I am getting well after the rest (maybe shorter than previous years?). This is my recap of Bangalore as usual.
We arrived at the hotel on Saturday midnight, without a significant time difference.
In B-team as usual; maybe I should change my mind, but
Solved: #3, 7, 9
Messed up from the beginning. To get high pointers, I tried #1 at first, and gained nothing in the first 10 minutes. It was rather smooth after that, but in the end of the round, I erased #11 many times. It was enough for me to predict a tough week....
Left: #1-3, 7-9, 19, 20
Error: #14, 22
Basically solved in the order of the points, except unfamiliar #19 and 20. The problem was that I made easy errors.
Left: #2, 3
After #1, I moved on to the last and went back. I had no time to see the remaining ones, using the given time well.
8 minutes left.
With the advice of teammates, I searched all the possible classic grids at the beginning. I had some trouble in matching part, but the strategy was clearly effective.
Error: #1, 7
Went from #8, #9, and returned from #7. I thought this was good for me, except errors.
As I planned. Maybe I could try it, but this round is rather for me, so I did not take too much risk.
Left: #4, 9
Just avoided #9. #5 was expected in Japan.
Left: A3, A4, B3
Started from A with newcomer Yuki Yamamoto. My original task was A4, and it failed with some wrong deductions. A good thing was that I solved B4, another my target.
Solved: #2, 6, 7, 9, 10, 12, 16
After I found a pair and solved it, I only solved the pairs Tomoya had matched. I think we should have done it from the beginning. He was awesome. But still, I made error in #5, and we could not finish #15.
Our original plan was to solve #2 by all four members. We managed to get four corners of it with some assumptions, and partial credits in #1.
0 minutes left.
Just as it goes. Started from #1, 4, 7, and finished in #6 and #8.
With some assumptions as if in puzzle competitions. The rules were almost clear, but in #2, I was misdirected due to the previous Lemon. And I was not confident to #4 (I expected one more rule), and left it for the last.
Left: #1-5, 8
To get large ones, but badly I broke #8. I missed the easiest way to know joker at first glance in #6, and noticed while solving.
Left: #2-5, 8
Kept my high-pointers strategy, and I clearly knew my error-tendency this year.
I was on the safety side after many errors in the Day 1, and still made an error. I was scared for upcoming WPC.
Only some partial credits.
Simply I could not figure it out, including some counting trouble.
Left: #6, 8, 15, 16
Without gambling. I expected more
5 minutes left, but errors in #12 and #16.
I started from Product Killer, leaving Base Grid to Tomoya. I moved on to it after some progress, and
Left: #8, 12, 14-18
Solved at random. We should have checked #16 (2 digits missing).
So the result is, not so good, not so bad.
No-playoffs should be a way of organizing, seeing the narrow difference.
Puzzle GP Final
I made a bad start in Kropki, once resulting in no solution. I lost the advantage here, so I changed into
By the way, I am still struggling with the Bonus puzzles.
And I would like to mention Thomas Snyder, one of the bests in the world. My first impression after the Round 1 of the GP series this year was, "No Palmer again,
4 minutes left.
The order was #11, 9, 6, 1, and then small ones. #3 was the last, and I forgot its exact rules.
2 minutes left.
After #1-6, moved on to the last and returned. First correct finish.
Left: #17, 18, 32
With many troubles. I should have tried Masterminds rather than #32.
During lunch, my teammates said that the difficulty was set as I could not finish. This was almost true, and I could not have left the hall yet.
Left: #5, 6, 8, 11, 14, 15
I broke #15 again and again, resulted in the collapse. Tactical problem, or simply lack of power. And the error was additional damage for me.
4 minutes left.
From the last
7 minutes left.
I was not satisfied to be honest. I missed an easy step in #3, and had some trouble in #11. But I succeeded in getting out.
11 minutes left.
Our starting positions were,
1 (Taro): correct, 2 (Kota): correct, 3 (Tomoya): 30/440, 4 (
Taro was okay here. Kota corrected it
20 minutes left.
Error: #8 (partial credit)
My solving order was, #7, 8, 5, 6, 4, 2, 1, 3. I spent about 25 minutes in the first two, so I think I earned much time here. And the last thing I did in this round was to find my name; hey, they were used as a gimmick!
This was a chance to decide the individual result, but I was not confident even after I claimed finish, due to my many errors this year. In fact, I did again.
Left: #4, 5, 9, 12
I was sure that all my answers were correct, though I was near to an error in #13. My team did a great thing to search all 72 patterns of the optimized 10x10 Star Battle beforehand, so it was as if a gift for me.
Left: #2, 6, 8
My plan was to get #3 and 4 first, and I was caught there. It could have been worse accident, so I think I endured well.
Left: #6, 17, 18
Strange error in the very first one.
0 minutes left, just few seconds.
Like in the previous round, I left #10 for last. After checking the others, I decided to try it in the last 5 minutes. But it stopped in the middle, so I used an assumption in the last 2 minutes. Then it went smoothly, and I managed to finish it without leaving checking seconds!
After #3, I tried #4 but could not solve, then went to #5 and #6. After the call of 5-minute, I finished #6 and got #1, 2. I did short checking, and returned to #4 in the last 30 seconds. I completed it with a small change to the previous attack. So I got 180 points in the last 5 minutes. Thrilling!
A: Tomoya, B: Kota,
I took time to understand the distance rule. I had trouble
I do not know why it was canceled.
Taro solved T3 and then went to the third hardest table. I and Tomoya tried T4 from the beginning, and Kota joined in after T1 and T2. After finished, I went to the hardest, Kota to the second, Tomoya to the easiest. In individual table, I found two-loop error in the Maxi Loop while checking, corrected it and left 4 minutes. Kota was trapped in the Reflect Link, and his 2-minute should have been our score.
Maybe we could choose
Left: #1, 3-5, 12, 14, 16, 18, 22, 24, 25, 27, 29
Partial: #19 (40/65)
Error: #20, 21
Good enough if no errors. I made wrong correspondence in #20, and swapped the last two in #21.
Left: #18, 21, 22
Error: #13, 17
Began from high pointers except #10, and ended in #13-14. The ways of errors show that I did not fit any more.
I lost time in #2 at the beginning, and feared that it would be even possible to get no points. It did not happen, I solved #6, #5, #4 and #3 in the last minute.
The result is a surprise after I recognized my fatigue during lunch. I spent more than 10 minutes in #7 at the start, but it went better after that.
0 minutes left.
I found 5-set pattern in the first half of the round, but no progress after that. I decided to get 80 points in the last 3 minutes, checked carefully, and noticed that the remaining pieces
We were surprised to see an uncovered smile-cell in #1, which we tried first (the sheet was soon changed by the organizers). We were careful in general, except #2; we did it in the end with guesses and it almost worked. If we had had one more minute!
Left: #4, 9, 11, 12, 14-17, 19
We feared this round, but tough setting may have worked for us. I feel I did a little here, maybe the most important thing was to construct a base of #6 and leave it to Tomoya for tweaking.
As I said