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by motris
Thu 24 Mar, 2011 2:16 am
Forum: Puzzle Links
Topic: croco-puzzle
Replies: 696
Views: 457834

Re: croco-puzzle

While he was always my prime suspect, I'm now convinced from his blog posts that H.Jo is kirarin. He's mentioned croco-puzzles twice now - once in mid February soon after that user kirarin started and again last week saying he was now back playing on the site, right after a few days kirarin wasn't o...
by motris
Sun 20 Mar, 2011 5:12 pm
Forum: Puzzle Links
Topic: croco-puzzle
Replies: 696
Views: 457834

Re: croco-puzzle

Some small changes: a) Buchstabensalat: It's now possible to mark nonempty cells with a circle. b) Masyu: Improved dragging. Line drawing should feel more natural now. c) Tapa: Mark used givens with an X is now possible. d) Arukone: Bugfix. Yay! (especially on a and c). Thanks for being responsive ...
by motris
Sat 19 Mar, 2011 2:47 am
Forum: Puzzle Links
Topic: croco-puzzle
Replies: 696
Views: 457834

Re: croco-puzzle

I think my gap closing is entirely dependent on the puzzle distribution. If the puzzle is very easy I think I have a decent raw speed, but otherwise there are some puzzle types that I'm clearly still missing a few tricks on. Thankfully Masyu isn't one of them! On a more sobering note - Thomas is al...
by motris
Sat 12 Mar, 2011 8:25 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Rishi Puri's SudokuMania (12-13 Mar 2011)
Replies: 37
Views: 33891

Re: Rishi Puri's SudokuMania (12-13 Mar 2011)

Don't usually seek out extra weekend sudoku tournaments but thought I'd give this a try since I liked Rishi's last test on LMI. Overall, ~3 stellar puzzles, 8 good puzzles, and 1 really bad choice. I'm trying to erase the memory of that bad puzzle, but it sort of spoiled this test compared to the Do...
by motris
Thu 10 Mar, 2011 4:38 pm
Forum: Puzzle Links
Topic: croco-puzzle
Replies: 696
Views: 457834

Re: croco-puzzle

can't exactly do this with Nikoli's app, since the notes don't get on the grid lines which is 10x better for spotting things in the important rows/columns, but I've accepted "hold spacebar and hit number" as a pretty friendly interface where it pops up. !!! I never knew you could do that on Nikoli....
by motris
Thu 10 Mar, 2011 4:26 pm
Forum: Puzzle Links
Topic: croco-puzzle
Replies: 696
Views: 457834

Re: croco-puzzle

By the rating, do you mean the points score? Because averaging about +12 per puzzle (which I am) will give me an average score of 12. Is the rating something different? The red rating which determines kyu/Dan is simply a 200 day (for days when you compete) average of your overall score. Right now t...
by motris
Wed 09 Mar, 2011 4:09 pm
Forum: Puzzle Links
Topic: croco-puzzle
Replies: 696
Views: 457834

Re: croco-puzzle

I'd argue that so long as the sudoku is easy enough, then there are no need for any external notations. I try to do this for any newspaper puzzle I do, and I reckon I can sort of get by even with the hard killer sudokus. Although naturally this slows things down a bit. I don't think this puzzle was...
by motris
Wed 09 Mar, 2011 3:31 am
Forum: Puzzle Links
Topic: croco-puzzle
Replies: 696
Views: 457834

Re: croco-puzzle

It may just be a slow and clunky puzzle at points since I'd describe my solve in the same way. My one complaint today would be the lack of functional note-taking in this sudoku applet, which is surprising since other apps like the Vergleichssudoku (or kakuro or japanese sums) at least let you put in...
by motris
Fri 04 Mar, 2011 4:24 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Beijing International Sudoku Tournament (19-22 May 2011)
Replies: 45
Views: 48670

Re: Beijing International Sudoku Tournament May 19-22

I can't say how janoslaw would do these days, since he hasn't competed in a long time (Sudoku Cup 4 was the last and only sudoku test we both took I think?). I know he got very busy with WPC work, but I imagine when he comes back he will be a close rival again. I'm also at least 20% faster at home w...
by motris
Tue 01 Mar, 2011 4:22 pm
Forum: Puzzle Links
Topic: croco-puzzle
Replies: 696
Views: 457834

Re: croco-puzzle

OK, I'm sure it's been explained elsewhere, but what's this kyu stuff? How does one qualify for a kyu thing? The kyu/Dan are ranking names, originally used for Go I think, but then also Judo. They are titles earned "for life" once you demonstrate a certain level of proficiency. These rankings are e...
by motris
Tue 01 Mar, 2011 4:17 pm
Forum: Puzzle Links
Topic: croco-puzzle
Replies: 696
Views: 457834

Re: croco-puzzle

I'm fairly sure Wei-hwa usually goes by Onigame (?) - it's certainly a name that crops up on the front page of nikoli.com every so often anyway. It'll be interesting to see how the masyu time holds up today/tomorrow. There's perhaps a little slack in my time today, but not a huge deal. I have an un...
by motris
Mon 28 Feb, 2011 3:04 am
Forum: Puzzle Links
Topic: croco-puzzle
Replies: 696
Views: 457834

Re: croco-puzzle

Have people yet discerned the identity of this new solver kirarin who has been putting in sparkling performances recently? Two top-6 performances (so far!) today, a first and a second on Thursday and plenty of other top 20 performances dotted around the place. It's not a name on the LMI puzzle rank...
by motris
Sat 26 Feb, 2011 3:45 pm
Forum: Puzzle Links
Topic: croco-puzzle
Replies: 696
Views: 457834

