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by nickdeller
Sat 22 Jan, 2011 10:03 pm
Forum: Puzzle (incl. Sudoku) Rules & Tips
Topic: General Puzzle Rules & Definitions
Replies: 7
Views: 15650

Re: General Puzzle Rules & Definitions

I think it's best not to try to encapsulate "connected by an edge" and "touching at a point" into single words - it's clearer just to use the extra couple of words and take those two phrases (or some very similar construction) exactly as they stand. Yesno?
by nickdeller
Fri 21 Jan, 2011 11:47 pm
Forum: Puzzle (incl. Sudoku) Rules & Tips
Topic: Masyu
Replies: 10
Views: 18733

Re: Masyu

Steve - it's already there in the final line, but as you missed it, it might still not be obvious enough... ;) Will probably do no harm to mention it more than once, so I'll formulate an amendment later in the weekend.
by nickdeller
Thu 20 Jan, 2011 8:38 pm
Forum: Puzzle (incl. Sudoku) Rules & Tips
Topic: Masyu
Replies: 10
Views: 18733

Re: Masyu

Amended.

Interesting question regarding cells/squares, and as you can tell I don't have a strong view on it! What's the general view - is it better to use 'cells' or to use the shape in the particular grid we're working with?
by nickdeller
Tue 18 Jan, 2011 3:50 pm
Forum: Puzzle (incl. Sudoku) Rules & Tips
Topic: Anglers
Replies: 2
Views: 10046

Re: Anglers

I've had a shot at it, but I think we can still do better. :-)
by nickdeller
Tue 18 Jan, 2011 3:41 pm
Forum: Puzzle (incl. Sudoku) Rules & Tips
Topic: Akari (aka Light Up)
Replies: 2
Views: 10590

Re: Akari (aka Light Up)

Thanks Mephisto,

I've slightly adapted your suggestion to split rule 1 into two rules. Does that seem OK?
by nickdeller
Tue 18 Jan, 2011 3:33 pm
Forum: Puzzle (incl. Sudoku) Rules & Tips
Topic: Slalom (aka Gokigen)
Replies: 23
Views: 270009

Re: Slalom (aka Gokigen)

Thanks all. I'll leave the heading as 'Slalom' pending the perfect name emerging, and I think it needs to remain in the 'also known as'. As we have prior published examples using 'Slants' as the English-language name though, I reckon that's probably the front-runner.
by nickdeller
Wed 12 Jan, 2011 2:42 pm
Forum: Puzzle Links
Topic: croco-puzzle
Replies: 696
Views: 382281

Re: croco-puzzle

David,

As the puzzle's still 'live', I'll only make the most vague of comment - but yes, I think you're right, it's just actually applying it that gives me the problems. :-)
by nickdeller
Wed 12 Jan, 2011 12:19 pm
Forum: Puzzle Links
Topic: croco-puzzle
Replies: 696
Views: 382281

Re: croco-puzzle

Phenomenal effort from Tom on today's Hashi! Poor Nick, a 60 second solve, and he gets -ve points! Oh well, I think that one's at least back up to -0 now. I just haven't developed a fast enough input technique for those "no puzzle at all" puzzles. It'll come! Pillen is obviously still my Big Proble...
by nickdeller
Mon 10 Jan, 2011 11:41 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Puzzle Jackpot - LMI January Puzzle Test on 8th/9th
Replies: 25
Views: 14129

Re: Puzzle Jackpot - LMI January Puzzle Test on 8th/9th

I'll be having an unofficial go at these at some point in the next few days. Would have entered properly, but I'm still on the way back following a nasty bout of post-Christmas flu, and I'm nowhere near ready for any full-on puzzling yet! :)
by nickdeller
Fri 24 Dec, 2010 12:17 am
Forum: Puzzle Links
Topic: croco-puzzle
Replies: 696
Views: 382281

Re: croco-puzzle

I got the most annoying you-know-what ever on the Pillen - multiple-clicked the centre of the final pill back to blank by accident, and had already hit Testen in a reasonably competitive time before the error had reached my screen. Oh well - the Masyu seems to more than make up for it. :-)
by nickdeller
Mon 20 Dec, 2010 12:15 am
Forum: Puzzle Links
Topic: croco-puzzle
Replies: 696
Views: 382281

Re: croco-puzzle

I'm too impatient to wait overnight for it to go formal, so congratulations to ronaldx on joining the ranks of the kyued!
by nickdeller
Sun 19 Dec, 2010 1:53 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Forsmarts 8th Anniversary 18th December 4pm
Replies: 6
Views: 3486

Re: Forsmarts 8th Anniversary 18th December 4pm

I don't know Neil personally, but he's commented on my blog a couple of times. Apparently he did countdown one year and did quite well. He did very well. Octochamp, got to the series semi-final, lost 98-88 on a ridiculously brilliantly solved conundrum to (at the time) the holder of the all-time re...
by nickdeller
Thu 16 Dec, 2010 7:58 pm
Forum: Puzzle (incl. Sudoku) Rules & Tips
Topic: Clouds (aka Radar)
Replies: 4
Views: 11686

Re: Clouds (aka Radar)

