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by GarethMoore
Tue 26 Jul, 2016 12:25 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Comparing the difficulty of the UKPC from year to year
Replies: 4
Views: 9302

Re: Comparing the difficulty of the UKPC from year to year

Interesting analysis. Putting the UKPC itself aside for a moment, I think the overall difficulty of puzzle competitions has tended to go up with time due to the narrow set of people who keep playing requiring ever tougher puzzles. I think the puzzles tend to be more variants of variants, or crossove...
by GarethMoore
Thu 21 Jul, 2016 1:03 pm
Forum: General Puzzle Discussions
Topic: English name?
Replies: 4
Views: 9480

Re: English name?

Interestingly, I see that Puzzler use the term 'fitword' when they place the puzzles on a crossword grid, and 'kriss-kross' when they are free-form:
http://www.puzzler.com/puzzles-a-z/fitword

Not sure anyone else makes that distinction, though!
by GarethMoore
Wed 20 Jul, 2016 3:15 am
Forum: General Puzzle Discussions
Topic: English name?
Replies: 4
Views: 9480

Re: English name?

Fit Word is common too. And kriss-kross is usually spelled Criss-cross if you're not Puzzler.
by GarethMoore
Sun 20 Mar, 2016 8:00 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Loop Pool at LMI this weekend
Replies: 1
Views: 5865

Loop Pool at LMI this weekend

If you haven't tried the LMI Loop Pool 'fun' contest this weekend, it is actually good fun. There's no time limit, so you can take as long as you like. It uses six of the loop variants from their previous puzzle contest to form one big loop puzzle. http://logicmastersindia.com/2016/03F2/ It's open u...
by GarethMoore
Wed 02 Mar, 2016 12:09 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: World Puzzle and Sudoku Championship 2016
Replies: 0
Views: 5951

World Puzzle and Sudoku Championship 2016

The official website for this year's WPC and WSC is now available: http://slovakia2016.org/

Questions about the WPC/WSC should be posted on the WPF forum: http://forum.worldpuzzle.org/viewforum.php?f=17
by GarethMoore
Wed 02 Mar, 2016 12:08 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: LMI - Puzzle Ramayan & IPC Qualifiers : September - March
Replies: 28
Views: 37362

Re: LMI - Puzzle Ramayan & IPC Qualifiers : September - Marc

Wish I'd read that 5 minutes ago! :)

Turns out the LMI site does not allow you to start competitions with less than the full time available, so it won't let me start with a time 5 minutes under that otherwise allotted. That's probably a good thing in general, mind.
by GarethMoore
Mon 29 Feb, 2016 4:10 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: LMI - Puzzle Ramayan & IPC Qualifiers : September - March
Replies: 28
Views: 37362

Re: LMI - Puzzle Ramayan & IPC Qualifiers : September - Marc

Just to add to what Alan and Prasanna said above, if you post on the LMI contest-specific forum then your post will show up immediately for people who have already entered the competition, but won't show up for anyone else until the competition is over. But apart from on that special LMI forum, sinc...
by GarethMoore
Tue 27 Oct, 2015 5:41 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: UK wins the senior category for WSC and WPC
Replies: 12
Views: 21995

Re: UK wins the senior category for WSC and WPC

Apart from a few people who have standing orders, most people last paid the summer before last after Mike made the year from July 2014 to July 2015 free since we were hosting the WSC/WPC. I need to send people requests for payment for the current year starting from this summer through until next sum...
by GarethMoore
Mon 14 Sep, 2015 1:22 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: The Times Sudoku Championship 2015
Replies: 13
Views: 16143

Re: The Times Sudoku Championship 2015

I'm not holding out too much hope for the Times coverage: the reporter rang up this morning wanting extra details to develop an "angle" for the story. I struggled to contain my laughter when he asked whether there was anything interesting about me! http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/puzzles/article45558...
by GarethMoore
Fri 24 Jul, 2015 11:46 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UK Sudoku Championship 2015
Replies: 21
Views: 25624

Re: UK Sudoku Championship 2015

You should have received an email about the contest on 21st of June, and a reminder on the 4th of July. If not, check your spam folder! :)
by GarethMoore
Fri 24 Jul, 2015 11:44 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UK Puzzle Championship 2015
Replies: 20
Views: 31102

Re: UK Puzzle Championship 2015

You should have had an email reminder - all signed up users had a reminder.
by GarethMoore
Mon 11 May, 2015 12:19 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: 2015 UK Open Sudoku and UK Open Puzzle Tournaments
Replies: 32
Views: 38420

Re: 2015 UK Open Sudoku and UK Open Puzzle Tournaments

This question was asked at the event, and it was said that they would not be released afterwards. If you want to do the competition rounds, you have to come to the on-site event. ;)
by GarethMoore
Fri 06 Feb, 2015 7:06 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: [SOTR] Sudoku Excavation
Replies: 3
Views: 7348

