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by Maxelkat
Thu 23 Sep, 2010 12:44 pm
Forum: General Puzzle Discussions
Topic: Puzzles to Inspire Youngsters
Replies: 39
Views: 25231

Re: Puzzles to Inspire Youngsters

I agree with Nick (now why does that sound familiar?), it has a unique solution.
by Maxelkat
Wed 22 Sep, 2010 3:56 pm
Forum: Puzzle Links
Topic: Janko.at
Replies: 5
Views: 9344

Re: Janko.at

I agree this is a great site.
In fact Otto kindly wrote an app for my 'Zipline' puzzles which you'll find on the site.

Elliott
by Maxelkat
Tue 21 Sep, 2010 2:29 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Japan Puzzle Championship 2010
Replies: 3
Views: 4591

Re: Japan Puzzle Championship 2010

Had a crack at the first few in my lunch break, they're really enjoyable.
Particularly liked Place Blacks/Whites, and Marguerite.
I'm looking forward to going through the rest at some point.
by Maxelkat
Fri 17 Sep, 2010 5:21 am
Forum: General Puzzle Discussions
Topic: Puzzles to Inspire Youngsters
Replies: 39
Views: 25231

Re: Puzzles to Inspire Youngsters

I'd recommend light-up (akari), as it can have a real-world narrative. And as Tom says, Nurikabe, for the same reasons.
Elliott
by Maxelkat
Tue 14 Sep, 2010 11:47 am
Forum: General Puzzle Discussions
Topic: More Arrows Puzzles
Replies: 5
Views: 6541

Re: More Arrows Puzzles

Thanks for the pointers :lol: I'd have stared at it fruitlessly for quite a while but for your hints to get started, after which I solved it quite quickly (for me). As has been said elsewhere, it's difficult to find a notation that in entirely satisfactory, but dots in each square seems as good as a...
by Maxelkat
Mon 13 Sep, 2010 11:40 am
Forum: General Puzzle Discussions
Topic: Pen or pencil? Trial and error?
Replies: 29
Views: 24659

Re: Pen or pencil? Trial and error?

I agree about the Akari notation, and I would normally do just that, but I think I was in a hurry when I wrote the Akari article and couldn't get excel to give me decent horizontal, vertical, and both-ways signs!

Elliott
by Maxelkat
Mon 13 Sep, 2010 6:58 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Indian Puzzle Championship
Replies: 52
Views: 31198

Re: Indian Puzzle Championship

I decided, based on my poor showing last weekend, and the fact that I just haven't got hours to spare sometimes, that for the foreseeable I will just print the contest off and work through it at my leisure. I'm working on the basis that I need to learn how to solve the puzzles, before I can learn to...
by Maxelkat
Sun 12 Sep, 2010 3:16 pm
Forum: General Puzzle Discussions
Topic: Pen or pencil? Trial and error?
Replies: 29
Views: 24659

Re: Pen or pencil? Trial and error?

Linked to the edge of the puzzle? I'm not sure I have this technique for Nurikabe! Would you care to give an example for my interest? Thanks! This is a link to a series of articles I wrote for my Mensa Puzzle magazine, and Nikoli republished on their site. http://www.nikoli.co.jp/en/topics/index.ph...
by Maxelkat
Sun 12 Sep, 2010 9:06 am
Forum: General Puzzle Discussions
Topic: Pen or pencil? Trial and error?
Replies: 29
Views: 24659

Re: Pen or pencil? Trial and error?

Are there any particular puzzle types that people actually find it useful to have heavy notation? When I do Nurikabe, I find the notation that I use invaluable. A cross for a black square, a dot for a white square, and a circled dot for a white square that is directly of indirectly linked with the ...
by Maxelkat
Sat 11 Sep, 2010 10:23 am
Forum: General Puzzle Discussions
Topic: Pen or pencil? Trial and error?
Replies: 29
Views: 24659

Re: Pen or pencil? Trial and error?

