### Re: READ ME FIRST: What is a Sudoku Committee

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**Tue 08 Jan, 2019 12:35 pm**Sudoku is the king of logic puzzles in the 21st century and WPC deserved his younger brother - WSC, I think we all agree about that. Yes, many debatable puzzles appeared in past WSC's so I support this discussion to determine what can go in future WSC and what can not. However, I think this is a place to ask equally important question - why the older brother remain deprived of sudoku? Even for all the variants that have been disputed for WSC?

Last year in WPC we had 2 low point math sudokus in a whole championship. At the same time we had a full round of 16 skyscrapers puzzles, plus 2 in hexa round, plus 2 in double round, plus 2 in regional round, plus 1 coded, plus final sky puzzles. I did not check the archives, but so many sudokus did not appear in the history of the WPC, including full round in India!? Why? I mean, having a fight for a title of puzzle champion without solving a bunch of most popular puzzles in the world is not normal situation.

What is the solution?

- Again separate the WSC and WPC (reception become more complicated for the hosts, contestants who wish to pursue a priority WPC need to skip WSC as they want be the fittest in fourth and fifth day of solving, etc.),

- Strongly encourage future WPC hosts to include sudoku just like WSC does not exists,

- Allow sudoku variants in Puzzle GP,

- I don't know what else.

And let's suppose that we have come up with the conclusion and defined what is sudoku. What is the next move? Whether the conclusions of the panel will be just a recommendation for future hosts? If they are required, what if some authors put some variant or invent a new one and someone suspects that should not be there? Will organizers be penalized? Will such puzzles be eliminated from the booklet and competition? If I can help somehow in the further discussion, you may count me in.

Last year in WPC we had 2 low point math sudokus in a whole championship. At the same time we had a full round of 16 skyscrapers puzzles, plus 2 in hexa round, plus 2 in double round, plus 2 in regional round, plus 1 coded, plus final sky puzzles. I did not check the archives, but so many sudokus did not appear in the history of the WPC, including full round in India!? Why? I mean, having a fight for a title of puzzle champion without solving a bunch of most popular puzzles in the world is not normal situation.

What is the solution?

- Again separate the WSC and WPC (reception become more complicated for the hosts, contestants who wish to pursue a priority WPC need to skip WSC as they want be the fittest in fourth and fifth day of solving, etc.),

- Strongly encourage future WPC hosts to include sudoku just like WSC does not exists,

- Allow sudoku variants in Puzzle GP,

- I don't know what else.

And let's suppose that we have come up with the conclusion and defined what is sudoku. What is the next move? Whether the conclusions of the panel will be just a recommendation for future hosts? If they are required, what if some authors put some variant or invent a new one and someone suspects that should not be there? Will organizers be penalized? Will such puzzles be eliminated from the booklet and competition? If I can help somehow in the further discussion, you may count me in.