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Re: End of an era

Posted: Sat Dec 07, 2019 10:11 pm
by Kevin Thurlow
"couple of weirdly named new puzzle games"

which are?

Re: End of an era

Posted: Sun Dec 08, 2019 12:20 am
by Paul Habershon
Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Sat Dec 07, 2019 10:11 pm
"couple of weirdly named new puzzle games"

which are?
You've just made me grovel into my recycling bin with a torch to check on the 'Times 2' games which have replaced the Monday through Friday chess column. Slight correction: just one 'weirdly named game', Tetonor, which appeared on Tuesday and again on Thursday. Too much to explain, but there are 16 numbers of 2 or 3 digits in a 4x4 grid. Below is a 16-cell strip with a number in just six of the cells.The instructions begin: When complete, the strip below the grid can be split into eight pairs of numbers. Adding the numbers in a pair gives one of the 16 numbers in the grid...etc You get the flavour?

So it seems as though the Mon.-Fri. pattern of new items will be General Knowledge Crossword, Tetonor, Poker, Tetonor, Backgammon.

Re: End of an era

Posted: Sun Dec 08, 2019 8:46 am
by JustinHorton
Paul Habershon wrote:
Sat Dec 07, 2019 8:34 pm
a poker column by Byron Jacobs (a friend of RDK?
Heh, yes
Paul Habershon wrote:
Sat Dec 07, 2019 8:34 pm
I don't know who is contributing the daily chess 'Winning Move'
Oh that's an interestimg point

Re: End of an era

Posted: Sun Dec 08, 2019 11:27 am
by Ian Thompson
Paul Habershon wrote:
Sun Dec 08, 2019 12:20 am
just one 'weirdly named game', Tetonor, which appeared on Tuesday and again on Thursday. Too much to explain, but there are 16 numbers of 2 or 3 digits in a 4x4 grid. Below is a 16-cell strip with a number in just six of the cells.The instructions begin: When complete, the strip below the grid can be split into eight pairs of numbers. Adding the numbers in a pair gives one of the 16 numbers in the grid...
You can play this on your phone or tablet as well, which much be pretty frustrating if you get puzzles like this one, where there's no solution.

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Re: End of an era

Posted: Sun Dec 08, 2019 11:46 am
by Kevin Thurlow
Thanks Paul - that's a new one on me! I can just about handle the sudoku variants and kakuro, but that is certainly weird...

Re: End of an era

Posted: Sun Dec 08, 2019 12:58 pm
by NickFaulks
Ian Thompson wrote:
Sun Dec 08, 2019 11:27 am
which much be pretty frustrating if you get puzzles like this one, where there's no solution.
To be honest, having laboured through that one ( and confirmed your conclusion, not that I doubted it ) I feel that I never need to do another.

Re: End of an era

Posted: Mon Dec 09, 2019 4:41 pm
by Tim Harding
Paul Habershon wrote:
Sat Dec 07, 2019 8:34 pm
Luke's excellent column is in the Spectator and the contents page has at last correctly attributed it to him rather than to Raymond Keene. ...
Paying for The Spectator is against my religion.

Re: End of an era

Posted: Mon Dec 09, 2019 5:25 pm
by Geoff Chandler
You can do Chess Sojoku (sic)

http://www.sujoku.com/themes/chess/

Use logic to fill in the puzzle so that each of the 9 Chess Symbols



appears exactly once in each row, column and 3x3 block. There is only one solution.

Image

the solution is here; http://www.sujoku.com/data/17437-solution.pdf

Re: End of an era

Posted: Mon Dec 09, 2019 7:02 pm
by Richard Bates
Tim Harding wrote:
Mon Dec 09, 2019 4:41 pm
Paul Habershon wrote:
Sat Dec 07, 2019 8:34 pm
Luke's excellent column is in the Spectator and the contents page has at last correctly attributed it to him rather than to Raymond Keene. ...
Paying for The Spectator is against my religion.
You can get something like 10 free articles a month and all the columns are on line.

Re: End of an era

Posted: Wed Dec 18, 2019 11:15 am
by JustinHorton
Opportunities for marks to give Ray their money are still available

Re: End of an era

Posted: Thu Dec 19, 2019 1:12 pm
by Daniel Gormally
Raymondo was a very good writer back in the day. Sadly in later years it seemed he was rather going through the motions and any kind of plagiarism is of course not good.

Nevertheless I wonder if the obsession with him from some quarters is or was partly motivated by the cushy job he had at the times- that perhaps others coveted?

Re: End of an era

Posted: Thu Dec 19, 2019 1:17 pm
by David Sedgwick
Daniel Gormally wrote:
Thu Dec 19, 2019 1:12 pm
Nevertheless I wonder if the obsession with him from some quarters is or was partly motivated by the cushy job he had at the times- that perhaps others coveted?
I honestly don't think that that was the motivation of any contributor to this Forum.

Re: End of an era

Posted: Thu Dec 19, 2019 1:26 pm
by JustinHorton
"Obsession" is, of course, a silly word, which says more about anybody who uses it than it does about anyone about whom it is used.

Re: End of an era

Posted: Thu Dec 19, 2019 1:40 pm
by Matt Mackenzie
I have no idea if either McShane or Howell "coveted" RDK's journalistic positions - and as long as they do a better job I don't really care either.

Re: End of an era

Posted: Thu Dec 19, 2019 2:43 pm
by Daniel Gormally
Why is it a silly word? It's a word like any other. Neither good nor bad.

I wasn't referring to messrs Howell and McShane of course who are strong players and probably deserve a column these days more than Raymondo does.

I was referring to people on this forum and elsewhere who should find better things to do than pick on a jaded writer.