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Feadoor
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Some puzzles for your solving pleasure

Post by Feadoor » Thu 19 Mar, 2020 3:30 pm

Hi everyone,

During my enforced isolation from the world, I have taken advantage of some extra spare time to produce a set of Sudoku puzzles very loosely inspired by current events. I hope you enjoy solving them, if you also find yourself with some spare time. Some of them are quite difficult.

Sam
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Re: Some puzzles for your solving pleasure

Post by detuned » Thu 19 Mar, 2020 3:41 pm

Excellent to see more Latex use :) How are you drawing up the puzzles though Sam? At a guess they look like png files from (possibly Excel) screenshots?

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Re: Some puzzles for your solving pleasure

Post by Feadoor » Thu 19 Mar, 2020 3:44 pm

Yep - they're screenshotted PNGs from my online tool for creating Sudoku puzzles (the same one used by Cracking the Cryptic). I thought about learning to use either TikZ or something like Inkscape, but I didn't have that much spare time.

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Re: Some puzzles for your solving pleasure

Post by Puzzle_Maestro » Thu 19 Mar, 2020 4:49 pm

Thanks for the puzzles Sam! Just started working through them: the second has a very neat break-in.

Since school is closed for the foreseeable future, I may start producing some puzzles again...

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Re: Some puzzles for your solving pleasure

Post by david mcneill » Fri 20 Mar, 2020 10:49 am

Sam, thanks for putting these puzzles together. I haven't tried them yet but they look fantastic.

Do you think that we could all collectively think about publishing daily puzzles or weekly puzzle sets? Or monthly competitions?

Or is Cracking the Cryptic already doing enough?

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Re: Some puzzles for your solving pleasure

Post by Puzzle_Maestro » Fri 20 Mar, 2020 1:54 pm

Something akin to the Japanese Heads Up puzzle league would be pretty cool, I think.

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Re: Some puzzles for your solving pleasure

Post by mwhite » Sat 21 Mar, 2020 6:46 am

Thanks so much for these. Haven't looked at them yet, but looking forward to having a go. I found both your WPC and UKPA Open rounds very challenging but fun, so more chances to try some of your sudokus is very much appreciated!

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Re: Some puzzles for your solving pleasure

Post by detuned » Sat 21 Mar, 2020 7:31 pm

Puzzle_Maestro wrote:
Fri 20 Mar, 2020 1:54 pm
Something akin to the Japanese Heads Up puzzle league would be pretty cool, I think.
Could you give a brief summary of what that is and how it works? I’ve never heard of that

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Re: Some puzzles for your solving pleasure

Post by Puzzle_Maestro » Sun 22 Mar, 2020 1:08 pm

Recordings of the league can be found at Ken Endo's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVhOlV ... r_FWpt6FbA

It's essentially a competition where players go head to head against each other in matches (similar to the WSPC playoffs), and a different person creates the puzzles each time. It's probably pointless to emulate this as I don't think we'd have the resources, but we could have some sort of competition every once in a while.


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