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WPF Puzzle GP

Posted: Sun 13 Jan, 2019 11:27 am
by detuned
The 2019 season is up and running next weekend, but this instructions are already out. http://gp.worldpuzzle.org/sites/default ... nd1_IB.pdf

The first round is by India.

Main website is here: http://gp.worldpuzzle.org/content/puzzle-gp

Re: WPF Puzzle GP

Posted: Wed 23 Jan, 2019 1:52 pm
by detuned
Preliminary Results are now out (seems to be a delay compared to the Sudoku GP). Top 3 UK:

12. Neil Zussman 594
41. Saul Glasman 456
54. Adam Bissett 422

Re: WPF Puzzle GP

Posted: Sat 16 Feb, 2019 12:29 pm
by Nilz
Round 2, Germany, is this weekend:
https://gp.worldpuzzle.org/content/inst ... -booklet-2
Given Germany are hosting the WPC this year, it may be good practise.

Re: WPF Puzzle GP

Posted: Tue 19 Feb, 2019 2:11 pm
by detuned
Preliminary results for round 2:

17. Neil Zussman 545
23. James McGowan 527
49. Tom Collyer 403

Re: WPF Puzzle GP

Posted: Sat 16 Mar, 2019 2:00 pm
by detuned
Round 3, by Serbia, is happening this weekend

Re: WPF Puzzle GP

Posted: Tue 19 Mar, 2019 11:45 am
by Feadoor
If you didn't do the Compass during the contest, I highly recommend it to be solved at your leisure. Beautiful puzzle.

Re: WPF Puzzle GP

Posted: Tue 19 Mar, 2019 11:21 pm
by detuned
Preliminary results from round 3. Great to see a top 10 result from James!

8. James McGowan 645
21. Neil Zussman 535
50. Tom Collyer 412

I personally felt like I left a lot of points on the table - after hours the compass didn't really feel that hard, although perhaps the tweaking at the end under time pressure might have been another another story

Re: WPF Puzzle GP

Posted: Sat 13 Apr, 2019 7:49 pm
by detuned
Round 4 is happening this weekend, if you haven’t already seen

Re: WPF Puzzle GP

Posted: Mon 15 Apr, 2019 9:13 pm
by detuned
Some really lovely puzzles in this round, I think it might be my favourite so far!

Re: WPF Puzzle GP

Posted: Mon 15 Apr, 2019 9:41 pm
by Nilz
Just to add balance, I actually hated it! But that's likely down to me, rather than the puzzles.

Re: WPF Puzzle GP

Posted: Tue 16 Apr, 2019 12:37 pm
by detuned
Did you do many of the number puzzles then Neil? I only noticed the massive 150 point whale at the end, kind of glad I didn't do that during the test as I had plenty to keep me occupied, and what I did do I enjoyed a lot. The unequal length Slitherlinks solved very nicely, the Doppelblock with the Fibonacci numbers had some very good combinations which made use of the repeated 1s without ever departing too far from the feeling of the original variation - and after time the Goats and Wolves puzzle was very cute. Also I do enjoy clouds puzzles wherever I see them, even if I spent far more time on them than they were worth.

Preliminary UK results:

17. James McGowan 613
36. Saul Glasman 470
47. Tom Collyer 424

Re: WPF Puzzle GP

Posted: Tue 16 Apr, 2019 9:42 pm
by Nilz
I spent probably over half an hour getting most-but-not-all of the massive pointer at the end. I subsequently broke the slalom as well, plus both snakes (although by that stage I was largely guessing). Of the puzzles you mentioned, I did solve the Fibonacci Doppleblock and the Unequal Slitherlink- both of which did have some nice logic- and I also solved the Goats and Wolves, though not completely logically (I agree the solution is cute, but given that I didn't find a totally logical solving path, I can't comment on that).

Slightly frustrating also that overall point tallies are a bit higher than previous rounds, which means my failure to do well is even worse for me, as very few others will be dropping this as one of their worst two (at least, as far as I could see from a quick-ish glance of those near me in the overall standings). However, I did say I disliked the round even before I was aware of that!

Re: WPF Puzzle GP

Posted: Wed 15 May, 2019 9:07 am
by detuned
Preliminary UK results (not that these tend to change all that much)

37 James McGowan 444
45 Sam Cappleman-Lynes 424
52 Neil Zussman 398

Quite a strange looking set of results - I haven't yet solved the test but I imagine a fair amount of it came down to puzzle selection

Re: WPF Puzzle GP

Posted: Wed 15 May, 2019 10:18 am
by Feadoor
For me, both a higher points total and a higher place in Puzzle GP 5 than in Sudoku GP 5. Alan did promise that joining the UKPA would turn me into a "proper" puzzler :lol:

Re: WPF Puzzle GP

Posted: Fri 17 May, 2019 1:13 am
by kiwijam
Nice work Sam!
I had a bad start, I'd practised for the big Slitherlink at the end, but after 25 minutes I'd broken it 5 times, printed it twice, and made myself move on to start getting some points elsewhere.
During my guessing start I thought I'd proved that the bottom-right cell must be in the loop - frustratingly this allowed me to solve a third of the whole (large) puzzle before reaching a contradiction, and then I thought it quite likely that I'd made a small mistake during all that, so I went and solved that third of the puzzle (wrongly) again...