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@ 2012-09-06 3:46 PM (#8502 - in reply to #7911) (#8502) Top

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abhi5670 posted @ 2012-09-06 3:46 PM

If I solve the sudoku puzzles within time for the beginners contest, do I get a rank or somethign?
@ 2012-09-06 4:15 PM (#8503 - in reply to #8501) (#8503) Top

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Administrator posted @ 2012-09-06 4:15 PM

abhi5670 - 2012-09-06 3:45 PM

can the soduku puzzles be solved offline
I'm not exactly sure what 'offline' means.
You can either solve online using the flash interface
OR
you can print (the same set of sudokus) on paper and solve on paper, and then enter the rows marked by arrows.

abhi5670 - 2012-09-06 3:46 PM

If I solve the sudoku puzzles within time for the beginners contest, do I get a rank or somethign?
Again, not sure what your question is about. What exactly are you expecting if you solve the sudokus within time?
@ 2012-09-07 5:46 AM (#8504 - in reply to #7911) (#8504) Top

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Administrator posted @ 2012-09-07 5:46 AM

September Beginners Sudoku Contest has started

Here is the link, if you still haven't figured it out.

Points Distribution

Classic 1 - 4 points
Classic 2 - 7 points
Classic 3 - 8 points
Classic 4 - 11 points


Variant 1 (Irregular) - 4 points
Variant 2 (Odd) - 11 points
Variant 3 (Non Consecutive) - 7 points
Variant 4 (Extra Region) - 8 points

@ 2012-09-07 7:15 AM (#8505 - in reply to #8502) (#8505) Top

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prasanna16391 posted @ 2012-09-07 7:15 AM

abhi5670 - 2012-09-06 3:46 PM

If I solve the sudoku puzzles within time for the beginners contest, do I get a rank or somethign?


See the previous scoring pages. You'll get "a rank" no matter how many you solve, as long as you participate. You'll get "a better rank" if you finish more sudokus/finish the same number faster. But on a side note, if you forget about the ranks, you invariably end up enjoying the test and giving a good performance too ;)
@ 2012-09-07 9:10 AM (#8506 - in reply to #8127) (#8506) Top

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Administrator posted @ 2012-09-07 9:10 AM

prasanna16391 - 2012-08-06 4:59 PM


The following are Seasoners by default -
1. Those who have attained, at any point, an LMI Sudoku rating of 500+.
2. Those who have achieved a rank of 25 or better in an LMI monthly Sudoku test.
3. Those who get 2 75+ total scores in the Beginners' Contests(This can obviously take effect only from the September edition).
4. Those who score 100+ on the Beginners' Contest shall be bumped to Seasoner level on the spot.
Following players are moved to Seasoners because of 3, even if they chose to play as beginner in August
B. Thananon
godisdead
jzverina
manuj
ZYX
@ 2012-09-07 1:36 PM (#8507 - in reply to #7911) (#8507) Top

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prasanna16391 posted @ 2012-09-07 1:36 PM

This is a restricted thread. As you might have seen during other LMI tests :

Comments posted in the thread after the test started can only be viewed by players who have finished the test. If you are not logged in to forum or if you have not finished the test, you will see first few characters of the post.

The purpose is to encourage players to freely post comments while the test is running.
@ 2012-09-08 12:10 AM (#8510 - in reply to #8497) (#8510) Top

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abhi5670 posted @ 2012-09-08 12:10 AM

hi, can the contests be attempted more than once?
@ 2012-09-08 12:10 AM (#8511 - in reply to #7911) (#8511) Top

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abhi5670 posted @ 2012-09-08 12:10 AM

hi, can the contests be enttred more than once
@ 2012-09-08 12:16 AM (#8512 - in reply to #8505) (#8512) Top

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abhi5670 posted @ 2012-09-08 12:16 AM

how does one get practice for sudoku variants?
@ 2012-09-08 1:36 AM (#8513 - in reply to #8510) (#8513) Top

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prasanna16391 posted @ 2012-09-08 1:36 AM

abhi5670 - 2012-09-08 12:10 AM

hi, can the contests be attempted more than once?


Well, whats the point of a "contest" then? You can attempt the sudokus only once. If you attempt it again after having seen them, that gives you an unfair advantage.
@ 2012-09-08 1:38 AM (#8514 - in reply to #8512) (#8514) Top

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prasanna16391 posted @ 2012-09-08 1:38 AM

abhi5670 - 2012-09-08 12:16 AM

how does one get practice for sudoku variants?


One of the main points of the Beginners' Contests IS to give practice to beginners in Sudoku variants. If you meant solving tips, etc. there is no extensive covering of all variants as far as I know, so if you post a specific grid, one of us will surely give you the required tricks and pushes to solve it.
@ 2012-09-08 12:19 PM (#8515 - in reply to #7911) (#8515) Top

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neerajmehrotra posted @ 2012-09-08 12:19 PM

This was another wonderful attempt by LMI to encourage beginners in the puzzling world in general and sudoku in particular......
The classics were of easy / medium difficulty. 11 pointer was slightly difficult. As regards variants.....
I loved the non-consecutive..........odd was difficult and deserved more points than 11..........
all the best to all the solvers....
@ 2012-09-08 9:29 PM (#8518 - in reply to #7911) (#8518) Top

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debmohanty posted @ 2012-09-08 9:29 PM

Forgot to add a note in the pdf file :

Classics 2,3,4 are provided by our Chinese friends TTHsieh and Lin Minfang
@ 2012-09-09 11:14 AM (#8523 - in reply to #7911) (#8523) Top

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anurag posted @ 2012-09-09 11:14 AM

