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by detuned
Sat 04 Sep, 2010 4:34 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 1st UKPA Sudoku Championship
Replies: 74
Views: 51795

Re: 1st UKPA Sudoku Competition

Should this be in the announcements forum too?

I hear the puzzles in this one are going to be rather good :roll:
by detuned
Sat 04 Sep, 2010 4:33 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: LMI September Puzzle Test - EverGreens II
Replies: 32
Views: 16710

Re: LMI September Puzzle Test - EverGreens II

I look forward to gaining a bit of redemption with this one :)
by detuned
Tue 31 Aug, 2010 9:14 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: WPC 2010 Team Selection
Replies: 10
Views: 7731

Re: WPC 2010 Team Selection

If we count WSC's too, the benchmarks are a little higher - but why not aim high? :)

Individual: 4th (McNeill, 2007)
Team: 6th (Collyer, Danker and McNeill, 2010)

Good luck to Steve, Gareth, Ronald and Simon. I'm happy to start throwing together some practice material if people are interested?
by detuned
Sun 29 Aug, 2010 6:14 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: LMI - August Puzzle Test 'Broken Pieces' on 28th/29th August
Replies: 14
Views: 6192

Re: LMI - August Puzzle Test 'Broken Pieces' on 28th/29th Au

drsteve wrote:
This looks great, but I'll be away this weekend. I'll definitely have a go next week sometime. Looks like a lot of fun. Hope it goes well
Ditto!
by detuned
Tue 24 Aug, 2010 6:35 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2010 US Puzzle Championships
Replies: 94
Views: 41437

Re: 2010 US Puzzle Championships

Hurrah! Finally did that swearwordy Sudoku! 16 minutes, with the advantage of knowing where to at least start from last time. So, as there are Sudoku experts out there - is there a good resource for advanced Sudoku strategy out there? I know part of my trouble is just missing things (like, occasion...
by detuned
Tue 24 Aug, 2010 12:58 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: LMI - August Puzzle Test 'Broken Pieces' on 28th/29th August
Replies: 14
Views: 6192

Re: LMI - August Puzzle Test 'Broken Pieces' on 28th/29th Au

Thanks for the heads up deb. My laptop is in for repairs and my efficiency in scouring the internets for puzzle competitions has been somewhat reduced. This means of course that I'm not totally sure as to whether I can compete in this or not :)
by detuned
Tue 24 Aug, 2010 12:34 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2010 US Puzzle Championships
Replies: 94
Views: 41437

Re: 2010 US Puzzle Championships

Having completed all the puzzles, even more self-kicking. However I'm pleased to say that I appear to have gotten my "full" 110 points, which is a little consolation bearing in mind my general "rabbit in headlights" performance. X-agony was an absolute brute. I'd be very interested in seeing a pleas...
by detuned
Mon 23 Aug, 2010 11:02 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Belarusian puzzle championship
Replies: 1
Views: 2540

Re: Belarusian puzzle championship

Thanks for the heads up on this :)
by detuned
Sat 21 Aug, 2010 7:56 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2010 US Puzzle Championships
Replies: 94
Views: 41437

Re: 2010 US Puzzle Championships

Ouch - 110 here. I got the sudoku :) It was a much better puzzle than they used for the time trial yesterday. otherwise kept messing up lots of puzzles. There is far too much fragment of used eraser in front of me :( As an indication to the difficulty, Byron on facebook reckons he got no more than 1...
by detuned
Sat 21 Aug, 2010 4:56 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2010 US Puzzle Championships
Replies: 94
Views: 41437

Re: 2010 US Puzzle Championships

PS if sudoku is too hard, just guess!
by detuned
Sat 21 Aug, 2010 4:48 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2010 US Puzzle Championships
Replies: 94
Views: 41437

Re: 2010 US Puzzle Championships

Found myself a computer! Good luck to everyone else participating. Here's hoping I can add further success to my nikoli win yesterday :D
by detuned
Mon 09 Aug, 2010 10:25 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: LMI August Sudoku Contest
Replies: 22
Views: 19856

Re: LMI August Sudoku Contest

I've had a check back to round 1 puzzle 4. I've just realised I've used a similar trick in some of my own consecutive sudoku puzzles, which is probably why I got through that puzzle without blinking! David - I think that pitching a sudoku competition at the right level is very tricky, you'll certain...
by detuned
Mon 09 Aug, 2010 2:35 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: LMI August Sudoku Contest
Replies: 22
Views: 19856

