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by detuned
Sun 05 Feb, 2017 7:18 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2017 Puzzle GP
Replies: 41
Views: 15624

Re: 2017 Puzzle GP

Even the correct answer to another row is no guarantee the whole puzzle was solved correctly - some rows can be filled in much earlier than others which is why the chosen answer keys are the ones that they are and basically why I agree with Wei hwa that you don't have any grounds to appeal unless yo...
by detuned
Wed 01 Feb, 2017 11:51 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2017 Puzzle GP
Replies: 41
Views: 15624

Re: 2017 Puzzle GP

Nope, the appeal was unsuccessful. Rather harsh, I thought - spend the time solving the puzzle correctly (as is clear from entering one correct row and then choosing the wrong row to enter) only to be told that entering the correct answer key is part of solving the puzzle. When it is clear that the...
by detuned
Wed 01 Feb, 2017 11:45 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2017 Puzzle GP
Replies: 41
Views: 15624

Re: 2017 Puzzle GP

Personally felt a bit rusty (particularly after apparently failing to submit an 83 point battleships, and, er a 10 point recto :roll: ), but overall a good UK showing. Very well done Heather on B, it's a shame you couldn't get the last puzzle out in those 12 minutes you had in the end. I'd argue the...
by detuned
Fri 27 Jan, 2017 12:25 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2017 Puzzle GP
Replies: 41
Views: 15624

Re: 2017 Puzzle GP

I haven't had time to make any comment to anyone about this, but this whole division structure is a bit confusing - I'm going to mention the puzzle GP at work tomorrow but I don't think I'm particularly optimistic of getting any takers. I think I'd rather have seen the WPF have completely separate c...
by detuned
Thu 19 Jan, 2017 10:53 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2017 Sudoku GP
Replies: 21
Views: 10810

Re: 2017 Sudoku GP

For anyone reading this thread and wondering what the Sudoku GP is, it's a series of 90 minute competitions spread over the year. The format is fairly standardised but the quality of contributors is unparalleled - these puzzles are basically the best Sudoku puzzles in the world and you can solve the...
by detuned
Thu 19 Jan, 2017 10:51 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2017 Sudoku GP
Replies: 21
Views: 10810

2017 Sudoku GP

Well round 1 has been and gone, but it's probably worth having a forum thread for this. In an attempt to reinvigorate my blog, I've written up some thoughts here: http://tcollyer.blogspot.co.uk/2017/01/2017-sudoku-gp-round-1-netherlands.html Interesting to see Dr Snyder participating again! Top 3 UK...
by detuned
Thu 19 Jan, 2017 10:49 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Trinity College Cambridge online puzzle hunt next week
Replies: 6
Views: 4377

Re: Trinity College Cambridge online puzzle hunt next week

Looks interesting.

If it's anything like SUMS/MUMS/CISRA then I won't have time to fully commit, but I'd happy to pitch in during the evenings. If we do have a UKPA presence then it would be good to do a write up on the forums or a blog or something to draw people in.
by detuned
Thu 24 Nov, 2016 11:50 pm
Forum: Welcome!
Topic: Hi Everyone
Replies: 2
Views: 6771

Re: Hi Everyone

Hi Emily, the season for online puzzle competitions is nearly upon us - hope you get the chance to have a go at one or two.

Maths is a great choice :)
by detuned
Thu 24 Nov, 2016 11:07 pm
Forum: General Puzzle Discussions
Topic: Alex Bellos (The Guardian) is hosting a puzzle night
Replies: 2
Views: 6259

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

That'll teach me to read the forums more regularly :(
by detuned
Mon 14 Nov, 2016 8:12 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: UKSC Results and 2016 UK WSC Team
Replies: 8
Views: 9734

Re: UKSC Results and 2016 UK WSC Team

Wrong thread, but it's because I never made one. I can do by the end of the week
by detuned
Mon 03 Oct, 2016 11:00 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Slovak pre-WSC tournement
Replies: 2
Views: 3182

Re: Slovak pre-WSC tournement

Nice - thanks for the heads up!
by detuned
Thu 15 Sep, 2016 10:34 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Times sudoku championship 2016
Replies: 3
Views: 5167

Re: Times sudoku championship 2016

Yeah, will be good to see the usual crowd there. I know mark and Heather will both be there too
by detuned
Mon 29 Aug, 2016 4:40 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Puzzles at the Mind Sports Olympiad in London on Sunday
Replies: 26
Views: 13907