Re: [SOTR] Sudoku Excavation

Yes, the book arrived mid-week as Liane says so I put one on every seat for the final WPC gala dinner. This is the one: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mammoth-Book-New-Sudoku-Skyscraper/dp/1472100220/ It's one of my favourite books - 495 puzzles with nearly 150 different Sudoku variants (25 major variants).
by GarethMoore
Mon 12 Jan, 2015 4:16 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: 2015 UK Open Sudoku and UK Open Puzzle Tournaments
Replies: 9
Views: 17954

Re: 2015 UK Open Sudoku and UK Open Puzzle Tournaments

Accommodation will be at the hotel, and there is also accommodation being arranged for the Friday night for those who want it too. I certainly plan to get there on the Friday evening to avoid early morning travel on Saturday! :)
by GarethMoore
Sun 31 Aug, 2014 11:58 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: The Times Sudoku Championship 2014
Replies: 12
Views: 14243

Re: The Times Sudoku Championship 2014

detuned wrote:Times article (subscription only): http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/puzzles/s ... 192619.ece
I presume the puzzles were actually 9x9, not 8x8 as claimed in the article? ("If just one of the 64 squares is blank, or filled with an incorrect number, they’ve failed.")
by GarethMoore
Thu 15 May, 2014 11:22 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UKPA Puzzle Championship 2014
Replies: 34
Views: 41050

Re: UKPA Puzzle Championship 2014

detuned wrote:I've genuinely learned something here - I never knew medicament was a word! ;)
Wow, me neither! Although to make sense in the context of pills, it really should say medicine instead by the look of it.
by GarethMoore
Wed 26 Mar, 2014 5:46 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UKPA Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournaments 29-30 March, 2014
Replies: 27
Views: 37310

Re: UKPA Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournaments 29-30 March, 201

In "Build a maze", round 2, is marking in the solution path to the maze sufficient? This isn't shown in the example, but if you draw the solution path but don't mark all walls is that still valid? Obviously only so long as the actual solution is correctly and unambiguously shown?
by GarethMoore
Fri 21 Mar, 2014 10:15 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UKPA Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournaments 29-30 March, 2014
Replies: 27
Views: 37310

Re: UKPA Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournaments 29-30 March, 201

Just to clarify, it's not a jigsaw product killer - it's a regular killer sudoku but with product operations, as in the instructions booklet. The arithmetic is pretty easy - you can trivially see if a number is divisible by 2 or 5 for example, whereas with adding you need to mess about and see wheth...
by GarethMoore
Fri 21 Mar, 2014 12:37 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UKPA Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournaments 29-30 March, 2014
Replies: 27
Views: 37310

Re: UKPA Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournaments 29-30 March, 201

I am minded to ask the organisers if non-maths-graduates are allowed to bring a calculator to help with the Product Killer multiplications? I'm rubbish at mental arithmetic, but product-based puzzles are often easier than summation ones, in my experience. If you try some product puzzles you'll see ...
by GarethMoore
Thu 20 Mar, 2014 1:36 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UKPA Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournaments 29-30 March, 2014
Replies: 27
Views: 37310

Re: UKPA Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournaments 29-30 March, 201

The file is large because it contains giant (but fuzzy) full-colour bitmaps. You can fix this by changing the PDF image compression options, so I've fixed this in the attached version, which is much smaller, and I've also corrected the Trio Sudoku example which was in fact for a Little Killer Trio S...
by GarethMoore
Wed 19 Mar, 2014 11:42 am
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: UKPA Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournaments 29-30 March, 2014
Replies: 27
Views: 37310

Re: UKPA Open Sudoku and Puzzle Tournaments 29-30 March, 201

You won't need a laptop - it just means that puzzles will be on the projection screen.
by GarethMoore
Sun 16 Mar, 2014 9:43 am
Forum: General Puzzle Discussions
Topic: Sunday Express today (16th March)
Replies: 1
Views: 4370

Sunday Express today (16th March)

There is a huge 8 page pull-out of my puzzles in the Sunday Express today, which features lots of different types of content - not just logic puzzles like star battle, but word and other puzzles too. If you go near a newsagent, take a look! :) (or read it free on the iPad app if you haven't previous...
by GarethMoore
Mon 10 Mar, 2014 9:32 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Puzzled Pint in London
Replies: 25
Views: 41112

Re: Puzzled Pint in London

I think it's fair to say that the hints should be sufficient for anyone!

I'll be there at 7pm tomorrow.
by GarethMoore
Mon 10 Mar, 2014 1:04 pm
Forum: Puzzle Competitions
Topic: Puzzled Pint in London
Replies: 25
Views: 41112

Re: Puzzled Pint in London

I'm going to come along - never been before, but sounds interesting!
by GarethMoore
Wed 10 Jul, 2013 11:43 pm
Forum: General Puzzle Discussions
Topic: Abstract Puzzle eating my head
Replies: 6
Views: 9911

Re: Abstract Puzzle eating my head

danmoore wrote:A? Based on the circle going top left, top right, bottom right, bottom left assume it then returns top left...
You need to scroll the image to the right to see the fifth image. :)