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2017 Sudoku GP

Posted: Thu 19 Jan, 2017 10:51 pm
by detuned
Well round 1 has been and gone, but it's probably worth having a forum thread for this. In an attempt to reinvigorate my blog, I've written up some thoughts here:

http://tcollyer.blogspot.co.uk/2017/01/ ... lands.html

Interesting to see Dr Snyder participating again!

Top 3 UK:

47. Tom Collyer (483)
66. Mark Goodliffe (424)
67. Heather Golding (423)

Re: 2017 Sudoku GP

Posted: Thu 19 Jan, 2017 10:53 pm
by detuned
For anyone reading this thread and wondering what the Sudoku GP is, it's a series of 90 minute competitions spread over the year. The format is fairly standardised but the quality of contributors is unparalleled - these puzzles are basically the best Sudoku puzzles in the world and you can solve them for free!

http://gp.worldpuzzle.org

Re: 2017 Sudoku GP

Posted: Sun 12 Feb, 2017 9:29 pm
by detuned
Round 2 has been open all this weekend, but you still have until tomorrow evening to participate if you haven't already!

Re: 2017 Sudoku GP

Posted: Tue 14 Feb, 2017 12:02 am
by detuned
Preliminary results are out, and I've written my thoughts up again:

http://tcollyer.blogspot.co.uk/2017/02/ ... rance.html

Top 3 UK:

27. Tom Collyer (476)
53. Heather Golding (372)
71. Mark Goodliffe (325)

Re: 2017 Sudoku GP

Posted: Fri 10 Mar, 2017 6:46 pm
by PuzzleScot
Round 3 (Czech) this weekend.
http://gp.worldpuzzle.org/content/sudoku-gp

Re: 2017 Sudoku GP

Posted: Tue 14 Mar, 2017 11:07 pm
by detuned
Another write-up: http://tcollyer.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/ ... ublic.html - I definitely wasn't impressed with the classics for this round.

Top 3 UK:

37. Tom Collyer (465)
45. Mark Goodliffe (431)
65. Heather Golding (366)

Re: 2017 Sudoku GP

Posted: Wed 15 Mar, 2017 9:07 am
by Fred76
I'm sure it would have been possible to treat the "Czech" theme in a more varied way.
Using the letters C, Z, E on 10 sudokus and the flag on 1 sudoku seems a bit reducing of what can offer this country...
I would be pleasantly surprised if the mathdoku, fuzzy arrows and lonely number are also linked to the "czech" theme.

Re: 2017 Sudoku GP

Posted: Sat 08 Apr, 2017 12:46 pm
by detuned
Round 4 this weekend, puzzles by me and David!

Re: 2017 Sudoku GP

Posted: Tue 11 Apr, 2017 7:31 am
by puzzlemad
Sorry I've missed them - will have to try them later.

Re: 2017 Sudoku GP

Posted: Fri 14 Apr, 2017 9:51 am
by detuned
Top 3 UK solvers:

45. Heather Golding (478)
68. Mark Goodliffe (380)
99. Michael Collins (334)

Re: 2017 Sudoku GP

Posted: Tue 18 Apr, 2017 8:47 am
by Magoo
Damn. Conceding 100 points to Heather, having just caught her in the last round, was not the plan. I even thought the round had gone OK, but making some sort of mistake on the highest-value classic clearly didn't help. A very fair round, I thought.

Re: 2017 Sudoku GP

Posted: Tue 18 Apr, 2017 10:49 pm
by detuned
Are you keeping score via the official methodology? If so, you've got the safety net of a couple of duff rounds to throw out :)

Re: 2017 Sudoku GP

Posted: Sat 06 May, 2017 10:06 am
by DavidC
The 5th round is currently underway. I haven't attempted it yet and obviously don't intend to comment on the actual puzzles while it is underway. However if, like me, you are surprised and confused by the answer to the Unicorn puzzle in the practice paper (because of some 9s attacking other 9s a knight's move away), I suggest that you visit the official forum where I see that the meaning of "different" was clarified earlier this week.

Re: 2017 Sudoku GP

Posted: Mon 08 May, 2017 11:25 pm
by detuned
I've done a write-up of round 5:

https://tcollyer.blogspot.co.uk/2017/05 ... tonia.html

Top 3 Brits:

35. Mark Goodliffe (561)
51. Heather Golding (483)
68. Tom Collyer (439)

An excellent performance from Mark!

Re: 2017 Sudoku GP

Posted: Tue 09 May, 2017 7:58 am
by GoldingH
Yup seriously impressive stuff from Mark - well done!

Re: 2017 Sudoku GP

Posted: Thu 11 May, 2017 10:10 am
by Magoo
Thanks! I was quite surprised, after finishing a difficult puzzle with 1:30 to go, to find that I'd done all except the Fortress (which I was avoiding). It was weird that it didn't FEEL a much better performance than the previous round where I did relatively poorly. But I was glad, having fallen 79 points behind Heather, to regain 78 of them :D

Re: 2017 Sudoku GP

Posted: Tue 06 Jun, 2017 11:33 pm
by detuned
So with everything else going on this weekend, I forgot to take part in round 6. I'll take part out of time and do a write-up when I get a chance.

Re: 2017 Sudoku GP

Posted: Wed 07 Jun, 2017 11:25 am
by GoldingH
I did wonder what had happened to Tom!
I failed to divide 6 by 3 correctly (twice!) and hence Mark has taken the lead on points...

Re: 2017 Sudoku GP

Posted: Wed 07 Jun, 2017 12:22 pm
by Magoo
Disappointed not to see an official score for you Tom. Also even more disappointed to transpose 2 digits (and their counterparts) in a 66-pt puzzle that had taken me a long time to complete. Otherwise that would have been 2 rounds in a row with just one puzzle ignored.

Re: 2017 Sudoku GP

Posted: Sun 02 Jul, 2017 10:19 pm
by detuned
It's GP weekend again - perhaps a bit late but you still have til tomorrow evening to compete.

Re last month, the time slipped away from me somewhat that weekend. What with the attacks near London Bridge (10 minutes away from where I live) the whole thing completely slipped my mind.

Re: 2017 Sudoku GP

Posted: Tue 04 Jul, 2017 1:02 pm
by detuned
Results are up - I thought it was a very hard round, measured by how close I thought I was to finishing (not close at all). I also thought it was perhaps a little too "puzzle-y", although not by much.

The UK ranks are a little below the norm for this year, which is a bit disappointing.

Top 3 UK:

56. Tom Collyer (426)
69. Mark Goodliffe (397)
71. Heather Golding (390)

Re: 2017 Sudoku GP

Posted: Tue 04 Jul, 2017 6:49 pm
by GoldingH
I spent way too long on my first puzzle - knew it hadn't gone particularly well, and was frankly impressed I had not dropped even further. I, too, found it a difficult round (but that might be largely based on that first puzzle).