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Re: Puzzles at the Mind Sports Olympiad in London on Sunday

Posted: Thu 16 Aug, 2018 5:53 pm
by Nilz
This thread has reminded me of a very important point! Tom, did you ever receive your prize money last year? I can't remember whether I received my runner's up prize, though if you did I'll assume I did.

Re: Puzzles at the Mind Sports Olympiad in London on Sunday

Posted: Fri 17 Aug, 2018 8:08 pm
by detuned
yes I did.

Unfortunately I don't think I'm going to be able to make it on Thursday :(

Re: Puzzles at the Mind Sports Olympiad in London on Sunday

Posted: Thu 23 Aug, 2018 9:16 pm
by detuned
Did anyone go?

Re: Puzzles at the Mind Sports Olympiad in London on Sunday

Posted: Fri 24 Aug, 2018 5:44 pm
by Nilz
I took the day off work to go; David Collison was the only other person I recognised from this parish.

Results (for all events) are published here: https://msoworld.com/2018-medal-table/
Relevant bits are:

Puzzle Solving- Kenken & Other Puzzles
Gold:Neil Zussman-England
Silver:Paul Smith-England
Bronze:Joanne Leung-England

Puzzle Solving- Sudoku & Killer Sudoku
Gold:Neil Zussman-England
Silver:Lovely Krishna Kattamuri-India
Bronze:David Collison-England

Congrats David on getting back on the podium after a year or two away.

The all-time medal table makes interesting reading: https://msoworld.com/all-time-medals-table/
My 3rd and 4th career gold medals have moved me just ahead of Mark Goodliffe courtesy of my additional silver medal (91st and 93rd respectively). At one point, they'd only marked the sudoku, and so I was on 3 golds which placed me in illustrious company, being just below Eggheads legend Kevin Ashman (130th) and just above someone named Angus Walker...

Re: Puzzles at the Mind Sports Olympiad in London on Sunday

Posted: Sat 25 Aug, 2018 2:15 pm
by DavidC
Congratulations, Neil, on an excellent pair of victories, especially as the format changed this year. Thanks for posting the results - your post was how I heard the good news!

David

Re: Puzzles at the Mind Sports Olympiad in London on Sunday

Posted: Sat 25 Aug, 2018 5:12 pm
by detuned
Ken Wilshere there on 6 golds in 51st!

What were the formats like this year? Looks as if they've substituted killer sudoku in for kenken in the sudoku event, and then moved kenken in with "other puzzles". What was the variety like?

Re: Puzzles at the Mind Sports Olympiad in London on Sunday

Posted: Sat 25 Aug, 2018 8:19 pm
by Nilz
The sudoku had classic (some pretty difficult), diagonal (pretty easy), irregular (not too hard) and killer (2 very difficult ones that I didn't make much progress on at all- the only 2 puzzles I didn't finish in time).

Puzzles had Kenken (a bit of a challenge, included sizes up to 9*9 which was pretty interesting), futoshiki (not as horrible as I expected, to be fair, even the 9*9 puzzle), numberlink (easy), star battle (mostly not too hard, one or two had a couple of stumbling points for me), straights (not a puzzle I'm overly familiar with, again one or two had a few stumbling points but I think that was due to my own unfamiliarity). I finished them all with about an hour to spare, possibly 1.25hrs (out of 3.25 hours total).

It's possible I've forgotten a type somewhere.