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pqg
Kwon-Tom Obsessive
Puzzles: 4072
Best Total: 15m 37s
Posted - 2008.08.28 13:54:11
Quote:
Originally Posted by mondsemmel
What do you mean by "incomplete" counting-based reasoning?
Sorry, unclear wording. I just meant standard counting deductions incorporating lines whose exact location is not finalised, but whose number can be determined.
MondSemmel
Kwon-Tom Obsessive
Puzzles: 4070
Best Total: 7m 47s
Posted - 2008.08.28 18:48:05
Quote:
Originally Posted by pqg
Quote:
Originally Posted by mondsemmel
What do you mean by "incomplete" counting-based reasoning?
Sorry, unclear wording. I just meant standard counting deductions incorporating lines whose exact location is not finalised, but whose number can be determined.
Ah, that makes more sense . Yes, that's very important in beasts.

I've finished both #98 and #99 now - although I guess I could have finished especially #98 much faster if I hadn't spread my time across so many sessions...
#99 was definitely the most difficult beast, I think, especially in comparison to #88 - but it also definitely wasn't several times more difficult than #88 or #73. As pqg said, progressing from the top left to the bottom right gave tons of useful T&E opportunities, both for big highlander sections and for situations where the loop closed too early (i.e. more than one loop). Time needed for #99? Several hours, definitely, but I actually have no idea how many exactly - 5+?  Mainly because I've become really fast at T&Eing big parts of the beasts, not because the puzzle was easier than some others. On the other hand, this same kind of progression actually existed in #88 - if the left side of #73 had been harder, the whole puzzle would have been a lot harder than #88 or #99.

Thanks for the puzzles, as always - Naivoj, could you post some more of them :>?
astrokath
Kwon-Tom Obsessive
Puzzles: 3093
Best Total: 13m 42s
Posted - 2008.09.03 11:27:50
Just finished #99 - it took quite a while, and I also ended up completing it from TL to BR.  This was one of the more time consuming ones for me, but I felt that I didn't need to think quite as far ahead for this one, and managed not to mess it up half a dozen times (unlike the last couple of ET beasts!)
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