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UK Open Puzzle & Sudoku Tournaments

Posted: Thu 17 Dec, 2015 11:17 pm
by PuzzleScot
The UK Puzzle Association are pleased to announce the 2016 UK Open Sudoku and UK Open Puzzle Tournaments.

The Sudoku Tournament will be held on Saturday 27th February, 2016 and the Puzzle Tournament will be held from the evening of Saturday 27th and on Sunday 28th February, 2016.
Both will take place at the Selsdon Park Hotel in Croydon, the site of the 2014 World Sudoku and Puzzle Championships.

These events will be used as part of the selection process for the UK teams for the World Sudoku Championships (WSC) and World Puzzle Championship (WPC) for 2016.

All puzzlers are welcome to participate!

As well as the honours for the winners of both events we also have a range of prizes including best newcomer, best junior and best overseas competitor so come along and enjoy the fun whatever your skill level.
Everyone is welcome, although those under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Start time on Saturday will be around 10.30 am and finish time on Sunday to be no later than 4 pm.

To reserve your place, please contact liane@ukpuzzles.org

More information on this world-class event at: http://www.ukpuzzles.org/ukopen_2016.php

Re: UK Open Puzzle & Sudoku Tournaments

Posted: Wed 30 Dec, 2015 5:52 pm
by puzzlemad
We are looking to welcome any new solvers to these tournaments to take part alongside our regular contenders. Can anyone who is interested in attending let me know as soon as they are able please - liane@ukpuzzles.org .
Thanks,
Liane

Re: UK Open Puzzle & Sudoku Tournaments

Posted: Wed 27 Jan, 2016 7:28 pm
by puzzlemad
We still have spaces available if anyone is interested in joining us. You can take part in either the Sudoku or Puzzle Tournaments or both

Re: UK Open Puzzle & Sudoku Tournaments

Posted: Tue 16 Feb, 2016 8:18 am
by puzzlemad
Instruction booklets for the Sudoku Tournament are now available. The Puzzle Tournament booklets will be posted later today.
Please note that you may find issues with the printed version with grey scale on a couple of puzzles. Some testers found that the grey didn't print at all, whilst others found it too dark. The grey in the competition booklets has been optimised for the printer that they are being published from.

We can still offer places to take part if anyone else wishes to join us.

Please note: There has been a change to the instruction booklet for round 2 Q5 to correct an error.

Re: UK Open Puzzle & Sudoku Tournaments

Posted: Wed 17 Feb, 2016 9:48 am
by puzzlemad
Apologies for not posting these as promised yesterday. Time got the better of me.
There's just one round to come. Hopefully I'll be able to get that up later today.

Also attached is the schedule for the weekend.

Please note: The instruction booklet for round four is in a lower post.

Re: UK Open Puzzle & Sudoku Tournaments

Posted: Wed 17 Feb, 2016 10:18 am
by PuzzleScot
Good work Liane!!

Re: UK Open Puzzle & Sudoku Tournaments

Posted: Wed 17 Feb, 2016 1:00 pm
by puzzlemad
and here's the final round.

Re: UK Open Puzzle & Sudoku Tournaments

Posted: Wed 17 Feb, 2016 11:14 pm
by DavidC
Hi. Thanks for these. Look forward to seeing you all soon.

Sudoku R2 Q5. Is the additional "non-consecutive" condition a copy-and-paste typo ? The example puzzle doesn't seem to conform. Should it say something else (about the pencil marks) instead ?

Sudoku R4 Q9, will the numbers between the slalom poles necessarily be ascending as well as consecutive, or is that just coincidental in the example ?

Thanks,
David

Re: UK Open Puzzle & Sudoku Tournaments

Posted: Wed 17 Feb, 2016 11:57 pm
by puzzlemad
DavidC wrote:Hi. Thanks for these. Look forward to seeing you all soon.

Sudoku R2 Q5. Is the additional "non-consecutive" condition a copy-and-paste typo ? The example puzzle doesn't seem to conform. Should it say something else (about the pencil marks) instead ?

Sudoku R4 Q9, will the numbers between the slalom poles necessarily be ascending as well as consecutive, or is that just coincidental in the example ?

Thanks,
David
Yes R2Q5 was a copy/paste typo - I've amended and uploaded the correct instruction.
R4Q9 - they will not necessarily be ascending, it is just coincidental in the example.

Re: UK Open Puzzle & Sudoku Tournaments

Posted: Thu 18 Feb, 2016 12:05 am
by DavidC
Thanks Liane

David

Re: UK Open Puzzle & Sudoku Tournaments

Posted: Tue 23 Feb, 2016 8:08 pm
by drsteve
Two questions on Round 2 of the puzzle comp.

In Filled Loop :

a) do the pentominos need to be marked or is the loop enough?

b) does a single edge mean a single square?

Or are we leaving qns until we're on site?

