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24 August 2012 @ 08:20 am
2012 USPC preview  
Who is this Thomas Snyder that wrote so much about the USPC last year? I'm not sure I recognize him. He offers such great notation tips but I struggle to remember to use them all. And he seems to have so much time to document the history of a test when I'm not sure I'll find time to read the instructions until late this evening.

Still, I'm quite excited for this year's test. Some snooping gets me the list of puzzle names even if I lack the instructions right now. Test is out of 395 points so I need to finish 2 minutes early to reach my goal of 400. 8 minutes early to equal Palmer's scoring record, but I'll also have to beat him on this test for that to matter.

I'm seeing lots of 20 pointers which have always been my sweet spot on this test except for when one of them is a "Dot Triangles" or equivalent that ends up taking 80 point equivalents. 2 Sudoku, and 50 total points on them. Many obvious Serkan types I tend to do pretty well on. The big Kakuro variation returns, as well as a Fences variation which I hope does not involve wolves in sheep's clothing but if so I've already gone there. Pretty comfortable with the test from just the titles.

Anyway, the snooping means I can set up today's poll now. I think this will let you vote for every option if you really want to, but try to do just 1 or 2 from each list.

ETA - The poll is finally closed as of 7:30 PM PDT. I was hoping more would go for Math Flip, so I could prove my ability to "predict the puzzle". But the popular choice, and what would otherwise have been my choice, Multiplicative Corral will be the first puzzle I write. Pentahouses will be the other, based on absolute votes counting splits as 0.5. But it was a very very close race.

This poll is closed.

What USPC puzzle(s) from 1-12 do you want to see before Saturday's test?

1 - Battleships
2 - Complementary Domains
3,4 - Shadow Boxing
5 - Corral
6,7 - Math Flip
8 - A Crossword
9 - Pond Scum
10 - Masyu
11 - Multiplicative Corral
12 - Packing for Croatia

What USPC puzzle(s) from 13-23 do you want to see before Saturday's test?

13 - Sudoku
14 - Tren
15 - Pentahouses
16 - Space Probes
17 - Tapa
18 - Magic Order
19 - Frozen Pentominoes
20 - Snail's Nest
21 - Gapped Kakuro
22 - Fences Variation
23 - Musketeer Sudoku
thedan on August 25th, 2012 01:56 am (UTC)
I decided writing a Magic Order might help me work out some strategies, so I have one to share with the class. I'm sure the Dr. Sudoku version will be slicker, but people can play with this one while they're waiting.

motrismotris on August 25th, 2012 02:22 am (UTC)
No fair! I was totally set on going with the majority winner (2.5 votes) over the plurality winner (4 votes, but all halves). Now I have to think about it more.

On behalf of everyone else, though, thanks.
motrismotris on August 25th, 2012 02:31 am (UTC)
~5 min, but I now have an even better notation. I'm going to somehow say this puzzle lost the vote because your example is certainly sufficient.