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27 June 2008 @ 12:28 am
USPC - Final post  
Well, the final results (at least individual placement-wise) are now posted, and I am surprised by a couple things but not by the names near the top (maybe the order, but not the names). Zack's score is corrected from the initial posting, to make much more sense (since being 25 points off 365 means missing a 20 or not finishing a 20+5 or a 10+15 or something similar) but that also means I was that much better than the field in my pursuit of the threepeat. The wait to hear results probably helped contribute to my "need" to write some Hashiwakakuro so there are some good things that come out of having to wait. Now I can spend my tax stimulus check and celebrate somehow.

Statistics aren't up at the moment I am writing (they may be soon) but a quick search of recent USPC's shows the least completed puzzles on USPCs I took (2004+) was the atomic fusion at ~1.8% in 2006 with the Numerical Jigsaw (2005) at 2.5% just behind. Including the one "Google" USPC I did not take (2003) shows that the absolute low was indeed in 2003 with the Rotator Mosaic at .5% and Spellbound IV (.9%) and Dutch Week (1.2%) also amazingly low that same year.

Given "puzzle selection" possibilities in this age where a lot of sudoku-like puzzles will feel familiar, I wonder if Dot Triangles will set a new low?

Edit: Dot Triangles came in at 2.9% so Atomic Fusion still holds the win in USPC's I've competed in.
grandpascorpion on June 27th, 2008 05:28 pm (UTC)
Congrats on perfection
Awesome work, Thomas

I ended up in a measly 147th place for the U.S.
ivoryvampire on June 27th, 2008 05:42 pm (UTC)
Congratulations again, Thomas! Well done! :)
nickbaxternickbaxter on June 27th, 2008 08:37 pm (UTC)
2003 was the first year of the Google sponsorship, and that was the only year we had a link on the main Google home page (pre-iGoogle) for two days! This certainly brought in more casual solvers than normal, thus skewing the stats downward.
jdyer on June 27th, 2008 09:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks for fulfilling my prediction! ;)

(I gave myself side odds on Zack also getting a perfect score and the winner being decided by time. Maybe next year, unless we get the Unbeatable Banzuke effect.)
motrismotris on June 27th, 2008 10:06 pm (UTC)
Well, the next goal is sub 2 hours unless the test changes. I don't expect the test length to change given how no one else was even at the 19 puzzle plateau this year. Counting puzzles might come back though ;).

Been watching a fair bit of Unbeatable Banzuke - the range of games is interesting, the love of the Japanese for unicycles a bit frightening. They also don't seem to egregiously replay people's crashes for the schadenfreude value, so the show works for me. Daruma 7 and variants might be my favorite game to watch and explore, but what is the "assistant" really doing on it?