into the mysteries of the island.
by motris
Sun 24 Apr, 2011 8:53 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Easter Countdown Puzzle Contest (1-24 April 2011)
Replies: 23
Views: 8931

Re: Easter Countdown Puzzle Contest (1-24 April)

If you could read German, you would learn exactly this from the instructions for A/Kakurovariante: Insert a digit from 1 to 9 into each cell so that the sum of the digits matches the given entry. In the entries of odd length, no digits repeat (same as normal kakuro). In the entries of even length, ...
by motris
Sun 24 Apr, 2011 12:53 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Easter Countdown Puzzle Contest (1-24 April 2011)
Replies: 23
Views: 8931

Re: Easter Countdown Puzzle Contest (1-24 April)

PRIME_BBCODE_SPOILER_SHOW PRIME_BBCODE_SPOILER:
And I can now definitely say it's worth going through this "mini"-Insel. Excellent Easter Gift Berni! A little slow at the start for me as I was working around an unclear Kakuro translation, but otherwise then very smooth and fun solving.
by motris
Sat 23 Apr, 2011 10:51 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Easter Countdown Puzzle Contest (1-24 April 2011)
Replies: 23
Views: 8931

Re: Easter Countdown Puzzle Contest (1-24 April)

I'm pretty sure you get to the exact same Insel der Ratsel like place with new puzzles and such regardless of the level (I've taken the ladder from the three choices and seen no difference). The problem I have is that German-to-English translations are often rubbish, even before seeing the tricks o...
by motris
Wed 20 Apr, 2011 3:10 pm
Forum: Puzzle Links
Topic: croco-puzzle
Replies: 696
Views: 376955

Re: croco-puzzle

OK, a general question about the scoring Today's fun Laser puzzle - I did it in 26 mins + 2 Fehlversuch gaining +7 in the rating Rodders did it in 1 hour and a bit, but gained +9 in his rating, despite him being above me in the ratings. So my question basically is, huh? How are these scores worked ...
by motris
Tue 19 Apr, 2011 7:05 pm
Forum: Puzzle Links
Topic: croco-puzzle
Replies: 696
Views: 376955

Re: croco-puzzle

I felt pretty good when I noticed something like "123 .... 13" in a couple rows/columns where you know the 2 has to be white since if it were black it would force adjacent black squares elsewhere. I was thinking to myself "Aha! That's just the sort of sneaky logic that should provide a break!". And...
by motris
Mon 04 Apr, 2011 3:38 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Easter Countdown Puzzle Contest (1-24 April 2011)
Replies: 23
Views: 8931

Re: Easter Countdown Puzzle Contest (1-24 April)

The numbers give the total count of solvers who have advanced through that given puzzle but are no further. If you are fully done with the open path at a level and click on the egg again, you can get a listing of who else is all the way through, but I don't know any other way to see that kind of dat...
by motris
Tue 29 Mar, 2011 3:55 pm
Forum: Puzzle Links
Topic: croco-puzzle
Replies: 696
Views: 376955

Re: croco-puzzle

Heyawake is hard for checking, and worse for Fehlversuche. I can "tweak" a Heyawake, but only if as on Nikoli.com I can occasionally be safe if I don't catch a third room constraint breaking. I don't feel it safe to tweak on croco-puzzle. So today, when I messed part of it up not once, but twice, I ...
by motris
Fri 25 Mar, 2011 4:38 pm
Forum: Puzzle Links
Topic: croco-puzzle
Replies: 696
Views: 376955

Re: croco-puzzle

I thought it was exactly one pair of repeated digits. Thanks for the tip. I've certainly seen in the preisraetsels that you can have multiple pairs of digits (I cannot remember three or more of a digit but I believe this is allowed). The simplest thing to remember is this: If a row can be gray (no ...
by motris
Fri 25 Mar, 2011 6:39 am
Forum: Puzzle Links
Topic: croco-puzzle
Replies: 696
Views: 376955

Re: croco-puzzle

The rule is actually a bit more complicated. If the row is white, it must have at least one repeated digit. If the row is gray, it has no repeated digits. Recently we have not had any white rows in these puzzles, but who knows when they will show up.
by motris
Thu 24 Mar, 2011 4:27 pm
Forum: Puzzle Links
Topic: croco-puzzle
Replies: 696
Views: 376955

Re: croco-puzzle

I hadn't checked back on that thread - I feel quite flattered I was pacemaking Para for a while, he's definitely a solving tier or two above me (although I will add I've had a few careless results recently!) Thomas - re kakuro, presumably Jason (usuually Ziti) isn't on croco yet :roll: ...but the H...