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by GarethMoore
Sat 21 Apr, 2012 6:58 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UK Open Sudoku Championship Instruction Book
Replies: 4
Views: 7681

Re: UK Open Sudoku Championship Instruction Book

drsteve wrote:A quick note - there is a typo in the example for puzzle 2:5. A tree, R2C1, is missing from the puzzle but is in the solution.
Just to clarify, you're referring to the puzzle competition, not the sudoku one. Well spotted - I've updated that graphic in the PDF now.
by GarethMoore
Sat 21 Apr, 2012 12:05 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UK Open Team competition and Deadly Killers competition
Replies: 3
Views: 4650

UK Open Team competition and Deadly Killers competition

As publicised in the schedule for the UK Open in Manchester, 28-29 April 2012 ( http://ukpuzzles.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=546 ), there will also be a Team competition and a Deadly Killers (hard killer sudoku) tournament. Instruction books for both of these events are attached to this post. Plea...
by GarethMoore
Fri 20 Apr, 2012 11:56 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UK Open Sudoku Championship Instruction Book
Replies: 4
Views: 7681

UK Open Sudoku Championship Instruction Book

The UK Open Sudoku Championship 2012 will take place on the 28th and 29th of April in Manchester, UK. There are 3 rounds of sudoku and variants. The instructions for all 3 rounds are attached to this post, along with round lengths and point distributions. Later in the week I will post again in this ...
by GarethMoore
Fri 20 Apr, 2012 10:46 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UK Open Puzzle Championship Instruction Book
Replies: 10
Views: 14184

UK Open Puzzle Championship Instruction Book

The UK Open Puzzle Championship 2012 will take place on the 28th and 29th of April in Manchester, UK. There are 5 rounds of puzzles. The instructions for all 5 rounds are attached to this post, along with timings and point distributions. Later in the week I will post again in this thread to link to ...
by GarethMoore
Wed 18 Apr, 2012 12:19 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Online UK Open Championships 28th April to 6th May
Replies: 18
Views: 66717

Online UK Open Championships 28th April to 6th May

The UK Open Sudoku and UK Open Puzzle Tournaments will simultaneously be run online, alongside the on-site competitions. Contest instructions and details are at http://www.ukpuzzles.org/contests.php These competitions contain puzzles very kindly contributed by a wide range of puzzle authors, includi...
by GarethMoore
Tue 03 Apr, 2012 4:03 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: UK Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournament 28-29 April 2012
Replies: 6
Views: 24789

Re: UK Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournament 28-29 April 2012

An update to the above: The top-ranked UK participant at the on-site puzzle event in Manchester will be awarded a place in the WPC 2012 UK team. Similarly the top-ranked UK participant in the on-site sudoku event will be awarded a place in the WSC 2012 UK team.
by GarethMoore
Thu 02 Feb, 2012 2:58 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: UK Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournament 28-29 April 2012
Replies: 6
Views: 24789

Re: UK Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournament 28-29 April 2012

For those visiting from other sites or from advertising posters, in the message above "WPC" refers to the World Puzzle Championship, an event held annually for the past 20 years; "WSC" refers to the World Sudoku Championship, a similar event that has been held for the past several years. Each of the...
by GarethMoore
Sat 21 Jan, 2012 1:32 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: LMI Puzzle Marathon
Replies: 21
Views: 20580

Re: LMI Puzzle Marathon

Puzzles are biiiiiiiiiig! Well, the puzzle I contributed certainly is - see if you can tell which one it is!
Well given the colour-coding of authors in the instruction book it was presumably Kakuro...
by GarethMoore
Fri 25 Nov, 2011 11:03 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Snake Variations Contest 2 — 26th/27th/28th November
Replies: 6
Views: 6172

Re: Snake Variations Contest 2 — 26th/27th November

I second that request! It would be much easier to take part (and with proper concentration) if weekdays were available.
by GarethMoore
Fri 18 Nov, 2011 2:31 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Updates from Eger
Replies: 47
Views: 32878

Re: Updates from Eger

Ha, a year-long tournament would be quite an achievement...
by GarethMoore
Tue 15 Nov, 2011 10:43 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Updates from Eger
Replies: 47
Views: 32878

Re: Updates from Eger

The final results with scoring corrections and play-off results are now online.
by GarethMoore
Sat 12 Nov, 2011 1:19 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Updates from Eger
Replies: 47
Views: 32878

Re: Updates from Eger

Neil remained in 10th place, but it's a pretty amazing 1st time result!
by GarethMoore
Mon 17 Oct, 2011 12:34 am
Forum: General Puzzle Discussions
Topic: WPC/WSC preparation
Replies: 16
Views: 16433

Re: WPC/WSC preparation

Although you only get one copy you are usually allowed to use additional paper (e.g. graph paper) to work on if you prefer, although answers have to be submitted on the original. I'm not entirely sure about what you're allowed to premark on your additional paper (e.g. empty sudoku grids ready to fil...
by GarethMoore
Wed 12 Oct, 2011 1:18 pm
Forum: General Puzzle Discussions
Topic: some sort of griddler code?
Replies: 8
Views: 10757

Re: some sort of griddler code?

