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Quality Solving vs. Speed Solving

Although I had announced on different occasions that I have no plans for competing in puzzle events in the foreseeable future, I felt like solving a couple of puzzles last weekend. So I took part in the first round of the Puzzle Grand Prix 2020, with moderate success (rank 12, with a score of something like 70%).

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Nurikabe Geometries

This is another posting about Nurikabe puzzles, so you could consider this a follow-up of sorts. However, its purpose is a different one. In the first Nurikabe article I presented a set of puzzles which I thought might be suitable for beginners. Today’s puzzles are not particularly hard, but very unfamiliar, so the target group is not the same.

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Perfect Puzzles

Some time ago I wrote an article about the criteria a puzzle would have to satisfy in order to be considered perfect. It is a list based on my own expectations and preferences, so I do not expect everyone to agree with my ideas. Still, I would like to share a few thoughts on the topic.

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Classics Collection: Nurikabe

Hi folks, and a Happy New Year!
Last time I promised you new puzzles. And here it is, the first part of my new “Classics Collection”: Nurikabe
This group consists of 12 Standard Nurikabe puzzles. You are of course welcome to jump right in and start solving. But since this is meant for beginners as well (as announced in my first post), I will give some hints for this puzzle type below.

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Reopening!

Hi folks,
this blog is back alive! Well, let me clarify. There used to be an older blog version under the same URL, the contents of which are stored on my hard drive and are no longer available to the public. When I write “Reopening”, I mean that I will post new contents, but I have currently no plans to dig out the old stuff. My puzzle activities have changed somewhat over the years, and so has this blog.