The radically original authors.
Our guests this time are aspirin, mimic, and Momotereu. They are authors who make many radical problems, they are full of originality, and have a strong impact on persons solving their problems. Momotereu is on the Nikoli staff, but participates as an author today.
NyanBazFirst question. Are you aware that you are making original and unusual problems?
NobDo you make your puzzles naturally?
NyanBazHow about you, mimic?
NyanBazIn the first place why do you set out to make radical problems? Was there something that got you started?
NyanBazThen were you looking for difficulty rather than individuality in the problems?
NyanBazIs that how it came about.
NyanBazThat is exhibitionist. Do you think about the people solving the problems that you made?
NyanBazOh, so you too, really?
NobSo you actually make problems for the Botsu Bako?
NobGood. I had started to think that mimic aimed for the Botsu Bako.
NyanBazYou solve a lot of problems of other authors. Are there problems that are intolerable to yout radical tastes?
NyanBazIt sounds like mimic may have such problems?
NyanBazRight. Maybe it is time to stop thinking about this. (laughs)
NobActually, there are the problems that we don't use even when they are supposed to get a favorable reception. They are problems that differ from the direction Nikoli aims at. For example a problem that needs a really complicated look-ahead, one that maybe would be popular with hard-core enthusiasts. We don't want to go in that sort of direction.
NyanBazDo you think about things like that when making puzzles, aspirin?
NyanBazI can understand that.
NobAspirin is a straight shooter.
NyanBazYou create your puzzles as they come along and naturally they get published.
NobAspirin's success rate is high. Mimic's too.
NyanBazThat makes sense to me, because mimic is considering all sorts of things so the publication rate will be high. However, I'm amazed to hear that aspirin's publication rate is high too, even when you just makes puzzles naturally, as they pop up. How about you, Momotereu?
NyanBazNikoli.com has a corner where members vote on favorite puzzles and choose the best problems. All three of you here are regulars in that corner.
NobDoes it make you happy when your work is chosen for the pick of the puzzles corner (Members only)?
NyanBazHow do you think, aspirin?
NyanBazAre there puzzle where it is easy to add personality to or some where it is hard?
NobIt is hard with Sudoku.
NobWith Masyu you can at least make them appear to have individuality.
NyanBazHow do you like it when a solution method you developed is imitated?
NobFor Fillomino, with many 1's there is such a variety of problems.That was started by Momotereu.
NobMimic don't make Omopa, either.
NobDo you want to develop rather than invent?
NyanBazAll of you three said you do not want to do Omopa. Is there anybody who is a radical like you and doing Omopa?
NobSAKAMOTO, Nobuyuki comes to mind first.
Nob"-4" (mainusyon) makes Omopa a lot, but he is into popularizing rather than starting new trends.
NobHe has actually said that he would leave radical stuff to other authors.
NyanBazHe seems to stand for the opposite of you here today. Let's get back on track. Are there puzzles where you find it simple to add your personal touch?
NobHeyawake is easy, eh?
NobHitori has a lot of freedom. It has nothing to constrain you really.
NobYes there is too much freedom for the creator, there are so many things that makes life difficult for the solvers. It is really not an easy puzzle to deal with.
NyanBazHitori is difficult to control.
NobMomotereu uses the same idea time and again.
NobHow about you, mimic? Do you put material back in the hopper for reuse?
NyanBazYou really pay attention to what others put out.
NyanBazWe are just about finished. Today, I had invited authors who make radical problems, now please tell us the secret in making radical problems. Momotereu please.
NyanBazThen with Fillomino, four 4s have to be connected from the beginning.
NobAnother good point. Momotereu uses many such patterns.
NyanBazWell. that's the first time I heard "pleasure axis". It's words like that we can expect from you. Next, what is aspirin's secret?
NobThat's concise and straightforward.
NyanBazWe ought be thankful for an answer like this from aspirin. (laughs) Now for the last, mimic please.
NobSure, your problems are well constructed. To make such good quality problems will take a lot of time.
NyanBazYou all have your own secrets. Thank you for today.
Discussion on Oct 2009 Published on Feb 6, 2013