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Sunday, July 03, 2005

Sue D'oh Koo II

The Independent newspaper is running a Sudoku "grandmaster" contest. Earlier today, I finally attended the regional final. We were each given four puzzles and 45 minutes to complete them. The fastest 100 to complete enter the final. If there are not enough, the most complete incompletes make up the full 100.

Roughly 140 people qualified in my area. When I arrived, I counted around 20 people. Either a lot of people turned out to be busy that day, or there were many sessions running that day.

Half way through the third puzzle, I heard the first click of the time stamping machine. I counted 8 clicks before the 45 minutes were up where I was around two thirds of the way through the final puzzle.

Looks like I won't be there at the final, unless freaky conditions allow me in to make up the full one hundred. Ah well.

But, I did come away with really cool goodie bag!
I can get the T-shirt on, but its very skin tight and my belly pokes out. Looks like it will be destined to hang on the rail for all eternity. (Click on the photo to see a larger version of the same picture.)


  • Well done!

    And I wouldn't worry - you have pretty good odds of progressing I would think
    It all depends on how many people completed them in the time limit.
    Assuming a third of the competitors completed everything, that would leave around 50 places to be filled by those who almost completed... If half the people completed them, that still leaves 30 places available. If two thirds or more completed everything, then it gets into slimmer chances admittedly [about 14 places]

    Here's to fingers crossed, and let's see what happens.

    [I'm impressed at your ability to do these. Well done! Oh, and did they gave you a spare set of toes as part of the prize?]

    By Blogger M., At 10:56 AM, July 04, 2005  

  • I'm afraid the odds are far worse than that. 2,000 people qualified across the whole country (I understand there were five heats in each location).

    Only the top 5% will go through to the final - less than one per heat. I came second in mine and I'm not optimistic.

    By Blogger Will, At 4:20 PM, July 08, 2005  

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