Today is probably the last day of the MIT Mystery Hunt and I’ll be puzzled out for the next few days, but I wanted to offer another Doctor’s Note on the state of Grandmaster Puzzles. After Jack Bross’s frightening guess of Thermo-Sudoku and Star Battle last week, I’m sure he can divine — when I say my favorite (non-Snyder) Sudoku variant, and my favorite “underrepresented” puzzle are coming this week — what you’ll see throughout the next six days.
After three weeks of puzzles, I wanted to hear your initial impressions on the puzzle difficulties here. Do you appreciate seeing a mix from “Monday” to the end of the week? Are some puzzles too trivial or too hard? Obviously some solvers will be in a very different part of their learning curves so I hardly expect to be able to satisfy everyone.
Finally, I wanted to thank Bram de Laat this week for helpful insight on the origins of Star Battle that have been added to that rules page. In addition to Bram, Wei-Hwa Huang and Nick Baxter have been particularly helpful in some of the research I’ve needed for puzzle origins and a thank you goes out to both of them as well.
– Dr. Sudoku