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Re: Any interest in a UK croco-puzzle ladder?

Postby driv4r » Fri 05 Oct, 2012 10:16 pm

Wohooo! 61st place in yesterday's Comparison Sudoku was great, my 2nd best result ever (obviously behind Sudoku), my 3rd result in top 100 and well, it wasn't too far from top 50, 20 seconds off :) That means my overall rating jumped up by 16 straight away and Comparison Sudoku rating is my new highest -- 855 (300 up)! I only lost out to afcwarren from here (ladder) and beat both oenomel and apollo1001 8-) Would surely have beaten some more known puzzlers but maybe just maybe they are all at world championship atm...

EDIT: Also, this time was good enough for 1st Kyu, which means rating nicely over 2000 -- wowow! :D
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Re: Any interest in a UK croco-puzzle ladder?

Postby apollo1001 » Sat 06 Oct, 2012 7:59 am

Congrats! I was pleased with my time, but you trounced me :shock: Now you just need to repeat that every time one comes up and you'll start flying up the rankings. I'm certainly looking forward to seeing the Northern/Southern UK grudge match in the league when the teams face off...
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Re: Any interest in a UK croco-puzzle ladder?

Postby driv4r » Sat 06 Oct, 2012 12:36 pm

Tnx! I defo enjoyed this puzzle, didn't have many places where I had to stop and think and that's what I always try to avoid in all sudokus as it's a must for a good time ;) And yea, your time's very good too.
Well, that would be great but unfortunately it doesn't come up very often. I could get at least as good result in normal Sudoku too though and possibly a decent time in Killer Sudoku if everything clicks... In others I might get decent results sometimes but in many puzzles I'm still struggling and a couple like Slalom for example just don't seem to be for me. Last week solved my first ever Rundweg/Fences (it wasn't easy), so now there is only 1 puzzle that I'm yet to solve.

Yea, this match is gonna be exciting! 8-)

EDIT after solving Thursday 10th's puzzles:
Solved my first ever Number Pyramid!!! :mrgreen: And though I am disappointed with the mistake, I'm otherwise happy with the time and result, took some risks but I'd say it's normal that it didn't pay off first time, moreover I'd say I must have felt confident at it that I took a risk, so I think I actually quite like this puzzle! 8-)
Also, Thermometer time 1:30 seems like good but apparently it's actually mediocre...

EDIT 2: Update after Sunday, 14th. Wow, 2 sudokus in 2 days, that's amazing, I wish it would happen more often! :D I didn't solve very well this time, both were just OK, good enough to be in top 200 (and 9th, 8th Kyu respectively) but nowhere near top 100. Second one was tougher but went slightly better I think. In the first one even apollo1001 was better than me (well done btw, decent time there) and I spent a couple of minutes not finding anything as I hadn't filled in (and noticed) a 2, a bit of a blind moment :lol:
But still my overall rating went up by 17 pts only thanks to those 2 and my sudoku rating is now 814 (only Comparison Sudoku one is slightly higher), I'm back in overall sudoku top 500 and I've even overtaken dickoon himself, woah! 8-)

EDIT 3: Update after Tuesday, 30th. Got an OK result in today's Camp and beat 3 solvers from here including apollo (by closest possible margin i.e. 1 second)!! :D
That means my overall rating improved by 8 or 9 pts and Camp rating passed 500 pts and is my 5th rating over 500! :)
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Re: Any interest in a UK croco-puzzle ladder?

Postby Janix » Fri 09 Nov, 2012 11:36 am

Removing previous post from last post.

Goodbye and Good Riddance
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Re: Any interest in a UK croco-puzzle ladder?

Postby berni » Tue 01 Jan, 2013 10:00 am

Whenever I view this forum, this topic is highlighted, but no new post. I presume, that this is due to the deletion of an older post. With this new post, I hope the problem is gone... ;)
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Re: Any interest in a UK croco-puzzle ladder?

Postby sknight » Wed 06 Mar, 2013 3:00 pm

As of right now, there are about 60 people who have solved daily puzzle #1 on Croco-Puzzle, and about 100 who have attempted but not completed.
So we may end up with another example of "median time = unsolved".

I'm going to pretend that this puzzle is simply Croco-Puzzle's way of paying tribute to the Puzzle Marathon contest over at LMI.
Certainly, the times on this puzzle are pretty similar to some of the puzzles on the Marathon...
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Re: Any interest in a UK croco-puzzle ladder?

