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by detuned
Wed 27 Oct, 2010 12:47 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 1st UKPA Sudoku Championship
Replies: 74
Views: 55283

Re: 1st UKPA Sudoku Championship

Yup - the instruction book is almost ready now - we're just waiting on a couple of things with the web interface to be set up so that all the information is correct. For now the WSC/WPC are available to UKPA members - the point with that is the publishing rights to those are a potential source of re...
by detuned
Tue 26 Oct, 2010 6:51 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: World Puzzle Championships 2010 :D (Team Diary)
Replies: 53
Views: 20109

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

Ronald - keep plugging away, most (human) people get struck by a bad couple of rounds every now and again. It only takes one confidence boosting round to get back in the swing of things!

Otherwise I'm with David - following with interest and behind you guys 100% of the way - thanks for the updates!
by detuned
Tue 26 Oct, 2010 9:48 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: World Puzzle Championship 2010 - the results thread.
Replies: 14
Views: 7925

Re: World Puzzle Championship 2010 - the results thread.

Woah - looks like Palmer (MellowMelon) has hit the ground running on his WPC debut! He might even be a dark horse for the title if he carries that sort of form up...
by detuned
Mon 25 Oct, 2010 7:10 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: World Puzzle Championships 2010 :D (Team Diary)
Replies: 53
Views: 20109

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

Anyway, the Old Town was completely destroyed - but they've rebuilt the whole area using original blueprints and the guide expressed extreme pride for her city about this which I found remarkable - I would compare the situation to Coventry which was similarly bombed, rebuilt, and is now treated in ...
by detuned
Sun 24 Oct, 2010 5:25 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: World Puzzle Championships 2010 :D (Team Diary)
Replies: 53
Views: 20109

Re: World Puzzle Championships 2010 :D

nickdeller wrote: Good luck to all, and "Hello" to all!
Ditto, especially Nick Baxter and the rest of the Americans! With Thomas and Palmer (not to mention Hideaki) all competing, the rest of us might have a chance on nikoli.com :)
by detuned
Sun 24 Oct, 2010 2:47 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: World Puzzle Championships 2010 :D (Team Diary)
Replies: 53
Views: 20109

Re: World Puzzle Championships 2010 :D

George is a bit of a hero - we frequently ended up sharing a dinner table with him and the Chinese competitors in Philadelphia.

I shall try and pump my contacts for regular updates - probably best to keep focussed on the competition for now!
by detuned
Sun 24 Oct, 2010 1:08 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: World Puzzle Championships 2010 :D (Team Diary)
Replies: 53
Views: 20109

Re: World Puzzle Championships 2010 :D

Good luck guys, do us proud! I look forward to hearing all about it!
by detuned
Wed 20 Oct, 2010 2:53 pm
Forum: General Puzzle Discussions
Topic: Request: pyramid puzzles
Replies: 11
Views: 7550

Re: Request: pyramid puzzles

There was one in the LMI evergreens 2 puzzle test (the september one I think) - although that had a funny rule about numbers on the bottom row being distinct...
by detuned
Mon 18 Oct, 2010 9:14 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 20/10 Decathlon
Replies: 21
Views: 10679

Re: 20/10 Decathlon

Aargh, you just pipped me. Congrats David, excellent score. Completely agree with the Mutant Skeleton and Masyu being the hardest - made some headway with the Masyu, just needs a bit of fiddling, but it's not intuitive at all. I did find the Skyscaper mutant easier than the hard one, and ditto the ...
by detuned
Sun 17 Oct, 2010 10:35 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 20/10 Decathlon
Replies: 21
Views: 10679

Re: 20/10 Decathlon

d'oh - just seen that I didnt enter one of the battleships either. ah well. Not a disgraceful score. Off to do some bed-time mutants :)
by detuned
Sun 17 Oct, 2010 10:00 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 20/10 Decathlon
Replies: 21
Views: 10679

Re: 20/10 Decathlon

Well I didn't buck the trend - however the LMI thread suggests that they are showing a bit of leniency. In this case it'll boost me from a provisional 600 to 750!
by detuned
Sun 17 Oct, 2010 2:30 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 20/10 Decathlon
Replies: 21
Views: 10679

Re: 20/10 Decathlon

I'm yet to take the test - will do so in a little bit - but I'd smile a little if I were the one to buck the trend on entry errors here :)
by detuned
Fri 15 Oct, 2010 4:17 pm
Forum: General Puzzle Discussions
Topic: "How To Solve Sudoku Mathematically"
Replies: 0
Views: 3121

"How To Solve Sudoku Mathematically"

Mike forwarded me an email from some chap called Harsh Goel who is the latest person to have claimed to have had some incredible new sudoku solving epiphany. http://www.scribd.com/doc/39235249/How-to-Solve-Sudoku-Mathematically Rather than reply via email, I thought there was potential for more than...
by detuned
Thu 14 Oct, 2010 1:01 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 20/10 Decathlon
Replies: 21
Views: 10679

