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Puzzle Marathon 2016 - LMI April Puzzle Test - 1st to 12th April
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nyoroppyi
Subject: Re: Puzzle Marathon 2016 - LMI April Puzzle Test - 1st to 12th April @ 2016-04-09 9:00 PM (#21464 - in reply to #21321) (#21464) Top


Toketa? Selection Author

Posts: 3

Location: Japan
 Your 3 most favorite puzzles of the contest. Word Search Sudoku
 Your 3 most favorite puzzles of the contest. LITS+
 Your 3 most favorite puzzles of the contest. Twin Co-Ordinates
 How balanced do you think the puzzle types of this test were? Perfectly balanced
 What did you think about the puzzle quality of the test? Very nice
 What is your opinion about rules, points and scoring for this test? Very fair


gaurav.kjain
Subject: Re: Puzzle Marathon 2016 - LMI April Puzzle Test - 1st to 12th April @ 2016-04-09 9:48 PM (#21466 - in reply to #21463) (#21466) Top


SM 2020 (Irregular and Outside) Author

Posts: 52
2020
Location: india
rakesh_rai - 2016-04-09 8:10 PM

gaurav.kjain - 2016-04-09 3:59 PM

What does this mean
"Additionally, digits separated by a gap (between two adjacent small grids) must be identical"

please clarify

In the example, look at the 3rd column of the first box and the first column of second box. They are separated by a gap and are identical. Similarly look at the 3rd row of the first box and the first row of the third box. Again they are separated by a gap and are identical.


Thanks Rakesh
bob
Subject: Re: Puzzle Marathon 2016 - LMI April Puzzle Test - 1st to 12th April @ 2016-04-10 12:06 AM (#21468 - in reply to #21321) (#21468) Top




Posts: 59
2020
Location: USA
 Your 3 most favorite puzzles of the contest. Neighbours
 Your 3 most favorite puzzles of the contest. Domino Loop
 Your 3 most favorite puzzles of the contest. Linked Poset Futoshiki
 How balanced do you think the puzzle types of this test were? Perfectly balanced
 What did you think about the puzzle quality of the test? Very nice
 What is your opinion about rules, points and scoring for this test? Fair


The Marathon contest is always my favorite of the year and 2016 was no exception. I really enjoyed all of the puzzles and maily chose my three favorites based on what had stuck most in my memory.

I really did not think I was going to like linked poset futoshiki and did it last in case I found it unsolveable. The instructions were a little confusing to me--the arrows in the poset diagrams go in the OPPOSITE direction as the inequality signs in the puzzle. Once I made that leap, the puzzle was not only solveable with logic, but very fun as well and it made my favorites list. I remember Neighbors from Breinbrekers puzzle magazine and really like it. I wish I could find more of these. Same with Pentopia.

All of the puzzles had lots of delightful aha moments and generally linear solves for me. My fastest puzzle was about 40 min and my slowest about 70 so they all seemed "medium" to me. My least favorite was probably the akari, it seemed a little guessy to me and I never developed a good way to do trial and error with pencil and paper akari (I usually just do Nikoli ones online which are much easier), I kept entering wrong solutions only to later find a single unlit cell somewhere. Oh well.

Overall, 10-12 hours very well spent. Thank you LMI.
rob
Subject: Re: Puzzle Marathon 2016 - LMI April Puzzle Test - 1st to 12th April @ 2016-04-10 12:57 AM (#21469 - in reply to #21321) (#21469) Top


Classics & Regions (PR 2016/17) Author

Posts: 168
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Location: Germany
 Your 3 most favorite puzzles of the contest. Neighbours
 Your 3 most favorite puzzles of the contest. Hex Slitherlink
 Your 3 most favorite puzzles of the contest. Domino Loop
 How balanced do you think the puzzle types of this test were? Perfectly balanced
 What did you think about the puzzle quality of the test? Very nice
 What is your opinion about rules, points and scoring for this test? Very fair


Choosing favourites is impossible, I really enjoyed almost all of them. The exception being the Twin: I like that it was included, I just had a really rather frustrating experience with it. Didn't even think I was that bad at such puzzles before, but I found roughly one pair per fifteen minutes, and decided to shelve it after 45. I think it was fine as is, but perhaps having to find more but easier pairs would have helped (me).

Other than that, a few too many mistakes, but overall a very fun contest. It was great to be part of it.

