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by dickoon
Thu 19 Jun, 2014 11:24 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Puzzles at the Mind Sports Olympiad in London next Friday
Replies: 28
Views: 31556

Re: Puzzles at the Mind Sports Olympiad in London next Frida

Time to nudge this thread along again: it's not happening next Friday, but there will be the fourth annual kenken and sudoku championship at the 18th annual Mind Sports Olympiad this summer. The contest takes place in the traditional Friday morning slot, which this year falls on Friday 22nd August. ...
by dickoon
Fri 06 Jun, 2014 10:50 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UKPA Puzzle Championship 2014
Replies: 34
Views: 27924

Re: UKPA Puzzle Championship 2014

I've calculated and posted a chart of UK Puzzle Championship performances over the past four years. However, before you look, I believe there are seven people who have taken part in the UK Puzzle Championship in each of the last four years. How many of them can you guess in advance?
by dickoon
Tue 27 May, 2014 6:28 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UKPA Puzzle Championship 2014
Replies: 34
Views: 27924

Re: UKPA Puzzle Championship 2014

The scores are up. So not to spoil an official comment, I will just restrict myself to saying Wow! as well as offering congratulations. :)

Also very good to see 25 UK scorers on the board, after 23, 22 and 20 in the past three years. Continued progress!
by dickoon
Tue 27 May, 2014 8:55 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2014 WPF Puzzle Grand Prix
Replies: 54
Views: 39272

Re: 2014 WPF Puzzle Grand Prix

The results are online! Congratulations to Neil for another world-class performance, and thanks to James and Adam for the puzzles.
by dickoon
Tue 27 May, 2014 12:04 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UKPA Puzzle Championship 2014
Replies: 34
Views: 27924

Re: UKPA Puzzle Championship 2014

Thanks very much, Liane and team! I really enjoyed this and thought the difficulty was very much to my taste.
by dickoon
Fri 23 May, 2014 12:31 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2014 USPC and USSQ
Replies: 4
Views: 4929

Re: 2014 USPC and USSQ

The USPC results are out! Congratulations to Adam Bissett for finishing top among the UK participants. I've put together some stats about UK performances in the US Puzzle Championships over the years. Who do you think has finished top among the UK participants most times? Guess first (I reckon the a...
by dickoon
Mon 19 May, 2014 12:57 pm
Forum: Puzzle Links
Topic: croco-puzzle
Replies: 696
Views: 382281

Re: croco-puzzle

There may well be some readers who are put off by Croco-Puzzle being all in German. Some years ago, I wrote a walkthrough, but the user interface has changed in a few ways over time, most notably the daily puzzles. I have updated and extended the walkthrough , adding new sections about the freeform ...
by dickoon
Sat 03 May, 2014 9:40 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2014 WPF Puzzle Grand Prix
Replies: 54
Views: 39272

Re: 2014 WPF Puzzle Grand Prix

will the UK round of the WPF Puzzle Grand Prix double as the UK Puzzle Championship this year? Short answer: No. They are different durations for starters. Also, James McGowan has authored our GP round. Looking at the newsletter that has just come out, the UK Puzzle Championship appears to take pla...
by dickoon
Sun 06 Apr, 2014 10:40 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2014 WPF Puzzle Grand Prix
Replies: 54
Views: 39272

Re: 2014 WPF Puzzle Grand Prix

Excellent news; double the fun! Thanks to everyone who has taken the time and effort to set the puzzles, and I look forward to reading more in the fullness of time.
by dickoon
Sun 06 Apr, 2014 7:58 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2014 WPF Puzzle Grand Prix
Replies: 54
Views: 39272

Re: 2014 WPF Puzzle Grand Prix

Come to think of it: I've seen nothing to suggest it, but will the UK round of the WPF Puzzle Grand Prix double as the UK Puzzle Championship this year? I mention this reminded by mention of the UK Sudoku Championship, which was a WPF Sudoku GP round last year.
by dickoon
Wed 02 Apr, 2014 12:33 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2014 WPF Puzzle Grand Prix
Replies: 54
Views: 39272

Re: 2014 WPF Puzzle Grand Prix

Within the spoiler is a one-word nudge about 2b:
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I'll give bigger hints by e-mail or PM on request.
by dickoon
Wed 02 Apr, 2014 11:59 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2014 WPF Puzzle Grand Prix
Replies: 54
Views: 39272

Re: 2014 WPF Puzzle Grand Prix

Round three results are up! Glorious reading for UK eyes, with two solvers in the top six out of 287 on the board, just a point apart from each other. I'll leave it to you to guess who they are... and who pipped whom to fifth place. :D Many congratulations to you both! I will say that the "Country"...
by dickoon
Mon 24 Mar, 2014 10:43 am
Forum: Puzzle Links
Topic: New UK puzzle event calendar
Replies: 2
Views: 5117

