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by detuned
Mon 15 Nov, 2010 11:01 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: LMI November Sudoku Contest (13-14 Nov 2010)
Replies: 17
Views: 11267

Re: LMI November Sudoku Contest (13-14 Nov 2010)

A nice set of puzzles, although perhaps saved far too late (early?) in the night, I was definitely snoozing off towards the end! I'll claim an unofficial score of 410 + whatever small bonus that'd have given me. The two that gave me the most trouble were the irregular and the shifted puzzles. The sh...
by detuned
Mon 15 Nov, 2010 12:01 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: LMI November Sudoku Contest (13-14 Nov 2010)
Replies: 17
Views: 11267

Re: LMI November Sudoku Contest (13-14 Nov 2010)

gah...couldn't find the time gap today that would've allowed me to participate on this one, which is a bit gutting seeing as now I have the time the contest is about to finish. I'll give it a go now whilst everything is fresh and I can join in the discussion!
by detuned
Tue 09 Nov, 2010 2:21 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 1st UKPA Sudoku Championship
Replies: 74
Views: 60367

Re: 1st UKPA Sudoku Championship

Anyone wanting to brush up on sudoku and variants in a fairly competitive setting, I have to point in the direction of fed sudoku (something like http://www.fed-sudoku.eu or something). Daily puzzles solved in sick times by some people - including many participants of this championship :) - as well ...
by detuned
Mon 08 Nov, 2010 11:43 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 1st UKPA Sudoku Championship
Replies: 74
Views: 60367

Re: 1st UKPA Sudoku Championship

And aside from Alan, I shouldn't mention the hard and tireless work of those who tested and made numerous improving suggestions along the way. These especially include Mike Colloby (our secretary), David McNeill and Jason Zuffranieri!
by detuned
Mon 08 Nov, 2010 11:32 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 1st UKPA Sudoku Championship
Replies: 74
Views: 60367

Re: 1st UKPA Sudoku Championship

First off, a big thanks to everyone who had a go at this, and especially to those of you who have been generous with your feedback. For myself, I wish to apologise for having a limited forum presence for the duration of this competition. Unfortunately I have had very limited internet access over the...
by detuned
Mon 08 Nov, 2010 11:22 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Rundwege-Wettbewerb [Loop contest] (6-7 Nov 2010)
Replies: 11
Views: 5761

Re: Rundwege-Wettbewerb [Loop contest] (6-7 Nov 2010)

I generally like loop puzzles so was gutted to have heavily restricted internet access this weekend or else I'd have competed. Look forward to spending an evening on this one at some point this week though :)
by detuned
Sat 06 Nov, 2010 1:57 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 1st UKPA Sudoku Championship
Replies: 74
Views: 60367

Re: 1st UKPA Sudoku Championship

Thanks again Fred, I'm afraid I can't take any credit for the wonderful technological job Alan has done on this whole project...i hope you enjoyed the puzzles though :)
by detuned
Sat 06 Nov, 2010 12:13 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 1st UKPA Sudoku Championship
Replies: 74
Views: 60367

Re: 1st UKPA Sudoku Championship

Glad to have a happy camper on board :) and good luck for the German competition!
by detuned
Thu 04 Nov, 2010 7:38 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 1st UKPA Sudoku Championship
Replies: 74
Views: 60367

Re: 1st UKPA Sudoku Championship

Erratum Announcement there is a quick errata with regards to the sudoku islands instructions. In particular everyone should note that there can be no 2x2 blocks of unshaded squares The correct instructions should read: Place the digits 1-5 in the grid such that each digit appears exactly once in ea...
by detuned
Thu 04 Nov, 2010 5:31 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 1st UKPA Sudoku Championship
Replies: 74
Views: 60367

Re: 1st UKPA Sudoku Championship

I won't comment on the difficulty of the classic puzzles beyond saying that none of them (in my opinion) are at the point of being so hard it's quicker to guess. This is probably true (in my opinion) of the other puzzles too! Of course, your own particular mileage might vary! I will say that the dia...
by detuned
Tue 02 Nov, 2010 2:35 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: 1st UKPA Sudoku Championship
Replies: 1
Views: 3272

Re: 1st UKPA Sudoku Championship

To clarify - the highest scoring British participant will be awarded the title - although international participation is actively encouraged!
by detuned
Mon 01 Nov, 2010 7:34 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 1st UKPA Sudoku Championship
Replies: 74
Views: 60367

Re: 1st UKPA Sudoku Championship

A typo, naturally :roll: - I will fix this (again!) soon. You are most helpful Fred :) It's just as well the puzzles have been done and tested for ages - I suppose it's better to be having all these issues with the instructions rather than the actual competition file. Mind you, our guys who were at ...
by detuned
Sun 31 Oct, 2010 6:39 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 1st UKPA Sudoku Championship
Replies: 74
Views: 60367

Re: 1st UKPA Sudoku Championship

Fred - the answer key for islands is simply a string of 5 numbers that are in the relevant row/column. I wil make this clear in the redo of the instructions later. Thanks!
by detuned
Sun 31 Oct, 2010 6:28 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 1st UKPA Sudoku Championship
Replies: 74
Views: 60367

Re: 1st UKPA Sudoku Championship

Fred you are right. I did the no touch in a rush - I tok my favourite grid which I know works and simply left in a large number of clues which I then quickly rushed through and it seemed to work ok.

I will be back at home in a few hours time, so expect some amendments to the instructions then!
by detuned
Sat 30 Oct, 2010 8:22 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 1st UKPA Sudoku Championship
Replies: 74
Views: 60367

Re: 1st UKPA Sudoku Championship

Yeah that's right - the eight main regions only take up 80 squares, so there's necessarily one left over!
by detuned
Thu 28 Oct, 2010 5:12 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: World Puzzle Championships 2010 :D (Team Diary)
Replies: 53
Views: 22852

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

Yup, I'm definitely a Brit. There's definitely no comparison between motris and I solving-wise (except maybe in a one-off sudoku puzzle). Authoring-wise, I suppose we are both called Tom and we both do Friday Puzzles (mine was definitely first 8-) ). His puzzles are generally more "challenging" - no...
by detuned
Thu 28 Oct, 2010 1:25 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: WPC 2010 Finals Update
Replies: 3
Views: 3091

Re: WPC 2010 Finals Update

edit: serious case of jumping the gun :)
by detuned
Thu 28 Oct, 2010 1:17 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: World Puzzle Championships 2010 :D (Team Diary)
Replies: 53
Views: 22852

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

Out of interest - how is revealing the final scores a spoiler? Anyhow, well done guys. The schedule - as ever - looked gruellingly relentless, and I imagine there is some advantage in being able to keep up a concentration span across all the rounds. And never underestimate the effect that time press...
by detuned
Wed 27 Oct, 2010 12:53 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: World Puzzle Championship 2010 - the results thread.
Replies: 14
Views: 8735

Re: World Puzzle Championship 2010 - the results thread.

I'm having a lot of fun following the results as they come out. Seems like it's a 3 way battle between Thomas, Ulrich and Hideaki (hardly a surprise really). I suspect the team title will be a battle between their respective countries so far. has anyone had a chance to speak with any of them, or at ...
by detuned
Wed 27 Oct, 2010 12:49 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: World Puzzle Championships 2010 :D (Team Diary)
Replies: 53
Views: 22852

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

Cheers for the update Steve. That breakfast sounds hideous! I hope that things are going more smoothly today.
by detuned
Wed 27 Oct, 2010 12:47 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 1st UKPA Sudoku Championship
Replies: 74
Views: 60367

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: 22852

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: 8735

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: 22852

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: 22852

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 :)