Young authors and puzzles
NyanBazToday, we will talk about young authors and puzzles. You are both students and so you'd be in the middle of your summer vacation now?
NyanBazJust because we are students we're not lazing around.
NobDo you have tests coming up in the near future?
NyanBazThen let's get on with our main subject. There are a few things I want to talk about. Pencil puzzles, there are so many kinds of them in the world. Are there puzzles which young people especially like?
NyanBazI've asked this question before, but what is your favorite puzzle?
NyanBazThere are so many not so young people who are fans of Sudoku and Kakuro.
Nob Why isn't Sudoku popular with younger people?
NyanBazSudoku is a puzzle you fill in slowly and carefully little by little. Nurikabe is often done all at once. I wonder if that is it?
NyanBazIs it because they get annoyed that Sudoku is unpopular with young people?
NobSure. With Nurikabe there are many places where a beginner can push forward without thinking too deeply. For example, where numbers contact diagonally or they know there is going to be a black cell between two numbers. With, Sudoku you have to watch the whole board from the beginning. That's what makes Sudoku. I think I've felt that young people don't like to think!
NyanBazIn any kind of puzzle, are there ways that young people prefer and ways that they don't like? Shikaku is one example. Recently, problems which cut the board completely with big numbers seem in fashion.
NobRyohei often uses a long square like 1x15 in big Shikaku problems on nikoli.com.
NyanBazThere were no such bold strokes and cuts before.
NobGood point. Shikaku has changed in nikoli.com.
NyanBazI can understand that . But, it's also fun to pile up small things and get it solved that way.
NobIt's a preference. Nikoli is happy to respect everybody here.
NyanBazLet's get on to something else. You are students and also authors, compared to working people, where are the benefits? Like I worry you could be spending too much time on puzzles.
NobDo you do that too, nyoroppyi?
NyanBazIt could be just an individual thing?
NobGenerally speaking, a student has more time than someone working in a regular job. A student isn't restricted to eight hours a day.
NyanBazThen also maybe it is easy to find friends who are interested in puzzles at a university?
NobHow about you, Ryohei?
NobIs there a puzzle club at the university you go to?
NyanBazIt may be a university tradition thing that.
NyanBazWhen we are young we have that energy. Is there anythng bad about being young?
NobHow about no money?
NobI forgot all about that!
NyanBazWell, it would be nice if there were more young puzzle authors.
NyanBazThere are some kinds of people who you'd never expect to make anything for the Botsu Bako.
NobDo you think it an honor to be published in the Botsu Bako?
NobYou feel it's an honor, because you are young.
NobRyohei aims at problems that will get solved smoothly. Sometimes nyoroppyi make problems that are overdone, sort of.
Here the discussion became really deep and a bit incomprehensible. So we skip that part.
NyanBazWell, eventually you will graduate and get jobs. Then maybe there will be less time to do puzzles, did you think about that?
NobSo puzzles aren't just something you do in college, it is a thing for life?
NyanBazThank you for putting it so nicely.
Discussion on Jul 2009 Published on Dec 21, 2012