About adjustment of finished puzzles
The guests this time are Guten and Ogawa Minori. They often adjust their finished puzzles after they have sent them in. We asked them to tell about puzzle adjustments. From Nikoli we have NyanBaz and Nob.
NobI heard that you guys tend to make adjustments to your finished puzzles. I myself rarely adjust puzzles except when there is some defect. So I haven't thought a lot about adjustments. First, please tell us why you adjust your puzzles.
NobYou are in danger of introducing new other solutions when you adjust things. You need to do a solution checkup every time.
NobHow many times do you adjust a puzzle, Guten?
NobDo you do your adjustments to make it all more complete?
NobThen the result is a higher degree of completeness. What is something that is disappointing?
NobWell, I can understand that. If you adjust it, could there be something that becomes worse than in the original?
NobHow about looking objectively at the problems you yourself made?
NobSo you may solve a problem 20 times. And because you solve it so many times, you may learn the problem, like memorizing it?
NobDo you make sure you solve your puzzles many times too, Minori?
NyanBazI'm surprised to hear that. Isn't it difficult to adjust things with puzzles like Sudoku?
NyanBazAha, you guys adjust puzzles there too!
NobWhat's the kind of puzzle you find easy to adjust?
NobYou are thinking of the space, the layout!
NyanBazPeople don't usually notice that kind of thing. Don't you worry about the things that are not noticed?
NobThat's Minori all right.
NobWhen you adjust puzzles, what do you pay attention to?
NobWhen you adjust a puzzle, can there be something that makes you change the whole scenario?
NyanBazWhat are the pluses and minuses in adjustments of puzzles?
NobYou guys adjust puzzles to make better puzzles. What is a good puzzle then?
NobDo you cherish originality?
NobWell. There are parts where your thinking about adjustment are pretty much the same. And then there are some greatly different parts, too. Thinking about what you were saying we can maybe guess which parts were revised when we are solving your puzzles.
Discussion on Aug 2011 Published on Jun 18, 2014