Still recovering from my trip to Boston so this week’s note will be brief. I hope you enjoyed the Arrow Sudoku and Cave Puzzles. This coming week will bring the first of the loop puzzle genres, Masyu, and Consecutive Sudoku, another of my favorite sudoku variants from the past, in this case from explorations in Mutant Sudoku.
As the topic for this week, I want to know what you think of the times given with the puzzle each day. For the competitive puzzlers, do you like seeing these times? Is the master time a bit too hard to reach? Would a slightly easier standard give a better target? For the recreational puzzlers, does seeing a time change how you approach the puzzle to care more about the clock than otherwise? Would you like an option to keep them hidden instead?
I am considering adding a self-reporting of times to the solve box once there is a finishers page for each puzzle. It is not a high priority at the moment as I view the times as a guideline to set an expectation for the puzzle, and not yet that my site is a “competitive puzzle site” like some others that record solving histories and such. But I welcome your input on any changes you might like me to think about going forward since I do have several excellent testers that have been giving me good data every day.