Talking to OLAKE
When this interview took place, OLAKE was single, but he has since married. His wife is a puzzle author too. His constellation is Cancer, blood type AB, and in his early thirties. He is young but has a long history as a puzzle author. He says that his occupation is to grapple with figures - numbers.
NobWhat kind of child were you when you were small?
NobWhen you were a child prodigy, did you do puzzles?
NobReally, I think that it is perfectly marvelous for a kindergardener to do 1000 piece jigsaw puzzles. But, what did you major in at the university?
NobWhen did you get to know Nikoli?
NobThen when did you begin to make puzzles?
NobFor you, are there puzzles you are good at and puzzles you weak at?
NobWell, is that really OLAKE speaking? Do you enjoy making puzzles you are good at?
NobYou are sure of yourself (laughs). Are there times when you go back and change one you have finished?
NobYou have made a lot of puzzles for a long time, you would have developed a real knack for it. For people making their first puzzles that would not be way to start making great puzzles. When you go back and solve your puzzles do you find a lot of things to correct?
NobOh, ha, ha (laughs). So don't you solve puzzles you are not good at?
NobWhere are you when you make puzzles?
NobDo you like making puzzles that are out of the ordinary?
NobWell. What sort of goal do you have when you make puzzles?
NobHmmm. Do you like to be told that your problems are special?
NobDon't you ever feel a bit tired of puzzles?
NobWonderful to hear that! So, from now on you will keep making puzzles?
NobFinally, Is there a message for your solvers?
Interviewed May 2008 Published on Mar 17, 2010