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by detuned
Sat 24 Oct, 2020 9:48 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Divisions A and B 2020-2021
Replies: 10
Views: 341

Re: Divisions A and B 2020-2021

Hmmm...I have to say I’d not considered the mobile aspect. I tried puzzle duel on my phone and it did feel like a better experience compared to laptop/mouse. I suspect that’s because I’ve got no baseline experience to compare to on mobile. I would say that, without any exaggeration, the sudoku on pu...
by detuned
Wed 21 Oct, 2020 2:29 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Divisions A and B 2020-2021
Replies: 10
Views: 341

Re: Divisions A and B 2020-2021

Hi I’ve just tried to use Puzzle Duel on a tablet and a laptop and it seemed fine. Is that because it was a loop puzzle? Where is the issue? Try a shading puzzle - awkward but doable, there’s no dragging so you have to click every cell. Definitely favours those with good mouse work. Try an object p...
by detuned
Mon 19 Oct, 2020 12:03 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Divisions A and B 2020-2021
Replies: 10
Views: 341

Re: Divisions A and B 2020-2021

On the subject of LMI (and here I'm leaving aside my personal grievances) - from a competition point of view it is not clear what is going to happen next year when Flash becomes totally obsolete. They may not even have a functioning competition engine!
by detuned
Sun 18 Oct, 2020 11:47 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Divisions A and B 2020-2021
Replies: 10
Views: 341

Re: Divisions A and B 2020-2021

I'm not taking this super-seriously (for example I probably won't take part in the LMI contests), so by all means please don't act just on the basis of me, but... The Puzzle Duel interface is mouse only, and it is singularly awful because of that. I think I'm OK at it and probably have a slight adva...
by detuned
Sun 18 Oct, 2020 11:40 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Division D 2020-21 Round 1
Replies: 16
Views: 866

Re: Division D 2020-21 Round 1

Haha - I'm fascinated by the idea of marginal gains to try and get on the same planet as Ken :) In the sudoku world many of the ultra quick speed solvers are Chinese. One theory I had is: given that chinese characters are an order of magnitude or two more complex than those of the latin alphabet, th...
by detuned
Fri 16 Oct, 2020 10:04 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Division D 2020-21 Round 1
Replies: 16
Views: 866

Re: Division D 2020-21 Round 1

A couple of words on my times: (which are entirely consistent with how I have previously approached competitions and test solving alike) Although the instructions to fillomino tell you to place a number in each cell, most of the time I will instead draw borders to identify regions of connected cells...
by detuned
Tue 22 Sep, 2020 9:48 am
Forum: Puzzle (incl. Sudoku) Rules & Tips
Topic: Fillomino
Replies: 5
Views: 1235

Re: Fillomino

Hello, as part of a beginner series I have posted a set of Fillominos - including a guide to solving techniques - on my blog a short while ago, and I am happy to share them here: https://hausigel.de/blog/2020/06/20/classics-collection-fillomino/ https://www.hausigel.de/blogdata/cc_6/Fillomino.pdf T...
by detuned
Tue 08 Sep, 2020 11:18 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UK Puzzle League 2020-2021
Replies: 8
Views: 1702

Re: UK Puzzle League 2020-2021

Can we register our interest here as well? If so, I’d like to register my interest, although I’d caveat that I have more interest currently in the UK set puzzles than I do in the other open competitions.

Well done on showing some much needed initiative Adam :)
by detuned
Tue 04 Aug, 2020 5:33 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Puzzles at the Mind Sports Olympiad in London on Sunday
Replies: 45
Views: 54314

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

Thought I’d comment briefly given I dipped my ties back into competition - I think MSO is well worth supporting. Turnout was a bit low, perhaps due to people not really knowing how to work the Estonian site, but perhaps also due to lack of publicity. I’m sorry to see David C had issues - basically y...
by detuned
Wed 17 Jun, 2020 4:27 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Results: 2020 UK Sudoku Championship
Replies: 2
Views: 2689

Results: 2020 UK Sudoku Championship

Congratulations to David McNeill, who has claimed a consecutive UK Sudoku Championship, bringing his tally to 5 overall. David finished all 16 of the puzzles in an impressive time of 1 hour and 48 minutes. In what was a harder set of puzzles for this year's competition, Freddie Hand and Adam Bissett...
by detuned
Tue 16 Jun, 2020 11:04 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UK Sudoku Championship 2020
Replies: 13
Views: 7145

Re: UK Sudoku Championship 2020

Credit for the puzzles also goes to Sam Cappleman Lynes - having a wider range of puzzles to consider for the set maybe made things more difficult, but on reflection it’s a nice problem to have!
by detuned
Sat 13 Jun, 2020 6:04 pm
Forum: Welcome!
Topic: Hello
Replies: 1
Views: 1697

Re: Hello

Good to see you here - hope you get a chance to enjoy the UKSC
by detuned
Thu 11 Jun, 2020 9:11 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UK Sudoku Championship 2020
Replies: 13
Views: 7145

Re: UK Sudoku Championship 2020

I received the following question by email: hi Tom, hope you are well. for tomorrow's Sudoku championship there are variants - one of them is Linked Sudoku. my question is: since we have to provide answers as 2 strings A (horizontal) and B(vertical) should the horizontal string (A) include both halv...
by detuned
Wed 10 Jun, 2020 11:27 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UK Sudoku Championship 2020
Replies: 13
Views: 7145

Re: UK Sudoku Championship 2020

I hope it's a good sign that there are no questions so far!