Re: 20/10 Decathlon

He certainly seems to be a big fan of this decathlon idea to find the best all-round puzzler. I remember a while back when I was in the habit of winding him up a little playing devil's advocate on his blog that he thought something like the decathlon was the best way to find the best athlete. Person...
by detuned
Tue 12 Oct, 2010 11:56 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: LMI October Puzzle Test 1 - Nikoli Selection
Replies: 24
Views: 12335

Re: LMI October Puzzle Test 1 - Nikoli Selection

I'm sure getting to this point now is fairly standard:
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second application of the trick:
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and then finally (there's a little thing to be careful with in the bottom right)
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by detuned
Tue 12 Oct, 2010 11:53 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: LMI October Puzzle Test 1 - Nikoli Selection
Replies: 24
Views: 12335

Re: LMI October Puzzle Test 1 - Nikoli Selection

Gareth - the first shaded squares I intend to be shaded are in the top left box - I'm fairly impressed you've got the second four-room down solved without to be honest. Here's my model solution: The top left is immediately forced, by the logic above: a.png Which ever way the second 2x2 subroom goes,...
by detuned
Tue 12 Oct, 2010 10:11 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: WPC Website up!
Replies: 28
Views: 32875

Re: WPC Website up!

David,

I saw Simon at the Times championship a couple of weeks back. As always I think his work keeps him pretty busy, but he did say he keeps an eye on things.
by detuned
Tue 12 Oct, 2010 2:17 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Bulgarian Puzzle Championships 2010
Replies: 13
Views: 7214

Re: Bulgarian Puzzle Championships 2010

I fudged my way through some of the ones I thought I might be able to identify the rules of last night (not against the clock) - I had these printed out without any reference to Ronald's translation here. Some were fairly gentle I thought, eg the ABCD, the snail sudoku thing, differing neighbours an...
by detuned
Mon 11 Oct, 2010 5:52 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Logic Masters Deutschland Zwilings Comp
Replies: 4
Views: 3186

Re: Logic Masters Deutschland Zwilings Comp

I'll give this a go when I get the chance :)
by detuned
Mon 11 Oct, 2010 5:49 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: LMI October Puzzle Test 1 - Nikoli Selection
Replies: 24
Views: 12335

Re: LMI October Puzzle Test 1 - Nikoli Selection

Gareth - there was definitely logic to the heyawake. The main technique came twice with the 2x5 room in the top and bottom left corners. (And here I'm assuming with the bottom left room you get to the bit where the top row of the room is confirmed to be empty). At first it seems there are lots of wa...
by detuned
Mon 11 Oct, 2010 5:06 pm
Forum: General Puzzle Discussions
Topic: Nurikabe setting
Replies: 3
Views: 3820

Re: Nurikabe setting

Well - as I discovered to my peril with the LMI thing - you have to be a bit careful at the end to make sure that everything connects up, but generally you should be fine with set as you solve. Also there are plenty of nikoli nurikabe that aren't necessarily symmetric. I don't think that many of the...
by detuned
Mon 11 Oct, 2010 1:41 pm
Forum: General Puzzle Discussions
Topic: Nurikabe setting
Replies: 3
Views: 3820

Re: Nurikabe setting

I really enjoy setting nurikabe - I do it really intuitively, almost as if I was solving the puzzle whislt setting it. I basically throw in some initial clues, see what the implications for shading in squares is, and then go on from there adding new clues. You can then iterate this entirely linearly...
by detuned
Mon 11 Oct, 2010 11:59 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: LMI October Puzzle Test 1 - Nikoli Selection
Replies: 24
Views: 12335

Re: LMI October Puzzle Test 1 - Nikoli Selection

Nice to see some new names under the UK banner! Tom, well done on your first contest! I hope you aren't too disheartened by the errors - pass the buck on to your test solvers! Disappointed, but not disheartened :) The main thing from my point of view actually was messing up the heyawake. Modulo the...
by detuned
Sat 09 Oct, 2010 4:59 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: LMI October Puzzle Test 1 - Nikoli Selection
Replies: 24
Views: 12335

Re: LMI October Puzzle Test 1 - Nikoli Selection

So I'm in a very conservative mood - I'm not going to post this at LMI until it's been confirmed that this is indeed error free - but here is the heyawake and the answer. I believe this is good - although I thought that about the first one too :roll:


Puzzle
Solution
by detuned
Sat 09 Oct, 2010 3:28 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: LMI October Puzzle Test 1 - Nikoli Selection
Replies: 24
Views: 12335

Re: LMI October Puzzle Test 1 - Nikoli Selection

Naturally I'm a little disappointed with the way things have turned out, but I'm currently trying to fix the marathon heyawake. The nurikabe error was entirely stupid, and I guess I just can't make numberlink!

Glad everything else was fun though :)