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by dickoon
Tue 26 Oct, 2010 10:01 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: World Puzzle Championships 2010 :D (Team Diary)
Replies: 53
Views: 29320

Re: World Puzzle Championships 2010 :D (Team Diary)

Certainly did enjoy it; thanks for sharing!
by dickoon
Tue 26 Oct, 2010 9:59 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: World Puzzle Championship 2010 - the results thread.
Replies: 14
Views: 10787

Re: World Puzzle Championship 2010 - the results thread.

I'm very impressed that the results are being published to the Web while the contest is in progress. Is this a first? (Also, the average UK team member is doing better than Niels Roest. That's bloody good.) I also (entirely nosily) wonder why there are four Canadian solvers but no exclusively Canadi...
by dickoon
Tue 26 Oct, 2010 9:55 am
Forum: Puzzle Links
Topic: Simon Tatham's Portable Puzzle Collection
Replies: 1
Views: 4347

Re: Simon Tatham's Portable Puzzle Collection

and the author is British! And, by reputable accounts, a good egg. One of the many nice things about the collection is that people do add new formats to it, using the same infrastructure, from time to time. I hadn't known there was a magnets puzzle for it before today, for instance. Some day somebo...
by dickoon
Mon 25 Oct, 2010 10:40 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: World Puzzle Championships 2010 :D (Team Diary)
Replies: 53
Views: 29320

Re: World Puzzle Championships 2010 :D (Team Diary)

Further good luck, team! Solve 'em dead!
by dickoon
Wed 20 Oct, 2010 7:53 pm
Forum: General Puzzle Discussions
Topic: Request: pyramid puzzles
Replies: 11
Views: 10139

Re: Request: pyramid puzzles

Answering my own question, you can always go back through the Preisratsel archives, look for when the puzzle type was featured as a Preisratsel in the past and practice on those. They tend to be pretty easy, though - that said - I couldn't actually manage to crack the most recent Preisratsel Pyramid...
by dickoon
Wed 20 Oct, 2010 6:08 pm
Forum: General Puzzle Discussions
Topic: Request: pyramid puzzles
Replies: 11
Views: 10139

Re: Request: pyramid puzzles

I remember those, but I couldn't work out how to get started with them - which is why I was hoping for others to practice on before I tried today's rated puzzle. :-) (It shouldn't be that hard or that big, when some people can finish them in 20 seconds, but I still need practice!)
by dickoon
Wed 20 Oct, 2010 1:43 pm
Forum: General Puzzle Discussions
Topic: Request: pyramid puzzles
Replies: 11
Views: 10139

Request: pyramid puzzles

Crew, I'm keen to try the Pyramide puzzle that is today's rated puzzle on croco-puzzle.de, but am not sure that I have ever solved a puzzle like it before. A very quick search in the usual locations doesn't bring up other puzzles of the same type - or, if it does, then I just don't recognise them wh...
by dickoon
Sat 02 Oct, 2010 10:33 pm
Forum: Puzzle Links
Topic: croco-puzzle
Replies: 696
Views: 533388

Re: croco-puzzle

Chris, I definitely defer to your kindly-supplied translation. A degree trumps "rudimentary board game German, at best" by a factor of several thousand. :mrgreen: The puzzles are not that hard - indeed, I reckon that a UK team contender would regard them primarily as speedwork, with the difficulty g...
by dickoon
Sat 02 Oct, 2010 2:37 pm
Forum: Puzzle Links
Topic: croco-puzzle
Replies: 696
Views: 533388

Re: croco-puzzle

A week in, and I'm really rather taken by this site; the existence of the high-score mechanism has inspired me to try some puzzles that I wouldn't normally try - just to see the cause-and-effect of solving a puzzle, earning some points and moving up (or, eventually, down) in the world rankings. I le...
by dickoon
Thu 23 Sep, 2010 12:27 pm
Forum: Puzzle Links
Topic: croco-puzzle
Replies: 696
Views: 533388