Less quick but done! I've also changed it to "square or rectangular" for clarity, although I recognise that squares are special-case rectangles. :D Edit: On reflection, I've also amended to use the word "cells" instead of "squares", and I think we probably ought to standardise on that usage everywhe...
by nickdeller
Thu 16 Dec, 2010 5:39 pm
Forum: Puzzle (incl. Sudoku) Rules & Tips
Topic: Clouds (aka Radar)
Replies: 4
Views: 11686

Re: Clouds (aka Radar)

Thanks Alan. Amended.
by nickdeller
Thu 16 Dec, 2010 4:44 pm
Forum: Puzzle (incl. Sudoku) Rules & Tips
Topic: Clouds (aka Radar)
Replies: 4
Views: 11686

Clouds (aka Radar)

My draft wording:

Fill some cells to create square or rectangular 'clouds' - each one at least two cells high and two cells wide - into the grid so that no two clouds touch each other, even diagonally. Numbers around the grid show how many cells are occupied by clouds in that row or column.
by nickdeller
Thu 16 Dec, 2010 4:06 pm
Forum: Puzzle (incl. Sudoku) Rules & Tips
Topic: Battleships (Classic and some variants)
Replies: 1
Views: 9985

Battleships (Classic and some variants)

Draft text my own: Place the given fleet of ships into the grid so that no two ships are in adjacent squares, not even diagonally. Numbers around the grid show the number of ship segments in that row or column. As an addendum, the given fleet will usually be one 4x1 ship, two 3x1 ships, three 2x1 sh...
by nickdeller
Thu 16 Dec, 2010 3:56 pm
Forum: Puzzle (incl. Sudoku) Rules & Tips
Topic: Arrows
Replies: 0
Views: 8312

Arrows

Draft text my own:

Place an arrow in each empty square pointing into the grid at either a 90 degree or 45 degree angle. The given numbers show how many arrows should be pointing towards each square.
by nickdeller
Thu 16 Dec, 2010 11:21 am
Forum: Puzzle Links
Topic: croco-puzzle
Replies: 696
Views: 382281

Re: croco-puzzle

It's fairly easy to guesstimate at this stage - we'll all be dropping zeros from the back end of our 200-Durchschnitt for the first seven months or so (assuming a few missed days in that time), so for that initial period it goes up each day by (Current Rating/200). On that basis, I'd expect the 20.K...
by nickdeller
Thu 16 Dec, 2010 11:02 am
Forum: General Puzzle Discussions
Topic: LMI Puzzle Ratings
Replies: 7
Views: 5045

Re: LMI Puzzle Ratings

Oops. Mind you, I definitely had a bad P&C, relatively speaking. I've been having a bad week for clumsy errors. I made vague mention of an error on the Chess Snake in P&C at the time, which I think I can now safely tell you about. Basically, I totalled up the squares attacked by the queen, observed ...
by nickdeller
Thu 16 Dec, 2010 10:53 am
Forum: Puzzle Links
Topic: croco-puzzle
Replies: 696
Views: 382281

Re: croco-puzzle

Thank kyu! ;-) I've been pondering, ponderously... if we take into consideration the group of players DavidMcN, detuned, dickoon, oenomel, PuzzleScot, rodders, ronaldx, when do we think we'll first be celebrating two new kyu/Dan awards on the same day? I think it'll happen before the end of February...
by nickdeller
Wed 15 Dec, 2010 11:52 pm
Forum: Puzzle (incl. Sudoku) Rules & Tips
Topic: Masyu
Replies: 10
Views: 18733

Re: Masyu

The loop may not intersect itself! It might be worth mentioning the loop goes through the centre of each square in the grid too. I've amended accordingly, I thought at first that former point was specified by the phrase "single closed loop", but on reflection I see that it isn't. As for tips...I fi...
by nickdeller
Wed 15 Dec, 2010 11:10 pm
Forum: Puzzle (incl. Sudoku) Rules & Tips
Topic: Masyu
Replies: 10
Views: 18733

Masyu

Amended draft: Draw a single closed loop passing through the centres of some grid cells using the following rules. * In each white circle, the loop must pass straight through without turning, but must make a 90 degree turn immediately beforehand or immediately afterwards. * In each black circle, the...
by nickdeller
Wed 15 Dec, 2010 1:55 pm
Forum: Puzzle (incl. Sudoku) Rules & Tips
Topic: Anglers
Replies: 2
Views: 10046

Anglers

First draft text is my own (and is a bit rubbish): Each angler outside the grid has caught one of the fish, and has a number showing how many grid squares their line passes through (this includes the square containing the fish). The lines can meander as much as is needed, but will only move from one...
by nickdeller
Wed 15 Dec, 2010 1:44 pm
Forum: Puzzle (incl. Sudoku) Rules & Tips
Topic: Akari (aka Light Up)
Replies: 2
Views: 10590

Akari (aka Light Up)

First draft rules text is adapted from that at nikoli.com Place light bulbs (circles) according to the following rules: 1. A number in a black square indicates how many light bulbs are in the vertically and horizontally adjacent squares. 2. Light bulbs can be placed in any white square - it does not...
by nickdeller
Wed 15 Dec, 2010 1:34 pm
Forum: Puzzle (incl. Sudoku) Rules & Tips
Topic: Hitori
Replies: 0
Views: 8613

Hitori

First draft rule text is my own work, and can easily be improved upon. Blacken some squares in the given grid, so that no row or column has any duplicated numbers in the remaining squares. Blackened squares cannot touch each other edge-to-edge. The set of squares left white must all be connected to ...