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Bug: Flash beast says my solution isn't valid!
Jean
Kwon-Tom Obsessive
Puzzles: 2045
Best Total: 20m 50s
Posted - 2008.05.26 08:24:34
I've completed the September 2005 Beast using the Flash method, which also involved saving it a couple of times and reloading it ... and now it says 'Solution isn't valid' every time I hit 'done'.  And I'm sure it's right!  There's only one loop, and I checked every number three times, and there aren't any loose bits of line hanging anywhere accidentally ... I even cheated and checked my solution against Smith's loopdeloop (I was desperate!)

Is there any way someone (Foilman!) can check my current save file and see why it won't accept the solution?  I was a bit hesitant to report it as a bug, but now that I've checked the solution ... I'm sure.  (I can put an image of my solution up somewhere if you need, but I'm not sure that will help.  It's right, anyway! )
foilman
Kwon-Tom Admin
Puzzles: 1720
Best Total: 24m 8s
Posted - 2008.05.26 09:34:25
Well that was very very strange... the solution for that beast stored in the database was only half complete! I've no idea how that happened... it should be ok now!
Jean
Kwon-Tom Obsessive
Puzzles: 2045
Best Total: 20m 50s
Posted - 2008.05.26 09:46:20
It's lucky I don't care about times for the Beasts then
Brian
Kwon-Tom Obsessive
Puzzles: 3265
Best Total: 9m 6s
Posted - 2008.08.05 03:50:49
Quote:
Originally Posted by foilman
Well that was very very strange... the solution for that beast stored in the database was only half complete! I've no idea how that happened... it should be ok now!
Can you check the BOTM August 2008? I thought I solved it, twice, but it says: "The solution isn't valid."
Darklady
Kwon-Tom Obsessive
Puzzles: 3673
Best Total: 9m 37s
Posted - 2008.08.05 04:18:55
It won't accept my solution either, and I double-checked every number in the puzzle and made sure it was all one loop.
astrokath
Kwon-Tom Obsessive
Puzzles: 3093
Best Total: 13m 42s
Posted - 2008.08.05 05:21:21
I've had that problem the first time I tried, but I've not completed my second run yet.
foilman
Kwon-Tom Admin
Puzzles: 1720
Best Total: 24m 8s
Posted - 2008.08.05 08:14:26
Hmmm, weird. I've no idea how this happened (again!) but it should be fine now... I'm going to have to double-check all the upcoming beasts I think!
pqg
Kwon-Tom Obsessive
Puzzles: 3985
Best Total: 15m 37s
Posted - 2009.10.02 16:37:03
I think it's happened again...
astrokath
Kwon-Tom Obsessive
Puzzles: 3093
Best Total: 13m 42s
Posted - 2009.10.02 20:12:53
Yeah, I just got a 'solution not valid' error on this month's beast too...
MondSemmel
Kwon-Tom Obsessive
Puzzles: 3981
Best Total: 7m 47s
Posted - 2009.10.02 22:13:50
I didn't get a "solution isn't valid" error message; in my case, submitting the solution simply lagged and eventually failed (the same window you get when you e.g. lose your internet connection and then try to submit the solution to a puzzle) - repeatedly. I tried clicking on "Save" to save the beast, but it didn't work. I guess I'll have to redo the beast to see whether I'll get the "solution isn't valid" thing, too...
Zyntax
Kwon-Tom Obsessive
Puzzles: 4184
Best Total: 13m 6s
Posted - 2009.10.02 22:59:34
I wish I had checked this forum earlier. I'm getting it too and have been spending over an hour trying to find the error.
foilman
Kwon-Tom Admin
Puzzles: 1720
Best Total: 24m 8s
Posted - 2009.10.03 12:54:43
Should be fine now... still no idea why it happens. I've checked the next few months and they're all fine. Very odd.
MondSemmel
Kwon-Tom Obsessive
Puzzles: 3981
Best Total: 7m 47s
Posted - 2009.10.04 02:10:24
Worked for me.
EDIT: After the fix, that is.
Thanks!
Last edited by MondSemmel - 2009.10.04 02:10:43
Jean
Kwon-Tom Obsessive
Puzzles: 2045
Best Total: 20m 50s
Posted - 2009.10.18 01:21:32
When the solution stored in the database is only half complete ... does it look like someone's save file?  Or is it truncated somehow?
foilman
Kwon-Tom Admin
Puzzles: 1720
Best Total: 24m 8s
Posted - 2009.10.18 13:04:11
It was caused by a bug in my puzzle generator where it grabbed the solution a few moves too early & missed out the last few lines... I fixed it but somehow a few of the dodgy puzzles were still out there. I hope I've got them all, but it's not very easy to check (there are hundreds queued up in the database!)
pqg
Kwon-Tom Obsessive
Puzzles: 3985
Best Total: 15m 37s
Posted - 2011.02.01 02:53:26
This problem seems to have arisen again with this month's Beast (Feb 2011)
foilman
Kwon-Tom Admin
Puzzles: 1720
Best Total: 24m 8s
Posted - 2011.02.01 09:40:36
Thanks for pointing it out, it should be fixed now!
pqg
Kwon-Tom Obsessive
Puzzles: 3985
Best Total: 15m 37s
Posted - 2011.07.01 06:59:13
July 2011 Beast - same problem
foilman
Kwon-Tom Admin
Puzzles: 1720
Best Total: 24m 8s
Posted - 2011.07.05 13:59:07
Ok, that's fixed and I've run a re-solve across all beasts to try to catch any future ones too. Thanks!

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