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by Mephisto
Wed 12 Oct, 2011 1:02 pm
Forum: General Puzzle Discussions
Topic: some sort of griddler code?
Replies: 8
Views: 15828

Re: some sort of griddler code?

It's 39x7 because the numbers in each of the 7 rows sum up to 39.
Does it encrypt coordinates for geo-caching?
Maybe "o" is for "opaque", not for "empty".
by Mephisto
Tue 11 Oct, 2011 6:07 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2011 24 Hour
Replies: 10
Views: 14914

Re: 2011 24 Hour

It's hidden in the FAQ
by Mephisto
Thu 22 Sep, 2011 3:29 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Czech Sudoku Championship 2011
Replies: 1
Views: 4802

Czech Sudoku Championship 2011

Another national championship we missed. However, the puzzles are available online:
http://mcrsudoku.schak.cz/?q=cs/zadani
by Mephisto
Thu 22 Sep, 2011 2:37 pm
Forum: Puzzle Links
Topic: Inaba Naoki's Puzzle Laboratory
Replies: 1
Views: 8239

Inaba Naoki's Puzzle Laboratory

Inaba Naoki is one of the most creative puzzlesmiths today. On his Website "Inaba's Puzzle Laboratory" (http://inabapuzzle.com/honkaku/index.html) you can fiind more than 400 different puzzle types and 4~5 puzzles of each type. Most instructions are in Japanese only; only a few puzzles have also Eng...
by Mephisto
Mon 08 Aug, 2011 5:36 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Puzzle Event Calendar
Replies: 3
Views: 7750

Re: Puzzle Event Calendar

According to a suggestion by Alan the puzzle event calendar now supports export of events in iCal-format. iCal can be imported into many mail/calendar programs (e.g. Outlook).
by Mephisto
Sat 06 Aug, 2011 5:54 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Finnish Puzzle and Sudoku Championships
Replies: 1
Views: 5355

Finnish Puzzle and Sudoku Championships

Another one we missed (I missed it too): http://ristikkotuumin.fi/ahaa/sm2011/
by Mephisto
Sat 06 Aug, 2011 3:59 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Russian Puzzle Championship (11 June 2011)
Replies: 1
Views: 5206

Re: Russian Puzzle Championship (11 June 2011)

You should regularly have a look at the Puzle Event Calendar (http://www.janko.at/Puzzle-Events/). Alternatively, you can subscribe for mail notifications and/or RSS events.
by Mephisto
Sat 23 Jul, 2011 11:27 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: SUDOKUCUP
Replies: 8
Views: 12733

Re: SUDOKUCUP

I can confirm this. It seems that www.sudokucup.com is down.
by Mephisto
Fri 22 Jul, 2011 9:19 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Diogen Variations Contest 3 (Scrabble) 23 Apr 2011
Replies: 5
Views: 9749

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

Google is your friend - simply seach for »online scrabble server« or something similar.
One of the hits (I did'n try it): http://www.isc.ro/
This is also interesting: http://www.rackaroo.com/ :-(
by Mephisto
Tue 19 Jul, 2011 6:43 am
Forum: Puzzle (incl. Sudoku) Rules & Tips
Topic: Nikoli Puzzles
Replies: 9
Views: 33423

Re: Nikoli Puzzles

The rules are almost the same, but the last sentence in the Mochinyoro rules reads: "The black cell must not cover an area of 2x2 or larger and must not be rectangular (or square). " (the bold half-sentence is missing in Mochikoro). Note that this is different from the 2x2-rule; it also excludes bla...
by Mephisto
Sat 09 Jul, 2011 10:01 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Nikoli Selection - LMI July 2011 Puzzle Test #1
Replies: 17
Views: 20664

Re: Nikoli Selection - LMI July 2011 Puzzle Test #1

From my site: "Write a number into each cell of the diagram so that every room of size N contains each number from 1 to N exactly once. If the same number X is written twice in a row or column, there must be at least X other numbers between these two numbers. For example, between two cells with the ...
by Mephisto
Thu 07 Jul, 2011 6:27 am
Forum: General Puzzle Discussions
Topic: RSS / Atom feeds
Replies: 3
Views: 8628

Re: RSS / Atom feeds

Thanks Alan! In Firefox and in Opera you should see an orange RSS icon in the address bar. Click on it and you will get a list of supported feeds. (I made a screenshot but images/attachments are disabled in this forum so I cannot provide it.) Google Chrome does not support RSS feeds; you would need ...
by Mephisto
Tue 24 May, 2011 7:29 pm
Forum: Puzzle Links
Topic: Janko.at
Replies: 5
Views: 14000

Re: Janko.at

"They have also kindly offered a link to Google Translate to help with understanding the German instructions." -- In the last few days I translated all 120+ puzzle rules to English. Hopefully I did a better job than Google Translate does. If not, blame my English teacher ;-) (However, suggestions an...
by Mephisto
Fri 13 May, 2011 10:52 am
Forum: Puzzle (incl. Sudoku) Rules & Tips
Topic: Nikoli Puzzles
Replies: 9
Views: 33423

