Puzzles and all that we get from them. --- Pencil Rocket & YukiHiro ---
NyanBazToday's theme is puzzles and all that we get from them. We would like not to limit the subject but actually to talk about anything concerned with puzzles.
NobThis theme was discussed twice in the past. Those two times were with veteran authors. We have asked young authors to take part this time.
NobDon't worry about the past today.
NyanBazI investigated how young you guys are as authors. Among the past "Puzzles and all that we get from them," the author with the shortest history is -4. He made his debut as a puzzle author in Puzzle Communication Nikoli Vol. 80. Pencil Rocket's debut was in Vol. 100 and YukiHiro's debut was in Vol. 113. Both of you from when Puzzle Communication Nikoli had become a quarterly.
NyanBazWas that the first time you had a super giant size published?
NobCome to think about it, we said something similar when Masyu started to be published.
NobI think about Yajilin as French cuisine. It doesn't have the taste of the ingredients but a taste which the chef has worked at.
NyanBazIt has that in common with sweets that it's not the taste of just one ingredient.
NyanBazSure, Yajilin has the most complicated appearance among the puzzles on nikoli.com.
NyanBazShakashaka, well how about it? I don't think it has that much of a complicated appearance.
NobShakashaka will be like kuzumochi, jelly like. And cut into triangles.
NyanBazThat's the way it appears really.
NyanBazWe won't worry about Mochikoro this time.
NobAha, what is the puzzle with an image of hot and spicy?
NyanBazYou don't agree with hot food?
NobWell, then what is a sour tasting puzzle?
NyanBazOh, I get that. Drawing lines feels sour and bitter.
NyanBazHow about Kakuro, that is also putting in numbers?
NobIt's konpeito, hard little drops. The appearance is hard and tough, but it's sweet when you start licking.
NobNurikabe seems to be like seaweed, nori really. But that's only in appearance.
NyanBazPersistent may be too negative. Pencil Rocket has a soft spot for Nurikabe, what do you think there?
NobSo how about Hitori?
NobI get why you feel like that.
NyanBazThis doesn't seem to be so great really. Let's go on with something more positive. (laughs)
NyanBazDo you feel that puzzles where you have to look all over the place makes them bitter?
NobDoes Akari feel bitter? There your eyes have to rove all over the field, when you're doing it.
NobA candy drop takes time till it's all melted away. An easy Akari takes no time. Would that be candy floss?
NyanBazHmm. Sometimes it's there and sometimes it isn't.
NobHow about Numberlink?
NobNumberlink really is unique. Like the kind of food you think is sort of odd?
NyanBazNumberlink has very clear and well defined rules.
NobIs Numberlink like tokoroten? The jelly with no real taste that just slides down well.
NyanBazSometimes Numberlink problems really don't go down that well, that's what makes them just right.
NobNot much of a rich and satisfying taste. I don't think it will ever become like a staple food. But it doesn't feel like just a side dish either.
NyanBazIt is something that is not a staple food and not a side dish, either.
NobThinking about what you find at the bakery, is it yakisoba-pan (pastry with fried-noodles)?
NyanBazThat leaves Ripple Effect among the puzzles on nikoli.com.
NobThat is also bitter, just like Sudoku.
NobI have an image of a pie or a millefeuille.
NyanBazSure, like skinning it from the outside little by little. And, it's bitter and stacked up. Is it like boiled bamboo shoot?
NyanBazWith a shellfish cooked in its own shell you may not be able to get anything out.
NyanBazThere are probably few opportunities for you guys to get to talk like here today. How are your impressions of each other?
NyanBazDo you want to make radical problems?
NobThat's what seems to be how people see you, that your puzzles develop naturally. It's YukiHiro who wants to make radical problems.
NobI know. But looking at your work, there is the idea to want to surprise solvers that stands out.
NobIt would be a problem if all the authors did that. But actually, nothing like that ever happened, so it isn't a problem. Does it take time to make radical and unusual problems?
NobYukiHiro's ordinary problems are interesting, too. To you guys, is there an author to aim to equal?
NyanBazYou said that in an interview too.
NobPencil Rocket, you are going on to graduate school. Do you plan to continue making puzzles from now on?
NyanBazThank you for today. From now on, please make many interesting puzzles.
Discussion on Feb 2012 Published on Oct 10, 2014