detuned wrote:drsteve wrote:Nope, the appeal was unsuccessful. Rather harsh, I thought - spend the time solving the puzzle correctly (as is clear from entering one correct row and then choosing the wrong row to enter) only to be told that entering the correct answer key is part of solving the puzzle. When it is clear that the puzzle has been solved, surely points should be awarded? Half points, perhaps?
No, disagree with this entirely having been on the other end. You have no idea about the number of opportunists chancing their arm with appeals, and if you are asking the judges to sort out the chancers from the hard-luckers with only the contents of an answer code to go by then you are asking too much of the judge. It's also not fair on everyone who spent a bit of extra time checking their answers were correct. I know it happens to everyone, but really if the answer codes are fair (which I thought they generally were) then if you stuff them up then you only have yourself to blame.
I have to agree here too. Checking the answer keys is an absolute nightmare. In general people try to select ones that demonstrate that the puzzle has solved to the end but this isn't always entirely possible. That bit of time to check them that someone uses may mean that they don't then quite manage to enter a solution for another puzzle that they may have solved correctly. A similar thing happens with on-site competitions in that when "Time is up" - everyone needs to stop writing immediately. Marking the papers you then find one that has say one or two cells not completed - was it because someone just missed completing it fully before moving on or was it because time was up? The fairest way for all is being strict.