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by nickdeller
Mon 02 Apr, 2012 12:28 pm
Forum: Daily Puzzles
Topic: Any interest in a UK croco-puzzle ladder?
Replies: 592
Views: 339898

Re: Any interest in a UK croco-puzzle ladder?

Hello! I've been away celebrating my wedding anniversary with my wife. An excellent choice of person to celebrate it with. :-D afcwarren 4 oenomel 4 after extra time, excluding bye day; afcwarren wins on total time (but it's close!) ...and this is what happens when oenomel forgets that there was a ...
by nickdeller
Sun 25 Mar, 2012 9:24 pm
Forum: Daily Puzzles
Topic: Any interest in a UK croco-puzzle ladder?
Replies: 592
Views: 339898

Re: Any interest in a UK croco-puzzle ladder?

May I have a recount please? puzzlemad didn't record a time on Monday's Laser, and I think that should mean I take the tiebreak on the "Any solve is better than no solve" rule?
by nickdeller
Sun 18 Mar, 2012 10:01 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 1. Croco-Rätselwettbewerb (17-18 Mar 2012)
Replies: 5
Views: 3021

Re: 1. Croco-Rätselwettbewerb (17-18 Mar 2012)

Nice puzzles, and the weirdest printer problem I've ever had to contend with - every single character in the puzzle graphics looked fine on screen, but printed out shifted up one ASCII code! A's came out as B, 45 came out as 56, ? came out as @... absolutely wrecked me for solving at my best, but I ...
by nickdeller
Mon 30 Jan, 2012 12:07 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: LMI Puzzle Marathon
Replies: 21
Views: 13499

Re: LMI Puzzle Marathon

Set about the task too late to complete it! Left myself Pentominoes, Kakuro and Braille to round up yesterday evening, had to bifurcate on the Pentominoes and established after two hours that neither fork worked... so didn't bother to attempt the other two! Nice puzzles though. Had great fun with th...
by nickdeller
Thu 26 Jan, 2012 12:37 pm
Forum: Daily Puzzles
Topic: Any interest in a UK croco-puzzle ladder?
Replies: 592
Views: 339898

Re: Any interest in a UK croco-puzzle ladder?

Two things: 1) Put a link to Alan's page near the top of this page of comments: done. 2) Request for bye days on Thursday and Friday next week (2 and 3 February) please, and for the Monday (6 February) of the week following. I also won't be able to play a tie-breaker day next week, if one proves nec...
by nickdeller
Wed 14 Dec, 2011 10:16 pm
Forum: General Puzzle Discussions
Topic: Getting puzzles published nationally
Replies: 4
Views: 4598

Re: Getting puzzles published nationally

I shall post merely to say "hello!" and that I wish I could give a useful answer! I believe from communications since I left them that Puzzler Media retains an interest in holding the Tough Puzzles title and that it may someday see a revival (a lot of work was done on a pilot a couple of years ago, ...
by nickdeller
Sun 04 Dec, 2011 9:13 pm
Forum: Daily Puzzles
Topic: Any interest in a UK croco-puzzle ladder?
Replies: 592
Views: 339898

Re: Any interest in a UK croco-puzzle ladder?

Thinking slightly ahead, are we planning to take any time off around the Christmas and New Year period, or just plough on through regardless? I haven't got a preference either way myself, but perhaps some other players do?
by nickdeller
Tue 15 Nov, 2011 11:56 pm
Forum: Daily Puzzles
Topic: Any interest in a UK croco-puzzle ladder?
Replies: 592
Views: 339898

Re: Any interest in a UK croco-puzzle ladder?

May I retrospectively request Tuesday as a bye day as a courtesy to Liane, Chris? It looks like the "hopefully" from the Monday bye request didn't come to fruition, and it seems unfair for me to claim ladder points from the day in the circumstances.
by nickdeller
Wed 09 Nov, 2011 11:17 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Updates from Eger
Replies: 47
Views: 19411

Re: Updates from Eger

Ah, I remember the walking tour of Eger from last time round, and being introduced to the City of Culture logo that was the solution to a first round Paint It Black puzzle (hinthint - eyes peeled!) - good times! Enjoy the gathering and do the best you can do with the puzzles you're given!
by nickdeller
Sat 05 Nov, 2011 11:40 am
Forum: Daily Puzzles
Topic: Any interest in a UK croco-puzzle ladder?
Replies: 592
Views: 339898

Re: Any interest in a UK croco-puzzle ladder?

