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Difficulty: Easy Saturday, April 1, 2006

Not Completed Play This Puzzle

CHAT LOG for Saturday, April 1, 2006

12:00 am
Debs40ish

Yes....
12:20 am
sellout

Not too tough, again
12:21 am
Krys10

DG, are you aware that there's an error message that happens when you look at someone's profile and then use the browser back button?
12:22 am
Krys10

"Somethin's not right - hope Dr_God is on the case." Running Safari.
12:22 am
sellout

No problem on Firefox
12:22 am
raggedyandy3478

im on safari and i dont have probs
12:23 am
Krys10

i'll try emptying my cache and see if it still happens
12:24 am
caderoux

another easy one - night all
12:25 am
Krys10

'night! error message all gone.
12:32 am
sellout

Too bad there aren't four puzzles per day
12:32 am
sellout

One for each difficult level
12:32 am
sellout

difficulty*
12:39 am
NJL

hi all
12:39 am
squidbait

good morning
12:40 am
boric

good afternoon
12:42 am
peternl

hi all
12:42 am
peternl

is this as easy as yesterdays?
12:43 am
boric

yes
12:43 am
sellout

Yep it is
12:45 am
jhlipsey

Interesting. From the formula given in the rankings system, it looks like completing easy puzzles actually hurts you. To get a good ranking, one should only complete hard and expert puzzles.
12:47 am
boric

yes. Only completing expert would give you the highest ranking. Might skip this one then... :)
12:47 am
blad

I noticed that too.
12:49 am
blad

You can make it and leave the last number blank.
12:53 am
peternl

hmm, except for the + total puzzles completed
12:53 am
peternl

eventually that will become the dominant figure
12:53 am
sellout

I noticed it as well
12:53 am
peternl

the first half of the equation has a max of 400 if expert is 4 points
12:53 am
sellout

Yeah, Peter is right
12:54 am
sellout

It's beneficial on both rankings to do every puzzle
12:54 am
peternl

eventually
12:54 am
sellout

Yea
12:54 am
peternl

in the short term, do one expert puzzle and you get a score of 401
12:55 am
NJL

don't you hate when your almost finished, the find your error!
12:55 am
peternl

yep - don't do that ;-)
12:57 am
jhlipsey

The rankings aren't a serious draw for me anyway. Their meaning is compromised by the fact that some folks will cheat, which is stupid, but they'll do it for their ranking.
12:57 am
peternl

indeed
12:57 am
peternl

the rankings add to the amusement, I'd just like to know the total score and total puzzles finished
12:57 am
NJL

time to start over
1:00 am
peternl

hmm, I'm making hard work of this
1:09 am
sherb

that was quick... back to Babble...
1:13 am
NJL

and done......I wonder what I did wrong the first time
1:13 am
peternl

well done
1:13 am
NJL

thanks...I better go and do some jobs now
1:17 am
peternl

done
1:17 am
peternl

I think its afternoon nap time ;-)
1:17 am
peternl

cya all
1:17 am
Debs40ish

Me too...
1:17 am
Debs40ish

Done I mean.. not nap...just go up!
1:17 am
Debs40ish

*got
1:19 am
SeedyV

And done.
1:37 am
raggedyandy3478

Done!
1:38 am
raggedyandy3478

first time ive had time all week to do sudoku, nice and easy refresher course on sudoku, gnight all
1:51 am
GingerUK