The Akari is solvable logically by the way, though I can see it being a bit painful if you miss the central deductions.
An LMI player
Subject: Re: Puzzle Marathon 2016 - LMI April Puzzle Test - 1st to 12th April @ 2016-04-10 6:44 AM (#21470 - in reply to #21321) (#21470) Top


 Your 3 most favorite puzzles of the contest. Spiral Galaxy
 Your 3 most favorite puzzles of the contest. Hex Slitherlink
 Your 3 most favorite puzzles of the contest. Pentopia
 How balanced do you think the puzzle types of this test were? Fairly balanced
 What did you think about the puzzle quality of the test? Very nice
 What is your opinion about rules, points and scoring for this test? Very fair


deu
Subject: Re: Puzzle Marathon 2016 - LMI April Puzzle Test - 1st to 12th April @ 2016-04-10 12:21 PM (#21473 - in reply to #21321) (#21473) Top




Posts: 69
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Location: Japan
 Your 3 most favorite puzzles of the contest. Word Search Sudoku
 Your 3 most favorite puzzles of the contest. Pentopia
 Your 3 most favorite puzzles of the contest. Neighbours
 How balanced do you think the puzzle types of this test were? Perfectly balanced
 What did you think about the puzzle quality of the test? Very nice
 What is your opinion about rules, points and scoring for this test? Very fair


An LMI player
Subject: Re: Puzzle Marathon 2016 - LMI April Puzzle Test - 1st to 12th April @ 2016-04-10 12:50 PM (#21474 - in reply to #21321) (#21474) Top


 Your 3 most favorite puzzles of the contest. Word Search Sudoku
 Your 3 most favorite puzzles of the contest. Spiral Galaxy
 Your 3 most favorite puzzles of the contest. Hidoku
 How balanced do you think the puzzle types of this test were? Perfectly balanced
 What did you think about the puzzle quality of the test? Very nice
 What is your opinion about rules, points and scoring for this test? Very fair


edderiofer
Subject: Re: Puzzle Marathon 2016 - LMI April Puzzle Test - 1st to 12th April @ 2016-04-10 1:37 PM (#21475 - in reply to #21321) (#21475) Top





Posts: 8

Location: UK
 Your 3 most favorite puzzles of the contest. Akari
 Your 3 most favorite puzzles of the contest. LITS+
 Your 3 most favorite puzzles of the contest. Domino Loop
 How balanced do you think the puzzle types of this test were? Perfectly balanced
 What did you think about the puzzle quality of the test? Fairly Nice


I think that Twin CO is far less logical of a genre than I would have liked to see on an LMI test. I don't think that logic puzzles should be tests of visual acuity alone.

I'm quite surprised, as of the time of writing, that I've placed third on the LITS+ round. Had I been just 10 seconds faster, I'd have been first.

Had I known the Domino Loop and Hidoku were that easy, I would have done them earlier instead of trying to muster up the courage to plunge into them. I did however learn something from the Domino Loop about parity, and the breakins for the Hidoku, once spotted, almost made the puzzle solve itself.

The breakin into the Akari was well-hidden, and quite a bit of my time was spent wondering where it was.

Linked Poset Futoshiki is a pretty novel idea, but the rules were convoluted enough that I had to read the whole thing three times, and message Ivan about it in order to understand the rules.

Everything else was pretty ordinary but not noteworthy.

Edited by edderiofer 2016-04-10 1:46 PM
mackokajka
Subject: Re: Puzzle Marathon 2016 - LMI April Puzzle Test - 1st to 12th April @ 2016-04-10 5:51 PM (#21476 - in reply to #21321) (#21476) Top




Posts: 5

Location: Slovakia
 Your 3 most favorite puzzles of the contest. Pentopia
 Your 3 most favorite puzzles of the contest. Domino Loop
 Your 3 most favorite puzzles of the contest. Spiral Galaxy
 How balanced do you think the puzzle types of this test were? Fairly balanced
 What did you think about the puzzle quality of the test? Very nice
 What is your opinion about rules, points and scoring for this test? Very fair


tnv
Subject: Re: Puzzle Marathon 2016 - LMI April Puzzle Test - 1st to 12th April @ 2016-04-10 11:18 PM (#21479 - in reply to #21321) (#21479) Top





Posts: 22
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Location: India
 Your 3 most favorite puzzles of the contest. Word Search Sudoku
 Your 3 most favorite puzzles of the contest. Spiral Galaxy
 Your 3 most favorite puzzles of the contest. Hidoku
 How balanced do you think the puzzle types of this test were? Fairly balanced
 What did you think about the puzzle quality of the test? Very nice
 What is your opinion about rules, points and scoring for this test? Fair


Enjoyed the contest. Congratulations to all the authors for creating a nice set of puzzles.

