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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.

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Contest Announcement

Hi folks,
this is just a short post announcing the third Beginners Contest which will be hosted on the Logic Masters website on May 28-31. The five puzzle styles featured in this contest are the most recent five styles from the Classics Collection: Tents, Masyu, Tapa, Easy as ABC, and Kakuro. The contest is open to everyone, although I tried to design the puzzles suitable for beginner level. I am looking forward to your participation.

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Classics Collection: Kakuro

Hi folks,
the Classics Collection continues! There will probably be another Beginners Contest next, but we already have more puzzle types in mind to go on with our series. Kakuro is certainly a “classic” style; it is not particularly rich in solving techniques, but those who enjoy arithmetic-based logical puzzles will typically get what they pay for. Here is the PDF file: Kakuro

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A puzzler’s life, Part 2

Just a few short paragraphs this time. The last two weeks have been somewhat busy for me, but there was just enough time to squeeze in two puzzle contests. My results were ok, given that I had mixed ambitions from the start. The one contest was the fourth round of this year’s Puzzle Grand Prix series, and the other was the German Sudoku Championship which was held as an online event. With the pandemic around, especially the latter should not be taken for granted, so here is a big Thanks to all the authors, organizers and helpers.