The points distribution has now been added to the instructions. These can be found here:

https://ukpuzzles.org/file_download.php ... c762c9530e
by detuned
Mon 08 Jun, 2020 6:24 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UK Sudoku Championship 2020
Replies: 13
Views: 7145

Re: UK Sudoku Championship 2020

The instructions are now live here: [link to previous version of instructions removed, please see below] Unfortunately, I have not yet been able to finalise the points distribution, as I work to incorporate all the testing feedback. An updated version of the instructions will be available by Wednesd...
by detuned
Fri 29 May, 2020 10:01 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UK Sudoku Championship 2020
Replies: 13
Views: 7145

UK Sudoku Championship 2020

This is the discussion thread for the 2020 UK Sudoku Championship. The 2020 World Sudoku Championships originally planned to take place in Shanghai, China have been postponed until 2021. As such it is uncertain what bearing this contest will have on UK team selection. It is likely to have at least s...
by detuned
Thu 21 May, 2020 4:23 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: WPF Puzzle GP 2020
Replies: 67
Views: 26599

Re: WPF Puzzle GP 2020

Maybe things are getting to me, but it’s beginning to get more than a little wearing to seemingly get into arguments like this every time I have the temerity to suggest how things might be improved. It’s almost as if people think I’m coming from a position of sour grapes or bad faith towards whoever...
by detuned
Thu 21 May, 2020 1:14 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: WPF Puzzle GP 2020
Replies: 67
Views: 26599

Re: WPF Puzzle GP 2020

You what?!? Exactly how badly have I made things out to be - I’m somewhat bemused by some of the reactions here. I’m not sure how I’ve managed to start a (somewhat petty) argument... I’ve said that I didn’t understand the rules during time, I’ve said that’s largely due to lack of preparation on my s...
by detuned
Tue 19 May, 2020 9:59 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: WPF Puzzle GP 2020
Replies: 67
Views: 26599

Re: WPF Puzzle GP 2020

Another suggestion I've seen elsewhere is: rather than have huge long paragraphs where you have many sentences strung together, a clearer format is something like: Describe the solving mechanic [E.g. draw a loop/shade some cells/place some a number in ever cell etc] first. Then every constraint is l...
by detuned
Tue 19 May, 2020 9:43 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: WPF Puzzle GP 2020
Replies: 67
Views: 26599

Re: WPF Puzzle GP 2020

The sentence started "if two cells touch...", the subsequent reference to the "...same (numbered) cell" was split over two lines (and also by parentheses), and in general these puzzles tend to have adjacency conditions. I freely admit I wasn't prepared, all I'm saying is I think I might have had a b...
by detuned
Tue 19 May, 2020 12:10 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: WPF Puzzle GP 2020
Replies: 67
Views: 26599

Re: WPF Puzzle GP 2020

You could do length of line segments for yajilin like for other loop puzzles. One of these days I’m going to try putting together a database of what keys works best for what puzzles. Perhaps those puzzles were susceptible to a few final sting in the tail moments. I got caught out on the scrabble lik...
by detuned
Tue 19 May, 2020 9:25 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: WPF Puzzle GP 2020
Replies: 67
Views: 26599

Re: WPF Puzzle GP 2020

I think bad choice of answer keys also comes into play, but it does seem quite low even so! You could have easily have chosen columns from the tapa borders rather than rows. The key to the second galaxies was even more painful.
by detuned
Sun 17 May, 2020 12:13 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Japanese Sudoku Championship
Replies: 1
Views: 2623

Re: Japanese Sudoku Championship

Just a heads up on this - there are now 6 links on the download link posted above. The first 3 are specific to the puzzle competition. If you are after the sudoku competition, then you want the last set of 3 links (in order: solutions, competition, instructions)
by detuned
Sun 17 May, 2020 12:11 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Japanese Puzzle Championship
Replies: 0
Views: 2142

Japanese Puzzle Championship

This happened yesterday I think, although my Japanese isn't so hot. Anyhow, the files are available to download from this link: https://jppuzzles.com/jpcjnpc/wscwpc-senbatsu2020/download/ Note that this is the same link as for the sudoku round. Only the first three links are relevant to the puzzle c...
by detuned
Thu 14 May, 2020 9:30 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: WPF Puzzle GP 2020
Replies: 67
Views: 26599

Re: WPF Puzzle GP 2020

Round 5 is happening this weekend