Yes, see his other posts (click his name and then search posts by him) - he's consistently reposting puzzles from some place else. So the top one claritymedia posted is almost certainly correct.
by GarethMoore
Wed 07 Sep, 2011 12:40 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Sprint Test — LMI September Puzzle Test — 3rd and 4th Sept
Replies: 21
Views: 16109

Re: Sprint Test — LMI September Puzzle Test — 3rd and 4th Se

I too printed the puzzles off after the event. Despite having more than one pencil, I struggled. I found the Fortress and Heyawacky puzzles particularly difficult and finished the set in 76 minutes (including writing out the answer keys). Thanks to Bastien for providing a fun challenge and well don...
by GarethMoore
Fri 29 Jul, 2011 11:56 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: LMI July Puzzle Contest (30-31 July 2011)
Replies: 24
Views: 19242

Re: LMI July Puzzle Contest (30-31 July 2011)

I hope this wont be a terrible test :) And I could calm you down :) You have - thanks! As instruction books go as Steve points out it is great to have real puzzles you can practice on. I probably took the introduction a little too literally in terms of what the puzzles represent, so thank you for t...
by GarethMoore
Thu 28 Jul, 2011 2:24 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: LMI July Puzzle Contest (30-31 July 2011)
Replies: 24
Views: 19242

Re: LMI July Puzzle Contest (30-31 July 2011)

I'm glad it's not just me! The ones you mention seem ridiculously hard, and since the instruction booklet says they are typical of the standard in the competition itself and of the forthcoming WPC I didn't find that very reassuring. If this will truly be the standard of puzzles at the WPC this year ...
by GarethMoore
Mon 18 Jul, 2011 12:57 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: United Kingdom Competition Registration Protocol
Replies: 5
Views: 5847

Re: United Kingdom Competition Registration Protocol

Good point. I've observed this too - it would be good to standardise to "United Kingdom" in my opinion. "UK" is not a universal abbreviation (in the UK it is, but not everywhere else).
by GarethMoore
Mon 11 Jul, 2011 8:23 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Nikoli Selection - LMI July 2011 Puzzle Test #1
Replies: 17
Views: 12206

Re: Nikoli Selection - LMI July 2011 Puzzle Test #1

I would like to know more about kakuro and uniqueness too! I read Steve as saying that after the Kakuro he returned to the Suraromu and used uniqueness on that, where of course it helps a lot. I normally avoid Kakuro in competitions but trying Tom's example beforehand persuaded me that he'd use ver...
by GarethMoore
Mon 11 Jul, 2011 12:00 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Nikoli Selection - LMI July 2011 Puzzle Test #1
Replies: 17
Views: 12206

Re: Nikoli Selection - LMI July 2011 Puzzle Test #1

I really enjoyed all of these too - thanks Tom. I particularly liked the Suraromu - I often find you have to deliberately not use uniqueness on these so as not to make them trivial, and while it was a good technique on this one it far from solved it in a single move. :)
by GarethMoore
Tue 05 Jul, 2011 5:26 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UKPA Puzzle Cruise (2-3 July 2011)
Replies: 41
Views: 44043

Re: UKPA Puzzle Cruise (2-3 July 2011)

I also thought that Pentomino Pool was an excellent puzzle when I tried it afterwards. Very nice and logical. I was kicking myself for persisting on the Kakuroh when this is a beautiful (and actually quite easy if you see how to start) puzzle.. Yes, I was too scared to try it because I thought it m...
by GarethMoore
Tue 05 Jul, 2011 5:09 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UKPA Puzzle Cruise (2-3 July 2011)
Replies: 41
Views: 44043

Re: UKPA Puzzle Cruise (2-3 July 2011)

[[[[[Bermuda Triangle can be solved as follows:]]]]] Thanks very much for taking the time to post that! In which case that's great, since that's exactly how I did it afterwards. I wondered if there was a way to short cut the "does 125 work?" question. Sometimes I miss very obvious things about puzz...
by GarethMoore
Tue 05 Jul, 2011 11:25 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UKPA Puzzle Cruise (2-3 July 2011)
Replies: 41
Views: 44043

Re: UKPA Puzzle Cruise (2-3 July) ** started **

The worst puzzle formatting was on the KakurOH. You MUST use the slash notation for every clue, or at least position the horizontal clues and vertical clues in different spots in those cells. There were a lot of phantom clues in there. I'm glad you said that because I thought I was dumb - I spent s...
by GarethMoore
Fri 01 Jul, 2011 10:09 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UKPA Puzzle Cruise (2-3 July 2011)
Replies: 41
Views: 44043

Re: UKPA Puzzle Cruise (2-3 July)

Hi all, in puzzle 8 I can’t understand the following statement: “Arrows represent tides that must be followed correspondingly.” Think of it as a one-way street. If you use that particular cell as part of your path, you can only travel in the stated direction. A possible confusion here is that you n...
by GarethMoore
Fri 01 Jul, 2011 10:08 am
Forum: Daily Puzzles
Topic: Any interest in a UK croco-puzzle ladder?
Replies: 592
Views: 525179

Re: Any interest in a UK croco-puzzle ladder?

I don't use croco puzzle, but from occasional browsing of this thread I understood that if your play time was much shorter than the time since initialisation, the time from initialisation took priority? Doesn't that explain it? :)