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sam
Kwon-Tom Obsessive
Puzzles: 1783
Best Total: 24m 39s
Posted - 2007.04.11 14:26:37
Nice use of 'disambiguate'.

I've already added in pairs of numbers twice and it's on the verge of being trivial already. The solution you posted up was so wildly different from my original that overlaying the two nearly forms a complete grid.
procrastinator
Kwon-Tom Obsessive
Puzzles: 1083
Best Total: 12m 56s
Posted - 2007.04.11 15:19:25
I keep seeing an asterisk next to Archives, but nothing new when I go there.
foilman
Kwon-Tom Admin
Puzzles: 1721
Best Total: 24m 8s
Posted - 2007.04.11 15:33:42
Hehe, I think I know what's happening there... I think it's flagging up new puzzles but picking up ones that aren't public yet! I'll see if I can fix it...

Edit: ok, should be working properly now.
Last edited by foilman - 2007.04.11 15:39:37
procrastinator
Kwon-Tom Obsessive
Puzzles: 1083
Best Total: 12m 56s
Posted - 2007.04.11 15:55:31
ant1: Your puzzle #46 has a zero at the end of the last line in a place that can't be reached anyway. An easy way to make your puzzle harder without breaking it. Though I can see you've gone to some lengths to make your clues asymmetric.
Brian
Kwon-Tom Obsessive
Puzzles: 3349
Best Total: 9m 6s
Posted - 2007.04.12 21:41:19
foilman, can you add the "save" option for the user puzzles? Some of Jankonyex's take longer than one session to finish.
gadget1903
Kwon-Tom Addict
Puzzles: 325
Best Total: 23m 39s
Posted - 2007.04.12 23:37:56
Thank you foilman for the TEST option.  It's much easier to test the puzzles now.

I really like this create your own puzzle feature - it's uber-awesome.
Rebes
Kwon-Tom Fan
Puzzles: 96
Best Total: 1h 44m 7s
Posted - 2007.04.13 21:25:38
Love doing these puzzles!  Is there some way you can add a discussion to go along with each, so we can comment on the puzzles... and make it so this is only visible if you've completed the puzzle so no hints are revealed?

R!
Rebes
Kwon-Tom Fan
Puzzles: 96
Best Total: 1h 44m 7s
Posted - 2007.04.13 21:30:50
In addition, when doing any puzzles, and Done has been pressed, could you make it come back with the recent fixed/unfixed portion still fixed/unfixed?  Sometimes if I'm almost done a puzzle, I'll hurry thru a section, thinking I've got it, hit submit, and it all comes back unfixed (black), then I'm left wondering which section I just filled in...  would be nice to go back to where I had fixed previously and try again...

R
procrastinator
Kwon-Tom Obsessive
Puzzles: 1083
Best Total: 12m 56s
Posted - 2007.04.14 04:51:41
Quote:
Originally Posted by rebes
In addition, when doing any puzzles, and Done has been pressed, could you make it come back with the recent fixed/unfixed portion still fixed/unfixed?

If my aging memory (less than a week left on the Kwontom hill now) serves, foilman has said in the past that he considers that risk to be a reasonable penalty for guessing. I'm inclined to agree because I think it detracts from the competition when people get lucky on "one-sided" FPs. Well OK, to be honest, I resent FP altogether.
foilman
Kwon-Tom Admin
Puzzles: 1721
Best Total: 24m 8s
Posted - 2007.04.16 16:04:10
Quote:
Originally Posted by brian
foilman, can you add the "save" option for the user puzzles? Some of Jankonyex's take longer than one session to finish.
Ok! There should be a 'save' button now...

I totally agree with you, I've been wanting this feature myself for a while... and it turned out to be trivially easy to add.
astrokath
Kwon-Tom Obsessive
Puzzles: 3093
Best Total: 13m 42s
Posted - 2007.04.17 10:25:27
Woot!  Finally got a breakthrough on #23...

astrokath
Kwon-Tom Obsessive
Puzzles: 3093
Best Total: 13m 42s
Posted - 2007.04.18 12:26:20
Quote:
Originally Posted by foilman
Yes, if a puzzle has more than one solution it will disable it - my simple checker can't find multiple solutions, so I left it up to the solvers.


