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by Nilz
Fri 08 Jul, 2022 6:01 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Results of 2022 UK Puzzle Championship
Replies: 4
Views: 657

Re: Results of 2022 UK Puzzle Championship

kiwijam wrote: Fri 08 Jul, 2022 1:45 am Congratulations Freddie, great result from you.
Seconded
kiwijam wrote: Fri 08 Jul, 2022 1:45 am Big thanks to Liane for organising this contest.
Seconded
kiwijam wrote: Fri 08 Jul, 2022 1:45 am (PS And I confirm acceptance of my spot in the Krakow A-team.)
Seconded :D
by Nilz
Wed 01 Jun, 2022 6:37 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2022 WPF Puzzle GP
Replies: 28
Views: 3249

Re: 2022 WPF Puzzle GP

I forget to do this one (in my defence, I was busy all weekend, remember on Sunday evening but was too tired and resolved to do it on Monday, and then promptly completely forgot on Monday). Although I seem to remember reading in the rulebook that there was a kropki, so perhaps I subconsciously forgo...
by Nilz
Wed 09 Mar, 2022 8:02 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2022 WPF Puzzle GP
Replies: 28
Views: 3249

Re: 2022 WPF Puzzle GP

Curve data: I usually find you just need to start playing around with the shapes, sticking them in places that seem to fit nicely together and seeing what happens. On this one, I started left to right and then realised 3 things: 1. My original solution for the LHS wasn't unique; I had the R above th...
by Nilz
Sat 05 Mar, 2022 12:37 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2022 WPF Puzzle GP
Replies: 28
Views: 3249

Re: 2022 WPF Puzzle GP

Round 2 is taking place over this weekend.
by Nilz
Sat 26 Feb, 2022 12:37 am
Forum: Puzzle Links
Topic: Humble Bundle
Replies: 1
Views: 742

Humble Bundle

Not exactly the puzzles we usually solve here, but may be of interest to some: There is currently a Humble Bundle deal of 13 mathematical and puzzle related books for less than £20 (or more if you wish to increase the charity contribution): https://www.humblebundle.com/books/math-puzzles-train-your-...
by Nilz
Fri 11 Feb, 2022 7:32 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2022 WPF Puzzle GP
Replies: 28
Views: 3249

Re: 2022 WPF Puzzle GP

I omitted to put Senec in the Scrabble, which is pretty infuriating- I tend to make such errors pretty rarely, at least compared to some, so it's frustrating that it cost so many points on this occasion. I think I'd've beaten Freddie otherwise, not sure how that happened.
by Nilz
Wed 24 Nov, 2021 9:13 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: 2021 World Sudoku+Puzzle Convention
Replies: 13
Views: 5984

Re: 2021 World Sudoku+Puzzle Convention

I agree that it was an enjoyable contest; nice to see some familiar names and faces again, and it was great to get the competitive juices flowing again! And actually, even though I didn't remember to take part in most of them, the Time Trials were a really good idea, particularly because they're the...
by Nilz
Tue 03 Aug, 2021 2:27 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Puzzles at the Mind Sports Olympiad in London on Sunday
Replies: 51
Views: 93003

Re: Puzzles at the Mind Sports Olympiad in London on Sunday

This year's event takes place between 13th August and 5th September, and is again almost entirely online (potentially 100% online, I haven't checked). https://mindsportsolympiad.com/mso-2021/ Dates for events that people who view the UKPA forum may be interested in: 13-16 Aug: Logic Puzzles (using t...
by Nilz
Mon 19 Jul, 2021 8:40 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: UKPA Monday evening Zoom drop-ins
Replies: 37
Views: 17612

Re: UKPA Monday evening Zoom drop-ins

Thanks for continuing to run these, Tom- I hope the lack of attendance last time didn't deter you, and I hope more than just yourself showed up tonight. I was unable to join as, like Sam, I've just been solving the thing! (So thanks for the reminder, as well!) Couple of thoughts: 1. Is it worth sett...
by Nilz
Sun 27 Jun, 2021 1:09 pm
Forum: Puzzle (incl. Sudoku) Rules & Tips
Topic: Taca
Replies: 2
Views: 2796

Re: Taca

From the forum for that test: https://logicmastersindia.com/forum/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=1348&start=1#M22255 "I think rules of Taca need some clarification. From puzzles in the actual test, "first seen unshaded cell" should be replaced by "first seen cell that is neither ...
by Nilz
Mon 22 Mar, 2021 10:42 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Divisions A and B 2020-2021
Replies: 68
Views: 44587

Re: Divisions A and B 2020-2021

Crikey, that combined table is interesting. If Freddie and Sam had been in the same division, their combined impact has a huge impact on Friday's scores (enough to move Adam above Tom and Matthew, for example- incredibly, by just a single point!). I think that definitely argues for a slight alterati...
by Nilz
Sun 21 Mar, 2021 1:14 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Divisions A and B 2020-2021
Replies: 68
Views: 44587

Re: Divisions A and B 2020-2021

I should have completed through to today (which I think was the last one), sorry for getting a little behind. I've enjoyed the way you've set this round up Adam - I do obviously enjoy the 'sit and puzzle for 90 minutes' format for GP/LMI but its nice to have a round that's a bit different Thanks Ma...
by Nilz
Tue 16 Mar, 2021 11:36 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Divisions A and B 2020-2021
Replies: 68
Views: 44587

