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by detuned
Sun 11 Aug, 2019 7:54 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: WPF Puzzle GP
Replies: 22
Views: 5315

Re: WPF Puzzle GP

Preliminary results for the final round: 14 James McGowan 625 31 Freddie Hand 513 47 Tom Collyer 419 Leaving the preliminary overall standings at: 17 James McGowan 3411 53 Neil Zussman 2479 56 Tom Collyer 2425 Ken Endo came in as an unsurprising winner, 4837.3 points, 400 points clear of Thomas Snyd...
by detuned
Sat 10 Aug, 2019 2:21 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: WPF Puzzle GP
Replies: 22
Views: 5315

Re: WPF Puzzle GP

Quick reminder - if you haven't had a go at the delayed final round you can do so until this evening
by detuned
Mon 05 Aug, 2019 10:10 pm
Forum: WPF Sudoku Technical Discussion forum
Topic: Etymology
Replies: 2
Views: 183

Re: Etymology

I should add I'm halfway through writing the report - I might add the point about etymology to it, but it will certainly not be the defining feature of it, for a number of reasons (including the one above). To shed a little more light on how things are shaping up, I think everything in this forum so...
by detuned
Mon 05 Aug, 2019 10:07 pm
Forum: WPF Sudoku Technical Discussion forum
Topic: Etymology
Replies: 2
Views: 183

Re: Etymology

A hexagonal grid can be equivalent to a square grid with diagonal constraints - I suppose it depends on how you think about these things
by detuned
Fri 26 Jul, 2019 7:18 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2019 USPC
Replies: 6
Views: 637

Re: 2019 USPC

Thanks! I feel a bit peeved having submitted 155 points worth and only ending up with 110 - lost 15 on the doppelblock by only submitting one of the two codes, had a very silly mistake on the penta slitherlink, and then an answer key typo in the regional fences. Still, not too bad all things conside...
by detuned
Wed 24 Jul, 2019 10:04 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: WPF Sudoku GP
Replies: 28
Views: 5781

Re: WPF Sudoku GP

They're much easier to spot when there are natural partitions in the grid - odd/even being a particularly helpful one as that gives 4/5.
by detuned
Tue 23 Jul, 2019 10:26 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: WPF Sudoku GP
Replies: 28
Views: 5781

Re: WPF Sudoku GP

Well, put another way, you've finished ahead of two (multiple) world champions, numerous WSC play-off contenders, and also made two UK records - so don't be too disheartened ;) At the very top there will always been insane times, but to maintain that consistently is something that only a handful of ...
by detuned
Tue 23 Jul, 2019 12:52 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: WPF Sudoku GP
Replies: 28
Views: 5781

Re: WPF Sudoku GP

Nicely done Sam - by my reckoning 13th on a round and 29th for the series are both UK records. For the round in particular you’ve finished ahead of some seriously good solvers! This round felt finishable, but the mix didn’t quite agree with me and I got bogged down on a couple of the variants (inclu...
by detuned
Sun 21 Jul, 2019 12:07 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2019 USPC
Replies: 6
Views: 637

Re: 2019 USPC

I've submitted 155 points worth of answers, and have been slowly trying to make my way through the stuff I didn't try. Very hard test this year!
by detuned
Thu 18 Jul, 2019 11:55 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2019 USPC
Replies: 6
Views: 637

2019 USPC

The USPC is happening this weekend (20th July). Unlike most competitions this happens at a fixed time, which is 6pm UK time.

For more details see here:

http://wpc.puzzles.com/uspc2019/default.asp?mode=login

Instructions out tomorrow
by detuned
Sat 13 Jul, 2019 11:57 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: WPF Sudoku GP
Replies: 28
Views: 5781

Re: WPF Sudoku GP

What a horrible looking variant. I can only hope the instruction booklet is a bluff and that the competition puzzle only has 2x2 regions. Even in that case I feel like you are stretching the idea of what makes a good sudoku variant pretty far. The fact this needs a 2nd attempt within the IB to expla...
by detuned
Thu 11 Jul, 2019 11:46 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: The Times Sudoku Championship 2019 (or not)
Replies: 3
Views: 437

Re: The Times Sudoku Championship 2019 (or not)

I haven't got an e-mail like that... what a pity :(
by detuned
Wed 10 Jul, 2019 11:24 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: WPF Sudoku GP
Replies: 28
Views: 5781

Re: WPF Sudoku GP

Since I've just done it for the puzzle GP, I'll list out the overall GP standings with 1 round yet to play: 37. Sam Cappleman-Lynes 2921 - 6 scoring rounds 49. Tom Collyer 2646 - 6 scoring rounds 63. Mark Goodliffe 2455 - 6 scoring rounds 66. Jeremy Kong 2394 - 6 scoring rounds 130. Matthew White 17...
by detuned
Wed 10 Jul, 2019 11:07 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: WPF Puzzle GP
Replies: 22
Views: 5315

Re: WPF Puzzle GP

Overall UK standings with 1 round left to play: (I'll go as far as the top 100-ish) 18. James McGowan 3230 - 6 scoring rounds 46. Neil Zussman 2479 - 5 scoring rounds 54. Saul Glasman 2362 - 6 scoring rounds 56. Tom Collyer 2355 - 6 scoring rounds 77. Adam Bisset 2028 - 6 scoring rounds 85. Sam Capp...
by detuned
Wed 10 Jul, 2019 10:49 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: WPF Puzzle GP
Replies: 22
Views: 5315

Re: WPF Puzzle GP

They look a bit more sensible now.