By my reckoning, 8 of the 11 uk-crocs have solved today's Bahnhofe so far, and everyone's in the top 56 of the 216 completed solves as I write. Is that as well as we've ever collectively done on a given puzzle, do you suppose? Well done everyone! Oh, and congrats to ronaldx - the target you set me i...
by nickdeller
Sat 22 Oct, 2011 3:17 pm
Forum: Daily Puzzles
Topic: Any interest in a UK croco-puzzle ladder?
Replies: 592
Views: 339898

Re: Any interest in a UK croco-puzzle ladder?

Unavailable next Saturday, so count this as a request for a total-time tie-break after Friday's puzzles if necessary.
by nickdeller
Wed 12 Oct, 2011 12:20 pm
Forum: General Puzzle Discussions
Topic: some sort of griddler code?
Replies: 8
Views: 6979

Re: some sort of griddler code?

I spent a while looking at this yesterday, and concluded that The Defender probably knows more clues than they've told us - and possibly hasn't recognised a clue as being a clue. :-) The stripey 'poles' in columns 8 and 32 look too pretty to be accidental, and it almost looks like if the strip gets ...
by nickdeller
Thu 22 Sep, 2011 10:07 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Reflections on the croco-puzzle ladder?
Replies: 47
Views: 21404

Re: Reflections on the croco-puzzle ladder?

I'm rather with Steve on this one, and this even after spending two hours of late-night hell on the Gebietsummen. :lol: Would it be too far off the mark to cap the differential between a pair of solvers on a single puzzle? Pulling some totally arbitrary numbers out of the air, a non-solve - or a pro...
by nickdeller
Wed 07 Sep, 2011 11:30 pm
Forum: Daily Puzzles
Topic: Any interest in a UK croco-puzzle ladder?
Replies: 592
Views: 339898

Re: Any interest in a UK croco-puzzle ladder?

Hmm, well at least this is topical... anyway it turns out I am back on the road Thursday evening rather than Friday morning, and as such will not have time for Fridays puzzles (which reminds me, I'm falling behind on my blog :shock: ). If at all possible, can I request a bye for Friday? I believe I...
by nickdeller
Mon 05 Sep, 2011 5:29 pm
Forum: General Puzzle Discussions
Topic: Press Attention
Replies: 26
Views: 20952

Re: Press Attention

I've heard a suggestion that one of the contestants on Only Connect tonight is one Ronald Stewart, formerly of this parish. No money in it, but there's an outside chance of publicity (more likely for the World Puzzle Championship than for the UKPA, at a guess) and for my licence fee it's currently ...
by nickdeller
Tue 30 Aug, 2011 1:04 am
Forum: Puzzle (incl. Sudoku) Rules & Tips
Topic: 2011 USPC Walkthrough guide.
Replies: 24
Views: 35747

Re: 2011 USPC Walkthrough guide.

#20 Jumping Crossword Instinct is to start with longest words, but in this instance look elsewhere for a start... Two of relatively few 4-letter entries are placed with no gaps at all, so candidate positions may be tightly constrained by intersecting words. I started to place 5 letters words in the...
by nickdeller
Tue 30 Aug, 2011 12:56 am
Forum: Puzzle (incl. Sudoku) Rules & Tips
Topic: 2011 USPC Walkthrough guide.
Replies: 24
Views: 35747

Re: 2011 USPC Walkthrough guide.

#21 - Hungarian Tapa [Cols A-J, rows 1-10 top to bottom] To fulfil clue E1, cells D2/E2/F1 are on the tapa. F1=1. D2/E2 sum to 11, so are 5+6. To connect F1 to the rest of the tapa, G1 is on the tapa. To fulfil clue D1, cells C1/C2 are on the tapa. To fulfil clue A2, at least 3 surrounding cells mus...
by nickdeller
Mon 29 Aug, 2011 9:36 pm
Forum: Puzzle (incl. Sudoku) Rules & Tips
Topic: 2011 USPC Walkthrough guide.
Replies: 24
Views: 35747

Re: 2011 USPC Walkthrough guide.

