Divisions A and B 20202021
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A few people with a puzzle in hand leaves it a bit unsettled, but a good catch up from Michael here.
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I should have completed through to today (which I think was the last one), sorry for getting a little behind. I've enjoyed the way you've set this round up Adam  I do obviously enjoy the 'sit and puzzle for 90 minutes' format for GP/LMI but its nice to have a round that's a bit different
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My 358 seems to be the worst score. I don't like the interface for sudoku, and in fact after I went wrong, I gave up and printed it and solved on paper and then copied in the answers  which took rather less time than the time I'd spent failing to solve it online!
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There's worse in Division A, Emma. It's easy to have a bit of a nightmare here, I think. Friday's maxiloop really threw me through a loop!
Division A is all over bar the shouting, as it doesn't matter what David scores on today's MaxiLoop, the positions are fixed. The missing puzzles in Division B will have more of an effect, but we've seen a number of very long times so far, so it's not guaranteed to change!
Here is Division A after Round 3 is completed. The missing Division B puzzles need to be solved by Tuesday evening at the latest please.
Division A is all over bar the shouting, as it doesn't matter what David scores on today's MaxiLoop, the positions are fixed. The missing puzzles in Division B will have more of an effect, but we've seen a number of very long times so far, so it's not guaranteed to change!
Here is Division A after Round 3 is completed. The missing Division B puzzles need to be solved by Tuesday evening at the latest please.
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Thanks Matthew. That’s exactly what I was going for. Glad you enjoyed it.mwhite wrote: ↑Sat 20 Mar, 2021 7:50 am I should have completed through to today (which I think was the last one), sorry for getting a little behind. I've enjoyed the way you've set this round up Adam  I do obviously enjoy the 'sit and puzzle for 90 minutes' format for GP/LMI but its nice to have a round that's a bit different
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I’ve just realised that if David beats Freddie’s time by enough he would increase everyone else’s point sufficiently that he could catch up, so it’s still worth a go!

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Yeah, David definitely has a chance to claim 4th/5th place. 3rd is still theoretically possible but he’d have to solve at an absolutely blazing pace!

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Probably won't (try to) solve the Saturday puzzle until tomorrow. I had a few nightmares already this week. The Ripple Loop turned out to be very hard and I didn't give myself a long enough window to solve it. Had to return to it over an hour later. The Magic Snail was another disaster as I didn't know it was a 13 snail. I submitted a valid 12 snail! However, I quite liked trying out Puzzle Duel even if it's never going to showcase my undoubted talent.
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Yeah I agree with this too. I really dislike solving with a mouse (I have a mouse in hand so much already for work and/or pleasure that I really don't want more reasons to potentially give myself RSI), but it was a refreshing change to only have to set aside a small number of minutes at a time, rather than 90120 mins.pinkagape wrote: ↑Sat 20 Mar, 2021 9:24 pmThanks Matthew. That’s exactly what I was going for. Glad you enjoyed it.mwhite wrote: ↑Sat 20 Mar, 2021 7:50 am I should have completed through to today (which I think was the last one), sorry for getting a little behind. I've enjoyed the way you've set this round up Adam  I do obviously enjoy the 'sit and puzzle for 90 minutes' format for GP/LMI but its nice to have a round that's a bit different
I think the scoring system would work better if all puzzles were of the same difficulty. Is taking 90 seconds to solve a puzzle that some people can solve in 30 seconds really that much worse than taking 5 mins to solve a puzzle that some people can solve in 2 mins? Not sure. And there's obviously no real solution to this, afaik we have no control over which puzzles came up this week it was just pot luck, which at least had the advantage of being quite fair for everyone.
Actually, just thinking aloud, I wonder if setting the 4th or 5th time to be the 100mark would work better it would lessen the impact of uberquick times. Anyway, if we're going to use the same system again in future, we've got time to play around with the numbers, this worked well enough for a first go for sure.
