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by drsteve
Sat 09 Apr, 2016 5:00 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: LMI Puzzle Marathon 2016 - 1st to 12th April
Replies: 7
Views: 7090

Re: LMI Puzzle Marathon 2016 - 1st to 12th April

Not sure I'm going to complete ten of these (not with the LMD contest as well) but enjoying them so far...
by drsteve
Mon 07 Mar, 2016 9:17 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: @ukpuzzles Twitter Account
Replies: 2
Views: 6725

@ukpuzzles Twitter Account

Just to let people know that I'm going to be maintaining the UKPA twitter account, @ukpuzzles If you follow it, then you'll get reminders of upcoming and current puzzle competitions, announcements of UK puzzling interest and a modicum of additional puzzle tweets. Don't worry if you think you'll get ...
by drsteve
Thu 03 Mar, 2016 3:14 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UK Open Puzzle & Sudoku Tournaments
Replies: 26
Views: 26213

Re: UK Open Puzzle & Sudoku Tournaments

Let me reiterate the thanks to Liane for all her efforts. A great job as always.
by drsteve
Wed 24 Feb, 2016 7:37 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UK Open Puzzle & Sudoku Tournaments
Replies: 26
Views: 26213

Re: UK Open Puzzle & Sudoku Tournaments

a) - It will be enough to mark the loop. b) - It is a single edge of a single cell so you can't have a piece wrapping round another in any way. Any other questions welcome here beforehand. So just to confirm, you can't have, say, the I and the L touching along a long side, e.g. I I I I I LLLL L if ...
by drsteve
Wed 24 Feb, 2016 12:00 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: WPF Puzzle GP 2016
Replies: 22
Views: 14806

Re: WPF Puzzle GP 2016

I really enjoyed the casual section - and none of the puzzles therein would be out of place in a WPC. Which again raises the question, why have such a divide? I'd much prefer the variety of that section to the Kropki-and-snake-athon (probably my least favourite puzzles...)
by drsteve
Tue 23 Feb, 2016 8:08 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UK Open Puzzle & Sudoku Tournaments
Replies: 26
Views: 26213

Re: UK Open Puzzle & Sudoku Tournaments

Two questions on Round 2 of the puzzle comp.

In Filled Loop :

a) do the pentominos need to be marked or is the loop enough?

b) does a single edge mean a single square?

Or are we leaving qns until we're on site?
by drsteve
Tue 16 Feb, 2016 11:33 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: WPF Puzzle GP 2016
Replies: 22
Views: 14806

Re: WPF Puzzle GP 2016

To add my opinion to the Kropki-athon, I don't really see the divide between competition and non-competition puzzles here - all of the first half have been WPC puzzles in the past apart from Old Maid and some look more interesting than the competitive ones which are same old, same old. I still fail ...
by drsteve
Tue 26 Jan, 2016 8:23 pm
Forum: Puzzle Links
Topic: croco-puzzle
Replies: 696
Views: 371520

Re: croco-puzzle

I thought the Masyu app was a bit odd - kept putting crosses on the grid if the mouse twitched the wrong way. All the rest seem to be working fine, with some interesting puzzles too.
by drsteve
Tue 26 Jan, 2016 2:55 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: WPF Puzzle GP 2016
Replies: 22
Views: 14806

Re: WPF Puzzle GP 2016

Did the best I could with a stinking head cold but that performance wasn't going to set the world on fire. And I really didn't like the Comp/Non-comp divide. The point balance on the two sets of puzzles didn't seem desperately equitable - 16 pt for sequence 2 vs Four winds 3 but there is a gulf of d...
by drsteve
Mon 16 Nov, 2015 7:27 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: [SOTR] Nikoli Hurdles 3
Replies: 9
Views: 7885

Re: [SOTR] Nikoli Hurdles 3

All done here - some lovely puzzles.
by drsteve
Sun 08 Nov, 2015 6:25 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: LMI - Puzzle Ramayan & IPC Qualifiers : September - March
Replies: 28
Views: 24519

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

Loved that round - nearly got the hard magnets but found the Hashi near inpenetrable for some reason.
by drsteve
Sat 24 Oct, 2015 4:55 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: UK wins the senior category for WSC and WPC
Replies: 12
Views: 13830

