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WPF Puzzle GP 2019 - General Puzzle Competition
MondSemmel
Kwon-Tom Obsessive
Puzzles: 4404
Best Total: 7m 47s
Posted - 2019.01.19 10:32:34
Hello fellow Slither Link puzzlers!

If anyone among you is interested in more general puzzle competitions, here's a quick FYI that the World Puzzle Federation's puzzle competition for 2019 starts this weekend. Here are the WPF Homepage and the site for the Puzzle GP.

How does the competition work? It's an online competition with 8 rounds, taking place roughly once a month. In each round, you download a pdf file with the puzzles (to be printed with a printer and solved with pen & paper), then have 90 minutes to solve as many of the puzzles as possible.
For each round, there's also an instruction booklet which lists the types of puzzles in each round and explains the rules; here is the one for the current round.

Paper puzzles aren't my favorite way to solve puzzles at all, but the variety of puzzles is pretty neat. I think I've participated in the majority of the puzzle rounds for two years now.

If anyone is interested in this, I'll be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Last edited by MondSemmel - 2019.01.19 10:35:20
Darklady
Kwon-Tom Obsessive
Puzzles: 4102
Best Total: 9m 37s
Posted - 2019.01.20 11:29:45
This seems pretty cool, buuuuuuut realistically I know there's no way I'll be able to set aside time for it. :/
Last edited by Darklady - 2019.01.20 11:30:15
MondSemmel
Kwon-Tom Obsessive
Puzzles: 4404
Best Total: 7m 47s
Posted - 2019.01.21 10:11:32
Yeah, I get that. I don't have any other obligations on the weekends, and even I struggle with finding a 1.5h slot of uninterrupted time.

Though just in case I wasn't clear above, the way the competition works is: roughly once a month, there's a timespan of four days (Friday 0:00 to Monday 23:59) in which one can then start solving the puzzles any time and has to submit the solutions within 90 minutes. So it's still tough to find the time, but at least it's not as crazy as having to schedule a fixed 90-minute time slot per month.

(Also, if I understand the rules correctly, apparently out of one's results in the eight rounds, only one's best six are counted, so one could even skip two rounds without any impact on one's final score. Not that the final score matters; there's an offline round for the top X, but the champions of these competitions seem to be superhumanly quick, and I for one can't imagine coming close to their scores.)

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