I like the format: there is no time limit for each puzzle.
skywalker
Subject: Re: Puzzle Marathon 2016 - LMI April Puzzle Test - 1st to 12th April @ 2016-04-10 11:46 PM (#21480 - in reply to #21321) (#21480) Top


Sudoku Grand Prix - Serbian Round Author

Posts: 40
2020
Location: Serbia
 Your 3 most favorite puzzles of the contest. Hidoku
 Your 3 most favorite puzzles of the contest. Domino Loop
 Your 3 most favorite puzzles of the contest. Spiral Galaxy
 How balanced do you think the puzzle types of this test were? Fairly balanced
 What did you think about the puzzle quality of the test? Very nice
 What is your opinion about rules, points and scoring for this test? Very fair


Deyan
Subject: Re: Puzzle Marathon 2016 - LMI April Puzzle Test - 1st to 12th April @ 2016-04-10 11:50 PM (#21481 - in reply to #21321) (#21481) Top




Posts: 7

Location: Bulgaria
 How balanced do you think the puzzle types of this test were? Perfectly balanced
 What did you think about the puzzle quality of the test? Very nice
 What is your opinion about rules, points and scoring for this test? Fair


Richard
Subject: Re: Puzzle Marathon 2016 - LMI April Puzzle Test - 1st to 12th April @ 2016-04-11 12:16 PM (#21483 - in reply to #21321) (#21483) Top


WCPN Author

Posts: 191
10020202020
Location: Netherlands
 Your 3 most favorite puzzles of the contest. Pentopia
 Your 3 most favorite puzzles of the contest. Domino Loop
 Your 3 most favorite puzzles of the contest. LITS+
 How balanced do you think the puzzle types of this test were? Perfectly balanced
 What did you think about the puzzle quality of the test? Very nice
 What is your opinion about rules, points and scoring for this test? Very fair


An LMI player
Subject: Re: Puzzle Marathon 2016 - LMI April Puzzle Test - 1st to 12th April @ 2016-04-11 6:09 PM (#21485 - in reply to #21321) (#21485) Top


 Your 3 most favorite puzzles of the contest. Hidoku
 Your 3 most favorite puzzles of the contest. Neighbours
 Your 3 most favorite puzzles of the contest. LITS+
 How balanced do you think the puzzle types of this test were? Fairly balanced
 What did you think about the puzzle quality of the test? Fairly Nice
 What is your opinion about rules, points and scoring for this test? Fair


An LMI player
Subject: Re: Puzzle Marathon 2016 - LMI April Puzzle Test - 1st to 12th April @ 2016-04-12 12:26 AM (#21486 - in reply to #21321) (#21486) Top


 Your 3 most favorite puzzles of the contest. Hex Slitherlink
 Your 3 most favorite puzzles of the contest. Linked Poset Futoshiki
 Your 3 most favorite puzzles of the contest. Domino Loop
 How balanced do you think the puzzle types of this test were? Fairly balanced
 What did you think about the puzzle quality of the test? Very nice
 What is your opinion about rules, points and scoring for this test? Fair


Swagatam
Subject: Re: Puzzle Marathon 2016 - LMI April Puzzle Test - 1st to 12th April @ 2016-04-12 1:07 AM (#21487 - in reply to #21321) (#21487) Top




Posts: 41
2020
Location: India
 Your 3 most favorite puzzles of the contest. Neighbours
 Your 3 most favorite puzzles of the contest. Linked Poset Futoshiki
 Your 3 most favorite puzzles of the contest. Hidoku
 How balanced do you think the puzzle types of this test were? Perfectly balanced
 What did you think about the puzzle quality of the test? Very nice
 What is your opinion about rules, points and scoring for this test? Very fair


wiiwierdo
Subject: Re: Puzzle Marathon 2016 - LMI April Puzzle Test - 1st to 12th April @ 2016-04-12 1:14 AM (#21488 - in reply to #21321) (#21488) Top




Posts: 2

Location: England
 Your 3 most favorite puzzles of the contest. Spiral Galaxy
 Your 3 most favorite puzzles of the contest. Domino Loop
 Your 3 most favorite puzzles of the contest. Every Second Breakpoint
 How balanced do you think the puzzle types of this test were? Perfectly balanced
 What did you think about the puzzle quality of the test? Very nice
 What is your opinion about rules, points and scoring for this test? Very fair


An LMI player
Subject: Re: Puzzle Marathon 2016 - LMI April Puzzle Test - 1st to 12th April @ 2016-04-12 8:32 AM (#21489 - in reply to #21321) (#21489) Top


 Your 3 most favorite puzzles of the contest. Pentopia
 Your 3 most favorite puzzles of the contest. Hidoku
 Your 3 most favorite puzzles of the contest. Neighbours
 How balanced do you think the puzzle types of this test were? Perfectly balanced
 What did you think about the puzzle quality of the test? Very nice
 What is your opinion about rules, points and scoring for this test? Very fair


prasanna16391
Subject: Re: Puzzle Marathon 2016 - LMI April Puzzle Test - 1st to 12th April @ 2016-04-12 8:53 AM (#21490 - in reply to #21321) (#21490) Top


