End of an era

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Kevin Thurlow
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Re: End of an era

Post by Kevin Thurlow » Sat Dec 07, 2019 10:11 pm

"couple of weirdly named new puzzle games"

which are?

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Re: End of an era

Post by Paul Habershon » Sun Dec 08, 2019 12:20 am

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.

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Re: End of an era

Post by JustinHorton » Sun Dec 08, 2019 8:46 am

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
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Re: End of an era

Post by Ian Thompson » Sun Dec 08, 2019 11:27 am

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

Post by Kevin Thurlow » Sun Dec 08, 2019 11:46 am

Thanks Paul - that's a new one on me! I can just about handle the sudoku variants and kakuro, but that is certainly weird...

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Re: End of an era

Post by NickFaulks » Sun Dec 08, 2019 12:58 pm

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.

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Re: End of an era

Post by Tim Harding » 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. ...
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Re: End of an era

Post by Geoff Chandler » Mon Dec 09, 2019 5:25 pm

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

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Re: End of an era

Post by Richard Bates » Mon Dec 09, 2019 7:02 pm

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.

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Re: End of an era

Post by JustinHorton » Wed Dec 18, 2019 11:15 am

Opportunities for marks to give Ray their money are still available
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Re: End of an era

Post by Daniel Gormally » Thu Dec 19, 2019 1:12 pm

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?

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Re: End of an era

Post by David Sedgwick » Thu Dec 19, 2019 1:17 pm

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.

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Re: End of an era

Post by JustinHorton » Thu Dec 19, 2019 1:26 pm

"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.
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Re: End of an era

Post by Matt Mackenzie » Thu Dec 19, 2019 1:40 pm

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.
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Re: End of an era

Post by Daniel Gormally » Thu Dec 19, 2019 2:43 pm

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.

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