One event I look forward to every year is the USPC. What makes this event stand out from your regular online tests is the amount of innovation that constantly pop-up year after year. Forget the usual types that you routinely solve all year round, here, it’s not an exaggeration that the USPC showcases some of the most creative constructions I solve puzzles for. These are the heavy-pointers which require insight and thinking-on-the-spot rather than common types which needed constant practice to get good at. Therefore, most of them end up being elegant one-off puzzles and will likely not see any of its siblings in the future (a notable example is the Criss-Cross Sums from the practice test).
First post in 2015!
Did you have a nice holiday?
I surely did not since this academic year overlapped New Year’s Day so my countdown was a rather miserable experience. One of many resolutions for me is to finally find time to plough through old puzzles from the internet. With the digital age in full swing, puzzles these days are often in PDF format. This doesn’t roll well with my habit of collecting puzzle books so, here, I will share with you how one might transform an E-book into another attractive book to add to your shelf.
My shelf welcomes a new member
I paid a visit to the press and printed out the latest Meraklisina Akil Oyunlari. The cover and back page were printed on hard paper and the book was slapped by two clear plastic sheets. No one can argue that the best spine for a puzzle book is spiral-bound, so a colourful helical spine (extra large size please!) was twisted into this voluminous issue.
Spiral bounding makes for a nice and flat opened book
Now that’s more like it!
Anyone have better ideas of turning PDFs into a book?
I’d love the know!
Happy New Year!
I got my regular dose of Nikoli Puzzle Communication books last night. Last year I complained to myself about the repetitive nature of their puzzles that slowly bored me overtime, I stopped my subscription to their online puzzles and stuck to their magazines instead.
What I look forward to in each Nikoli Puzzle Communication is everything but the pages stuffed to the gills with your usual Masyu, Slitherlink, Fillomino and what not. I only solve them on auto-pilot cause most of the time, those puzzles aren’t memorable. They had to be darn impressive to even warrant a grin.
Sometimes I raise a few eyebrows at how constructors manage to pull off beautiful givens in their puzzles. And that’s it. But the latest issue, No.147, had one page that made my eyes pop out.
Shimacharo managed to shove an entire Sudoku into this beast of a Ripple Effect puzzle!! Imagine how long that took!
I eagerly wait for the day when our puzzle community is large enough to have more magazines like Nikoli’s.
If you want your share of Nikoli’s goodies, hover all the way down to the links below where I’ve linked Nikoli’s website since the beginning of this blog. Another hard way to get Nikoli magazines is to win my next event which will start next month. More about that soon.
Long live Nikoli!
Me and Ziti unknowingly spoilt each other’s chance of winning the latest Nikoli Derby.