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Changing Patterns.
Tilps
Kwon-Tom Obsessive
Puzzles: 4236
Best Total: 20m 22s
Posted - 2007.01.24 12:06:38


This pattern - I remember using it very regularly earlier last year, but maybe I'm dreaming, but I think I have stopped seeing it in use at all almost.

Anyone else noticed any changing usage of patterns in the puzzles over time?
PuzzleScot
Kwon-Tom Obsessive
Puzzles: 1744
Best Total: 25m 45s
Posted - 2007.01.24 12:22:35
I think your memory is hazy
astrokath
Kwon-Tom Obsessive
Puzzles: 3093
Best Total: 13m 42s
Posted - 2007.01.24 13:10:33
It's been in several times this week, hasn't it?
Helge
Kwon-Tom Obsessive
Puzzles: 3017
Best Total: 11m 26s
Posted - 2007.01.24 13:33:05
Yes, I still use it a lot.
Tilps
Kwon-Tom Obsessive
Puzzles: 4236
Best Total: 20m 22s
Posted - 2007.01.24 23:43:39
hrmm memory is a bit hazy, I just checked and found 5 instances in the last 14 puzzles.  2 of these had nearby 0's which trivially obliviated their usefulness completely.  1 of them I suspect I would have missed due to enough nearby numbers forcing the situation.  But the other 2 are clearly useful cases of the pattern.

I think however, the real issue is that my memory of last year says that every second puzzle, if not more frequently, contained that pattern in a useful situation, often multiple times in the same puzzle on the weekends.  I had it ranked up with pairs of 3's in the order in which I looked for patterns.
I haven't surveyed puzzles to check - but I guess that memory is more likely to be wrong.

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