Re: Divisions A and B 2020-2021

I'm nilz on there. I should be appearing there now, I just solved the Mon and Tues puzzles. Not sure if there is/needs to be any penalty for solving a day late, although I guarantee I'll forget again before the end of the week.
by Nilz
Wed 03 Mar, 2021 6:02 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2021 WPF Sudoku and Puzzle GPs
Replies: 105
Views: 63483

Re: 2021 WPF Sudoku and Puzzle GPs

Put me in the 'Disliking the SPOLICY' camp! Definitely should've spent that time on the scrabbles instead, but I forgot they were there!
Weirdly I found the big Yin-Yang easier than the small one. As Tom surmises, I do feel like I could've bifurcated a bit earlier to get the small one out quicker.
by Nilz
Wed 03 Mar, 2021 5:56 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UKPA Skyscrapers Contest 25 February - 2 March 2021
Replies: 14
Views: 11313

Re: UKPA Skyscrapers Contest 25 February - 2 March 2021

Nice contest thanks David. Disappointed I didn't finish. Think I spent too long on the Sums. I did have the easy consecutive done and entered, but I didn't realise/ forgot that the interface doesn't auto-submit when the time runs out. Made no difference luckily. Glad to hear there's a masyu contest ...
by Nilz
Tue 02 Feb, 2021 6:30 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2021 WPF Sudoku and Puzzle GPs
Replies: 105
Views: 63483

Re: 2021 WPF Sudoku and Puzzle GPs

I really enjoyed this test, even if I did spend way too long factorising large numbers :roll: Some really nice underrepresented puzzle types (I'm thinking mainly of the football puzzle), and it's nice to see a strong UK showing. :) Can we claim that makes us the best 'natural' team in the world, whi...
by Nilz
Thu 02 Jul, 2020 4:52 pm
Forum: Welcome!
Topic: Hello
Replies: 6
Views: 10665

Re: Hello

I subscribed to Tough Puzzles for a year when I was 14. Couldn't solve most of the puzzles, but I enjoyed seeing a variety of new puzzle types. In particular, I think it was my first introduction to Cross Sums (similar to Kakuro). Since Nick asked, I'll chime in to say my favourite puzzles were gene...
by Nilz
Wed 01 Jul, 2020 5:23 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Results: 2020 UK Puzzle Championship
Replies: 7
Views: 15895

Re: Results: 2020 UK Puzzle Championship

Congrats James. Bad luck Freddie, though I've now doubt you'll win plenty of future competitions at this rate. Thanks as always to Liane and all the other organisers/ setters. And I did smile when I read the instruction booklet and saw 'You're Missing a Six', always nice to see clever inventions bas...
by Nilz
Thu 21 May, 2020 4:14 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: WPF Puzzle GP 2020
Replies: 67
Views: 78803

Re: WPF Puzzle GP 2020

Fwiw, I wouldn't describe this discussion as 'controversy', so I don't think you have anything to be concerned about, Tom.
by Nilz
Wed 20 May, 2020 10:03 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: WPF Puzzle GP 2020
Replies: 67
Views: 78803

Re: WPF Puzzle GP 2020

Congrats on a really good result Freddie! For my part, I made a small error on the yajilin that I didn't catch- it was an actual solving error rather than a answer string error, which is perhaps slightly less annoying (but more worrying), but still a big chunk of points to throw away. I also solved ...
by Nilz
Tue 18 Feb, 2020 9:42 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: WPF Puzzle GP 2020
Replies: 67
Views: 78803

Re: WPF Puzzle GP 2020

I'm not a fan of number sequence puzzles in general, but this one was nowhere near as bad as the one from last year's Mind Sports Olympiad that was posted in another thread at the time. The difference between successful numbers is 22, 42, 68... The difference between *those* numbers is 20, 26, 32......
by Nilz
Tue 04 Feb, 2020 9:29 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: WPF Sudoku GP 2020
Replies: 37
Views: 45328

Re: WPF Sudoku GP 2020

I felt like I solved more puzzles than I did which is an odd feeling. But anyway, those that I did solve were (mostly ;-) ) nice, particularly the diagonals.
by Nilz
Tue 04 Feb, 2020 9:27 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 20th 24HPC in Budapest
Replies: 4
Views: 8794

Re: 20th 24HPC in Budapest

As Tom says, I plan to attend, but haven't sorted out exact schedules yet (I haven't checked flight prices because Tom's scared me too much). But I'm definitely planning to do something puzzle-y on the Friday if people are around. :-)
by Nilz
Wed 28 Aug, 2019 8:19 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Puzzles at the Mind Sports Olympiad in London on Sunday
Replies: 51
Views: 93003

Re: Puzzles at the Mind Sports Olympiad in London on Sunday

Congrats Rodders. I could've stared at that sequence all day and not got the answer (I already did spend about as long on it as I spent on all the other puzzles combined!) so as Tom said, solving it makes you a worthy winner. That's one reason why reusing puzzles is clearly far from ideal- I'd far r...
by Nilz
Tue 16 Apr, 2019 9:42 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: WPF Puzzle GP
Replies: 22
Views: 36589

Re: WPF Puzzle GP

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- b...