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Club 99, 999, and 9999 (clubs for the rest of us)
LoopGuy
Kwon-Tom Obsessive
Puzzles: 761
Best Total: 45m 59s
Posted - 2012.07.05 06:31:20
I admit, I'm not very good at this.  I started playing them precisely BECAUSE it was the one puzzle I felt I should be better at then I was, at a website that featured many different types of daily puzzles.  Still, I've looked through all 18 pages of the forum (could use a "search" feature on forum posts), and I've noticed more then one person posting when they first solved all 7 puzzles in a week, or mentioning how many months it has taken them to get to club 59.  While I don't necessarily want to cheapen the efforts of those who have made it under one hour, I also recognize the power of encouragement for reaching an "achievements" a bit earlier then that.  Without creating anything new, I'd recommend the following:

Club 99 (1 hour 39 minutes) - which is a good goal for us newbie's, and is not so impossible sounding as 59 minutes seems right now (Totaling my best daily times ever, I'm currently at 1 hour 42 minutes, so I can see that Club 99 would be possible for me, while Club 59 seems a long ways away).

Club 999 (16 hours 39 minutes), recognizing the feat of solving all 7 puzzles in a week without having to take multiple days to solve any of them (which I have not achieved as of yet).

Club 9999 (6 days, 22 hours, 39 minutes) which recognizes the feat of actually solving 7 puzzles in a row no matter how long it took (which I have actually achieved).

Of course, you can do something different then making it a Club, but I feel some recognition earlier in the game would make the site better.  That's just my opinion, of course.
mathmaniac
Kwon-Tom Obsessive
Puzzles: 1198
Best Total: 20m 57s
Posted - 2012.07.05 07:15:23
First things first. THAN. Ok, that's out of the way. While what you say has merit, I'm not sure if it really is necessary. Undoubtedly, it may take you a year or more to bring your weekly total down to an hour, but when you do, I think it will be a much more significant achievement if there are fewer of them to achieve. No offense meant to anyone, but until you reach the hour mark, you're not exactly a serious member. Personally, when I started I played less than regularly for a year or two without making much progress, but when I really focused on it, noticing patterns and completing every weekly puzzle, I began to make improvements. And trust me, as long as you're over an hour, if you work on your game those minutes will come off like crazy. Good luck and I hope you stick around. (By the way, Foilman may have different ideas, I don't know)
LoopGuy
Kwon-Tom Obsessive
Puzzles: 761
Best Total: 45m 59s
Posted - 2012.10.13 06:45:39
For the record, I made it under 99 minutes today after solving 121 puzzles, with a time of 1 hour 31 minutes and 43 seconds.

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