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admin 10-03-2012 02:04 AM

Solving videos
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 -

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.



Lurker 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.

admin 10-03-2012 03:24 AM

It's even easier on Macs, I believe - you can just use Quicktime:

admin 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.

Lurker 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.

admin 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 (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. :-)

Lurker 10-03-2012 03:56 AM

I did it! I did it!
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.

admin 10-03-2012 03:58 AM

Great video!

Lurker 10-03-2012 04:46 AM

Da Plane!
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

chopstix 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!) :)

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