Re: LMI August Sudoku Contest

Fred - first of all congratulations on your excellent result! I think all Alan means by these comments is that he has had the pleasure of watching Byron and Hideaki perform incredulous solving feats live at previous WPC's. The main leanings of this forum so far are more general puzzles than sudoku, ...
by detuned
Mon 09 Aug, 2010 1:33 pm
Forum: General Puzzle Discussions
Topic: Numberlink and Uniqueness
Replies: 13
Views: 10613

Re: Numberlink and Uniqueness

More simply, any puzzle with (for example) these patterns with differing givens bounding out 1 or more cells

Code: Select all

.x..
y...
....
in the corner, or

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...x.y...
....z....
on an edge

or

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.x.
y.z
.w.
in the middle

can't possibly use all the squares.
by detuned
Mon 09 Aug, 2010 10:43 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: LMI August Sudoku Contest
Replies: 22
Views: 19856

Re: LMI August Sudoku Contest

He is indeed that fast - I believe there is a youtube video of him solving a classic sudoku in about 40 seconds or something even more obscene. Looking down the list also is janoslaw - Jan Mrozowski - who had them all done in a similar time but made a typo to drop points and bonus. Neither is as str...
by detuned
Sun 08 Aug, 2010 3:14 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: LMI August Sudoku Contest
Replies: 22
Views: 19856

Re: LMI August Sudoku Contest

Just finished it - will save further discussion until the contest closes - but the odd-pair bits definitely worked nicely in conjunction with the even clues
by detuned
Sun 08 Aug, 2010 1:20 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Qixi Festival Sudoku test
Replies: 4
Views: 3914

Re: Qixi Festival Sudoku test

It's certainly very lyrical! My best bet at decoding it is that digits from previous puzzles will need to be transposed into the final two grids for the givens (presumably in the shape of a heart). The two grids then will have identical solutions, but will have different rules - ie one is an irregul...
by detuned
Sat 07 Aug, 2010 7:49 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Skyscrapers Variations Puzzle Contest
Replies: 1
Views: 2704

Skyscrapers Variations Puzzle Contest

I saw this doing the rounds on Facebook. See this page for more details. That page I've linked to isn't anything official, although does have helpfu links to the competition page (I think registration is required there) as well as to the instruction booklet. Again this is the weekend of 14-15th Augu...
by detuned
Sat 07 Aug, 2010 7:46 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Qixi Festival Sudoku test
Replies: 4
Views: 3914

Qixi Festival Sudoku test

Seems like a funny way to celebrate the Chinese equivalent of Valentine's day, but there we go. This is happening the 14th, 15th and 16th of August.

Competition page - Forum thread
by detuned
Fri 06 Aug, 2010 5:46 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: LMI August Sudoku Contest
Replies: 22
Views: 19856

Re: LMI August Sudoku Contest

Just a reminder that this is happening this weekend!
by detuned
Mon 26 Jul, 2010 9:48 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: LMI August Sudoku Contest
Replies: 22
Views: 19856

LMI August Sudoku Contest

This is happening the weekend of 7th/8th of August. Main page details here and there's a forum thread for questions etc here . I'm not quite sure what to make of this, it certainly looks massively different from any other LMI test they've done so far. David Millar of http://www.thegriddle.net is res...
by detuned
Mon 19 Jul, 2010 1:57 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: LMI July Sudoku Contest
Replies: 4
Views: 3561

Re: LMI July Sudoku Contest

I could only see results for me (13th) and David (19th) - I thought I'd had a pretty bad show but it turns it out it wasn't terrible. The puzzles were really subtle, intricate and challenging, but within the boundaries of fairness and it is still certainly worth a look even though the event is over....
by detuned
Thu 15 Jul, 2010 1:38 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: LMI July Sudoku Contest
Replies: 4
Views: 3561

Re: LMI July Sudoku Contest

Just a reminder on this one - this will definitely be worth doing!
by detuned
Wed 07 Jul, 2010 9:02 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2010 Polish Puzzle Championship
Replies: 3
Views: 3405

Re: 2010 Polish Puzzle Championship

I can pester a couple of Polish friends for anything google translate doesn't shed any further light onto...any specific examples?
by detuned
Mon 05 Jul, 2010 10:33 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: LMI July Puzzle Contest
Replies: 6
Views: 4302

Re: LMI July Puzzle Contest

The password should (?) be viewable if you've registered with the site, but here it is anyway:

EverGreens_sf2!4nW