Re: croco-puzzle

Mmm, looks interesting; thanks for sharing the link with us. Is it possible to play the daily Überraschungsrätsel puzzles from previous days, to try the various Java applets out without having to wait for them to come around and be the daily puzzle of the, er, day? I speak rudimentary board game Ger...
by dickoon
Mon 13 Sep, 2010 3:15 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Indian Puzzle Championship
Replies: 52
Views: 30134

Re: Indian Puzzle Championship

Just quickly on the battleships - note that there are a total of 20 cells used by the ships, despite one of them being missing from the pictorial representation. Now add up the digits you see for each row/column, and deduce the values for the remaining rows/columns ;) You have beaten me to it! That...
by dickoon
Mon 13 Sep, 2010 4:39 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Indian Puzzle Championship
Replies: 52
Views: 30134

Re: Indian Puzzle Championship

Welcome to the other Chris! We are puzzle people and shall not be confused by such trifling coincidences. :)

I suppose I should have called myself Thingyoon here, come to think of it...
by dickoon
Sun 12 Sep, 2010 6:46 pm
Forum: General Puzzle Discussions
Topic: Elitism
Replies: 11
Views: 9110

Re: Elitism

After thought and in the cold hard light of day, I think Gareth gets to the nub of the issue very precisely: Elitism is saying that those who perform worse are somehow inferior, and I'm sure no one's ever written that here. Not yet, but it definitely feels like there is the potential for it to happe...
by dickoon
Sun 12 Sep, 2010 5:59 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Indian Puzzle Championship
Replies: 52
Views: 30134

Re: Indian Puzzle Championship

Thoroughly enjoyable; I think I've solved nine puzzles for a possible 570 and managed to finish a tenth puzzle only seconds too late. Best of all, I ended up feeling that with another hour or two then I'd have been able to have at least a good crack at most of the remaining puzzles; conversely, iIn ...
by dickoon
Fri 10 Sep, 2010 8:02 pm
Forum: General Puzzle Discussions
Topic: Elitism
Replies: 11
Views: 9110

Re: Elitism

There are a few things I want to say on this; some of them need more careful thought before I say them, if ever.

I'm very glad that the World Puzzle Championships exist and are competitive, and that I have been lucky enough to participate in the past.
by dickoon
Sun 05 Sep, 2010 9:07 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: LMI September Puzzle Test - EverGreens II
Replies: 32
Views: 24482

Re: LMI September Puzzle Test - EverGreens II

Thanks, everyone; honour is more than adequately satisifed here. I was probably being a bit touchy.
by dickoon
Sun 05 Sep, 2010 5:11 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: LMI September Puzzle Test - EverGreens II
Replies: 32
Views: 24482

Re: LMI September Puzzle Test - EverGreens II

OK, chaps, while modesty is a good thing, I was actually quite pleased with my score of 85. It's very far from world class, and I offer sincere congratulations to those of you who have done much better, but I enjoyed the test even at my unaccomplished level and was quite happy to be able to solve an...
by dickoon
Sat 04 Sep, 2010 2:30 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: LMI September Puzzle Test - EverGreens II
Replies: 32
Views: 24482

Re: LMI September Puzzle Test - EverGreens II

Enjoyable! Definitely more accessible than the WPC qualifier and more to my taste as a result. I am glad that people set timed tests catering to all levels of difficulty; the international class solvers here will enjoy it as a sprint, when I enjoyed it as being about as challenging as I would care f...
by dickoon
Thu 26 Aug, 2010 7:11 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2010 US Puzzle Championships
Replies: 94
Views: 60467

Re: 2010 US Puzzle Championships

Many congratulations to Steven and Gareth! I'm delighted to see several very competitive scores from UK solvers; people should be proud of themselves. I'm less delighted to see some more modest scorers suffer the ignominious fate of not even having their finishing scores published; fingers crossed t...
by dickoon
Sat 21 Aug, 2010 7:58 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2010 US Puzzle Championships
Replies: 94
Views: 60467

Re: 2010 US Puzzle Championships

I do believe there will be more poor scores than there were in previous years, because previously if you had only answered one or two questions then you might well just not bother submitting any of them, whereas with the incremental answer scheme (which, I suppose, always was in place) it makes much...