One year ago, I posted Puzzle 1, a basic 10 by 10 Slitherlink that was pretty easy and not incredibly remarkable (yet still one I bet a computer is unlikely to give you). That was my first ever construction since finding nikoli’s puzzles and seeing the wonderful pieces of work that could be made in that kind of format.
As many of you who participated or kept track of the 2010 US puzzle championship know, I put up a pretty good performance. I got 3rd place and a spot on the US team going to Poland for the world championship this year. The previous year (when it was held in June), I participated but felt ill-prepared for a lot of the test and repeatedly broke most of the things I should have been able to do. My determination to not let that happen again the next year was one of the major things that motivated me to start this blog, as I knew that there was probably a lot to be gained by constructing puzzles of my own. Funny how that accomplishment was timed so closely with this place’s first birthday.
That’s all I’ll say about that, as I think it’s clear this site has certainly done a lot more than get me to the WPC. In the meantime, I’m hoping to get my construction tools redone and completed soon. Although I won’t make guarantees, I may well finally get around to allowing myself to do different grid styles, after which it will time to figure out what can be done with hexagonal Castle Wall or triangular Out of Sight, among other things. Until then, enjoy the 260 I’ve posted so far that you haven’t done yet (or even the ones you have).