Postby afcwarren » Tue 10 Sep, 2013 12:28 pm

Has anybody else developed a short-term eye problem after solving today's puzzle? :shock:
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Re: Any interest in a UK croco-puzzle ladder?

Postby detuned » Tue 10 Sep, 2013 2:02 pm

wish I'd been more alert to think of doing this last night, but for puzzles like that it's certainly worth taking the 30 second hit of opening the puzzle, seeing it's ridiculous, resizing the applet (http://www.croco-puzzle.com/Benutzerkonto/index.php) and reopening the puzzle :shock:
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Re: Any interest in a UK croco-puzzle ladder?

Postby PuzzleScot » Tue 10 Sep, 2013 2:13 pm

I also was about 6" from the screen, practising my fine motor skills.
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Re: Any interest in a UK croco-puzzle ladder?

Postby sknight » Tue 10 Sep, 2013 2:41 pm

I saw the description and it didn't quite sink in.
"10x10 Rundweg". OK, that's normal. Wait ... did that say 10x10 HEXES? Isn't that a lot of hexagons? Uh-oh...

I can't say I was surprised to get a FV on that one, since trying to figure out if I had only one loop made my head hurt. I noticed one issue and fixed it before submitting, but still had two loops on first attempt. I was just glad to be able to fix it without redoing large portions of the puzzle...
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Re: Any interest in a UK croco-puzzle ladder?

Postby detuned » Sun 08 Jun, 2014 10:32 pm

The LITS just released has two solutions, both of which are being accepted as correct...
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Re: Any interest in a UK croco-puzzle ladder?

Postby kiwijam » Tue 10 Jun, 2014 2:01 am

detuned wrote:The LITS just released has two solutions, both of which are being accepted as correct...


Thanks for the warning Tom, I doubt I would have recognised the Aktuellste Meldung message. I'm enjoying the 24HourPC puzzle types being showcased currently.
(PS I think there are 9 solutions? :geek: )
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Re: Any interest in a UK croco-puzzle ladder?

Postby berni » Thu 12 Jun, 2014 10:56 am

kiwijam wrote:(PS I think there are 9 solutions? :geek: )


My computer programm found 11. But I have still no clue, why it found only one, when I used it to test the puzzle...
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Re: Any interest in a UK croco-puzzle ladder?

Postby detuned » Sun 03 Aug, 2014 11:02 pm

Without a list of numbers to fill the grid with (as per the example), the sunflower puzzle just released on croco has an infinite list of solutions parametrised by Z x Z. Although the solution code only has an infinite list of solutions parametrised by Z.

I suppose I shouldn't be surprised that my particular guess at the solution wasn't the one they had in mind :roll:
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Re: Any interest in a UK croco-puzzle ladder?

Postby sknight » Mon 04 Aug, 2014 10:23 am

Yeah, once I figured out what the solution set was, I entered one of the infinitely many valid solutions and called it a night.
But it was sort of fun figuring out exactly what the constraints on the solution were, I guess :P
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Re: Any interest in a UK croco-puzzle ladder?

Postby kiwijam » Wed 26 Nov, 2014 10:30 pm

A message regarding the Online Shop at Crocopuzzle.
It will be closing permanently on/after Saturday 29/11.
If you have acquired any credit (typically from playing the weekly prize-puzzles) then now is the time to spend it.
To check your balance, log in, click on Onlineshop, and there'll be a Guthaben (=balance) in the bottom-left corner.
Or if you want to buy something with a credit card, now is your last chance!
Also, there is a page with some English instructions.

In summary, the shop contains about 70 copies of the Denksel puzzle magazine, 3 Starter puzzle sets, 2 seasons of the Crocoliga puzzles, and 3 special sets (handmade, crypto, and advent).
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Re: Any interest in a UK croco-puzzle ladder?

Postby detuned » Sat 01 Aug, 2015 3:16 pm

I've just noticed James is top of the croco rankings! Nicely done :)

http://www.croco-puzzle.com/Rating/rating.php
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Re: Any interest in a UK croco-puzzle ladder?

Postby kiwijam » Mon 17 Aug, 2015 11:21 pm

Thanks Tom,
When I got to my current score there were at least 5 others above me, but one by one they slipped down. I was even 70 points above 2nd place recently, but I see Hideaki climbing up again.
I'm not very active these days, although the authors are all top-quality and these daily handmade puzzles are generally excellent.
Every now and then I find time to log in and do a few, I prefer the U2 variants to the U1 easy sprints.
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