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Posted on: Fri May 17, 2019 5:52 am




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I was only suggesting it for the 8x8 [thumbsup]......I sure could have used it for the 6x6 today as I had a great time only to find that I had two 5's side by side and could not see it for quite awhile!!!


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Posted on: Fri May 17, 2019 11:47 am




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eclipsegirl wrote:
Paul — While I agree with you that times are getting faster, there are also other things working when doing the 8 x 8s

I got my 11th best time today and while in the top 25, not in the top 10. (Time 3:2?). I remember when I got my best time, 3:4? and did not make it in the top 10. This was before top 25 got an extra point.

I have also had recent times in that were 7:?? and been in top 25.

This may be where we remember the unusual events - Bad times that get us two points or great times that only get us two points.


I thought that too, so I have been keeping track of my times and placings since early March. I can never hope to get close to top 25 in the 4x4, but I have managed 4 top 25s over that period in both the 5x5 and 6x6. In the 8x8, I've had 6 top 10s, 54 in the 11 to 25 range and 13 outside the top 25. 5 of those 13 have come in the last two weeks! [cursing]

This includes the 6:20 I did last Sunday. On April 19th and 20th, I had two top 25s with times of 9:06 and 9:04 respectively! So there is a lot of variation from one day to the next and I sometimes wonder if Patrick has the option of tweaking the difficulty level from day to day. [confused]

Anyway, the bottom line is that my scores are getting worse and this is probably due to a combination of slower times (maybe I'm rushing too much and therefore making mistakes) and more/faster puzzlers taking part. In relation to the number of people completing the 8x8, this has varied from a low of 27 to a high of 39, but there hasn't been much of a general upward trend in this regard.

As you can see from the above, I have far too much time on my hands and need to find something else to occupy me!


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Posted on: Fri May 17, 2019 10:58 pm




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This includes the 6:20 I did last Sunday. On April 19th and 20th, I had two top 25s with times of 9:06 and 9:04 respectively! So there is a lot of variation from one day to the next and I sometimes wonder if Patrick has the option of tweaking the difficulty level from day to day. [confused]

In relation to the number of people completing the 8x8, this has varied from a low of 27 to a high of 39, but there hasn't been much of a general upward trend in this regard.

As you can see from the above, I have far too much time on my hands and need to find something else to occupy me!


First, you do have too much time on your hands. [love]
I am starting to regain some of my leisure time and it feels very good.

I think the variation with difficulty is just do to to randomness. I think Jpoos ran out of the original 10 K puzzles that Patrick had loaded into they system.

I did not realize that so few players do the timed 8 x 8. I know there was one non subscriber who really wanted to test their skills on the 8 x 8. Patrick had to inform that person the timed 8 x 8 was going to remain a perk of being a subscriber.


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Posted on: Mon May 20, 2019 12:40 am




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Wow! This is getting really scary! [scared] [scared] [scared] My time of 5:46 yesterday was not good enough for top 25 and there were 29 times in total under 6 minutes.


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Posted on: Mon May 20, 2019 3:16 am




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Well I guess it is one point for me then or not sure if it is worth time now that times are so low!!!


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Posted on: Wed May 22, 2019 12:10 am




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Had a much better day yesterday and was in the top ten for most of the day, but finally finished 12th. I also had my 9th best time ever for the 5x5 and it wasn't even good enough for top 30! [scared]


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Posted on: Wed May 22, 2019 12:58 am




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paulv66 wrote:
Had a much better day yesterday and was in the top ten for most of the day, but finally finished 12th. I also had my 9th best time ever for the 5x5 and it wasn't even good enough for top 30! [scared]


Unscientific Average Cutoffs for Top 25 (error is probably +/- 10%):

4x4: ~10s
5x5: ~30s
6x6: ~1m
8x8: ~5m

Looks like I knocked you down a peg yesterday - I finished 11th on the 8x8. Sorry, and not so sorry, about that.


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Posted on: Thu May 23, 2019 11:18 am




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Here's a plot of the 8x8 top 10 cutoff time over the past year:

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There may be a slight downward trend here.


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Posted on: Thu May 23, 2019 11:28 am




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And the same plot for the top 25 cutoff time:

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Posted on: Thu May 23, 2019 3:36 pm




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pnm wrote:
Here's a plot of the 8x8 top 10 cutoff time over the past year:

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There may be a slight downward trend here.

At first I was wondering how Patrick got an EKG of my accelerated heart rate when solving timed puzzles. But then I noticed the downward trend so I know that wasn't right.

Seriously though, these are interesting graphs. Not only do we as individuals have fast and slow days, that holds for the group as a whole as well.


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