Re: New UK puzzle event calendar

I like the way you're thinking, and am trying to make relevant friends as quickly as I can - especially with companies (plural) who sell franchises for their own exit games to potential business owners around the world, and who might be interested in access to a worldwide audience of the most puzzle...
by dickoon
Sun 23 Mar, 2014 10:26 pm
Forum: Puzzle Links
Topic: New UK puzzle event calendar
Replies: 2
Views: 5117

New UK puzzle event calendar

I have recently started Exit Games UK , because there are increasing numbers of puzzly room escape games like Hint Hunt, ClueQuest and so on around the UK and Ireland and no site which has links to all of them. However, the exit games are only part of the focus of the site; I'm also focusing on puzz...
by dickoon
Mon 17 Mar, 2014 2:31 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Puzzled Pint in London
Replies: 25
Views: 30316

Re: Puzzled Pint in London

This month's standings have been published. It took about three weeks last time, due to holidays, but it was a very swift process this time. More huge turnouts; 11 teams in London (with, I believe, a total 48 players) even without the benefit of promotion in the Londonist, but 21 teams in Portland a...
by dickoon
Wed 12 Mar, 2014 11:32 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Puzzled Pint in London
Replies: 25
Views: 30316

Re: Puzzled Pint in London

Lovely to see you (plural) there! You looked like you were really fast; I hope (and guess!) that you all enjoyed yourselves. Did you get the UKPA / UK Open tournaments / etc. word out at all? Incidentally, there's nothing to stop people from recasting an old Puzzle Pint and playing it as an after-ho...
by dickoon
Wed 05 Mar, 2014 4:32 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2014 WPF Puzzle Grand Prix
Replies: 54
Views: 39272

Re: 2014 WPF Puzzle Grand Prix

Ha! I did not even realise, until you intimated it, that the shape of all the grids was, to a first approximation, the shape of the outline of Slovakia. How cute!
by dickoon
Tue 04 Mar, 2014 1:19 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2014 WPF Puzzle Grand Prix
Replies: 54
Views: 39272

Re: 2014 WPF Puzzle Grand Prix

Results were posted automatically again and... wow . Second place of 291 scorers for Neil, fifteenth for James! World class, gents, with a rush of UK names (Steve, Alan, Tom, Emma and Mark) all well in the top third. Congratulations all round! Seventeen UK solvers this time, one up from the first r...
by dickoon
Sat 01 Mar, 2014 7:42 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2014 WPF Puzzle Grand Prix
Replies: 54
Views: 39272

Re: 2014 WPF Puzzle Grand Prix

The Slovakian round is now in progress. Good luck, all!
by dickoon
Mon 24 Feb, 2014 11:34 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: DASH6 Puzzle Hunt: April 26th
Replies: 3
Views: 3658

Re: DASH6 Puzzle Hunt: April 26th

Some more information has been posted about the London leg! The citrus-looking logo may likely prove relevant in the fullness of time, but here are the headlines: * Event starts at 10am UK time on Saturday 26th April. We'll probably finish before San Francisco even starts, so shshshshshhhhhhh once y...
by dickoon
Sat 15 Feb, 2014 8:52 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2014 WPF Sudoku Grand Prix
Replies: 19
Views: 11579

Re: 2014 WPF Sudoku Grand Prix

Round two is taking place this weekend. Get the instruction booklet from our Serbian friends here and go here for the real puzzles. Some particularly intriguing-looking ones!
by dickoon
Sat 15 Feb, 2014 8:36 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Puzzled Pint in London
Replies: 25
Views: 30316

Re: Puzzled Pint in London

Yep! It was a delightful evening and well worth the long journey. Good, indeed, to get to meet so many lovely people - and I know that the people I didn't get to talk to are likely to be just as lovely, and as interested, once I get to know them. I believe that the London attendance numbers have bee...
by dickoon
Mon 10 Feb, 2014 2:06 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: WPC / WSC 2013 Beijing
Replies: 2
Views: 3905

Re: WPC / WSC 2013 Beijing

The BBC have a show on in the afternoons called "WPC 56". Every time I see passing mention of it my ears prick up... then I am reminded it's a fictional historical drama about a female police officer in a male-dominated force set nearly sixty years ago. Boo.
by dickoon
Mon 10 Feb, 2014 2:01 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Puzzled Pint in London
Replies: 25
Views: 30316

Re: Puzzled Pint in London

The next event will be coming up on Tuesday 11th February and the theme will be Spinal Tap - because, you know, the date will be 2014-0 2-11 and, as the movie said, "this one goes up to 11". The location puzzle has already been posted; solving it will tell you which London pub you should go to for t...
by dickoon
Tue 04 Feb, 2014 12:04 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2014 WPF Puzzle Grand Prix
Replies: 54
Views: 39272

Re: 2014 WPF Puzzle Grand Prix

(Preliminary?) results have been automatically posted online at the conclusion of the contest. Fast work, WPF! The first round proved as meaty a challenge as expected, with the median solver solving possibly four or so of the twelve puzzles. Fewer than ten solvers managed to crack all twelve in the ...