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Re: UKPA Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournament 2018

Posted: Wed 28 Feb, 2018 8:48 am
by Angus
I'm sure 99% of the time everyone knows what is meant, but an ambiguity that matters will slip through very occasionally.

Re: UKPA Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournament 2018

Posted: Thu 01 Mar, 2018 9:53 am
by puzzlemad
Hi all,
A quick update. Fingers crossed that we'll all be able to travel safely. The hotel has confirmed that they have spare rooms for the Friday night if anyone else wants to travel on the Friday rather than first thing Saturday morning.

Attached is the instruction booklet for the team round for the puzzle tournament.
The Sudoku team round is a set of 9 linked puzzles with extra regions. Some of those extra regions are unique to one puzzle whereas other regions are spread across a number of the puzzles and all 9 puzzles will need to be solved by the team. David McNeill has authored these for us.

Re: UKPA Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournament 2018

Posted: Thu 01 Mar, 2018 12:18 pm
by detuned
Brevity vs. Accuracy is of course a balancing act - but I maintain that the idea represented by "XXX cannot touch, not even diagonally" can be stated far more accurately without sacrificing much in the way of brevity.

It's horrible, horrible wording :-) And of course it's nothing really to do with the UK open, it's more a wider puzzling-culture thing presumably driven by instructions having to be stated in badly-translated English, given English has become the international language of puzzle rules.

Re: UKPA Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournament 2018

Posted: Thu 01 Mar, 2018 12:22 pm
by detuned
Liane - re Friday night and the weather, I'm tempted, but do you happen to know the rates the hotel are quoting? Are they as good as t'internet?
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Re: UKPA Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournament 2018

Posted: Thu 01 Mar, 2018 1:57 pm
by puzzlemad
Are those rates just for a room or do they include breakfast. If your day rate was converted to a 24 hr rate then that would include your evening meal and breakfast too.

Re: UKPA Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournament 2018

Posted: Thu 01 Mar, 2018 8:43 pm
by Ekaterin
In the instructions for Trio Cut, should the word "tetrominos" be replaced by "triominos" or is it triominos in the example but tetrominos in the puzzle?
Thanks,
Eva.

Re: UKPA Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournament 2018

Posted: Fri 02 Mar, 2018 9:35 am
by puzzlemad
Ekaterin wrote:
Thu 01 Mar, 2018 8:43 pm
In the instructions for Trio Cut, should the word "tetrominos" be replaced by "triominos" or is it triominos in the example but tetrominos in the puzzle?
Thanks,
Eva.
They are triominos in the puzzle, so the word tetromino is wrong.

Re: UKPA Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournament 2018

Posted: Sat 03 Mar, 2018 7:20 am
by puzzlemad
Good luck to everyone taking part in the tournament this weekend. I know that some have had difficult journeys and but have arrived safely and am looking forwards to seeing everyone shortly.

Re: UKPA Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournament 2018

Posted: Tue 06 Mar, 2018 6:42 am
by puzzlemad
The UKPA Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournaments were held at the new venue – the Croydon Aerodrome hotel over the weekend of the 3rd and 4th March.

Although Jan Zverina’s flight was delayed by over 5 hours meaning that he didn’t arrive until the early hours of Saturday morning, this didn’t hinder him too much as he won the Sudoku Tournament, finishing all but one of the rounds with ample time to spare amassing a total of 1056 points over 280 points clear of Mark Goodliffe (top UK competitor) in 2nd place. Third place overall went to Tom Collyer and so Mark and Tom have both earnt their places for the UK team for the World Championships to be held in the Czech Republic in November. We look forward to seeing Jan there as he is part of the organizing committee. The best newcomer award went to Dan Hunt, followed by InésRodriguez and Alan Goddard in 2nd and 3rd respectively.

The overall winner of the Puzzle Tournament was Mehmet Murat Sevim from Turkey after a close fought battle with Neil Zussman who finished in 2nd with Jan Zverina following in 3rd place. The 2nd UK place went to Tom Collyer with third going to AJ Moore and both Neil and Tom have earnt their places for the UK team for the World Championships. Dan Hunt took the award for best newcomer, with Angus Walker and Zoe Walker in 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Thanks again to all the puzzle authors, test solvers and markers without whom we couldn’t put on a great event like this.