I think I understand the rules after a bit of reading and trying. I just have two questions.
1) Synchronised Maze: Is a path from one letter allowed to go through a letter of the other? I'm not sure if that is seen as crossing or not.
2) Is there any chance the layout of the no numbers loop can be changed? I found it somewhat hard to see my own writing over the think dashes lines as they have hardly any white space.
As all types are new to many, and i guess to everyone too. I thought understanding the rules will become better if i create one. So many of them still i too have to do it properly but succeeded in creating two puzzles of "TRIO CUT". Here is the link for the Practice puzzles. Hope you will like it. :)
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can anyone plz explain the answer key for curve data in detail?????????????
the marked row (3rd from top) of the example has 2 lines ALONG the direction.
The length of first one (upper part of "I") is 2,
and the length of second one (bottom part of "V") is 1,
Therefore the key for this row should be "21".
The marked column (4th from left) has only 1 line ALONG the direction,
and the length of the line is 1.
Therefore the key for this column should be "1".
this is the last of the set unless I get a matchmaker working that I'm really happy with. The Loop assumes that crossings can share an edge as showed in Swaroop's question. So Hopefully that's allowed, as nothing's said against it in the rules.
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Well, my long LMI puzzle "podium" streak was doomed to end eventually. 17 tests it is. This was rather hard, and 75 minutes would have been just about as good as 120 minutes for me. Still, there were some very nice designs in the puzzles I did solve so thanks for those xevs.
Previously I had a thought that there should be a test with unfamiliar puzzles and this is it No Numbers came.
So far I have attempted Curve Data, Synchronized Maze and No Numbers field, they are really good. Curve data 2 is like what I have expected.
I liked the test but I should have done some practise puzzles before attempting (not a good idea to give an unprepared test at night 10:30 on Monday).
Anyway thanks a lot to LMI and Xevs. I will try to solve the other puzzles as well.
Thanks Ko for writing this test. I generally do well with unfamiliar puzzle types. I had a similar experience as Thomas, where after 80 minutes I had solved for most my points, at which point I was feeling pretty good about my performance. I had left both No Numbers types till the end. Afterwards I was a bit disappointed, having only been able to add 85 points in 40 minutes. But it was enough in the end. Guess I can write off this victory on smoothly solving the second Synchronised Maze, which seems to have stumped a lot of people.
I really enjoyed this test, it's always nice to see types of puzzles that I've not seen before, so thanks Ko. Were they newly created puzzles by you, or had you seen them somewhere else before? Curve data and It's Yours were particularly interesting- does anyone know anywhere I can find some more of these types? In fact if anyone knows where I can find more examples of any of the types I'll gladly take a look.