Here are the results of the last week's fixtures on the croco-puzzle ladder, courtesy as ever of Alan's page
detuned 4 drsteve 6
rodders 7 puzzlemad 5 after final time
afcwarren 9 dickoon 0 and one no-score draw
PuzzleScot 9 driv4r 1
Congratulations to our winners, particularly to our final champion, drsteve! It's fitting that our first champion from week 3 is also our last champion. Errors and exceptions excepted, as ever.
As discussed, that was the last in the present series. After 18 months, it's probably about time for this game to go back in its box after a good run... not least because the Croco-League starts on Monday. I hope that the leaderboard page
can remain active as a legacy of the ladder. If you've been playing, you've probably develped a sense of who your most natural rivals are; you can always compare your progress to theirs, week on week, on the leaderboard page. Many thanks to the thirteen of you who have played over the years - and particular thanks to Berni for putting the technology in place to make it happen and letting us all play in his garden.
In some ways, I'm a little disappointed that the number of players hasn't been higher and matches have been so repetitious, but you can't make people play if they don't want to. I fear that there was a perception that participation on the ladder was a very high commitment, despite the fact that people have frequently won matches while skipping puzzles (for instance, Steve skipped three this week and still won 6-4). I think the ladder might have been likely to be more popular had there been a commitment to solve only one puzzle a day - and, bearing in mind that some of the puzzles can be very long, the shorter puzzle of the two daily - but I can't think of a convincing way to make that happen in practice without needing to make people solve both puzzles in order to make sure that they've solved the shorter one. Besides, some people don't particularly like the mouse-accuracy-test nature of the more sprint-like puzzles.
If anyone else wants to start a ladder competition, possibly learning from the experiences and arguable mistakes made by me in this one, feel free - and I would definitely be interested in playing.