I'd also be curious to see a combined A & B table if you've got the data for that Adam? It's not going to simply be the exact same scores just meshed together because the 100point mark is different in each division.
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Thanks everyone for trying this new format. I think I agree with Neil, especially when you see the combined table, that using second place as the benchmark probably isn't right for future years but it's given a decent result this year.
And here's the combined one as requested by Neil.
This leaves us with a current Division B standings like this:
And here's the combined one as requested by Neil.
This leaves us with a current Division B standings like this:
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Round 4 will be the next Puzzle Ramayan in two weekends' time.
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Crikey, that combined table is interesting. If Freddie and Sam had been in the same division, their combined impact has a huge impact on Friday's scores (enough to move Adam above Tom and Matthew, for example incredibly, by just a single point!). I think that definitely argues for a slight alteration of the system ahead of next time (assuming there is a next time). But to reiterate, the system was perfectly fine for this round, I'm trying to help constructively going forward, not grumble about the past.
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One of the interesting things about the puzzle duel site is that it gives a fairly detailed personal rating history. I mention that as last week was objectively the worst I had for 3 months, and so also don’t want to be seen as grumbling about the past
I started blogging about this earlier in the year. To get a good idea of measuring performance, you need at least some idea of a benchmark to measure it against. Most commonly the benchmark is set vs. The population at that point in time, typically the median time  but I guess taken 2nd place in the sub populations here is a bit volatile.
Another alternative is to have a consistent panel of testers to help set the benchmark, similar to how you have testers for a contest to assign points.
I’m not really sure why a linear scale is any better (or worse) than any other, but for example the puzzle duel rates performances (for the purposes of the ratings) vs. the median solve time via the formula:
Points = 2000  500 * log_2 ( your time/ median time + error counts)
The old croco formula was slightly more complex and introduced the second parameter of the best time:
Points = 3000 / 2 ^ [(your time  best time)/(median time  best time) + error counts]
I have previously observed that taking the natural log of raw solve times roughly produces a normal distribution, in which case you could also take the standard z score for log(your time) vs the days distribution.
If the puzzles were all of a similar difficultly, you could just add up the times untransformed! You could still do that anyway if you are less bothered by puzzles having to be equally weighted individual events.
I started blogging about this earlier in the year. To get a good idea of measuring performance, you need at least some idea of a benchmark to measure it against. Most commonly the benchmark is set vs. The population at that point in time, typically the median time  but I guess taken 2nd place in the sub populations here is a bit volatile.
Another alternative is to have a consistent panel of testers to help set the benchmark, similar to how you have testers for a contest to assign points.
I’m not really sure why a linear scale is any better (or worse) than any other, but for example the puzzle duel rates performances (for the purposes of the ratings) vs. the median solve time via the formula:
Points = 2000  500 * log_2 ( your time/ median time + error counts)
The old croco formula was slightly more complex and introduced the second parameter of the best time:
Points = 3000 / 2 ^ [(your time  best time)/(median time  best time) + error counts]
I have previously observed that taking the natural log of raw solve times roughly produces a normal distribution, in which case you could also take the standard z score for log(your time) vs the days distribution.
If the puzzles were all of a similar difficultly, you could just add up the times untransformed! You could still do that anyway if you are less bothered by puzzles having to be equally weighted individual events.
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Logic Masters India have released their Instruction Booklet for this weekend’s Puzzle Ramayan, which doubles up as Round 4 of Divisions A and B of the UK Puzzle League.
The puzzles are Fillomino, Double Choco, Sashigane, Spiral Galaxies, Compass, CombiBlock, Max Spiral Galaxies and Max Sashigane
The puzzles are Fillomino, Double Choco, Sashigane, Spiral Galaxies, Compass, CombiBlock, Max Spiral Galaxies and Max Sashigane
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Round 4 is complete. Some excellent work by the UK in general resulted in a familiar looking top of both leaderboards, but Division B also had their fourth different second place finished.
