UK Puzzle Championship 2019 / WPC Qualification

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puzzlemad
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UK Puzzle Championship 2019 / WPC Qualification

Post by puzzlemad » Fri 14 Jun, 2019 8:11 am

This is the discussion thread for the 2019 UK Puzzle Championship. It will also act as the second qualifier for the UK A team competing at the World Puzzle Championships in Kirchheim, Germany to be held on the 29th September - 6th October 2019 (note that these dates also include time for the World Sudoku Championships).

Duration: 2 1/2 hours
Dates: Friday 21st - Monday 24th June 2019
Contest Page: http://www.ukpuzzles.org/contests.php?contestid=50

Please post any questions about the competition here.

Feadoor
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Re: UK Puzzle Championship 2019 / WPC Qualification

Post by Feadoor » Fri 14 Jun, 2019 8:35 am

Thanks Liane! I'll kick off the questions...

- There are conflicting lengths of time for the contest. Most places say 2.5 hours, but the "Points and Bonuses" section of the instructions says "the allotted two hours" and the contest page itself says "3 hours".
- In Pentopia the instructions suggest that ALL pentominoes must be placed - is this true? This isn't normally the case in Pentopia (and notably, isn't the case in the example puzzle).
- In Word Search, I presume that the words must be found in the grid using an exact match on the Turkish letters, i.e. even if two letters have the same Latin equivalent, one cannot be substituted for another when looking for words? In other words, the substitution only occurs after the puzzle is solved?

Feadoor
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Re: UK Puzzle Championship 2019 / WPC Qualification

Post by Feadoor » Fri 14 Jun, 2019 9:03 am

And one tip for anyone who thinks they'll struggle to calculate the area of an angled rectangle for the Shakashaka answer key, there's no need to count up triangles! Count the number of diagonal units along each of a pair of sides, calculate the area as if they were the actual side lengths, then double the result.

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Re: UK Puzzle Championship 2019 / WPC Qualification

Post by puzzlemad » Fri 14 Jun, 2019 9:29 am

Feadoor wrote:
Fri 14 Jun, 2019 8:35 am
Thanks Liane! I'll kick off the questions...

- There are conflicting lengths of time for the contest. Most places say 2.5 hours, but the "Points and Bonuses" section of the instructions says "the allotted two hours" and the contest page itself says "3 hours".
- In Pentopia the instructions suggest that ALL pentominoes must be placed - is this true? This isn't normally the case in Pentopia (and notably, isn't the case in the example puzzle).
- In Word Search, I presume that the words must be found in the grid using an exact match on the Turkish letters, i.e. even if two letters have the same Latin equivalent, one cannot be substituted for another when looking for words? In other words, the substitution only occurs after the puzzle is solved?
Times amended - bonus one slipped through the net last year and I simply couldn't add up on the competition page :roll:
Pentopia - Yes all pentominoes do have to be placed in these puzzles.
Word Search - Yes the substitution only occurs after the puzzle is solved - simply to make answer submission on UK keyboards possible.

david mcneill
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Re: UK Puzzle Championship 2019 / WPC Qualification

Post by david mcneill » Sat 15 Jun, 2019 2:29 pm

Just dropping in. Liane, thanks for posting the instruction booklet.

Is it possible to post a copy of the UK Open puzzles? I think there was at least one Loose Magnets puzzle therein. Or just those particular puzzles if it isn't possible to post the whole files.

One other piece of pedantry. Can you confirm that the Ls in the L Fillomino will be one cell in width?

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Re: UK Puzzle Championship 2019 / WPC Qualification

Post by pinkagape » Sat 15 Jun, 2019 6:48 pm

When solving the Kuromasu example, it made me wonder whether the remaining white cells can be orthogonally connected through the clue cells, or whether all the white cells had to be touching and the clue cells blocked the white cell connections.

Exciting looking mix here. I'm looking forward to it.

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