When I'm solving puzzles and time isn't an issue, I always use pen, and I only put in a mark when I know it's definitely right, however I do use some notation of 'remaining possibilities', so for instance on sudoku puzzles I find the 'positional dot' notation mentioned before very useful. But even w...
by Maxelkat
Mon 06 Sep, 2010 11:50 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: LMI September Puzzle Test - EverGreens II
Replies: 32
Views: 25089

Re: LMI September Puzzle Test - EverGreens II

Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed this test - not so much during the 80 minutes, when I was half asleep and stressed, but more so afterwards as I worked my way through the puzzles at my leisure. I managed to solve 'Not 4 in a row' almost entirely by assuming the uniqueness of the solution, so th...
by Maxelkat
Sun 05 Sep, 2010 5:57 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: LMI September Puzzle Test - EverGreens II
Replies: 32
Views: 25089

Re: LMI September Puzzle Test - EverGreens II

I too would like to apologise if my comments were in any way insensitive or tactless. It's true that I'm disappointed with my own score, but that is only because I felt that maybe I was capable of getting more points. It is right and proper that puzzlers of all levels should be made to feel welcome,...
by Maxelkat
Sun 05 Sep, 2010 6:58 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: LMI September Puzzle Test - EverGreens II
Replies: 32
Views: 25089

Re: LMI September Puzzle Test - EverGreens II

Oh dear. Combination of getting up at the crack of dawn to try the test (only spare time I have!), and still not being used to solving puzzles against the clock (I think I need a more heuristic approach to many puzzles - usually I would solve puzzles in pen only, and only put something in if it was ...
by Maxelkat
Sun 29 Aug, 2010 3:48 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: LMI - August Puzzle Test 'Broken Pieces' on 28th/29th August
Replies: 14
Views: 9974

Re: LMI - August Puzzle Test 'Broken Pieces' on 28th/29th Au

My first officially timed test. I sat there with my pencils, pens, highlighters, rubbers, sharpeners, and just for this test, scissors. Stressful 100 minutes, in which I too took a phonecall part way through. Result was a not unreasonable 48 points. Quite pleased with that though I do say so myself....
by Maxelkat
Sun 29 Aug, 2010 10:23 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Sunday Telegraph today
Replies: 1
Views: 4196

Re: Sunday Telegraph today

Well done Gareth.

Elliott
by Maxelkat
Sat 28 Aug, 2010 10:51 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2010 US Puzzle Championships
Replies: 94
Views: 62166

Re: 2010 US Puzzle Championships

This is the first chance I've had of reporting my (albeit unofficial) results. I was out Saturday evening, and on holiday from Sunday, taking a printout of the test with me. Timing was a bit of a problem because of interruptions from my toddler daughter. 1: Battleships - solved in about 15 minutes 2...
by Maxelkat
Sat 21 Aug, 2010 7:32 am
Forum: General Puzzle Discussions
Topic: Skyscrapers
Replies: 3
Views: 5028

Re: Skyscrapers

Hi Nick Much obliged for your response. I managed to follow it okay, and it all made perfect sense. I've had a go at applying these methods to other Skyscrapers, and have had some success. It's still pretty slow going though, as I search around for the next move, but I guess the more I do the quicke...
by Maxelkat
Fri 20 Aug, 2010 7:55 pm
Forum: General Puzzle Discussions
Topic: Skyscrapers
Replies: 3
Views: 5028

Skyscrapers

Hi there I wonder if anyone can help me. I've never really been able to get my head around the solving of Skyscrapers puzzles. I can see that a '1' in the margin must mean that the highest skyscraper is next to the margin, and an 'n' in the margin (in an 'n' by 'n' puzzle) must mean that the skyscra...
by Maxelkat
Thu 19 Aug, 2010 6:13 am
Forum: Welcome!
Topic: Elliott Line
Replies: 1
Views: 6782

Elliott Line

Hi I'm Elliott Line. I live and work in Coventry. I'm a Draughtsman, Football (Goalkeeper), Actor (Not very good), Mathematician (all great mathematics has been discovered by under 30s, so I'm past it), Frequenter of Comedy Gigs, Hubby to Helen, Daddy to Alyssa, Master of one dog, Servant of three c...