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Old 05-12-2010, 08:52 PM
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Default how do I get only difficult puzzles?

I'm new to the site, and I like to print off the cryptograms. Problem is, I have to wade through so many "easy" and "average" level puzzles to get to the ones I want. Is there any way to get "difficult" puzzles only?

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Old 05-13-2010, 04:19 AM
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It is just random...you get what you get
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Old 05-13-2010, 04:44 AM
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Really, you only want the hard ones?

One thing you could do is simply keep refreshing the page until a toughie pops up. Maybe do it when you're not logged in, unless you don't care to compete.
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Old 05-13-2010, 02:58 PM
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Default I'm impressed!

Now you've got me curious, tho. Do a couple online so we can 'witness you remarkable prowess'!

Other than the length of the puzzle, how do you gauge the difficulty?
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Old 05-14-2010, 12:27 AM
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Default difficult puzzles

I like the ones labelled "difficult," though I would never play them online competitively. It can take me a long, long time to complete them. I love the challenge: false leads, can't count on letter frequency, etc. I spend hours on these. With the ones lablelled "average," there's usually an "in," a hint to get you going; while I love all cryptograms, I especially like the ones that I have to mull over and over. Plus, I have a book of 300 cryptograms in the easy-medium range, so I'm all set there (book by Kappan puzzles). And I buy variety puzzle books that have cryptograms. I never claim to be good or fast. I'm sure anyone here could kick my rear. I'm just having fun.
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Old 05-14-2010, 04:36 AM
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You CAN print these cryptos without logging in to the site. I know you don't care about your stats, but everyone else can see them. It looks like you never bother to solve them, but I'm sure you're doing fine by hand.

And some of the longer, so-called Average and Easy ones are actually quite difficult. I wouldn't dismiss them. A better way to judge is to look at the average solving time, in the right-hand column. Anything over 2 minutes is fairly hard, over 3 minutes (180 sec) is &%#* difficult.
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Old 05-14-2010, 04:29 PM
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Default Thanks Lurker!

Thank you Lurker I never noticed that before.
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Old 05-15-2010, 08:41 PM
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Default on second thought, i do care about stats

I did a couple of cryptos online, and it's definately better than doing them by hand. I created a new account with the name of "Kimmie." Of course, I will try my hand at Bansai's challenge.

It will take me a while to get used to doing them on the computer!
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Old 05-15-2010, 08:51 PM
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It's not that I think the site's puzzles are too easy; I want really hard puzzles because I have hundreds of easy-to-medium ones in a book by Kappan puzzles. And they are, for the most part, very easy.
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Old 05-16-2010, 03:55 PM
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Default mwaa ha ha, we snagged another!

It looks like the site has created another "crypto-monster"! once you get started Kim you will be hooked! Have fun!
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