#20 Jumping Crossword Notation: R1C1 is Row 1 Column 1, the top-left corner. Instinct is to start with longest words, but in this instance look elsewhere for a start... Two of relatively few 4-letter entries are placed with no gaps at all, so candidate positions may be tightly constrained by interse...
by nickdeller
Sun 28 Aug, 2011 8:56 pm
Forum: Puzzle (incl. Sudoku) Rules & Tips
Topic: 2011 USPC Walkthrough guide.
Replies: 24
Views: 35747

Re: 2011 USPC Walkthrough guide.

#9 Crack It On Grid notation: AR1C1 is Row 1 Column 1 (top left) of Grid A - both grids are deemed to be on a 6x6 squared subgrid. First note that all words in the list begin with AEGHPRST. Find candidate words for R1 and C1 in the two grids; these must contain only AEGHPRST, and are: EAGER, EARTH, ...
by nickdeller
Sun 28 Aug, 2011 7:51 pm
Forum: Puzzle (incl. Sudoku) Rules & Tips
Topic: 2011 USPC Walkthrough guide.
Replies: 24
Views: 35747

Re: 2011 USPC Walkthrough guide.

# 13: Corral Cell refs: R1C1 is row 1 column 1 is the top left corner. I shade cells inside the loop, and mark a clear slash in those outside it. Here I'll indicate that as I(nside) and O(utside) respectively. I find the loop lines themselves are somewhat incidental to the solving process, though th...
by nickdeller
Sat 27 Aug, 2011 9:28 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: US Puzzle Championship (27 Aug 2011 1pm ET)
Replies: 48
Views: 22677

Re: US Puzzle Championship (27 Aug 2011 1pm ET)

I claim 92, and am cross with myself - looking back at my wad of paper, I have 4 solves, a partial solve (on the Spot The Difference), 5 other attempted and unfinished - and TWELVE puzzles that I never even glanced at. I think this fully justifies my inclusion in the cheering squad back at home. :-)
by nickdeller
Sun 21 Aug, 2011 9:12 pm
Forum: Daily Puzzles
Topic: Any interest in a UK croco-puzzle ladder?
Replies: 592
Views: 339898

Re: Any interest in a UK croco-puzzle ladder?

Note to self: ignore fact that playing against detuned in future, esp. on small-grid sudoku variants. Absolutely legendary choke on the Killer, mostly due to rushing it! :oops:
by nickdeller
Sat 06 Aug, 2011 7:59 pm
Forum: Daily Puzzles
Topic: Any interest in a UK croco-puzzle ladder?
Replies: 592
Views: 339898

Re: Any interest in a UK croco-puzzle ladder?

I believe that's a fairly clear win for rodders on total times - in which case, well done! What a difference it makes when you forget to mark one black square in a Japanese Sums...
by nickdeller
Sun 31 Jul, 2011 8:10 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: LMI July Puzzle Contest (30-31 July 2011)
Replies: 24
Views: 11323

Re: LMI July Puzzle Contest (30-31 July 2011)

Of course, it *would* be the highest value puzzle I solved that had my only answer key FAIL in it. :(

Which in turn serves me right for solving it in a way that was almost guaranteed to throw me off-stride when extracting the answer key! :roll: Nice set, though!
by nickdeller
Fri 22 Jul, 2011 11:28 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Diogen Variations Contest 3 (Scrabble) 23 Apr 2011
Replies: 5
Views: 3672

Re: Diogen Variations Contest 3 (Scrabble) 23 Apr 2011

The relevance of Scrabble to this forum is very tenuous, but as the question's been asked and it's my home turf - I can wholeheartedly recommend www.isc.ro, and apart from some annoyances on start-up (and giving you infinite attempts until you hit a valid play) there's really very little wrong with ...