From my solving experience,the points for the 4th classic didnt justify those for the other 2.It was ridiculously easy.I spent 5 minutes on it and 12 on the 7-pointer.
@ 2012-09-09 1:41 PM (#8525 - in reply to #7911) (#8525) Top

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kishy72 posted @ 2012-09-09 1:41 PM

fellas is there any sure shot of improving speed in sudoku ? because i have been solving sudokus for the past 2-3 months extensively after becoming a member of LMI compared to the number of sudokus i used to do earlier and still i am unable to increase my speed by as much as i would have liked and when i see people here submitting 4 classic sudokus within 5mins 26 secs !!!!!!!!!!(oh my god )under 10 mins and so on i feel as i m missing the picture somewhere?!..or is there something that needs to kept in mind as a pre-requisite while solving sudokus????how do people solve within 10 mins 4 sudokus effectively completing each sudoku be it easy or hard under 150 seconds...share ur thoughts pls .....
@ 2012-09-09 1:59 PM (#8526 - in reply to #8525) (#8526) Top

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prasanna16391 posted @ 2012-09-09 1:59 PM

kishy72 - 2012-09-09 1:41 PM

fellas is there any sure shot of improving speed in sudoku ? because i have been solving sudokus for the past 2-3 months extensively after becoming a member of LMI compared to the number of sudokus i used to do earlier and still i am unable to increase my speed by as much as i would have liked and when i see people here submitting 4 classic sudokus within 5mins 26 secs !!!!!!!!!!(oh my god )under 10 mins and so on i feel as i m missing the picture somewhere?!..or is there something that needs to kept in mind as a pre-requisite while solving sudokus????how do people solve within 10 mins 4 sudokus effectively completing each sudoku be it easy or hard under 150 seconds...share ur thoughts pls .....


In any competition, there will be different levels of ability. This doesn't mean one can't improve. The 5 min 26 seconds person you mention has been a top solver for many years, so not getting anywhere near that after 2-3 months of practice shouldn't be a surprise right? In any case, thats what the Beginners-Seasoners categories are for. Different people have different growth patterns in terms of improving solving speed. That is the base of competition.

There isn't any sure shot way of improving your speed other than practicing as far as I know. There are certain techniques, like the ones listed here - http://www.sudokuwiki.org/sudoku.htm , but its up to you to learn how to use them with time.

Edited by prasanna16391 2012-09-09 2:00 PM
@ 2012-09-11 11:06 AM (#8533 - in reply to #7911) (#8533) Top

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Administrator posted @ 2012-09-11 11:06 AM

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@ 2012-09-12 6:12 PM (#8539 - in reply to #7911) (#8539) Top

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vijaya_rajan posted @ 2012-09-12 6:12 PM

Can I re-do a test to improve points ?
@ 2012-09-12 6:28 PM (#8540 - in reply to #8539) (#8540) Top

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prasanna16391 posted @ 2012-09-12 6:28 PM

vijaya_rajan - 2012-09-12 6:12 PM

Can I re-do a test to improve points ?


As shown in the post directly above you, you can improve your points to the extent of submitting in a second, but then there isn't any point in competing(Edit - And your second attempt will be disqualified anyway). You have more chance of improving yourself if you just concentrate on solving rather than improving the points more than your actual capacity :)

Edited by prasanna16391 2012-09-12 6:31 PM
@ 2012-09-12 8:06 PM (#8544 - in reply to #8540) (#8544) Top

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Administrator posted @ 2012-09-12 8:06 PM

Email notification test ----
Thanks Richard.
@ 2012-09-13 8:37 AM (#8545 - in reply to #8544) (#8545) Top

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Administrator posted @ 2012-09-13 8:37 AM

Last one day for September's edition. Actually little less than 21 hours as I post this.
@ 2012-09-13 7:31 PM (#8548 - in reply to #7911) (#8548) Top

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neerajmehrotra posted @ 2012-09-13 7:31 PM

Where are the top sixteen Indians .....I can see only Rakesh, Akash Doulani and Zalak..(sorry if I have missed someone).........baaki janta kahan hai....
@ 2012-09-13 7:59 PM (#8549 - in reply to #8548) (#8549) Top

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debmohanty posted @ 2012-09-13 7:59 PM

neerajmehrotra - 2012-09-13 7:31 PM

Where are the top sixteen Indians .....I can see only Rakesh, Akash Doulani and Zalak..(sorry if I have missed someone).........baaki janta kahan hai....
Ah... This is for "Beginners" - so others in top 16 don't want to degrade their value by playing - even though we have seen top players from all other countries. Or may be too difficult to fit in 40 minutes in 10080 minutes in their busy schedules.
@ 2012-09-13 10:04 PM (#8550 - in reply to #8548) (#8550) Top

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prasanna16391 posted @ 2012-09-13 10:04 PM

neerajmehrotra - 2012-09-13 7:31 PM

Where are the top sixteen Indians .....I can see only Rakesh, Akash Doulani and Zalak..(sorry if I have missed someone).........baaki janta kahan hai....


Can add Jaipal now :)
@ 2012-09-13 10:19 PM (#8551 - in reply to #8550) (#8551) Top

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neerajmehrotra posted @ 2012-09-13 10:19 PM

prasanna16391 - 2012-09-13 10:04 PM

neerajmehrotra - 2012-09-13 7:31 PM

Where are the top sixteen Indians .....I can see only Rakesh, Akash Doulani and Zalak..(sorry if I have missed someone).........baaki janta kahan hai....


Can add Jaipal now :)


Thats great.....hope one or two more people join the gang.....
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