morning from rainy Surrey!
1:52 am
Atalante

morning Ginger!
1:52 am
GingerUK

hi Atlante
2:02 am
santa1563

ugh...i hate this stupid touchpad thing on my laptop
2:02 am
santa1563

it closed my sudoku window before i could save
2:02 am
santa1563

i was almost done
2:02 am
GingerUK

(((hugs))) santa, very annoying!
2:02 am
santa1563

yeah
2:12 am
Atalante

done. nice easy one :)
2:19 am
GingerUK

wd Atlante
2:29 am
haggis10

Not that easy - took me 22 mins
2:29 am
GingerUK

wd haggis
2:29 am
haggis10

Cheers
2:30 am
santa1563

finally done
2:31 am
santa1563

see you folks later
2:31 am
GingerUK

cya Santa and wd
2:43 am
GingerUK

argh... 2 squares to fill and they double!!!
2:44 am
morgan

good morning
2:44 am
Onpaki

hello morgan
2:44 am
BariSaxPat

I think I'm too tired to do this
2:44 am
GingerUK

hi Morgan
2:46 am
morgan

hi ginger
3:16 am
chebuctonian

hi all!
3:21 am
BariSaxPat

Done and done
3:21 am
BariSaxPat

that was pretty difficult really
3:21 am
Onpaki

congrats!
3:21 am
BariSaxPat

ty
3:21 am
Onpaki

ya, not so that easy. i'm starting over.
3:21 am
BariSaxPat

good luck
3:22 am
Onpaki

ty:)
3:24 am
chebuctonian

done
3:48 am
The Wac

how is it today folks?
3:49 am
Onpaki

hi wac, gd to see u again. i'm trying it the 2nd time now. better thatn 1st try.
3:49 am
The Wac

that easy huh?
3:50 am
The Wac

good to see you too
3:57 am
Onpaki

i'm done. done!!
3:57 am
The Wac

hooray!
3:57 am
Onpaki

how are you doing?
3:57 am
The Wac

not horrible by any means
3:58 am
The Wac

but i just started. . .
4:03 am
Onpaki

good luck!
4:04 am
The Wac

thanks!
4:04 am
The Wac

i'm just about there
4:06 am
The Wac

done!
4:07 am
The Wac

goodnight all
4:48 am
GingerUK

How do you all decide where to start when you do these?
4:48 am
X

Ginger, I just go for the box with the most filled in already...I'm a skiver :)
4:49 am
GingerUK

LOL X that suits me too :)
4:49 am
X

^^ so it's not just me then...but even by playing I'm skiving, I've got a thesis growing old on my desk...urgh...
4:52 am
kallia

I put in any more definates first...then go for the box with most in
4:53 am
GingerUK

I have assignments waiting too ... one due on the 6th !! Kalia, that would work well too!
4:54 am
kallia

Ginger sometimes it does, depends how clear my head is!
4:55 am
GingerUK

lol
5:00 am
kallia

obviously my head is a shed today! lol
5:00 am
GingerUK

:)
5:21 am
sprite

Another easy? They come in groups ;)
5:26 am
GingerUK

Hi Sprite
5:26 am
sprite

Hi Ginger :)
6:29 am
morgan

solved. time to go to sports. bye guys. "see" you tomorrow
6:31 am
caderoux

Based on the rankings, I don't think we should do the easy puzzles - it hurts your average bad.
6:47 am
GingerUK

but it would have the same effect on everyone wouldn't it Caderoux?
6:59 am
GingerUK

all done :-)
7:14 am
lillshizz94

im new
7:54 am
prairiegal

Good morning everyone
8:01 am
yul

hello
8:25 am
yul

cool, again didn't have to fill in greens to finish :)
8:25 am
yul

cool, again didn't have to fill in greens to finish :)
8:25 am
David Mitchell

Perhaps I shouldn't have given up on that so soon
8:26 am
yul

firefox and my mac don't like each other
8:59 am
harpjane

I find the stats to be depressing. I have a whopping 6 points!
9:00 am
angels04

9:05 am
yul

caderoux is right, if you cear about your ranking, do not play easy and medium puzzles ;)
9:06 am
almostaghost

how so?
9:06 am
yul

it is care thou :)
9:06 am
yul

read about ranking system
9:06 am
almostaghost

oh, ok
9:10 am
btwrt

i guess ... i love to do these puzzles, so even if it hurts my stats i'm going to do them all
9:11 am
Dave

yeah, doing the easy ones will hurt your average... but at least there's the other ladder too, the village elders...
9:11 am
btwrt

true
9:12 am
artlady

Hi harp, you're here too!
9:13 am
Babbler

ooh artlady, I just posted a message to you in babble... : )
9:13 am
artlady

Ok Babs. Back and forth...
9:14 am
harpjane

But the ONLY way I get points is to do the easy ones!
9:16 am
artlady

Go for it, harp!
9:17 am
harpjane

Hi artlady, but I almost never finish over here.
9:19 am
harpjane

If the easy ones aren't enough of a challenge, you can always go pro and change the numbers to pictures! That adds a challenge!
9:29 am
artlady

mac?
9:29 am
macuser

Hi artlady ! :)
9:30 am
artlady

You're right. Focusing on one game at a time is better!
9:31 am
macuser

lol, it is for me - can't get my brain to wrap itself around letters and numbers simultaneouly
9:43 am
artlady