Re: croco-puzzle

This is indeed a new record. Up to now it was 59 seconds by mars at 31st of January. For individual puzzles the record was 4 seconds (21st of august 2010 by pwahs); at that time there was no second puzzle. If only I'd known I had that record from my great Jan 31st Rundweg solve, I would be more bot...
by motris
Wed 16 Feb, 2011 12:29 am
Forum: Puzzle (incl. Sudoku) Rules & Tips
Topic: Kropki
Replies: 15
Views: 27744

Re: Kropki

[puts on puzzle wonk hat] Two points: First, all these discussions of where to put puzzles in a hierarchy strike me as failing by using sudoku as a touchstone. While this is a convenient choice as sudoku is one of the most recognized (and misrecognized) logic puzzles these days - sudoku seems synony...
by motris
Mon 14 Feb, 2011 7:04 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Double Delight - February Monthly Sudoku Contest at LMI
Replies: 17
Views: 7678

Re: Double Delight - February Monthly Sudoku Contest at LMI

Right - there are many "guess" lines that different definitions would hit. I most often mean this one: I have guessed/bifurcated when I've written a digit (and underlined it and all subsequent ones) in a grid and gone forward towards a solution after doing so. Anything done in one's head (what is te...
by motris
Mon 14 Feb, 2011 5:22 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Double Delight - February Monthly Sudoku Contest at LMI
Replies: 17
Views: 7678

Re: Double Delight - February Monthly Sudoku Contest at LMI

I can't imagine anyone - even Thomas - got that out in time without having to guess though. A lot of my reputation in the sudoku world is based on finding solutions to these buggers with minor mental painting steps, like that original toroidal sudoku and the 9's. Anyway, I posted my route on LMI if...
by motris
Thu 03 Feb, 2011 4:28 pm
Forum: Puzzle Links
Topic: croco-puzzle
Replies: 696
Views: 457834

Re: croco-puzzle

I'd have to imagine all the online playing has helped. He's a bit faster on easy puzzles on paper, but when you remove the ability to write down notes like I do, he becomes significantly faster online. I've never felt motivated to learn online solving, since there are no real online-only sudoku I fe...
by motris
Thu 03 Feb, 2011 6:53 am
Forum: Puzzle Links
Topic: croco-puzzle
Replies: 696
Views: 457834

Re: croco-puzzle

detuned wrote:Oooh another potential #1 there? Although probably not if Mssrs Snyder and Ondrousek have anything to say about it :roll:
Sorry Tom. I still expect a 38 from Jaku111 though. Misko will probably top us too.
by motris
Thu 27 Jan, 2011 12:59 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: +Z Puzzle - New Solving Site
Replies: 3
Views: 4273

Re: +Z Puzzle - New Solving Site

I was pointed to this site a month ago because the founder wanted to re-use my blog puzzles on it. I said no as I don't purposefully share my puzzles in other places, certainly places I've never seen before. Still, I did take a peek though after getting the email and noticed a couple things. First, ...
by motris
Tue 11 Jan, 2011 4:59 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Puzzle Jackpot - LMI January Puzzle Test on 8th/9th
Replies: 25
Views: 17033

Re: Puzzle Jackpot - LMI January Puzzle Test on 8th/9th

I for one really appreciated your tricks on the word search. I think I spotted ~4 false placements, but each was resolvable by finding the second possible placement when a contradiction popped up. Your removal of extra clues, and a good 8x8 grid, similarly turned the classic Kakuro into a pretty int...
by motris
Mon 10 Jan, 2011 7:02 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Puzzle Jackpot - LMI January Puzzle Test on 8th/9th
Replies: 25
Views: 17033

Re: Puzzle Jackpot - LMI January Puzzle Test on 8th/9th

Couldn't have been closer between Tom and Ulrich at the top - compare the times. Not sure how it makes Uvo 1 and Tom 2 though... It's a quirk of the scoring database that it isn't sorting by time and so sometimes it loads with me first and sometimes Ulrich. I'm not going to celebrate the .0142% dif...
by motris
Fri 07 Jan, 2011 7:54 pm
Forum: General Puzzle Discussions
Topic: Speed Solving
Replies: 3
Views: 4451

Re: Speed Solving

I don't like commenting on on-going puzzles as not all have finished it, but suffice it to say today's Arukone is certainly a test of dexterity and not of mind (provided one has some passing familiarity with Arukone/Numberlink). Understanding the interface (dragging, not clicking) is one aspect to b...
by motris
Wed 05 Jan, 2011 5:26 pm
Forum: Puzzle Links
Topic: croco-puzzle
Replies: 696
Views: 457834

Re: croco-puzzle

it might be a thing with the applet times you know. For a long while, flash was really messing me around and slowing down the timer on things like nikoli and fed by anything from 2x-10x. Which obviously led to some ridiculous times, although the effect of everything slowing down was that the applet...
by motris
Wed 05 Jan, 2011 5:04 pm
Forum: Puzzle Links
Topic: croco-puzzle
Replies: 696
Views: 457834

Re: croco-puzzle

As you say, the Doppelstar result could be put down to an incredibly lucky guess but then the Magic Labyrinth, I think not. On one occasion, such a thing could be put down to a guess, but getting lucky on a puzzle is more sensible if a person is showing adequate skills because you do not just guess...
by motris
Wed 05 Jan, 2011 4:48 pm
Forum: Puzzle Links
Topic: croco-puzzle
Replies: 696
Views: 457834

Re: croco-puzzle

Hi Motris have you been playing for long? Could not see any motris in the rank list but I have a suspect about another nickname which could be yours. sf About two months. After our talks at the WPC I figured I'd experiment with the site since we'd discussed the puzzle ranking system for a little bi...