35. James McGowan 452
58. Tom Collyer 390
63. Adam Bisset 381

Those top scores are a little disappointing from a UK perspective, but good to see 15 UK competitors in total!
by detuned
Wed 10 Jul, 2019 9:10 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UK Sudoku Championship 2019 / WSC Qualification
Replies: 11
Views: 2983

Re: UK Sudoku Championship 2019 / WSC Qualification

It always makes me very sad to see OEBS presented without the kanji characters - I don't know why :(

It's fair to say the solving path for these puzzles can end up being quite linear. I did enjoy playing with the partition trick in rows 3 and 4 though!
by detuned
Sat 29 Jun, 2019 8:18 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Results: 2019 UK Puzzle Championship
Replies: 8
Views: 1624

Re: Results: 2019 UK Puzzle Championship

Well done James and David! And many thanks to Liane and the authors for the organisation I'm pretty disappointed in the answer keys. I don't believe the 1 character typo in my Masyu key was really worth the -60 points I was awarded. The fact that so few people ended up without any kind of answer key...
by detuned
Mon 24 Jun, 2019 10:22 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UK Puzzle Championship 2019 / WPC Qualification
Replies: 18
Views: 3396

Re: UK Puzzle Championship 2019 / WPC Qualification

Further to Liane's post above, to be absolutely clear the contest has (currently) been extended to Wednesday evening:

Wed 26 Jun 2019 23:55 BST (GMT+1)
by detuned
Thu 20 Jun, 2019 11:17 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UK Puzzle Championship 2019 / WPC Qualification
Replies: 18
Views: 3396

Re: UK Puzzle Championship 2019 / WPC Qualification

Liane - re answer codes, the instructions provide fairly clear detail about what the answer keys should be - e.g. for cave: Answer Key: Going clockwise from the top left corner enter the area of the groups of cells that are connected to the outside of the grid that are not part of the cave, separate...
by detuned
Wed 12 Jun, 2019 10:41 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Results: 2019 UK Sudoku Championship
Replies: 6
Views: 1529

Re: Results: 2019 UK Sudoku Championship

Thanks Sam! I hope everyone enjoyed it. 2017 seems like a very long time ago now, but yes that was also a remarkable year!

Simon has also done a video for the Killer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlOc6Y-MHIk
by detuned
Wed 12 Jun, 2019 6:24 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Results: 2019 UK Sudoku Championship
Replies: 6
Views: 1529

Re: Results: 2019 UK Sudoku Championship

Simon (who sadly didn't take part) has also put up a video explaining how to solve the Sandwich Sudoku

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHeVtCTUhGI
by detuned
Wed 12 Jun, 2019 6:18 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Results: 2019 UK Sudoku Championship
Replies: 6
Views: 1529

Re: Results: 2019 UK Sudoku Championship

This is the first year by my reckoning where we've had two UK finishers - it doesn't happen all that often and it's a great achievement to pull it off. In general the level of competition was very high, which is particularly pleasing from a personal perspective - not least because a couple of people...
by detuned
Wed 12 Jun, 2019 12:13 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Results: 2019 UK Sudoku Championship
Replies: 6
Views: 1529

Results: 2019 UK Sudoku Championship

Congratulations to David McNeill, who has claimed a 4th UK Sudoku Championship. David finished all 17 of the puzzles in an impressive time of 1 hour and 45 minutes. Last year's champion, Sam Cappleman-Lynes was narrowly beaten into second place, also finishing the set in 1 hour and 48 minutes. Sam i...
by detuned
Tue 11 Jun, 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: WPF Puzzle GP
Replies: 22
Views: 5315

Re: WPF Puzzle GP

After the absolute shambles with the answer keys, the preliminary results are now available. I cannot understand how these are not being checked and verified properly BEFORE the round starts, let alone after it finishes. All's well that ends well I suppose. Top 3 UK: 17. James McGowan 549 33. Saul G...
by detuned
Thu 06 Jun, 2019 10:53 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Puzzle Ramayan - 2019
Replies: 10
Views: 4096

Re: Puzzle Ramayan - 2019

Round 6 Results: 14 Neil Zussman 108.5 26 Tom Collyer 100 29 James McGowan 93.2 That brings the series to a close. Again the scores were (somewhat dubiously) normalised to the top scorer (Ken Endo, for each of the 6 rounds), and the best 4 from 6 were counted to give a final score out of 400 here: h...