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Contest 2 Results: Attack of the Four Puzzles II!

The deadline for Attack of the Four Puzzles II! has now passed. I received 27 entries, 24 of which contained the correct answer, which can be seen here. (To avoid depriving readers of the chance to solve the puzzles themselves -- even though the contest is over -- I have chosen to link to the image rather than embed it.)

I have numbered the correct entries from 1 through 24, and used random.org to select the winner. The winner is. . . Marcin Mucha! An email has been sent to Marcin Mucha to inform him of this. Congratulations, and many thanks to all who entered!

More detailed results (which include spoilers) can be found in a comment I've made on this post.

2 comments

Grant Fikes said...

WARNING! THIS COMMENT (AND POSSIBLY ONES AFTER IT) CONTAINS SOLUTION SPOILERS! THIS IS YOUR LAST CHANCE TO SOLVE THE PUZZLES BEFORE HAVING THEIR SOLUTIONS COMPLETELY SPOILED FOR YOU!

Of the 27 entries received in Attack of the Four Puzzles II!, 24 contained the correct final answer of 3 2 7 4. Of the incorrect entries, two contained 3 3 7 4, and one contained 3 1 7 4.

As in the previous contest, if any earlier puzzle is answered incorrectly (or just plain skipped), the later puzzles will still have unique solutions, but the final answer will be wrong. If i in Part iii is replaced with a 0, then there will be 1 black cell in row 3 instead of 2 black cells. If ii is replaced with a left-pointing arrow instead of an up-pointing arrow, then the solution to the lower-left corner will change, and row 8 will have 3 black cells instead of 1. (A right- or down-pointing arrow yields no solution.) Depending on the combination of i and ii, the answer to Question iii can thus be 2, 3, 4, or 5. Each of these yields a different answer for b in Part iv (3, 2, 1, or 5, respectively); a, c, and d remain unaffected. Therefore, the person who submitted 3 1 7 4 either got both i and ii wrong, or made some other mistake in part iv. This person wins the Most Inaccurate Answer Award this time.

Part iii was the first puzzle I composed; I wanted to create a Straight and Arrow puzzle where an arrow can be pointed in a different direction to yield a different answer. This wasn't an easy task, but with some strategy and planning, the given puzzle resulted. Then I realized that I could also change the number in row 6 column 8 of the puzzle, as well, and set out to compose a Polyominous where one number could be 2, 3, 4, or 5. Only after that did I actually create Part i and Part ii. My goal in those puzzles was to incorporate two kinds of puzzles that weren't used in the previous contest; obviously, I succeeded. :)

Thanks again to all of the entrants!

Chris said...

awh, cusses. I was first to submit though, so I win the MORAL VICTORY.

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