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Half a Life

Recently I have been moaning a lot about how puzzle creation has moved in a direction that I find, shall we say, unappealing. Today I will take a brief look back and describe how – in my perception – the scenery has changed over the years. Puzzle trends are evolving all the time, hence we can take for granted that I am not really covering a lot of ground here. I guess we should view this as just a short trip down on memory lane.

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Classics Collection: Hakyuu

Hi folks,
the Classics Collection continues! As usual, the idea is to present five popular puzzle types and then host another Beginners Contest on the Logic Masters Germany website. For today’s post I picked Hakyuu, also known as Ripple Effect, a puzzle style I used to be quite fond of in the past. In fact, I still like Hakyuu puzzles a lot, it is just that they have become quite rare over the years. Still, I feel it is a worthy addition to this puzzle series. Here is the PDF file: Hakyuu

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A puzzler’s life, Part 3

Hi folks,
quite some time has passed since my last post, and in fact not much has happened on my end. The Classics Collection is supposed to continue soon, but I have not yet found the time to design a larger number of puzzles again. Somehow I feel like I am experiencing the puzzle equivalent of writer’s block; since I have never been a professional writer, this may be a silly comparison, of course. In any case, no promises as to when the next puzzles will appear on this blog.

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Review: German Puzzle Championship

This post is about the German Puzzle Championship “Logic Masters” 2021 which took place yesterday as an online event. I want to write about the various rounds as long as my memory is fresh. If you want to solve the puzzles in an unbiased way, you may want to do so before reading on.

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The Social Puzzle Network

I have been thinking about the Puzzle Portal some more (and also about puzzle publications and the community on a broader scope). You see, this is a topic that keeps me occupied, and somehow it does not feel as if the matter will be concluded to everybody’s satisfaction soon. Anyway, here are a couple of thoughts; I may have said some of what follows before.

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Losing it

Hi folks,
a few minor thoughts on how my (puzzle) life goes on these days. First of all, I have begun to make some plans (family visits, real-life events, etc.) for the time after the pandemic. The vaccination campaign is picking up pace, and I am hopeful that – even though Covid will likely survive out there – we can go back to what we used to call normality.