PR 2020 (Evergreens) Author

Posts: 1449
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Location: India
 Your 3 most favorite puzzles of the contest. Spiral Galaxy
 Your 3 most favorite puzzles of the contest. Linked Poset Futoshiki
 Your 3 most favorite puzzles of the contest. Neighbours
 How balanced do you think the puzzle types of this test were? Perfectly balanced
 What did you think about the puzzle quality of the test? Very nice


marred
Subject: Re: Puzzle Marathon 2016 - LMI April Puzzle Test - 1st to 12th April @ 2016-04-12 10:43 AM (#21491 - in reply to #21321) (#21491) Top




Posts: 12

Location: Poland
 Your 3 most favorite puzzles of the contest. Word Search Sudoku
 Your 3 most favorite puzzles of the contest. LITS+
 Your 3 most favorite puzzles of the contest. Linked Poset Futoshiki
 How balanced do you think the puzzle types of this test were? Perfectly balanced
 What did you think about the puzzle quality of the test? Very nice
 What is your opinion about rules, points and scoring for this test? Very fair


tojejedno
Subject: Re: Puzzle Marathon 2016 - LMI April Puzzle Test - 1st to 12th April @ 2016-04-13 12:33 AM (#21492 - in reply to #21321) (#21492) Top




Posts: 4

Location: Czech Republic
 Your 3 most favorite puzzles of the contest. Hex Slitherlink
 Your 3 most favorite puzzles of the contest. LITS+
 Your 3 most favorite puzzles of the contest. Domino Loop
 How balanced do you think the puzzle types of this test were? Fairly balanced
 What did you think about the puzzle quality of the test? Very nice
 What is your opinion about rules, points and scoring for this test? Fair


Bram28
Subject: Re: Puzzle Marathon 2016 - LMI April Puzzle Test - 1st to 12th April @ 2016-04-13 2:38 AM (#21493 - in reply to #21321) (#21493) Top




Posts: 35
20
Location: Netherlands
 Your 3 most favorite puzzles of the contest. LITS+
 Your 3 most favorite puzzles of the contest. Domino Loop
 Your 3 most favorite puzzles of the contest. Pentopia
 How balanced do you think the puzzle types of this test were? Fairly balanced
 What did you think about the puzzle quality of the test? Very nice
 What is your opinion about rules, points and scoring for this test? Very fair


The Puzzle Marathon is always my favorite! It is so nice to be able to finish all the puzzles and get credit, and I love the big grids. The puzzles this year were very nice again, though nothing stood out as a particularly hard one .. I would rate most as easy or medium. And so I was mostly frustrated with myself for breaking each of the ESB, Galaxy, Futoshiki, Neighbors, Pentopia (I broke that one about 5 times, but it was one of my favorites nevertheless), and LITS+. Sigh. But a big thank you as always to the puzzles makers!!
willwc
Subject: Re: Puzzle Marathon 2016 - LMI April Puzzle Test - 1st to 12th April @ 2016-04-13 3:32 AM (#21494 - in reply to #21321) (#21494) Top




Posts: 12

Location: USA
 Your 3 most favorite puzzles of the contest. Word Search Sudoku
 Your 3 most favorite puzzles of the contest. Spiral Galaxy
 Your 3 most favorite puzzles of the contest. Twin Co-Ordinates
 How balanced do you think the puzzle types of this test were? Perfectly balanced
 What did you think about the puzzle quality of the test? Very nice
 What is your opinion about rules, points and scoring for this test? Very fair


Every single puzzle was excellently constructed, and even more impressively the difficulty seemed well-balanced between all twelve. I also thought that all of the rules changes for this year were for the best. Great job, everyone involved!
Administrator
Subject: Re: Puzzle Marathon 2016 - LMI April Puzzle Test - 1st to 12th April @ 2016-04-13 6:36 AM (#21495 - in reply to #21321) (#21495) Top


2000100010020202020
Location: India
Puzzle Marathon for 2016 is over. Submission is no more allowed.
An LMI player
Subject: Re: Puzzle Marathon 2016 - LMI April Puzzle Test - 1st to 12th April @ 2016-04-13 11:09 AM (#21496 - in reply to #21321) (#21496) Top


 Your 3 most favorite puzzles of the contest. Word Search Sudoku
 Your 3 most favorite puzzles of the contest. Hidoku
 Your 3 most favorite puzzles of the contest. Neighbours
 How balanced do you think the puzzle types of this test were? Fairly balanced
 What did you think about the puzzle quality of the test? Very nice


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