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Old 08-04-2008, 04:19 AM
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Here's another one for ya'll.... 127 seconds. I held the record at 29 seconds. Plus I broke my own record earlier... what's up with that? I guess that's the way the ball bounces sometimes. I find it kind of amusing.

(Some minutes later...)

I just beat my own record again! I bet Bansaisequoia does that all the time... What a great avatar name too. (I must admit it took me a while to figure out what it actually was. I didn't separate the "bansai" from the "sequoia" LOL!)


(One puzzle later...)

O.K. This is getting ridiculous. Apparently the only records I can beat tonight are my own. I just did it again. Darn it! I'd rather hold more records than keep beating myself... hee hee!

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Old 08-04-2008, 06:27 AM
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Hey, I think that's terrific. It's better than taking way longer than it took you last time. I love to beat my own score on the rare occasions it happens, and am usually astounded at how quickly I did it before.

Actually, much more often I'm amazed at how quickly bansaisequoia, ferrym85, flutefish, digirl28, and a few others can bang those suckers out. Wow! And Kat, you're up there too. Anybody can rack up big scores by playing 150 hours a month (like me) but solving quick takes talent. I am so addicted to solving cryptograms partly because I keep trying to bring down my solve time while keeping my solve rate up. It must be that dreaded OCD.
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Old 08-04-2008, 06:47 PM
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I beat bansaisequoia once on Sat (35-32)and again on Sun (25-23). I have to stare at the computer to make sure it's right. My solving time leaves a lot to be desired, so I thought I was in shock. I truly stand in awe of many of you, and am trying to hold my own. If it's bansaisequoia who holds the record, than most often it is Laura. The difference, Laura, is that you have the whole package: time and success rate. I don't really judge somebody on their total points, because you could have a 65% success rate and a solve time of 100 seconds, but still be in 4th place. Some of you are so amazing with your time. My fingers will start to shake the faster I try to type, then I hit the wrong key (aargh) and have to back space.
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Old 08-05-2008, 09:09 PM
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I just solved 4 in a row, all of which the record time was held by Laura. Look out Bansai! Great job Laura and all you other crazies who are doing so well!
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Old 08-08-2008, 02:58 AM
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The record solution time feature has only been around a short while. My prediction is that very soon there will be few cryptograms that have a record solution time of over 35 seconds. The cryptogram I solved in 10 seconds has an economy of characters. There are only 11 different letters in "There is nothing certain, but the uncertain." Each one of the crypts we solve can have no more than 26 characters, so it's my belief that soon there will be very few puzzles left that won't have record solution times under 35 seconds.
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Old 08-08-2008, 03:09 AM
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You may be right, though there may always be a few. I solved one with a completion rate of like 6.7% and an average time of something like 600+ seconds, though admittedly someone already had the best time on that down under 60 seconds. Wasn't me though - took me more like 460. Still better than average, but pretty dreadful.

Since I only break 30 seconds about 10% of the time, I envy your speed.
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Old 08-08-2008, 04:13 AM
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maradnu, I'm not sure I've come across that one, and I usually skip over the really tough cryptograms like a slacker. Sometimes, however, I have a flash of great insight and I find I have set a record time of thirty-two seconds when the former time was seventy-nine. Many others within this forum seem to have similar momentary flashes of insight. I am surprised to see that there are at least a few others who have equalled 11 seconds. I look forward to a time when one of us will break the 9-second barrier.
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Old 08-08-2008, 08:40 AM
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I may be wrong but I think I saw 9 seconds recently. I should have paid more attention to who it was.

You're so right about those flashes of insight. Today it took me over 300 seconds to solve another one I had the record time for. Sometimes recognizing one word quickly pretty much helps you to solve the whole thing. But if you don't recognize that one word right away, you're stuck going down a different path to the solution.
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Old 08-13-2008, 01:21 AM
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Thumbs up AMelodyofJuly Record Solve 9 Seconds!!

I just came across the incredible fast solve again.


"Where there is no imagination there is no horror. "
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

9 seconds (AMelodyofJuly)



Kudos to AMelodyofJuly!!! Very impressive.
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