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Are the puzzles getting harder?
Kwon-Tom Obsessive
Puzzles: 2584
Best Total: 19m 5s
Posted - 2016.09.09 11:54:18
Is it my imagination, or has the puzzle generating algorithm been tweaked recently to make them harder?

I've been working through archive puzzles from 2011. My average weekend puzzle time from the August 2011 I solved ALL the puzzles in under 10 minutes (well, one was 11m7s), but in August 2016 they are nearer the 20 minute mark, with just 2 under 10 minutes.

Like I say - it's not me aging, they've been done more or less in parallel.
Kwon-Tom Obsessive
Puzzles: 4819
Best Total: 7m 47s
Posted - 2016.09.09 14:49:57
From time to time I've had that impression, as well. I'm quite skeptical that I won't be able to ever beat my current alltime record from a few years ago - that was a product of being younger, being lucky and performing exceptionally well in that week, and probably also puzzles being somewhat easier back then.
Last edited by MondSemmel - 2016.09.09 14:50:29
Kwon-Tom Obsessive
Puzzles: 4022
Best Total: 14m 2s
Posted - 2016.09.09 16:19:36
My guess is that not recently, but if compared to puzzles prior 2010, the weekend puzzles are much harder in average. There are allmost no weekends that would include 2 easy puzzles. In Monday - Friday puzzles the changes have been less noticeable

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