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by GarethMoore
Mon 01 May, 2017 4:15 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Bot registrations
Replies: 11
Views: 23216

Re: Bot registrations

In this (rare?) case account confirmation by the admin would not work either, because there are real people doing the registration. A better way could be that the very first message of a new subscriber needs approval by the admin (phpBB supports that). The problem is that the UKPA mailing list is e...
by GarethMoore
Sun 05 Feb, 2017 11:40 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2017 Puzzle GP
Replies: 41
Views: 51652

Re: 2017 Puzzle GP

There should be no lenience on answer keys - it's incredibly unfair once you start giving any credit for wrong keys, as I think anyone who has ever run a tournament would agree. Why should someone who took the time to check be penalised in favour of someone who didn't bother?
by GarethMoore
Wed 01 Feb, 2017 5:47 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2017 Puzzle GP
Replies: 41
Views: 51652

Re: 2017 Puzzle GP

I didn't look at the C puzzles, but didn't really spot a massive step up in difficulty between A and B. Apart from being supposed to be easier, the B puzzles are also all meant to be standard types rather than variants. The idea is that you aren't penalized so much for not having a lot of experienc...
by GarethMoore
Thu 26 Jan, 2017 11:49 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2017 Puzzle GP
Replies: 41
Views: 51652

Re: 2017 Puzzle GP

You have a separate time limit for each division you choose to do, as Alan says. The reason for the new structure is to make it much easier for new puzzlers to get involved. At the moment most online competitions are set to challenge the very best solvers, with relatively few easy puzzles. Hopefully...
by GarethMoore
Wed 25 Jan, 2017 2:20 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2017 Puzzle GP
Replies: 41
Views: 51652

Re: 2017 Puzzle GP

The rules state: Class B participants are those who qualify for at least one of the following conditions and do not qualify for any of the conditions for Class A: Finished in the top 100 ranking for the 2015 Puzzle GP Finished in the top 250 ranking for the 2016 Puzzle GP Competitive Section Compete...
by GarethMoore
Tue 26 Jul, 2016 12:25 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Comparing the difficulty of the UKPC from year to year
Replies: 4
Views: 12006

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 crossove...
by GarethMoore
Thu 21 Jul, 2016 1:03 pm
Forum: General Puzzle Discussions
Topic: English name?
Replies: 4
Views: 12000

Re: English name?

Interestingly, I see that Puzzler use the term 'fitword' when they place the puzzles on a crossword grid, and 'kriss-kross' when they are free-form:
http://www.puzzler.com/puzzles-a-z/fitword

Not sure anyone else makes that distinction, though!
by GarethMoore
Wed 20 Jul, 2016 3:15 am
Forum: General Puzzle Discussions
Topic: English name?
Replies: 4
Views: 12000

Re: English name?

Fit Word is common too. And kriss-kross is usually spelled Criss-cross if you're not Puzzler.
by GarethMoore
Sun 20 Mar, 2016 8:00 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Loop Pool at LMI this weekend
Replies: 1
Views: 7293

Loop Pool at LMI this weekend

If you haven't tried the LMI Loop Pool 'fun' contest this weekend, it is actually good fun. There's no time limit, so you can take as long as you like. It uses six of the loop variants from their previous puzzle contest to form one big loop puzzle. http://logicmastersindia.com/2016/03F2/ It's open u...
by GarethMoore
Wed 02 Mar, 2016 12:09 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: World Puzzle and Sudoku Championship 2016
Replies: 0
Views: 7051

World Puzzle and Sudoku Championship 2016

The official website for this year's WPC and WSC is now available: http://slovakia2016.org/

Questions about the WPC/WSC should be posted on the WPF forum: http://forum.worldpuzzle.org/viewforum.php?f=17
by GarethMoore
Wed 02 Mar, 2016 12:08 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: LMI - Puzzle Ramayan & IPC Qualifiers : September - March
Replies: 28
Views: 48232

Re: LMI - Puzzle Ramayan & IPC Qualifiers : September - Marc

Wish I'd read that 5 minutes ago! :)

Turns out the LMI site does not allow you to start competitions with less than the full time available, so it won't let me start with a time 5 minutes under that otherwise allotted. That's probably a good thing in general, mind.
by GarethMoore
Mon 29 Feb, 2016 4:10 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: LMI - Puzzle Ramayan & IPC Qualifiers : September - March
Replies: 28
Views: 48232

Re: LMI - Puzzle Ramayan & IPC Qualifiers : September - Marc

Just to add to what Alan and Prasanna said above, if you post on the LMI contest-specific forum then your post will show up immediately for people who have already entered the competition, but won't show up for anyone else until the competition is over. But apart from on that special LMI forum, sinc...
by GarethMoore
Tue 27 Oct, 2015 5:41 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: UK wins the senior category for WSC and WPC
Replies: 12
Views: 27671

