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Posted on: Sun Dec 08, 2019 11:58 am




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Post Re: -1 to +4 puzzle
beaker wrote:
Curious to know from other users if they have had one of these as a bonus configuration (-1 to +4)


So far, 79 people have had this specific puzzle as a bonus puzzle

(well 79 people solved it, rather)(including clm [omg] )


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Posted on: Sun Dec 08, 2019 1:01 pm




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Post Re: -1 to +4 puzzle
pnm wrote:
beaker wrote:
Curious to know from other users if they have had one of these as a bonus configuration (-1 to +4)


So far, 79 people have had this specific puzzle as a bonus puzzle

(well 79 people solved it, rather)(including clm [omg] )


When solving this type of Calcudoku (or any other type), by writing in the "old" books or in an independent piece of paper, I usually verify carefully the final solution. This time I made a terrible mistake (one always learns something): I was busy doing other things so, in parallel, I took a ballpoint pen and quickly solve the puzzle in a paper handkerchief. Usually, in the daily task, I am accustomed to think that after my analytical process the final verification is not really necessary, apart of the very useful "Continuous error checking" feature. Now I am more humble, and assumed something essential: that one must always carefully verify the final solution.

"Robotically", I considered the total sum of two columns as being 20 [crying] [crying], instead of 18, in this -1 to 4 case [I do not make this mistake when solving similar book puzzles (let's say, -5 to 4, -1 to 7, -2 to 3, etc.) or one that we have every thursday, the symmetrical -3 to 3, where the sum is 0].

Anyway, and thanks to beaker, this topic has given me the opportunity of doing a step by step solution (without complementary graphics) for a -1 to 4 6x6 Calcudoku.


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Posted on: Sun Dec 08, 2019 11:46 pm




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Post Re: -1 to +4 puzzle
80 users and 79 solves ...... and I am the non-solver.....a bit depressing [sad]


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Posted on: Sun Dec 08, 2019 11:50 pm




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Post Re: -1 to +4 puzzle
beaker wrote:
80 users and 79 solves ...... and I am the non-solver.....a bit depressing [sad]


There could be a lot of other non solvers. I had a look at the puzzle and it's quite tricky!


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Posted on: Mon Dec 09, 2019 12:47 am




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Post Re: -1 to +4 puzzle
If you look up at previous posts, 80 users have been given this bonus puzzle and all (but one:me) plus clm have completed it successfully......time to put this experience in past but have learned more about these puzzles but, frankly, hope to never see one again.


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Posted on: Mon Dec 09, 2019 1:31 am




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Post Re: -1 to +4 puzzle
beaker wrote:
If you look up at previous posts, 80 users have been given this bonus puzzle and all (but one:me) plus clm have completed it successfully......time to put this experience in past but have learned more about these puzzles but, frankly, hope to never see one again.


Maybe I'm interpreting Patrick's post differently to how you're interpreting it. He started off by saying 79 people had been given the puzzle and then clarified by saying that 79 people had solved it. Anyway, I didn't know how to access the first few bonus puzzles I qualified for and then became quite paranoid about doing them as soon as they became available for fear I would leave it too late.

I'll take your advice and will treat future -1 to 4 puzzles with a great deal of caution!


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Posted on: Mon Dec 09, 2019 9:42 am




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Post Re: -1 to +4 puzzle
beaker wrote:
80 users and 79 solves ...... and I am the non-solver.....a bit depressing [sad]


No, 79 people solved it, I don't know how many people got the puzzle (== 80 or more).

I could find out how many did, but that's not straight-forward (requires some digging through log files..).


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