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by GarethMoore
Sun 31 Aug, 2014 11:58 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: The Times Sudoku Championship 2014
Replies: 12
Views: 8643

Re: The Times Sudoku Championship 2014

detuned wrote:Times article (subscription only): http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/puzzles/s ... 192619.ece
I presume the puzzles were actually 9x9, not 8x8 as claimed in the article? ("If just one of the 64 squares is blank, or filled with an incorrect number, they’ve failed.")
by GarethMoore
Thu 15 May, 2014 11:22 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UKPA Puzzle Championship 2014
Replies: 34
Views: 26587

Re: UKPA Puzzle Championship 2014

detuned wrote:I've genuinely learned something here - I never knew medicament was a word! ;)
Wow, me neither! Although to make sense in the context of pills, it really should say medicine instead by the look of it.
by GarethMoore
Wed 26 Mar, 2014 5:46 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UKPA Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournaments 29-30 March, 2014
Replies: 27
Views: 21216

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

In "Build a maze", round 2, is marking in the solution path to the maze sufficient? This isn't shown in the example, but if you draw the solution path but don't mark all walls is that still valid? Obviously only so long as the actual solution is correctly and unambiguously shown?
by GarethMoore
Fri 21 Mar, 2014 10:15 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UKPA Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournaments 29-30 March, 2014
Replies: 27
Views: 21216

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

Just to clarify, it's not a jigsaw product killer - it's a regular killer sudoku but with product operations, as in the instructions booklet. The arithmetic is pretty easy - you can trivially see if a number is divisible by 2 or 5 for example, whereas with adding you need to mess about and see wheth...
by GarethMoore
Fri 21 Mar, 2014 12:37 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UKPA Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournaments 29-30 March, 2014
Replies: 27
Views: 21216

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

I am minded to ask the organisers if non-maths-graduates are allowed to bring a calculator to help with the Product Killer multiplications? I'm rubbish at mental arithmetic, but product-based puzzles are often easier than summation ones, in my experience. If you try some product puzzles you'll see ...
by GarethMoore
Thu 20 Mar, 2014 1:36 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UKPA Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournaments 29-30 March, 2014
Replies: 27
Views: 21216

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

The file is large because it contains giant (but fuzzy) full-colour bitmaps. You can fix this by changing the PDF image compression options, so I've fixed this in the attached version, which is much smaller, and I've also corrected the Trio Sudoku example which was in fact for a Little Killer Trio S...
by GarethMoore
Wed 19 Mar, 2014 11:42 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UKPA Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournaments 29-30 March, 2014
Replies: 27
Views: 21216

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

You won't need a laptop - it just means that puzzles will be on the projection screen.
by GarethMoore
Sun 16 Mar, 2014 9:43 am
Forum: General Puzzle Discussions
Topic: Sunday Express today (16th March)
Replies: 1
Views: 2462

Sunday Express today (16th March)

There is a huge 8 page pull-out of my puzzles in the Sunday Express today, which features lots of different types of content - not just logic puzzles like star battle, but word and other puzzles too. If you go near a newsagent, take a look! :) (or read it free on the iPad app if you haven't previous...
by GarethMoore
Mon 10 Mar, 2014 9:32 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Puzzled Pint in London
Replies: 25
Views: 29413

Re: Puzzled Pint in London

I think it's fair to say that the hints should be sufficient for anyone!

I'll be there at 7pm tomorrow.
by GarethMoore
Mon 10 Mar, 2014 1:04 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Puzzled Pint in London
Replies: 25
Views: 29413

Re: Puzzled Pint in London

I'm going to come along - never been before, but sounds interesting!
by GarethMoore
Wed 10 Jul, 2013 11:43 pm
Forum: General Puzzle Discussions
Topic: Abstract Puzzle eating my head
Replies: 6
Views: 5567

Re: Abstract Puzzle eating my head

danmoore wrote:A? Based on the circle going top left, top right, bottom right, bottom left assume it then returns top left...
You need to scroll the image to the right to see the fifth image. :)
by GarethMoore
Thu 04 Jul, 2013 6:05 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UKPA Puzzle Championship 2013
Replies: 43
Views: 30291

Re: UKPA Puzzle Championship 2013

sknight wrote:Remember, shaded in clues must be FALSE, and if you cut out the bend at top left, the 2 at the bottom becomes true.
Ah, yes, thank you - I was counting that shaded square itself as part of the count! Duh.
by GarethMoore
Thu 04 Jul, 2013 5:12 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UKPA Puzzle Championship 2013
Replies: 43
Views: 30291

Re: UKPA Puzzle Championship 2013

Just had a look at this. The true/false snake example has an alternative solution which dispenses with the bend at the top-left, unless I'm missing a rule?
by GarethMoore
Sat 15 Jun, 2013 2:25 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2013 USPC
Replies: 18
Views: 7443

