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October 9th, 2007
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Do You Kakuro?


Are you a fan of Kakuro Puzzles? Or, you might know them best as Cross Sums.

I'm pulling together a collection of the puzzles that I've created (well, I've created the machinery that has, in turn, created the puzzles). A sample is HERE.

There's a range of puzzle sizes and densities (more black squares means the puzzle's typically easier).

If you like these sorts of puzzles, I'd appreciate any comments you have on them.

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From:weatherguy2000
Date:October 9th, 2007 06:01 pm (UTC)
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I've been meaning to try these, but just haven't gotten around to it.

BTW, what's the significance of the hex number in that userpix (0x444C)?
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From:tsmaster
Date:October 9th, 2007 06:26 pm (UTC)
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Print out the PDF sample I link to above and check them out - I'm going through some of the puzzles now "by hand" and even the trivially small ones are providing a kernel of puzzle-solving goodness.

what's the significance of the hex number
I've considered getting that license plate, but it's way too obscure and geeky. (Obscure is more of a disincentive than geeky, admittedly.)

First, break the 16 bit number into two 8 bit numbers:

0x44 0x4C

Then use an ASCII chart to look those numbers up:

DL

A long way to go for a monogram.
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From:moonlightnrain
Date:October 9th, 2007 06:52 pm (UTC)
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Yay, Cross Sums!

I'm printing them out to play with later (though having recently acquired Plant Tycoon, um... my game time is pretty well filled). I'll let you know what I think.
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From:tsmaster
Date:October 9th, 2007 07:00 pm (UTC)
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Woohoo!

I had you in mind as I was working on this - thinking that you might be someone who'd enjoy this sort of puzzle, knowing your enjoyment of Paint By Numbers.

One thing Cross Sums/Kakuro have going for them - you can play them on a plane without the pilot's permission.
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From:moonlightnrain
Date:October 9th, 2007 07:04 pm (UTC)
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Well, sure. I've been a logic game (of the magazine variety) fan for as long as I could hold a pencil.

So I'm on a lunch break... first page was done in about 5 minutes... including answering the phones and dealing with 3 executives you came in (my breaks are more nominal than anything...). So far, so good! :)
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From:moonlightnrain
Date:October 9th, 2007 07:05 pm (UTC)
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you? uh that came in.
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From:tsmaster
Date:October 9th, 2007 09:32 pm (UTC)
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So, my initial idea (crack dream) was to create a book with 1001 puzzles in it. I think I'm backing away from that number, even though it's an impressive sum, because it's just so impractical.

Not that I don't have 1001 puzzles to sell - that's not it at all; I've got 2300+ (so far) that I want to sift through and cherry-pick from.

The problems with that many puzzles in a single volume are that we're talking about a pretty thick volume, which might become unwieldy for puzzle fans. For my own puzzling, I'd love a binding that lays flat, which pretty much rules out the bindings I'm looking at.

The reasons for not going with a much smaller number (e.g. 100) is that I'd be competing directly with Dell Magazines, who can make a profit selling a $5 magazine, whereas I don't think I will be able to.

So, my current thought is 250 puzzles, ranging from 3x3 to 24x32, leaning heavily towards the larger puzzle sizes. (In comparison, the sample you're already looking at has 84 puzzles over the same range of puzzle sizes.) It looks like I can get either "perfect binding" or "plasticoil". Would $10 seem like a reasonable price for that amount of puzzling?
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From:moonlightnrain
Date:October 9th, 2007 09:40 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, it would. Seems like double the puzzles should cost double the amount. griddlers.net has published some Paint By Numbers books for about that price, I believe (I still want to get the one with my puzzle in it!)
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