Re: UK wins the senior category for WSC and WPC

Congrats to everyone - and if someone could remind me if I'm paid up or not, that'd be handy :)
by drsteve
Tue 04 Aug, 2015 2:48 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2015 Puzzle GP
Replies: 59
Views: 40052

Re: 2015 Puzzle GP

While we wait for the results to round 8, did anyone else find the points allocation a bit... strange. The two Kakuro's weren't that bad, imho, and I'm no Kakuro expert. Maybe with more experience of the puzzle I'd have knocked off the Japanese Arrows with less difficulty but as it was, I didn't rea...
by drsteve
Thu 11 Jun, 2015 8:47 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2015 Puzzle GP
Replies: 59
Views: 40052

Re: 2015 Puzzle GP

Quite pleased with that one given that it contained a whole bunch of my less favourite puzzles. Curious though - did anyone else find the opening Japanese Sums harder than the closing ones?
by drsteve
Sat 16 May, 2015 5:38 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2015 Puzzle GP
Replies: 59
Views: 40052

Re: 2015 Puzzle GP

PuzzleScot wrote:Results are up. http://gp.worldpuzzle.org/content/offic ... puzzle-5-0

Well done again to James on another top 10 finish.
Curious what happened to Neil though - much as I'd like to think that I beat him fair and square, I presume that his computer exploded or something
by drsteve
Sun 08 Jun, 2014 6:26 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Swiss WPC Qualifier
Replies: 1
Views: 2890

Swiss WPC Qualifier

No one seems to have mentioned this one - it's over at logicmaster.de and you've got about four hours left to do it. It's well worth doing as well...
by drsteve
Sat 17 May, 2014 2:11 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2014 USPC and USSQ
Replies: 4
Views: 4745

Re: 2014 USPC and USSQ

Not just a shame for your third of the world, James. To be honest, with it's fixed start time, this has become a low priority for me.
by drsteve
Mon 21 Apr, 2014 9:00 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: CrocoMarathon 2014
Replies: 2
Views: 3058

Re: CrocoMarathon 2014

Phew - finished it. Just to give people an idea of how long they might need to put aside to do all 120, my overall time was just over five hours...
by drsteve
Mon 31 Mar, 2014 11:37 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UKPA Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournaments 29-30 March, 2014
Replies: 27
Views: 22279

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

Let me add my congratulations and thanks to all of the organisers, especially Liane. No spoilers, but I think everyone will enjoy the puzzles in whatever form they are reproduced.

And the hotel was great, especially the food.
by drsteve
Wed 26 Mar, 2014 4:05 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UKPA Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournaments 29-30 March, 2014
Replies: 27
Views: 22279

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

A question concerning the Chess Pieces round

In the puzzle "King Me", do all of the words have to be located AND the missing one identified or does one need to only identify the missing one? Just a little wary of 20% of the points potentially being available for a guess...
by drsteve
Sat 08 Feb, 2014 9:04 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 14th 24 hour puzzle championship
Replies: 25
Views: 16843

Re: 14th 24 hour puzzle championship

One day this will coincide with my school holidays... Never mind. Hope it all goes well
by drsteve
Sun 03 Nov, 2013 7:00 pm
Forum: Puzzle Links
Topic: croco-puzzle
Replies: 696
Views: 371520

Re: croco-puzzle

Looks like I'm being dim - where is the downloadable puzzle? Or is that bit not working yet? Still under construction. If I manage to finish programming today, then there will be a Ü2 for testing purpose tomorrow. Thanks, Berni. The first three puzzles were great, by the way. Just the right level o...
by drsteve
Sun 03 Nov, 2013 2:42 pm
Forum: Puzzle Links
Topic: croco-puzzle
Replies: 696
Views: 371520

Re: croco-puzzle

Looks like I'm being dim - where is the downloadable puzzle? Or is that bit not working yet?
by drsteve
Sun 13 Oct, 2013 12:43 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: WPC Practice Test
Replies: 1
Views: 2866

Re: WPC Practice Test

A lovely set of puzzles and a lot of fun. And I did pretty well on it...
by drsteve
Sun 28 Apr, 2013 5:32 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: German Puzzle championship
Replies: 26
Views: 11512

Re: German Puzzle championship

Well that was fun - first online competition for ages, and feeling the rustiness.