Division A:
Freddie Hand  132.07 points
Neil Zussman  117.63 points
Adam Bissett  55.4 points
Matthew White  55 points
Division B:
Sam CapplemanLynes  125.37 points
Michael Collins  67 points
Emma McCaughan  66.7 points
AJ Moore  20 points
Roderick Grafton  4 points
This leaves the league tables looking like this, ahead of May's Grand Prix as Round 5. Division B is pretty close on the whole, for second through to fifth place.
Division A:
Freddie Hand  132.07 points
Neil Zussman  117.63 points
Adam Bissett  55.4 points
Matthew White  55 points
Division B:
Sam CapplemanLynes  125.37 points
Michael Collins  67 points
Emma McCaughan  66.7 points
AJ Moore  20 points
Roderick Grafton  4 points
This leaves the league tables looking like this, ahead of May's Grand Prix as Round 5. Division B is pretty close on the whole, for second through to fifth place.
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Hello everyone. A mixed bag in Round 5 as the UK's best did very well but many of us struggled to get into some of the puzzles, especially the higher scorers.
Division A:
Freddie Hand  805 points
Neil Zussman  699 points
Tom Collyer  473 points
Adam Bissett  338 points
Matthew White  280 points
Division B:
Sam CapplemanLynes  582 points
AJ Moore  328 points (adjusted the official result due to a technical issue)
Emma McCaughan  148 points
Michael Collins  136 points
Roderick Grafton  89 points
Here are the league tables with one round left:
Round 6 is the next Puzzle Grand Prix round, in a few weeks in June.
Division A:
Freddie Hand  805 points
Neil Zussman  699 points
Tom Collyer  473 points
Adam Bissett  338 points
Matthew White  280 points
Division B:
Sam CapplemanLynes  582 points
AJ Moore  328 points (adjusted the official result due to a technical issue)
Emma McCaughan  148 points
Michael Collins  136 points
Roderick Grafton  89 points
Here are the league tables with one round left:
Round 6 is the next Puzzle Grand Prix round, in a few weeks in June.
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Morning, just a quick message to say that the Puzzle GP for round 6 has been moved to the weekend of 19th/20th June, if you need to adjust your diaries.
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It's over! Both Freddie and Sam round out a wonderful year with their respective division titles, and good scores from Tom Collyer and Michael Collins also saw them climb a few places each too. Puzzle Selection proved crucial in the both Divisions as there were some very close run placings.
Division A:
Freddie Hand 883.7 points
Tom Collyer 488 points
Neil Zussman 475 points
Matthew White 410 points
Adam Bissett 391 points
Division B:
Sam CapplemanLynes 655 points
Michael Collins 349 points
Roderick Grafton 170 points
AJ Moore 165 points
Emma McCaughan 158 points
I hope everyone has enjoyed themselves. Division winners will be promoted to the higher divisions next year, and this is a good time to email adam@ukpuzzles.org if you want to be involved in the 202122 season.
Division A:
Freddie Hand 883.7 points
Tom Collyer 488 points
Neil Zussman 475 points
Matthew White 410 points
Adam Bissett 391 points
Division B:
Sam CapplemanLynes 655 points
Michael Collins 349 points
Roderick Grafton 170 points
AJ Moore 165 points
Emma McCaughan 158 points
I hope everyone has enjoyed themselves. Division winners will be promoted to the higher divisions next year, and this is a good time to email adam@ukpuzzles.org if you want to be involved in the 202122 season.
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Adam, thanks for organising this. I enjoyed having an 'excuse' for doing these puzzle competitions and it has meant that I've discovered new places where I can find good puzzles! I missed out on one competition as I forgot to do it and nearly didn't do the final one (I started it so I late I lost 5 minutes when the competition ended). Perhaps in a future iteration you could allow us to drop our worst performance, so we could miss one without it mattering. But I still enjoyed it (and clearly had no chance of catching Sam!)
Michael
Michael