Re: Nikoli Puzzles

I just added 16 new puzzle descritions to the Nikoli pages (rules in English and German, background information in German only, all with examples): Bodaburokku (ボーダーブロック), Bonsan ( ぼんさん) and Heyabon (へやぼん), Firumatto (フィルマット), Hakoiri (はこいり), Kojun (コージュン), Kuroshuto (クロシュート), Mejirinku (メジリンク), Nan...
by Mephisto
Thu 12 May, 2011 8:03 pm
Forum: Puzzle (incl. Sudoku) Rules & Tips
Topic: Nikoli Puzzles
Replies: 9
Views: 33423

Re: Nikoli Puzzles

Masyu: I think the "or both" is an improvement. In Latin, there are two different "or"s: "vel" is the inclusive "or" (detuned used) and "aut" is the exclusive "either-or". Unfortunately, there is no such distinction in most ouf our modern languages. We have a simple inclusive "or" and must express t...
by Mephisto
Tue 03 May, 2011 5:27 am
Forum: Puzzle (incl. Sudoku) Rules & Tips
Topic: Nikoli Puzzles
Replies: 9
Views: 33423

Re: Nikoli Puzzles

Akari should -> must (also in all other descriptions, see http://www.faqs.org/rfcs/rfc2119.html :o) are adjacent to that cell -> are orthogionally adjacent to that cell Heyawake more than two rooms in a straight line -> more than two rooms in a horizontal or vertical straight line Nurikabe "conected...
by Mephisto
Thu 24 Mar, 2011 2:29 pm
Forum: General Puzzle Discussions
Topic: Coincidence?!?
Replies: 3
Views: 10349

Re: Coincidence?!?

In composing chess problems it is relatively frequently the case that the same chess puzzle is composed twice by different authors at different times – not seldom by composers which are above reproach. In this case the later problems are marked as "anticipated by <original-author>". For example: htt...
by Mephisto
Thu 03 Mar, 2011 9:34 pm
Forum: General Puzzle Discussions
Topic: Janko.at java puzzle apps
Replies: 8
Views: 13781

Re: Janko.at java puzzle apps

"The timer idea was so we could record the time a user took to solve a puzzle" -- This is implemented. All what you need are two additional params and the infrastructure on the server to record the timings. We should discuss this via email. "much more detailed instructions on usage" -- Yes and no. T...
by Mephisto
Thu 03 Mar, 2011 5:47 pm
Forum: General Puzzle Discussions
Topic: Janko.at java puzzle apps
Replies: 8
Views: 13781

Re: Janko.at java puzzle apps

I hope the user interface is intuitive enough. However, there are some nice features which may not be obvious - for example, dragging with the keyboard.

See http://www.janko.at/Applets/Guide.htm

~ÔttÔ~
by Mephisto
Thu 03 Mar, 2011 5:42 pm
Forum: General Puzzle Discussions
Topic: Janko.at java puzzle apps
Replies: 8
Views: 13781

Re: Janko.at java puzzle apps

Alan, You should disable the load/save buttons because they don't work in the ukpuzzles.org environment (set "f.save" to "no"). You should try to set "f.cursor" to "yes" at least for one applet. Maybe this is preferred by some users. "All we need is a timer" -- Why do you need a timer? There is alre...
by Mephisto
Wed 02 Mar, 2011 2:16 pm
Forum: General Puzzle Discussions
Topic: Janko.at java puzzle apps
Replies: 8
Views: 13781

Re: Janko.at java puzzle apps

"Otto registered here" -- yes, he did :-) "and the ones that don't [operate as smoothly and intuitively as the nikoli.com flash engine] are still pretty good" -- Thanks! Any ideas for improvement? "A quick caveat is that so far you can only have these puzzles working by invocation rather than integr...
by Mephisto
Sun 27 Feb, 2011 7:35 pm
Forum: Puzzle (incl. Sudoku) Rules & Tips
Topic: Nikoli Puzzles
Replies: 9
Views: 33423

Nikoli Puzzles

If you are interested in the rules of 60+ Nikoli puzzle types you should check these links: http://www.janko.at/Raetsel/Nikoli/index-3.htm (with images) http://www.janko.at/Raetsel/Nikoli/index-2.htm (without images) The rules are in English and in German; background information is in German only.
by Mephisto
Tue 25 Jan, 2011 1:47 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Sudokucup Variants
Replies: 7
Views: 11432

Re: Sudokucup Variants

The competition had to be postponed by one week due to technical problems. See also http://sudokucup.com/node/945
by Mephisto
Sun 23 Jan, 2011 10:12 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Puzzle Event Calendar
Replies: 3
Views: 7750

Puzzle Event Calendar

The Puzzle Event Calendar is now online. It is intended to be a central repository of all puzzle events worldwide; e.g. World puzzle/sudoku championships, national puzzle/sudoku championships and other puzzle competitions. http://www.janko.at/Puzzle-Events/ For more details see the info page: http:/...
by Mephisto
Sun 23 Jan, 2011 10:11 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Sudokucup Variants
Replies: 7
Views: 11432

Re: Sudokucup Variants

Karel confirmed (per mail) that Sudoku-Cup #5 will be held on 29.-30.01.2011