Re: Puzzles at the Mind Sports Olympiad in London on Sunday

Well done Neil. Sadly even if I'd remembered this I wasn't able to come down on the Sunday. How many people turned up?
by detuned
Sun 07 Aug, 2016 9:51 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Comparing the difficulty of the UKPC from year to year
Replies: 4
Views: 5130

Re: Comparing the difficulty of the UKPC from year to year

Interesting analysis. Putting the UKPC itself aside for a moment, I think the overall difficulty of puzzle competitions has tended to go up with time due to the narrow set of people who keep playing requiring ever tougher puzzles. I think the puzzles tend to be more variants of variants, or crossov...
by detuned
Tue 19 Jul, 2016 7:31 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: WPF Sudoku GP 2016
Replies: 12
Views: 12523

Re: WPF Sudoku GP 2016

Round 8 IB is ready and available here:

http://ukpuzzles.org/file_download.php? ... c3afe280fc
by detuned
Fri 24 Jun, 2016 10:00 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Times sudoku championship 2016
Replies: 3
Views: 5167

Times sudoku championship 2016

i received an email from the times puzzle editor this morning: in summary David Levy is out of the picture these days, and the qualifying puzzles will be in the paper next week.
by detuned
Sat 18 Jun, 2016 7:50 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UK Puzzle Championship 2016/WPC Qualification
Replies: 9
Views: 8024

Re: UK Puzzle Championship 2016/WPC Qualification

For those looking for a direct link to the instruction booklet, you can be find it here:

http://www.ukpuzzles.org/file_download. ... 76b01f3bb4
by detuned
Wed 15 Jun, 2016 7:33 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: UKSC Results and 2016 UK WSC Team
Replies: 8
Views: 9734

Re: UKSC Results and 2016 UK WSC Team

There was only one contributor this year :lol: But I'd definitely like to reiterate thanks to the testers who came together at very short notice to help ensure everything ran smoothly! Really impressive to see Heather finish all the puzzles within 2 hours. A really well deserved victory, with a clos...
by detuned
Fri 10 Jun, 2016 10:32 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UK Sudoku Championship 2016 / WSC Qualification
Replies: 13
Views: 9444

Re: UK Sudoku Championship 2016 / WSC Qualification

I don't see a difference in the two links - but in any case you start the contest from the 2nd link so that's the one to pay attention to!
by detuned
Fri 10 Jun, 2016 7:49 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UK Sudoku Championship 2016 / WSC Qualification
Replies: 13
Views: 9444

Re: UK Sudoku Championship 2016 / WSC Qualification

A quick addendum to the instructions:

As per previous years, a partial bonus of 2 points per minute saved will be applied to any solver with 15/16 correct solutions. Solvers who correctly submit 16/16 will still receive 6 points per minute.
by detuned
Thu 09 Jun, 2016 7:32 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UK Sudoku Championship 2016 / WSC Qualification
Replies: 13
Views: 9444

Re: UK Sudoku Championship 2016 / WSC Qualification

The points distribution has now been updated within the instruction booklet, which you can find here:

http://www.ukpuzzles.org/file_download. ... e05e157c5f

The password protected competition file will be available for upload tomorrow morning.
by detuned
Thu 09 Jun, 2016 12:08 am
Forum: Welcome!
Topic: Amarang Hello
Replies: 1
Views: 3989

Re: Amarang Hello

Hi and welcome :)

I'd say logic puzzles are definitely more our thing around here, but there are one or two handy crossword solvers in our ranks and one or two have been on countdown as well. I'm sure we'd enjoy a good anagram on the side!
by detuned
Thu 09 Jun, 2016 12:06 am
Forum: Welcome!
Topic: Greetings
Replies: 2
Views: 5492

Re: Greetings

Hi and welcome :) - is that Chris Dickson's exitgames.co.uk blog? There are so many different variations of things that even after many years it can often feel a bit overwhelming. But do stick around and there are plenty of people here who are more than happy to explain how things work. Do give the ...
by detuned
Mon 06 Jun, 2016 11:33 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UK Sudoku Championship 2016 / WSC Qualification
Replies: 13
Views: 9444

Re: UK Sudoku Championship 2016 / WSC Qualification

The printing thing is weird - I suspect it's because your printer wants to make grey as a mixture of colours (which is my mistake) and is maybe running low on one of them?