Re: UK Open Puzzle & Sudoku Tournaments

Posted: Wed 24 Feb, 2016 5:52 pm
by puzzlemad
drsteve wrote:Two questions on Round 2 of the puzzle comp.

In Filled Loop :

a) do the pentominos need to be marked or is the loop enough?

b) does a single edge mean a single square?

Or are we leaving qns until we're on site?
a) - It will be enough to mark the loop.
b) - It is a single edge of a single cell so you can't have a piece wrapping round another in any way.

Any other questions welcome here beforehand.

Re: UK Open Puzzle & Sudoku Tournaments

Posted: Wed 24 Feb, 2016 7:37 pm
by drsteve
puzzlemad wrote:
a) - It will be enough to mark the loop.
b) - It is a single edge of a single cell so you can't have a piece wrapping round another in any way.

Any other questions welcome here beforehand.
So just to confirm, you can't have, say, the I and the L touching along a long side, e.g.

I I I I I
LLLL
L

if you follow my artistic efforts. It's a single edge but not a single cell, so not allowed.

Re: UK Open Puzzle & Sudoku Tournaments

Posted: Wed 24 Feb, 2016 8:15 pm
by puzzlemad
drsteve wrote:
puzzlemad wrote:
a) - It will be enough to mark the loop.
b) - It is a single edge of a single cell so you can't have a piece wrapping round another in any way.

Any other questions welcome here beforehand.
So just to confirm, you can't have, say, the I and the L touching along a long side, e.g.

I I I I I
LLLL
L

if you follow my artistic efforts. It's a single edge but not a single cell, so not allowed.
Correct - that would not be allowed.

Re: UK Open Puzzle & Sudoku Tournaments

Posted: Thu 25 Feb, 2016 6:22 pm
by puzzlemad
For those staying over on Friday night - evening meal is included. I suggest that we meet up at 7.30pm in the bar for 8pm meal. If you arrive later it won't be a problem you can join us or eat later.

Re: UK Open Puzzle & Sudoku Tournaments

Posted: Fri 26 Feb, 2016 2:44 pm
by Magoo
See you tomorrow morning, folks. Puzzle Round 2 puzzle 8 (Sukoro): Can someone explain to me why the bottom row couldn't begin 12... and the row above it 24... ?

Re: UK Open Puzzle & Sudoku Tournaments

Posted: Fri 26 Feb, 2016 4:40 pm
by nickdeller
Just a quick note to say sorry I can't be there this time round, but hope you all have a successful and enjoyable weekend!

Re: UK Open Puzzle & Sudoku Tournaments

Posted: Fri 26 Feb, 2016 5:11 pm
by david mcneill
Mark,

Because the 1 in the bottom row would then actually have 2 orthogonal neighbours. It's puzzle round 3 by the way in case others are wondering.

Re: UK Open Puzzle & Sudoku Tournaments

Posted: Fri 26 Feb, 2016 9:51 pm
by Magoo
Doh! Thank you. I can see I'm taking some real form into the weekend ...

Re: UK Open Puzzle & Sudoku Tournaments

Posted: Tue 01 Mar, 2016 5:19 am
by Bely
Clearly in the end I forgot my booklets somewhere around the refreshment room, so I would be grateful if someone could send me pdfs.

I would like to send a big hug and a huge thank you to everybody for the help during the day. Wonderful organisers and competitors! Everything is ok now :)

Valeria

Re: UK Open Puzzle & Sudoku Tournaments

Posted: Tue 01 Mar, 2016 9:47 am
by puzzlemad
Bely wrote:Clearly in the end I forgot my booklets somewhere around the refreshment room, so I would be grateful if someone could send me pdfs.

I would like to send a big hug and a huge thank you to everybody for the help during the day. Wonderful organisers and competitors! Everything is ok now :)

Valeria
Glad to hear everything is ok. I've got your booklets so can send them on to you.

Re: UK Open Puzzle & Sudoku Tournaments

Posted: Tue 01 Mar, 2016 8:13 pm
by DavidC
Hello Valeria. It's great to know that everything is OK - best wishes to you both.

David

Re: UK Open Puzzle & Sudoku Tournaments

Posted: Wed 02 Mar, 2016 6:56 pm
by Bely
Thank you so much Liane and David! :)

Re: UK Open Puzzle & Sudoku Tournaments

Posted: Wed 02 Mar, 2016 9:38 pm
by detuned
Yes, we're all very pleased to hear everything is OK :)

Big thanks to Liane for organising everything, and congratulations to Neil for winning the puzzle competition with his usual level of comfort! I do have a question - will the PDF's be made available online?

Re: UK Open Puzzle & Sudoku Tournaments

Posted: Thu 03 Mar, 2016 3:14 pm
by drsteve
Let me reiterate the thanks to Liane for all her efforts. A great job as always.