@ 2011-07-13 9:02 PM (#5149 - in reply to #5147) (#5149) Top | |

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akash.doulani - 2011-07-13 7:54 PM the best strategy would be to solve the high pointers and submit in the first 70 minutes and then solve the low pointers. Agree. But there is high risk involved as well - if you are unable to solve, you get zero points and lose a lot of time too. |

@ 2011-07-13 9:06 PM (#5150 - in reply to #5149) (#5150) Top | |

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rakesh_rai - 2011-07-13 9:02 PM akash.doulani - 2011-07-13 7:54 PM the best strategy would be to solve the high pointers and submit in the first 70 minutes and then solve the low pointers. Agree. But there is high risk involved as well - if you are unable to solve, you get zero points and lose a lot of time too. No Pain No Gain |

@ 2011-07-13 9:08 PM (#5151 - in reply to #5150) (#5151) Top | |

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purifire - 2011-07-13 9:06 PM No Pain No Gain No risk, No gain |

@ 2011-07-13 9:11 PM (#5152 - in reply to #5148) (#5152) Top | |

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swaroop2011 - 2011-07-13 8:24 PM Distance sudoku : it is given that " clues outside the grid represent the distances between the given digits for the corresponding directions, in order." But seeing the solution the number itself is also included for distance. If distance is given as N, it means there are N-1 numbers between the two given numbers. quadruple sudoku solution is not given . and are the given numbers enough to complete the sudoku. solution is not given because the given numbers are not enough to complete the sudoku. |

@ 2011-07-13 9:17 PM (#5153 - in reply to #5148) (#5153) Top | |

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swaroop2011 - 2011-07-13 8:24 PM quadruple sudoku solution is not given . and are the given numbers enough to complete the sudoku. As mentioned in IB, all examples are from the official IBs. And if I remember correctly, this is how it appeared in the corresponding IB as well. Here is a complete Quadruple sudoku if you need practice (Note that digits may repeat in the 4 cells. This example doesn't have such a case) Solution Spoiler: show |

@ 2011-07-13 9:18 PM (#5154 - in reply to #5092) (#5154) Top | |

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For a particular sudoku, I submit a correct answer at 65 minutes. Then I think something is wrong, so I change the answer and submit an incorrect answer at 75 minutes. But, in the end, I again realize my mistake and re-submit the correct answer at 119 minutes. The puzzle is worth 100 points. How many do I get - 100 or 50? |

@ 2011-07-13 9:44 PM (#5155 - in reply to #5154) (#5155) Top | |

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rakesh_rai - 2011-07-13 9:18 PM For a particular sudoku, I submit a correct answer at 65 minutes. Then I think something is wrong, so I change the answer and submit an incorrect answer at 75 minutes. But, in the end, I again realize my mistake and re-submit the correct answer at 119 minutes. The puzzle is worth 100 points. How many do I get - 100 or 50? Technically 50.... since the last time stamp associated with that puzzle will show a time of 119 minutes.... Rishi |

@ 2011-07-13 10:25 PM (#5156 - in reply to #5147) (#5156) Top | |

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akash.doulani - 2011-07-13 7:54 PM the best strategy would be to solve the high pointers and submit in the first 70 minutes and then solve the low pointers. An even better strategy would be to solve all grids in the first 70 minutes |

@ 2011-07-13 10:29 PM (#5157 - in reply to #5156) (#5157) Top | |

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Fred76 - 2011-07-13 10:25 PM Simplest strategy, not sure why others couldn't come up with this idea An even better strategy would be to solve all grids in the first 70 minutes |

@ 2011-07-13 10:38 PM (#5158 - in reply to #5157) (#5158) Top | |

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debmohanty - 2011-07-13 10:29 PM Fred76 - 2011-07-13 10:25 PM Simplest strategy, not sure why others couldn't come up with this idea An even better strategy would be to solve all grids in the first 70 minutes Maybe some people are realistic and know their limitations :D |