Re: UK wins the senior category for WSC and WPC

Apart from a few people who have standing orders, most people last paid the summer before last after Mike made the year from July 2014 to July 2015 free since we were hosting the WSC/WPC. I need to send people requests for payment for the current year starting from this summer through until next sum...
by GarethMoore
Mon 14 Sep, 2015 1:22 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: The Times Sudoku Championship 2015
Replies: 13
Views: 21723

Re: The Times Sudoku Championship 2015

I'm not holding out too much hope for the Times coverage: the reporter rang up this morning wanting extra details to develop an "angle" for the story. I struggled to contain my laughter when he asked whether there was anything interesting about me! http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/puzzles/article45558...
by GarethMoore
Fri 24 Jul, 2015 11:46 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UK Sudoku Championship 2015
Replies: 21
Views: 33277

Re: UK Sudoku Championship 2015

You should have received an email about the contest on 21st of June, and a reminder on the 4th of July. If not, check your spam folder! :)
by GarethMoore
Fri 24 Jul, 2015 11:44 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UK Puzzle Championship 2015
Replies: 20
Views: 39465

Re: UK Puzzle Championship 2015

You should have had an email reminder - all signed up users had a reminder.
by GarethMoore
Mon 11 May, 2015 12:19 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2015 UK Open Sudoku and UK Open Puzzle Tournaments
Replies: 32
Views: 50148

Re: 2015 UK Open Sudoku and UK Open Puzzle Tournaments

This question was asked at the event, and it was said that they would not be released afterwards. If you want to do the competition rounds, you have to come to the on-site event. ;)
by GarethMoore
Fri 06 Feb, 2015 7:06 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: [SOTR] Sudoku Excavation
Replies: 3
Views: 9428

Re: [SOTR] Sudoku Excavation

Yes, the book arrived mid-week as Liane says so I put one on every seat for the final WPC gala dinner. This is the one: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mammoth-Book-New-Sudoku-Skyscraper/dp/1472100220/ It's one of my favourite books - 495 puzzles with nearly 150 different Sudoku variants (25 major variants).
by GarethMoore
Mon 12 Jan, 2015 4:16 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: 2015 UK Open Sudoku and UK Open Puzzle Tournaments
Replies: 9
Views: 22330

Re: 2015 UK Open Sudoku and UK Open Puzzle Tournaments

Accommodation will be at the hotel, and there is also accommodation being arranged for the Friday night for those who want it too. I certainly plan to get there on the Friday evening to avoid early morning travel on Saturday! :)
by GarethMoore
Sun 31 Aug, 2014 11:58 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: The Times Sudoku Championship 2014
Replies: 12
Views: 19279

Re: The Times Sudoku Championship 2014

detuned wrote:Times article (subscription only): http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/puzzles/s ... 192619.ece
I presume the puzzles were actually 9x9, not 8x8 as claimed in the article? ("If just one of the 64 squares is blank, or filled with an incorrect number, they’ve failed.")
by GarethMoore
Thu 15 May, 2014 11:22 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UKPA Puzzle Championship 2014
Replies: 34
Views: 53473

Re: UKPA Puzzle Championship 2014

detuned wrote:I've genuinely learned something here - I never knew medicament was a word! ;)
Wow, me neither! Although to make sense in the context of pills, it really should say medicine instead by the look of it.
by GarethMoore
Wed 26 Mar, 2014 5:46 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UKPA Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournaments 29-30 March, 2014
Replies: 27
Views: 47657

Re: UKPA Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournaments 29-30 March, 201

In "Build a maze", round 2, is marking in the solution path to the maze sufficient? This isn't shown in the example, but if you draw the solution path but don't mark all walls is that still valid? Obviously only so long as the actual solution is correctly and unambiguously shown?
by GarethMoore
Fri 21 Mar, 2014 10:15 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UKPA Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournaments 29-30 March, 2014
Replies: 27
Views: 47657

Re: UKPA Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournaments 29-30 March, 201

Just to clarify, it's not a jigsaw product killer - it's a regular killer sudoku but with product operations, as in the instructions booklet. The arithmetic is pretty easy - you can trivially see if a number is divisible by 2 or 5 for example, whereas with adding you need to mess about and see wheth...
by GarethMoore
Fri 21 Mar, 2014 12:37 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UKPA Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournaments 29-30 March, 2014
Replies: 27
Views: 47657

Re: UKPA Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournaments 29-30 March, 201

I am minded to ask the organisers if non-maths-graduates are allowed to bring a calculator to help with the Product Killer multiplications? I'm rubbish at mental arithmetic, but product-based puzzles are often easier than summation ones, in my experience. If you try some product puzzles you'll see ...
by GarethMoore
Thu 20 Mar, 2014 1:36 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UKPA Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournaments 29-30 March, 2014
Replies: 27
Views: 47657

Re: UKPA Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournaments 29-30 March, 201

The file is large because it contains giant (but fuzzy) full-colour bitmaps. You can fix this by changing the PDF image compression options, so I've fixed this in the attached version, which is much smaller, and I've also corrected the Trio Sudoku example which was in fact for a Little Killer Trio S...