About newness in puzzles
The guests this time are Hammy and Miya. They are both authors who make a lot of unprecedented and novel problems, they are full of wishing to challenge things. We talk about newness of puzzles today. From Nikoli we have NyanBaz and Nob.
NyanBazI'll ask you a first question. Do you have any awareness that you are making problems which incorporate newness?
NobHow about you, Miya?
NobDo you want to make puzzles like nobody has ever seen before?
NyanBazAh, you are influenced by the work of other authors. If so, then strictly speaking you don't really make problems that are novel, am I right?
NyanBazHow do you make a problem with newness, Hammy?
NobYour problems are outstanding. There are so many problems where numbers form regular patterns.
NyanBazThere is also when the method sets the arrangement of the numbers. Seen from the solvers, that may look like the arrangement is ever so carefully planned.
NyanBazNo no. I heard it and felt relieved. (laughs)
NobRight, that's how they seem.
NobHammy makes problems that overuse one method till the very last. They will have to be calculated carefully.
NyanBazDiscovery of a new method may be by chance. But the effort to follow up on it is important.
NobIt is maybe unwanted persistence to repeat one method till it is exhausted. (laughs) However, it's pleasant enough to do it.
NyanBazIt will leave a strong impression with solvers. It looks new but maybe it is not so new really.
NobIt becomes newness if you dig down and explore a method that is established. Not only repeating but also keeping conjugating that makes it become more interesting.
NyanBazMiya said in an interview. "The Hitori which have one underlying idea that is reused in different ways, this is a sort of ideal for me." Even if it's a conjugation.
NyanBazI have an impression of why mimic often manages to do it. He uses the same method repeatedly and after I think he has forgotten it, he uses it once more at the end.
NobHe grew up with the site. His work had not been published a lot till then. He is busy recently. That's why he isn't published very much.
NobThey ought to be published. But the competition there is intense.
NyanBazReally? He makes a lot of orthodox problems. Where are the remarkable characteristics?
NyanBazWell, then I got it all wrong! I thought that Casty was someone who makes orthodox problems. It's interesting that Hammy likes his work.
Nob(Solving away) Miya's personality sells well. Good problems!
NyanBazNow let's change the topic. Are you afraid of non-adoption, not having your puzzles accepted for publication?
NobYou make problems that push the limits. So there will be problems with adopting them.
NyanBazYou seem to aim and test what can be published, the limits of the possible.
NyanBazSo you think about publication when you make your problems?
NobBefore that, did you make problems you thought would not be understood?
NobHave there been cases where you changed your puzzles to get them published?
NobOn the dot. Very little of your work has remained unpublished.
NyanBazMaybe experience, trial and error, is useful.
NyanBazNow for the last question. Other than what we have heard so far, please tell us a trick to make a problem that has newness.
NobHow about you, Hammy?
NyanBazThat's the end for today. Thank you for sharing interesting stories. We all hope you will keep making many novel puzzles.
Discussion on Aug 2010 Published on Aug 30, 2013