@ 2011-07-13 11:48 PM (#5159 - in reply to #5092) (#5159) Top | |

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Is this test designed so the best solvers can finish them all within 70 minutes? I thought originally the idea of the time expansion/points reduction concept was so more people could have the time to finish all puzzles, at least i thought that's why it was brought up at least. It just gives me a small idea of the average difficulty of all puzzles. As if it is, I might approach it with the mindset of being able to finish all puzzles(which I generally don't expect to acchieve in a sudoku contest), as i think I could finish everything with almost double the time to the fastest sudoku solvers. |

@ 2011-07-14 12:14 AM (#5160 - in reply to #5159) (#5160) Top | |

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Para - 2011-07-13 11:48 PM Is this test designed so the best solvers can finish them all within 70 minutes? I thought originally the idea of the time expansion/points reduction concept was so more people could have the time to finish all puzzles, at least i thought that's why it was brought up at least. It just gives me a small idea of the average difficulty of all puzzles. As if it is, I might approach it with the mindset of being able to finish all puzzles(which I generally don't expect to acchieve in a sudoku contest), as i think I could finish everything with almost double the time to the fastest sudoku solvers. Looking at the list we have 22 puzzles in all ... that amounts to roughly less than 6 minutes per puzzle. I dont think more than 3 people will be able to complete all the puzzles.... Rishi |

@ 2011-07-14 3:20 AM (#5161 - in reply to #5092) (#5161) Top | |

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Yeah, that's what I was thinking too, but then I don't really get the idea behind the point reduction, I guess. Because why would it be better to solve a 90 point puzzle at the 60 minute mark than at the 90 minute mark, if the test isn't designed to be finished at the 70 minute mark for the fastest solvers. That's basically why I was wondering. Edited by Para 2011-07-14 3:20 AM |

@ 2011-07-14 9:06 AM (#5162 - in reply to #5161) (#5162) Top | |

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I can only speculate why this particular point structure has been chosen, but I like it. I have always believed Sudoku to be a "Single Persons Chess" where just solving is not important but strategising too. In this point structure, it would be foolish to tackle puzzles in order of appearance. A little bit of strategy would be needed as to how and in which order the puzzles would be attacked. |

@ 2011-07-14 1:44 PM (#5163 - in reply to #5092) (#5163) Top | |

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can any body help out for how to start the "crossnumber sudoku and number 5 still alive"? not getting a start. |

@ 2011-07-14 10:17 PM (#5164 - in reply to #5162) (#5164) Top | |

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For the crossnumber sudoku, you basically just have to place all numbers in the grid first. The most obvious point to start, is the left bottom corner. The left bottom vertical number, you can relatively easily prove that only 5876 is possible there, considering the numbers that can cross and the fact no digits can repeat within nonet 7. Once you have that, you should be able to fill ou the whole crossword. Number 5 still alive I haven't figured out yet myself. purifire - 2011-07-14 9:06 AM I can only speculate why this particular point structure has been chosen, but I like it. I have always believed Sudoku to be a "Single Persons Chess" where just solving is not important but strategising too. In this point structure, it would be foolish to tackle puzzles in order of appearance. A little bit of strategy would be needed as to how and in which order the puzzles would be attacked. I don't really agree but I guess that's not a discussion to have here. I mainly was just inquiring with what solving time this test was intended for the fastest solvers (as that is normally what the test length is for), to get an idea on the difficulty and thus how to approach this test. Because I was under the impression that the time extension/point reduction system was intended so that the people who finish just behind the fastest solvers can also finish all puzzles in competition for once, just for less points. Would still appreciate an answer from someone who knows for sure. |

@ 2011-07-14 11:01 PM (#5165 - in reply to #5092) (#5165) Top | |

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thanks para. actually i forget considering a sudoku rule. i considered it as solving like a crossword puzzle with few guesses but forgotten the basic rule. now i will give it another strike. "just one cell sudoku"- how to go about it. i could just get few things in the top right corner 3 x 3. but not able to get that answer '2' . can anybody give the explanation for it. |

@ 2011-07-14 11:13 PM (#5166 - in reply to #5092) (#5166) Top | |

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Just one cell sudoku: R469C7 is a hidden triple {135}. Now R1C7 is a hidden single 2. Or you could do R28C7 is a naked pair {79} for C7, now R1C7 is a naked single 2. |