If the alternative solutions can be ruled out with the Highlander argument, do they still count?
foilman
Kwon-Tom Admin
Puzzles: 1721
Best Total: 24m 8s
Posted - 2007.04.18 12:29:25
Well if any solution is found that isn't the one the author intended, that flags up the puzzle as "invalid", it doesn't really matter how the solution was achieved... if the puzzle is well designed and only has one solution then the Highlander deduction is a valid one.
astrokath
Kwon-Tom Obsessive
Puzzles: 3093
Best Total: 13m 42s
Posted - 2007.04.18 14:55:38
It's making me think that designing nice-looking puzzles is harder than it looks.

It's easy to leave a big open space that can't be used due to highlander because there are multiple routes through it... but you *could* go through it if you chose to without invalidating the other numbers on the board.

I think I need to give this puzzle-designing lark a bit more thought...
Nis
Kwon-Tom Obsessive
Puzzles: 1989
Best Total: 22m 1s
Posted - 2007.04.18 22:06:45
Quote:
Originally Posted by astrokath
Quote:
Originally Posted by foilman
Yes, if a puzzle has more than one solution it will disable it - my simple checker can't find multiple solutions, so I left it up to the solvers.

If the alternative solutions can be ruled out with the Highlander argument, do they still count?

You cannot "rule out a solution" with the Highlander argument. if a solution satisfies the rules, then it is a solution. The Highlander argument says that a certain feature is part of the solution IF the solution is unique. In some cases you can use it to prove that there is either zero or multiple solutions.

If I find a valid solution "A", then the statement "If there is only  solution, it must be A" is true. This doesn't mean that "A is the only solution" is true as well.
astrokath
Kwon-Tom Obsessive
Puzzles: 3093
Best Total: 13m 42s
Posted - 2007.04.19 09:49:10
Quote:
Originally Posted by nis
Quote:
Originally Posted by astrokath
Quote:
Originally Posted by foilman
Yes, if a puzzle has more than one solution it will disable it - my simple checker can't find multiple solutions, so I left it up to the solvers.

If the alternative solutions can be ruled out with the Highlander argument, do they still count?

You cannot "rule out a solution" with the Highlander argument. if a solution satisfies the rules, then it is a solution. The Highlander argument says that a certain feature is part of the solution IF the solution is unique. In some cases you can use it to prove that there is either zero or multiple solutions.

If I find a valid solution "A", then the statement "If there is only  solution, it must be A" is true. This doesn't mean that "A is the only solution" is true as well.

That's pretty much what I thought.

Anyway, I think I've just demonstrated that I'm not the only one having trouble creating puzzles without this weakness!  Sorry Gadget...
blivrail
Kwon-Tom Obsessive
Puzzles: 559
Best Total: 19m 12s
Posted - 2007.04.23 19:43:32
Is there a possibility of providing statistics for User-created puzzles?
I would understand that not all users will have the same number of puzzles available to them (because users create puzzles too), so perhaps a ranking like "percentage of puzzles completed that is not your own"?

Like most of you I am curious on the statistics I do well and poor in

Thanks
Naivoj
Kwon-Tom Addict
Puzzles: 314
Best Total: 33m 50s
Posted - 2007.04.23 22:09:30
Quote:
Originally Posted by blivrail
Is there a possibility of providing statistics for User-created puzzles?
A basic statistic that I would like to see, is simply an extra column showing your best time for this user puzzle, the same way it is done for the (archive) calendar puzzle.

A statistic to help compare your time with the others solvers would be: average time of first time solvers. This should not be too difficult to implement for Foilman as he is already keeping track of no-of-first-time-solvers, so he only need one more variable to store the cumulative times of the first time solvers.
foilman
Kwon-Tom Admin
Puzzles: 1721
Best Total: 24m 8s
Posted - 2007.04.24 07:16:04
Best personal times for user-created puzzles is definitely going to appear at some point - the information is stored but just not displayed yet.

As for average solving times... I'm not convinced it'd be that useful a statistic. I know that I often save puzzles for a few days and that all counts in the final time!
m2e
Kwon-Tom Obsessive
Puzzles: 607
Best Total: 16m 43s
Posted - 2007.04.24 07:36:27
How about a "Show unsolved puzzles", cos there already about 6 pages worth to scroll through!
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