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10-03-2012, 02:04 AM
Hi folks -

I get at least 1-2 complaints a week asking why we allow "obvious cheaters" like bansai and others to keep their "impossible" solve times of 8, 10, 12 seconds on various cryptograms... and frankly, I'm getting a little tired of explaining the same thing to people again, and again and again. So I thought maybe it would be fun for some of the faster solvers on the site to try screencasting themselves in order to record a video of an amazingly fast solve time.

I tried it myself just now and after a few tries was able to come in with an 18 second solve time - not my best, but still pretty decent I thought!


(I used free software to capture this called Cam Studio - http://camstudio.org/)

If anyone is up for the challenge, please go ahead and post your video to youtube and post its url here... if we can get enough of them I'll put together a special page on the site where the best ones will be featured.



10-03-2012, 02:42 AM
That's fantastic! I wish I understood how to do that. With my luck, whenever the program was recording, it would be on a quote I couldn't solve in under a minute.

Aw nuts, it doesn't look Mac-compatible.

10-03-2012, 03:24 AM
It's even easier on Macs, I believe - you can just use Quicktime:


10-03-2012, 03:27 AM
I should also add - you can record video of a several puzzles back to back, upload the whole thing to Youtube, and then "trim it" via Youtube's editing tools so that it will only show the puzzle you solved the quickest. It's fairly simple to do using Youtube's built-in toolset.

10-03-2012, 03:41 AM
Wish I'd known that while I was recording. Got the Quicktime thing to work, and captured an 8 second solve! Too bad Bansai did it in 7. Next up, learning how to post something on YouTube.

10-03-2012, 03:49 AM
Wow, nicely done! If you get stuck on the youtube upload maybe you can email the video to me at puzzlebaron@gmail.com (if its < 20MB) and I can edit and upload it for you.

I've done another just now in 15 seconds but that's about pushing my personal boundaries... I think the best I've ever done is 12. :-)

10-03-2012, 03:56 AM
I am now a member of YouTube with a successfully posted video.


Beware, the genie is now out of the bottle. Mwah, ha, ha!

One thing I would like to remind anyone doing this project is to hide your bookmarks bar and any personal computer stuff while you're doing the screenmovie. Remember, this is going to be viewed by many.

Oh, and my personal best for a puzzle is 5 seconds. Threw a huge me-party for that. Only about 4 people have done it. Stephen, we play your game MUCH more than you do! A top solve of 12 seconds is impressive.

10-03-2012, 03:58 AM
Great video!

10-03-2012, 04:46 AM
My last one for the day, I promise.


This is for anyone who wants to know what the plane looks like. Bonus, I now have a video of "taking back a brick". :D

10-03-2012, 04:50 AM
What a great solution for the doubtful! I guess you'll be able to simply direct those who think it's possible to cheat, to these videos from now on.

From my own experience, I've found that I'm getting faster and faster, (as well as continuing to get stuck,) but all in good fun. I've been at it daily for 4-1/2 months now and lately I've been able to come within seconds of the win time (a few of times) which is new for me. So you newbies, just know, there is a learning curve - you'll get there if you wanna. (Of course if you have the time to bang away at cryptograms more than you'll want to admit!) :)

10-03-2012, 07:26 AM
Ah Stephen, what a perfect idea !! I can't believe how many awful "comments" I've read....and rebutted...over the years. Needless to say, Bansai is a frequent target because he's so incredibly quick, but I've seen others "dissed" also. I look forward to seeing a clip of Bansai working his magic.

Thank you for addressing this issue with a positive, concrete response.

10-03-2012, 04:58 PM
Can't wait to try this! I'm a bit rusty, but I'll try it later to see if I can get a fast solve time.

10-03-2012, 08:18 PM
My last one for the day, I promise.


This is for anyone who wants to know what the plane looks like. Bonus, I now have a video of "taking back a brick". :D

Thanks for that. :)

This is the first time I've seen that plane - and probably the only time I ever will other than on Youtube. It's really interesting to see how people solve so quickly.

Lily H
10-03-2012, 09:31 PM
Bravo, Stephen! I hope this will put an end to the whiners who complain that only cheaters could solve that fast. Those of us who have played for a long time are sick and tired of explaining that everyone gets faster the more they play. It just takes time and practice, practice, practice. It's also a good thing that the videos were made by players other than Bansai. He holds the most records, so most of the complaints are against him, but this proves that other players can solve quickly too.

10-03-2012, 09:49 PM
Other players, plural? Not that Admin doesn't count, but I'm waiting for more to be posted. Come on, Lily, you're good at stuff like that. Besides, then you would have a YouTube account to post videos of Kayla.

10-04-2012, 04:50 AM
i'm thrilled to see this!

the first thing i did, after joining this site and seeing those "unbelievable" solve times, was check to see if there were any videos of anyone solving cryptograms (at this site) on youtube---and i couldn't find any. i thought to suggest it, but as a relative newbie, thought it might make me sound distrustful of the "speedies" and didn't want to pi** anyone off!

since then, especially each time i see someone again question speedy solving, i've wondered why no one had posted video of themselves solving, so that there would be an easy way to prove that it's possible.

now, on the other side of the coin, i could certainly post video of how it can take 700 seconds or more to solve one...

(and let me just add that i loooooove this site---thank you all for many hours of enjoyment!)

10-04-2012, 05:11 AM
Being a lousy typist, I will probably never set a record. My best time is 22 seconds, and I was playing over my head that day.

But I have discovered proof of one person's special gift for fast solving.


(If memory serves, Bansai himself may have posted this photo earlier.)


10-04-2012, 07:09 AM
Hey, everybody, bansaisequoia is throwing his hat into the ring! Be sure to watch this video with your bookshelf speakers turned on, because you don't want to miss the audio portion of this presentation.:p


Lily H
10-04-2012, 07:29 AM
LOL! Bansai, I loved the audio portion of your video. I hope this finally puts an end to all those people who complain about cheating. I am sick and tired of their whining that it's impossible to solve that fast. You showed them that you're a real person and not a computer program.

10-04-2012, 09:50 AM
Yahoo!!! Bansai you're so funny....I laughed my way through your utube video. I solve the same way you do, but nearly so fast. You're the BEST opponent one could ask for. Thanks so much for sharing.

10-04-2012, 03:34 PM
Ha! Great video bansai!

10-04-2012, 07:05 PM

Well there ya go.

Excellent work my friend!!!! Adding the audio was brilliant.

10-05-2012, 01:02 AM
You have my vote my fleet-fingered friend. You are an arteest! :D

10-05-2012, 05:34 AM
Here's one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dmmir5OAVHo

Working on others...

10-05-2012, 05:46 AM
Here's a 7 second one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOzafwpMUBQ

I'm trying for a 5 or 6 but I'm pretty rusty so we'll see. :)

10-05-2012, 05:56 AM
I've noticed in your video and Bansai's that you get a little drop-down with letters every time you click on a square. I used to, but it went away with one of the server upgrades. Any idea why it happens?

10-05-2012, 06:06 AM
I've noticed in your video and Bansai's that you get a little drop-down with letters every time you click on a square. I used to, but it went away with one of the server upgrades. Any idea why it happens?

That's a browser setting. I don't know what Bansai uses, but I use Chrome. I believe it has to do with auto-fill for forms and such. I actually wish it didn't do it on this site as it's not helpful and can be a little distracting, but I've gotten used to it.

10-05-2012, 06:09 AM
Okay, last video for tonight, I swear: http://youtu.be/C5_8UoSmMCw

This one's a string of 3 cryptos with solve times of 11, 12, and 8 seconds.

10-06-2012, 12:56 AM