@ 2011-07-14 11:49 PM (#5167 - in reply to #5166) (#5167) Top | |

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The Number 5 Still Alive example from WSC2 was notoriously difficult and much much much more difficult than the competition puzzle was. This, in my experience, is often the case with Vlad Portugalov puzzles where the "example" is too hard to solve. After 15 minutes, I can explain how to get just 9 sure digits and 2 labeled pairs. My hope is that someone can give you a link to another Number 5 Still Alive type puzzle from a previous mock test. I can only quickly find the related Number X is Alive puzzle from the May Sudoku test at the moment. |

@ 2011-07-15 12:38 AM (#5168 - in reply to #5167) (#5168) Top | |

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motris - 2011-07-14 11:49 PM The Number 5 Still Alive example from WSC2 was notoriously difficult and much much much more difficult than the competition puzzle was. This, in my experience, is often the case with Vlad Portugalov puzzles where the "example" is too hard to solve. After 15 minutes, I can explain how to get just 9 sure digits and 2 labeled pairs. My hope is that someone can give you a link to another Number 5 Still Alive type puzzle from a previous mock test. I can only quickly find the related Number X is Alive puzzle from the May Sudoku test at the moment. There was one "number 5 still alive" on fed-sudoku. It was 1rst grid of "killer IV" of krtek's cup. you need to login to see the grid, the archives are not updated. But the rule was a bit different, as "number in one cage should be different" applied there. Fred |

@ 2011-07-15 6:25 AM (#5169 - in reply to #5164) (#5169) Top | |

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Para - 2011-07-14 10:17 PM I mainly was just inquiring with what solving time this test was intended for the fastest solvers (as that is normally what the test length is for), to get an idea on the difficulty and thus how to approach this test. Because I was under the impression that the time extension/point reduction system was intended so that the people who finish just behind the fastest solvers can also finish all puzzles in competition for once, just for less points. Would still appreciate an answer from someone who knows for sure. Serkan has mentioned to me how much time he expects a top solver would take to complete all sudokus, so I obviously know the answer But since he didn't answer the post yet, I'm not sure if he wants to make it public before the test ends. |

@ 2011-07-15 6:29 AM (#5170 - in reply to #5154) (#5170) Top | |

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rakesh_rai - 2011-07-13 9:18 PM For a particular sudoku, I submit a correct answer at 65 minutes. Then I think something is wrong, so I change the answer and submit an incorrect answer at 75 minutes. But, in the end, I again realize my mistake and re-submit the correct answer at 119 minutes. The puzzle is worth 100 points. How many do I get - 100 or 50? As done in all other tests, your last submission (from online or paper mode) will be considered as the only valid answer. We don't check intermediate submissions. So you get 50. |

@ 2011-07-15 10:17 AM (#5171 - in reply to #5167) (#5171) Top | |

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About "Number 5 Still Alive" Serkan and Cihan did a contest just before WSC2007 - It had Number 5 Still Alive (and also Crossnumber, Distance) - Here is the link http://www.otuzoyun.com/puzzles/PseudokuChampionship.pdf Any idea why it is called "Number 5 Still Alive". Is it based on some movie or song name? |

@ 2011-07-15 10:35 AM (#5172 - in reply to #5167) (#5172) Top | |

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motris - 2011-07-14 11:49 PM The Number 5 Still Alive example from WSC2 was notoriously difficult and much much much more difficult than the competition puzzle was. This, in my experience, is often the case with Vlad Portugalov puzzles where the "example" is too hard to solve. After 15 minutes, I can explain how to get just 9 sure digits and 2 labeled pairs. Interestingly, a Google search on < "number 5 still alive" Sudoku > throws up a link which has the actual puzzle in the competition. Some more examples at http://forsmarts.com/pdf/fpb_05.pdf As noted in IB (like what Fred mentioned), in the puzzle in this competition "digits may repeat in the cages". |

@ 2011-07-15 1:31 PM (#5174 - in reply to #5172) (#5174) Top | |

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1] For online mode, will the rows/columns be automatically marked from the start, or will we need to click on "show cells to fill" 21 times? 2] For offline mode, how do we fill the answer key for "Just One Cell sudoku"? Just the number or the cell notation too? For online mode, I presume we just need to fill the key cell and click on submit. |