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Reply #30 - Nov 27th, 2016 at 10:22am
 
@Maruda: 12x12/45 in S76/T8, that's your favourite grid, isn't it? It's been a long time since we played it for the last time, in fact it was in February 2006 (!).

@EWQM./Lutz: For both of you, it's likely the first time to play this board. I can honestly say this is one of the boards I hate most Angry, so good luck for you Wink. On the one hand, I find it quite difficult to finish without guessing (if even possible), on the other hand, if one gets a good grid, very fast times are possible. It's somehow similar to T7, so fight for the season win, I won't be able to keep my current position.
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Reply #31 - Dec 1st, 2016 at 12:11am
 
If Lutz wins S76/T8, I finish 2nd and you finish 3rd, we would all finish the season with 50 points.

It's more than likely that S76 will set a new record for the 3rd place in division 1 with the most points. So far we had 46 points in S15, S43, S49, S72 and S73.

S72 saw the top 3 getting a combined 151 points with only Sam taking a 3rd place away from Lutz. In S73 we got 150 points and there's a chance we might get 150 points again this season.

About S76/T7: Got a very lucky board, wouldn't mind never seeing it again as a tournament board.^^

About S76/T8: Why would you even try playing without a few unforced guesses? I got a few mid 40s within a reasonable amount of time on monday before I got that 38.

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Reply #32 - Dec 1st, 2016 at 6:42pm
 
50 for the three of us would be funny, even if I have the highest total and finish in #3 then. 46 will be topped, I'll fight for #3 in T8 Smiley.

Of course, I try my best. And I already got a 48.89, my first sub-50 on 12x12/45 is more than 10 seconds below my previous personal best Cheesy. However, I still do not like a board where unforced guessing is helpful to be fast.
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Reply #33 - Dec 4th, 2016 at 11:48am
 
Well, that was hard work. I did not even realize that I might have a chance to win the season until I read your posts. Then I got motivated. Wink

Unforced guessing can turn a good board into an excellent one, I think. So I use this strategy frequently (only at the beginning and only two or three times, of course).

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Reply #34 - Dec 6th, 2016 at 9:19pm
 
Good work, Lutz, and congratulations for winning your 2nd season. Knowing about the possibility to win and really achieving the necessary time to win are two pairs of shoes Smiley.

50:50:50 sounds tight, but it wasn't. Lutz' total of 513.10 seconds was more than six seconds lower than EWQM.'s (519.74). I was far away (563.88) as I lost a lot of time on the bigger boards.

Lutz has also the lowest average rank (2.0), as he achieved 50 points in S76 despite of benefitting least from the 8 points for winning a tournament such as EWQM./Stephan ( rank 2.13 for those two) did.

Btw, this is my 350th post in this forum. Seems to be the time for even numbers Cheesy, as I just found out to have reached 450 podiums (distributed 150-170-130 Cool) in Nono tournaments since season 4.
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Reply #35 - Dec 9th, 2016 at 9:32pm
 
Congrats Lutz! That was an amazing comeback in T8 and I likely the first time ever that someone jumped from 3rd to 1st place in division 1 in the last tournament.
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Reply #36 - Feb 27th, 2017 at 9:47pm
 
@Stephan, Lutz: What happened last week in S78T4?

My strategy was to solve top and bottom row and then columns from left to right, which with a slightly lucky board quickly lead to a 36. What was your strategy?
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Reply #37 - Mar 3rd, 2017 at 3:31pm
 
I didn't really know how to handle that board so I was quite happy with my 54.04. Just tried your strategy and got a 61.45 ... seems that I'm just too slow.^^
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Reply #38 - Mar 13th, 2017 at 6:57pm
 
@EWQM.: About S78T4 (sorry, I didn't see the post earlier Embarrassed) - if I remember right, I solved the outer rows/columns first, and then as well columns from left to right. But I'm way too slow on unusual sizes like 17 and 13, as I'm not familiar with the patterns then. I had never beaten your 36 Shocked, so I stopped when reaching my possible personal limit Wink
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Reply #39 - Mar 24th, 2017 at 9:07pm
 
@Stephan: Congrats on winning S78. I won't have time to play tomorrow as I won't be home before 22:00 after attending a speedcubing competition in Schwandorf. (Not that I would have a chance against you on this kind of board anyways Wink )
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Reply #40 - Mar 25th, 2017 at 4:59pm
 
T8 doesn't end at 22:00 CET, I think, so you still have the chance to do a night highscore Cheesy. I must admit that I don't hate this kind of board Roll Eyes, but that wouldn't help anything if you get a good grid.
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Reply #41 - Mar 26th, 2017 at 9:32am
 
@EWQM.: Thank you, I'm really happy that me old man is still able to be competitive in some grids and that I could win this season Cool.
Good luck for you on day 2 at the Schwandorf Open!
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Reply #42 - Apr 9th, 2017 at 11:15pm
 
Here's the 15.76 I just got for S79T3. Nice board, probably won't even bother trying to beat this during the rest of the week.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2VXsx_wa0bM

@Stephan: Thanks. You can expect at least 6 more saturdays this year where I won't have any time to play at all. Cheesy
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Reply #43 - Apr 23rd, 2017 at 8:26am
 
@Lutz: Congrats for obviously having finished S79/T4 more than once Shocked.
I fought very hard until I could finish a single board. And it was the only one, all before had been lost with less than 60% of the grid solved. So, I'm very lucky with #2 Cool, was about to give up.
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Reply #44 - Apr 23rd, 2017 at 9:15am
 
Thank you, Stephan. Smiley This was one of my favorite T boards ever since I play Nonosweeper. I spent at least 25-30 hours, solving ~ 15 boards (Chronic also uploaded three or more times).

I think a sub 200 should be possible but it's very hard to stay highly focussed for more than three minutes.

Unfortunately, I'm not competitive on boards like we have this week. So good luck for T5!
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