Well, now back to Babble...
9:43 am
macuser

See you there in a bit, artlady :)
9:44 am
Babbler

see you shortly, artlady : )
9:47 am
Cathy

well, here are a lot of familiar faces :)
9:48 am
Babbler

hi cathy : )
9:49 am
macuser

Hi Cathy ! :)
9:49 am
Cathy

hi babbler & macuser !! just signed up for pro level here. can't believe I'm now hooked on another game :)
9:49 am
Babbler

heheh, it was only a matter of time! ; D
9:50 am
macuser

Congrats on turning pro!
9:50 am
Babbler

I went pro today too! :(
9:50 am
macuser

well, congrats to you too, Babbler ! :)
9:51 am
Cathy

did you, Babs? congrats!! if only that made me better at solving the puzzles :)
9:51 am
Babbler

:D:D:D:D tee hee! thanks! :D
9:53 am
Babbler

uh-oh.... I've gone wrong somewhere! might have to start over! how awful! :'(
9:54 am
macuser

hate when that happens!
9:54 am
Limer

Oops.
9:55 am
Babbler

think I'll go chat in Babble and try again in a min...
9:55 am
macuser

see ya later, Babbler
9:55 am
Babbler

so close to the end too! obviously wasn't paying attention... : /
10:01 am
AngelSong

how doo I check for errors, and how do I know if I've completed the puzzle accurately?
10:01 am
Babbler

Angelsong, you get a blank page with "Congratulations" written all over it and how many points you've won, if you've completed. : )
10:05 am
Limer

errors will light up pink.
10:08 am
Tea

I don't like the ranking system, your ranking goes down if you complete easy puzzles
10:09 am
macuser

Done ! That was truly an easy one :)
10:10 am
Cathy

congrats mac! it does seem to be going rather quickly, but saying that hope I haven't jinxed myself :)
10:11 am
guerro

hrmmm, I am noticing a feline theme for people's avatars ;)
10:12 am
Limer

Nailed that Puppy!
10:12 am
Limer

Rank Me, baby!
10:12 am
guerro

no, felines are cats, not puppies
10:13 am
Cathy

yea, done !! that one was pretty easy !!
10:15 am
macuser

Congrats Cathy !
10:18 am
AngelSong

I have no patience for this, I'm afraid.
10:25 am
Babbler

Tea, are you sure?
10:37 am
ali22blu

whoohoo finished.
10:37 am
cherub325

done~ why so many easy these days.....
10:41 am
lillshizz94

hi
10:48 am
evanonut

hey babsy, i have a theme suggestion.
10:54 am
lillshizz94

what
10:54 am
lillshizz94

?
10:54 am
Babbler

go on, nut.... what's your suggestion?
10:56 am
evanonut

ooh, sorry babsy, i think we should have an our own original art day - i don't see anything like that.
10:57 am
Babbler

yes we do : ) it's scheduled... have a look in my profile over in Babble ; )
10:57 am
lillshizz94

same
10:57 am
evanonut

there are quite a few artsy fartsys out there
10:57 am
bigstouff

yo tanner
10:57 am
lillshizz94

ya i no
10:57 am
evanonut

maybe i'm looking all wrong then
10:57 am
evanonut

gonna go look again
10:58 am
lillshizz94

you should
10:58 am
Babbler

23 May, nut : )
10:59 am
Babbler

(yayy for my fantabulous memory!!) ;D
10:59 am
bigstouff

tanner...
11:00 am
evanonut

alrighty then, so sorry for my ignorance, never paid attention to these themes before y'know
11:01 am
Babbler

((( hugs ))) awww, nut, lol! here, have some chalk. go get T-Owl! ;D
11:09 am
lillshizz94

hey bigstouf
11:37 am
harpjane

I'm not going to do a theme over here. Just change my icon once a month....
12:36 pm
lslele

were they keeping track of points the whole time? i thought it was just starting today...oh well..
12:41 pm
babymango7

hmm
12:47 pm
Anj

Hi everyone : ) Is that a PRO Babbler is see before me???
12:48 pm
Babbler

why aye, Anj! ;D (just added you as a friend)
12:49 pm
Anj

...same here. Must be all that chicken soup...
12:50 pm
Babbler

hehe ;D
1:21 pm
Anj

ugh..sluggish brain. Took a while to get out of 1st gear : /
1:22 pm
Babbler

done? I had to restart cos my brain wasn't in gear either. : /
1:23 pm
Anj

Yup...just took a while for the logic to start working. Must be the drugs 8 D
1:23 pm
levi.b

