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I decided to peak into the future at today's puzzle. I have a new blog page regarding some techniques that present themselves well inside today's puzzle. Although the solutions they gravitate towards are probably not the most efficient, they are certainly useful. IMO, research into the patterns/ More...
11/Aug/10 12:03 AM
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Looks like a beautiful day of reflection on the lake.
11/Aug/10 12:11 AM
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A different view of Lake Argyle. The Argyle Diamond Mine isn't too far away!!
11/Aug/10 12:23 AM
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Spooky trees
11/Aug/10 12:33 AM
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maen all! the trout love to feed at those inlets...nymphs and worms wash in nicely. not too hard today.
11/Aug/10 1:09 AM
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1. Basic techniques to UP = 33.
2. (6)g8 = (6-3)g3 = h3 - (3=29)h79 => g8 <> 2, 9 => NP(36)g38 => g56 <> 3
3. loop: (2=5)f8 - e89 = e6 - (5=241)cfg6 - (1=8)f3 - (8=7)b3 - (7=2)b8 =>
acei8 <> 2 ; ei6 <> 2, 4 ; f1 <> 1 ; b1 <> 7 ; then basic techniques to completion.

11/Aug/10 1:27 AM
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(About 18:00) Maen! Easier than my time would indicate... Looks swampy!
11/Aug/10 1:31 AM
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11/Aug/10 2:46 AM
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A long path:
1)Start at 23,SSTS to UP=33
2)YWS: (6)i8=g8-(6=3)g3-h3=(3)h79,=>i8<>3
3)YWS:(9)d2=d9-h9=(9-6)i8=(6)i2,=>d2<>6,i2< >9.UP=35
5)Loop:(1)e6=f6-( More...
11/Aug/10 5:39 AM
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11/Aug/10 5:41 AM
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Step 5 to read:
=>f1<>1,b1<>7,acei 8<>2,e6=15
11/Aug/10 5:51 AM
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same as sotir thru step 3, UP=35
4.Kraken Cell(279)h2 => ef8<>2, UP=81.
11/Aug/10 5:53 AM
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note - solved w/o loops.
11/Aug/10 5:54 AM
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sotir: you can achieve your step 4 with the simpler:
(3=2)e7-(2=5)f8-e89=e6 => e6<>3.
11/Aug/10 6:22 AM
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6 X-Wing (de24) => i2<>6 UP=81
There were a lot of moves in this puzzle bu all I needed was one.
11/Aug/10 6:23 AM
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just noticed step 3 unecessary:
2.(6)i8=g8-(6=3)g3-h3=(3)h79 => i8<>3
3.Kraken Cell(279)h2 => ef8<>2, UP=81.

11/Aug/10 6:24 AM
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Bud: that isn't an X-Wing because of (6)e3.
11/Aug/10 6:27 AM
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I went back a tried to resolve it and the X-Wing wasn't there. I had thrown out a bunch of moves the first time and that's probably why the error occured. Sorry
11/Aug/10 6:46 AM
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Thanks farpointer.
11/Aug/10 7:29 AM
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(just read Steve's blog and was amazed to find my kraken covering almost the same ground)
11/Aug/10 9:18 AM
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11/Aug/10 1:00 PM
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I enjoyed reading your continuous loop step. I think that the (5)e89 ..==..(1)f6 relationship is the type of one that is frequently missed.

11/Aug/10 8:57 PM
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1.Given UP=23. UPs at b9, i9, b7, c7, a6, b6, a4, h4, g2 & a1. UP=33.
2. If d7-3, then e7=1, e6=3. h7=2, locked 5 at f56, f8=2=b1, f1=8, pairs 45 at f56 which leaves d5 blank. So d7<>3, but d7=1. UP=34.
3.If h7=3, then e7=2, g3=3, i2=6=g8=e3=d4, f8=5=e6, pairs 13 at fi6, f6=1, f5=2, More...
12/Aug/10 12:35 PM
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