Re: 2013 USPC

I guess they didn't send any emails out for this either. Shame, because if I'd known about it just a day earlier I could have arranged things so as to have taken apart.
by GarethMoore
Fri 10 May, 2013 1:14 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: UK Sudoku Championship 2013
Replies: 1
Views: 4743

Re: UK Sudoku Championship 2013

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING EARLY FINISHING BONUSES After some consideration, a partial bonus system will be in force for this competition. Solvers who finish early with 15/16 correct answers will score a partial bonus of 1 point for each 30 seconds saved (equivalent to 1/3 of the finishing bo...
by GarethMoore
Sun 07 Apr, 2013 5:41 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: DASH 5 puzzle hunt in London on Saturday 25th May
Replies: 11
Views: 5426

Re: DASH 5 puzzle hunt in London on Saturday 25th May

Sounds fun, so I'm interested.
by GarethMoore
Tue 19 Mar, 2013 12:33 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UK Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournament 16th - 17th March, 2013
Replies: 36
Views: 23798

Re: UK Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournament 16th - 17th March,

I added a few more pictures to the Facebook page too. I couldn't add them to the album but they show up if you view the page itself.
by GarethMoore
Wed 13 Mar, 2013 1:35 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UK Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournament 16th - 17th March, 2013
Replies: 36
Views: 23798

Re: UK Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournament 16th - 17th March,

Instructions for round 2 of the Sudoku tournament.
UKPA open sudoku 2013 instructions round 2.pdf
Sudoku Round 2 instructions
(236.25 KiB) Downloaded 364 times
by GarethMoore
Fri 22 Feb, 2013 11:49 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: UK Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournament 16th - 17th March, 2013
Replies: 15
Views: 19525

Re: UK Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournament 16th - 17th March,

We did it last year and it doesn't seem to have encouraged additional people to sign up this year, so apparently not... I think Liane's compiled a wide selection of puzzles from many top authors so anyone who doesn't come is genuinely going to miss out. If you're in the UK (or can get here easily, e...
by GarethMoore
Wed 12 Dec, 2012 3:10 pm
Forum: General Puzzle Discussions
Topic: Puzzle book for 9/10 year old?
Replies: 4
Views: 6333

Re: Puzzle book for 9/10 year old?

I have two suggestions. If they're new to doing logic puzzles and so on then I'd recommend starting with Kids' 10-minute Brain Workout - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Kids-10-Minute-Brain-Workout-Brain-Training/dp/190515853X . This features very small and easy Masyu, Hashi, Slitherlink and other 'Japanese...
by GarethMoore
Fri 16 Nov, 2012 4:17 pm
Forum: Puzzle Links
Topic: Sudoku Xtra magazine
Replies: 4
Views: 6191

Re: Sudoku Xtra magazine

Sudoku Xtra 21 is now available from Amazon and as a PDF to download and print from http://www.sudokuxtra.com/ New this issue are Quad-Max Sudoku, Anti-Knight Sudoku, Slashed Sudoku, Minus Little Killer, Product Frame Sudoku, Headless Worm Sudoku, Extra Region Windmill Sudoku, Non-Consecutive Diagon...
by GarethMoore
Wed 03 Oct, 2012 11:51 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: World Sudoku Championship 2012 results
Replies: 2
Views: 2256

World Sudoku Championship 2012 results

Full World Sudoku Championship (WSC) 2012 results are now available here: http://www.wscwpc2012.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=1&Itemid=60 Direct links: Individual - http://www.wscwpc2012.org/docs/WSC_rank_F.pdf Team - http://www.wscwpc2012.org/docs/WSC_team_rank_8.pdf...
by GarethMoore
Tue 28 Aug, 2012 1:24 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2012 UK Puzzle Championship (24-27 Aug 2012)
Replies: 44
Views: 24006

Re: 2012 UK Puzzle Championship (24-27 Aug 2012)

I too spent ages on the Rock-Paper-Scissors puzzle, which looked easy but completely stumped me. On that puzzle, if you start on the bottom-left square (which was also where the example solved from, so a natural place to start, and also by inspection the most constrained part of the puzzle) then th...
by GarethMoore
Mon 27 Aug, 2012 11:09 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2012 UK Puzzle Championship (24-27 Aug 2012)
Replies: 44
Views: 24006

Re: 2012 UK Puzzle Championship (24-27 Aug 2012)

I really enjoyed the UKPC - overall I personally thought it was better than the USPC, and a really solid test. Thanks to Alan and all of the authors and testers. I particularly enjoyed the Tilt Maze (definitely my favourite puzzle), and I thought the Crypted Fence and Heyajilin were particularly cle...
by GarethMoore
Mon 27 Aug, 2012 10:56 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2012 US Puzzle Championship (USPC)
Replies: 24
Views: 12235

Re: 2012 US Puzzle Championship (USPC)

Just had a look at the solutions and saw how many I got wrong, including just a tiny corner of the fences variation and even one of the spot the differences (didn't mirror the hippo's foot correctly so entered wrong cell). Might end up with less than 100. Oops. Mistakes with the rules too, such as I...