must be all that chicken soup?
1:25 pm
Babbler

lol! maybe you need a nap after your chicken soup, Anj? ; )
1:25 pm
Anj

Could be, could be...lol. I'm still feeling a bit 'flu-ey so my head is in thrall to my self-repair processes at the moment, heh
1:25 pm
Babbler

that's posh for "my brain isn't working today" ;D
1:28 pm
Anj

It's been traumatic : / AS if waking up in a puddle of sweat wasn't enough, it feels as if my hypothalamus is trying to exit via my nostrils...
1:29 pm
Anj

heh...I should slip that one to George Romero : )
1:29 pm
Babbler

poor Loulou ((( hugs )))
1:32 pm
Anj

Thanks babs..hope you've had yer 'flu jab ; )
1:32 pm
Babbler

you can get a flu jab? do I want one?
1:33 pm
Babbler

but there's lots of different strains of flu. Is it worth it?
1:35 pm
Anj

Maybe there's a mega-jab for them all. Except Bird Flu...they're still in a flap about that one...
1:36 pm
Babbler

LOL !! verrrrry good ;D
1:36 pm
Babbler

on the mend, then? ; )
1:37 pm
Anj

Not one for a sense of humour bypass operation, me : )
1:41 pm
Anj

Off to watch Barca vs Madrid : ) laters!
1:42 pm
Babbler

tell me the score later? enjoy! ; )
2:01 pm
dplass

ragts, have to start over :((((
2:03 pm
System

done!
2:20 pm
dplass

yay finally done
2:35 pm
levi.b

woot done
2:42 pm
TP17

ding
2:52 pm
noswald

finally
2:53 pm
lola

Anj, you still there?
2:56 pm
lillshizz94

fuck you
3:12 pm
hurshy

well well
3:12 pm
hurshy

must
3:12 pm
hurshy

post
3:12 pm
hurshy

many
3:12 pm
hurshy

times
3:12 pm
hurshy

to
3:12 pm
lola

hurshy!
3:12 pm
hurshy

remove
3:12 pm
hurshy

unpleasantness
3:12 pm
lola

how...
are...
3:12 pm
lola

how...
3:12 pm
hurshy

hi loly!
3:13 pm
hurshy

it's ok now we can go back to normal
3:13 pm
lola

...you
3:13 pm
hurshy

i just wanted to get rid of that post
3:13 pm
hurshy

i am ok today, thanks lola
3:13 pm
lola

yeah, I should have thought of that!
3:14 pm
hurshy

what a random, undirected bit of malevolence... very odd.
3:15 pm
hurshy

how are you lola?
3:15 pm
lola

I always think it's a bit sad. I mean, how lonely do you have to be to try to get attention in that way? : /
3:15 pm
lola

I'm okay. You feeling better?
3:16 pm
hurshy

i am better today, yes.
3:16 pm
hurshy

i don't know if it is attention seeking so much as venting?
3:16 pm
lola

good... {{{hurshy}}} (new squeezy hugs, btw!) : )
3:17 pm
lola

either way it's sad. Ugly, but sad : (
3:17 pm
hurshy

oh, SQUEEZY hugs, how cool {{{lola}}}
3:17 pm
hurshy

did you hear about my new symbol?
3:17 pm
lola

you have a new symbol?? No, do tell! : D
3:17 pm
hurshy

my sister and i invented it. because it is hard to tell tone on e-communication.
3:18 pm
hurshy

so we decided if you want to indicate sarcasm, you should preface your statement with a
3:18 pm
lola

tell me and I'll try to guess what it is...
3:18 pm
hurshy

|
3:19 pm
hurshy

so if you said how are things, and i said just great, that would be different from if i said | just great
3:19 pm
hurshy

what do you think?
3:19 pm
hurshy

is it too hard to distinguish from an l?
3:20 pm
hurshy

i just thought it is one symbol that doesn't get used for anything else.
3:20 pm
lola

