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by Mblount
Fri 29 Jul, 2022 5:35 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2022 WPC and WSC UK Team Qualification Policy
Replies: 13
Views: 845

Re: 2022 WPC and WSC UK Team Qualification Policy

Trying to wrap this up soon, so similarly for the WPC team: can we please get initial indications from Maurice Blount, Maurice is joining us for the full week, but not taking part in the WSC. Rereading my email, I realise I might have been unclear, but I'm only planning to attend the WPC half of th...
by Mblount
Thu 28 Apr, 2022 7:46 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2022 WPF Puzzle GP
Replies: 28
Views: 3219

Re: 2022 WPF Puzzle GP

For the example, at least, I found the following ideas helpful: - Separating out leaves (ie dead ends) - there are two of these in each of R1 and R6, and each pair must have one going to the 2 seed and one going to the 5 seed so as not to break the "no two leaves sharing a seed can be in the sa...
by Mblount
Fri 11 Mar, 2022 2:15 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Division C and B 2021-22
Replies: 33
Views: 5466

Re: Division C and B 2021-22

I couldn't see how to get a single foothold in the Skyscraper. For me, the starting point was row 3 and column 4 - R3C4 must be strictly greater than all other numbers in R3. This means that large shapes in rows 4-6 are "boxed in" by row 3. It also means that R3C4 can't be 1, nor can it g...
by Mblount
Thu 10 Feb, 2022 4:57 pm
Forum: General Puzzle Discussions
Topic: Coloured pencils - fair to use?
Replies: 3
Views: 998

Re: Coloured pencils - fair to use?

Thanks both - having tried it out on the GP last weekend I agree that it didn't seem to offer much/any advantage. It mostly came in handy for shading in at the end of the Statue Park, where I'd guessed and wanted to ensure I'd not inadvertently closed off any unshaded regions - but I could equally h...
by Mblount
Sun 30 Jan, 2022 12:21 pm
Forum: General Puzzle Discussions
Topic: Coloured pencils - fair to use?
Replies: 3
Views: 998

Coloured pencils - fair to use?

When doing puzzle competitions, I often end up guessing, and the notation can get very messy if I need to use several "levels" of guessing and want to track the implications of those guesses. (For example, when doing yajilin I either shade or dot cells, then if I need to guess I use X or O...
by Mblount
Mon 16 Aug, 2021 12:00 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: UKPA Monday evening Zoom drop-ins
Replies: 37
Views: 17563

Re: UKPA Monday evening Zoom drop-ins

Me too - though I'll probably be able to make other evenings if its organised for later in the week instead.
by Mblount
Thu 17 Jun, 2021 10:11 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2021 WPF Sudoku and Puzzle GPs
Replies: 105
Views: 63224

Re: 2021 WPF Sudoku and Puzzle GPs

I might be missing something more obvious, but after (a lot of) head scratching I've realised the 9-cell cage must have ACEGI in the corner and centre cells and BDFH in the edge cells. I'm not sure what the etiquette is for spoilers here, so to be safe I've rot13 'd the detail of my solving method b...
by Mblount
Tue 08 Jun, 2021 8:06 am
Forum: General Puzzle Discussions
Topic: Classic sudoku speed
Replies: 8
Views: 5146

Re: Classic sudoku speed

I don't have much experience with the sudoku gp (or sudoku in general), but for what it's worth I notice "pairs" come up in the classic puzzles relatively often and have started keeping more of an eye out for them. For me, the "variant vs classic" comes down to two things - the f...
by Mblount
Wed 26 May, 2021 6:42 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: UKPA Monday evening Zoom drop-ins
Replies: 37
Views: 17563

Re: UKPA Monday evening Zoom drop-ins

Could I join tonight's meeting? I'd definitely be interested in talking through some of the Puzzle GP puzzles :)

Maurice