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Some puzzles for your solving pleasure

Post by Feadoor » Thu 19 Mar, 2020 3:30 pm

Hi everyone,

During my enforced isolation from the world, I have taken advantage of some extra spare time to produce a set of Sudoku puzzles very loosely inspired by current events. I hope you enjoy solving them, if you also find yourself with some spare time. Some of them are quite difficult.

Sam
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Re: Some puzzles for your solving pleasure

Post by detuned » Thu 19 Mar, 2020 3:41 pm

Excellent to see more Latex use :) How are you drawing up the puzzles though Sam? At a guess they look like png files from (possibly Excel) screenshots?

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Re: Some puzzles for your solving pleasure

Post by Feadoor » Thu 19 Mar, 2020 3:44 pm

Yep - they're screenshotted PNGs from my online tool for creating Sudoku puzzles (the same one used by Cracking the Cryptic). I thought about learning to use either TikZ or something like Inkscape, but I didn't have that much spare time.

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Re: Some puzzles for your solving pleasure

Post by Puzzle_Maestro » Thu 19 Mar, 2020 4:49 pm

Thanks for the puzzles Sam! Just started working through them: the second has a very neat break-in.

Since school is closed for the foreseeable future, I may start producing some puzzles again...

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Post by david mcneill » Fri 20 Mar, 2020 10:49 am

Sam, thanks for putting these puzzles together. I haven't tried them yet but they look fantastic.

Do you think that we could all collectively think about publishing daily puzzles or weekly puzzle sets? Or monthly competitions?

Or is Cracking the Cryptic already doing enough?

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Re: Some puzzles for your solving pleasure

Post by Puzzle_Maestro » Fri 20 Mar, 2020 1:54 pm

Something akin to the Japanese Heads Up puzzle league would be pretty cool, I think.

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Post by mwhite » Sat 21 Mar, 2020 6:46 am

Thanks so much for these. Haven't looked at them yet, but looking forward to having a go. I found both your WPC and UKPA Open rounds very challenging but fun, so more chances to try some of your sudokus is very much appreciated!

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Post by detuned » Sat 21 Mar, 2020 7:31 pm

Puzzle_Maestro wrote:
Fri 20 Mar, 2020 1:54 pm
Something akin to the Japanese Heads Up puzzle league would be pretty cool, I think.
Could you give a brief summary of what that is and how it works? I’ve never heard of that

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Post by Puzzle_Maestro » Sun 22 Mar, 2020 1:08 pm

Recordings of the league can be found at Ken Endo's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVhOlV ... r_FWpt6FbA

It's essentially a competition where players go head to head against each other in matches (similar to the WSPC playoffs), and a different person creates the puzzles each time. It's probably pointless to emulate this as I don't think we'd have the resources, but we could have some sort of competition every once in a while.


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Re: Some puzzles for your solving pleasure

Post by Feadoor » Mon 13 Apr, 2020 11:54 am

I'm back with some more puzzles. These are, I think, all quite difficult. Nonetheless, they are all logically solvable. Have fun!
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Post by Puzzle_Maestro » Mon 13 Apr, 2020 1:05 pm

Thanks for another sudoku pack Sam! Looking forward to trying out the puzzles.

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Post by detuned » Tue 21 Apr, 2020 12:33 am

The killer from the second popped up on cracking the cryptic, and it did seem kind of familiar. If you enjoyed that one from Sam I suspect you'll also like the killer on the 2019 UKSC

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Post by david mcneill » Tue 21 Apr, 2020 7:16 am

I think the larger Group Sums appeared on CtC as well. Lovely puzzles, Sam. I took my time and solved them all logically. May not have spotted all the tricks, but very good fun during lockdown.

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Re: Some puzzles for your solving pleasure

Post by detuned » Mon 27 Apr, 2020 3:16 pm

Puzzle_Maestro wrote:
Thu 19 Mar, 2020 4:49 pm
Thanks for the puzzles Sam! Just started working through them: the second has a very neat break-in.

Since school is closed for the foreseeable future, I may start producing some puzzles again...
I think I might have missed this neat break-in. After a lot of staring at it, I did a short bit of trial and error to determine the extra regions area (which I'd already narrowed down to one of two possibilities). Any chance of a hint?

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Re: Some puzzles for your solving pleasure

Post by Feadoor » Mon 27 Apr, 2020 3:49 pm

detuned wrote:
Mon 27 Apr, 2020 3:16 pm
I think I might have missed this neat break-in. After a lot of staring at it, I did a short bit of trial and error to determine the extra regions area (which I'd already narrowed down to one of two possibilities). Any chance of a hint?
You can work it out using only the 1s.

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Post by detuned » Mon 27 Apr, 2020 4:02 pm

That is what I did - maybe I did get it after all then! I was also looking at something for some clone interactions that might have involved the four cells at R5 C1,9 and R1,9 C5 for example.

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Re: Some puzzles for your solving pleasure

Post by Puzzle_Maestro » Mon 27 Apr, 2020 4:29 pm

I’m fairly certain my breakin also involved the 1s.

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Re: Some puzzles for your solving pleasure

Post by Feadoor » Mon 27 Apr, 2020 4:46 pm

detuned wrote:
Mon 27 Apr, 2020 4:02 pm
That is what I did - maybe I did get it after all then! I was also looking at something for some clone interactions that might have involved the four cells at R5 C1,9 and R1,9 C5 for example.
The polished way of looking at it is (ROT13): Vs gur zvqqyr nern vf gur rkgen ertvba, fb gung gur bgure gjb ner pybarf, gura 1 va obk 2 vf yvzvgrq gb E3 naq va obk 6 vf yvzvgrq gb P7, yrnivat abjurer sbe n 1 va obk 3.

But in reality you're most likely to stumble upon that route by using trial and error, and only later be able to express the logic concisely.

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