good idea! Sarcasm often falls flat in the chat log, doesn't it?
3:20 pm
lola

lol...i didn't even know it was there! : D
3:20 pm
hurshy

yes! so i have been trying to tell everyone. i don't know if it will catch on.
3:21 pm
lola

hursh, you can lead the people to the symbol, but you may not be able to make all of them | : )
3:21 pm
caprice

hey lola - are you from toronto?
3:22 pm
hurshy

well, the trouble is, they need to see it in use to remind them, and i am not actually sarcastic that often.
3:22 pm
lola

hey caprice. No, I'm from south africa : )
3:23 pm
lola

me neither hursh, but if I ever want to be I'll try to remember the hurshy symbol : )
3:23 pm
caprice

cool - just wondering
3:23 pm
lola

do you know a lola from toronto?
3:25 pm
hurshy

thanks lola. do you also want to help me resurrect the expression "somethin' awful", meaning very much? like, i want that new bike somethin' awful!
3:25 pm
caprice

yeah, and she's living in london now
3:25 pm
caprice

so it was odd to see your name plus the union jack
3:25 pm
hurshy

but lola's name isn't actually lola :)
3:26 pm
lola

aww, I'd like to do that somethin' awful hursh! ; )
3:26 pm
hurshy

:D :D :D
3:26 pm
lola

damn, have to go for a bit...be back in an hour : )
3:26 pm
hurshy

later, loly
3:36 pm
davidtoc

well that was an extra easy one today.
3:38 pm
davidtoc

ooh the rankings are out today!
3:44 pm
batgirl

wow I just got and wow its easy
5:41 pm
btwrt

hey all :)
6:07 pm
caderoux

"The Iron Sudoku Rankings page is divided into three ladders," except there are only two.
6:07 pm
sellout

Too soon for a "Who's Hot" list?
6:16 pm
yul

haya
6:23 pm
eminkim313rd

hey everyone
6:24 pm
Douglas

hmm, what do you think the thrid might be?
6:24 pm
Douglas

time it takes to complete each puzzle?
6:25 pm
sellout

Doesn't seem to be a timer anywhere
6:25 pm
eminkim313rd

how's everyone doinf
6:25 pm
eminkim313rd

doing*
6:26 pm
yul

dr god said that time is not important
6:27 pm
yul

i don't think he will corelate time and ranking
6:32 pm
Douglas

Any other ideas?
6:40 pm
hurshy

i'm sure it will be "who's hot" - past 30 days performance.
7:34 pm
stidhat

Hurshy, stidmama says hi.
9:25 pm
davidtoc

you can always use Simple Sudoku if you want to time yourself. (or just look at the clock.) :)
9:31 pm
davidtoc

The ranking system is interesting. I like that there are two different ranking systems.
9:35 pm
davidtoc

everyone is so quiet tonite...
9:37 pm
davidtoc

Anyway, I've been thinking about the new ranking system(s), and I just wrote a bit about it here: http://itchylot.blogspot.com/2006/04/iron-sud
oku-rankings-analysis.html
9:37 pm
davidtoc

If that doesn't work, this one will: http://tinyurl.com/kh7y7
10:51 pm
blades

Why is it that I can solve the "Hard" and "Expert" ones, but never the medium and easy ones?
10:51 pm
kk

i know, i've been on the easy for 15 minutes now, but did hte hard in 10
10:54 pm
Chameleon

nice blog davidtoc
10:55 pm
Chameleon

very true
10:59 pm
davidtoc

thanks chameleon.
10:59 pm
davidtoc

blades, i hear that! with the exception of the expert, the stated level of difficulty seems to have nothing to do with my ability to solve it quickly.
11:22 pm
blad

what time is it over there, why is there no new puzzle yet?
11:22 pm
sellout

Still got about 40 minutes left...
11:23 pm
blad

ok.. i always thought there was a 6 hour difference, not 8
11:32 pm
davidtoc

will daylight savings time change that?
11:33 pm
davidtoc

or does the whole world do that? (except certain parts of Indiana, anyway :)
11:41 pm
blades

Woohoo. Finally got it. Just in time.
11:58 pm
Debs40ish

Morning all
11:58 pm
sellout

Morning
11:59 pm
Debs40ish

Hiya Sell.... sorry must be evening there...keep forgetting
11:59 pm
sellout

Haha
11:59 pm
sellout

Yep only 10 PM here
11:59 pm
Debs40ish

7am here
11:59 pm
sellout

England?