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Just a quick note.. (Friday, 15th December 2006)
drnull
Kwon-Tom Obsessive
Puzzles: 901
Best Total: 23m 25s
Posted - 2006.12.15 20:13:25
WHAT THE HECK?

Ugh.

That is all.
Captain_Frisk
Kwon-Tom Obsessive
Puzzles: 738
Best Total: 33m 51s
Posted - 2006.12.15 20:51:15
Seriously... I ended up guessing several times in a row and making it to the end.., but probably with my worst time for a small puzzle ever.
Jankonyex
Kwon-Tom Obsessive
Puzzles: 3818
Best Total: 9m 35s
Posted - 2006.12.16 02:47:09
this puzzle is quite difficult and I record it into my collections.
solution
m2e
Kwon-Tom Obsessive
Puzzles: 607
Best Total: 16m 43s
Posted - 2006.12.16 02:53:12
Yeah it was a hard puzzle. I guess i got lucky and found a fortunate fix position
astrokath
Kwon-Tom Obsessive
Puzzles: 3093
Best Total: 13m 42s
Posted - 2006.12.16 09:09:44
Quite.

Worst.  Time.  Evah!
tangle
Kwon-Tom Obsessive
Puzzles: 610
Best Total: 43m 27s
Posted - 2006.12.16 10:28:45
Absolutely - I'm hoping to break an hour this week, and that was a huge spanner in the works. Nice to see that we're all in the same boat!
haruki
Kwon-Tom Obsessive
Puzzles: 991
Best Total: 1h 21m 20s
Posted - 2006.12.16 12:05:22
I'm one of the 'slow' ones, with a best weekly time of 2h18m, but this puzzle alone took me over 2 hours to solve!
After the first few minutes, virtually every line and cross was by trial and error!
Brian
Kwon-Tom Obsessive
Puzzles: 3270
Best Total: 9m 6s
Posted - 2006.12.16 17:48:44
Completed in 11h 48m 40s.

Not straight, mind you. I gave up after 20 minutes. Only took about 5 minutes in the morning. My brain made some progress while I was asleep.
Fgnn
Kwon-Tom Obsessive
Puzzles: 717
Best Total: 19m 46s
Posted - 2006.12.17 06:45:34
Yea it was really a tough one. After getting done less than a third of the puzzle I made a guess, got a bit of progress and then another guess and finished it. Two extreamly lucky guesses and Helge still beat me out. Speaking of which I don't know where I am gonna cut out another 5 minutes off my time to join the greats...
Acorn
Kwon-Tom Obsessive
Puzzles: 555
Best Total: 42m 58s
Posted - 2006.12.18 16:49:33
I made a guess very early on and ran with it and I ended up on the leaderboard top ten for the day for the first time ever.  So although it was a hard puzzle I'm happy to see my name on the list.
procrastinator
Kwon-Tom Obsessive
Puzzles: 1083
Best Total: 12m 56s
Posted - 2006.12.20 09:34:48
I posit that Helge started trying stuff in the top left while the rest of us looked for more likely things on the rest of the board. The Xes above and below the leftmost 1 on the second row are easy to find if you're looking for them, then it's natural to FP a line on the left of that 1. That'd solve the puzzle in about 1:47, I suppose.

But it's not something I'd ever replicate with my approach, I'd spend at least 3 minutes looking for something simpler on the rest of the board, even if I did get lucky and guess the right thing eventually.

Of course Helge may have done something completely different?

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