Talking to kushimaru
Kushimaru is a man in his 40s. He is a Nikoli staff member from way back and he is responsible for nikoli.com and mobile-nikoli.com. This time I was going to forget he is one of the staff, and just listen to a puzzle author talking, but . . .
NyanBazLet's start the story from when you were little. When did you do puzzles first?
NyanBazThat's one method to make sure you can solve mazes. Did you think it up yourself?
NyanBazDid you get good school grades?
NyanBazWhen you became a university student, you did it like a piece of cake. You encountered Nikoli.
NyanBazAnd then you joined Nikoli?
NyanBazDid you work with the editing right after you joined?
NyanBazSorry. But what you say is interesting. (laughs) Then, let's return to the story with puzzles. Was it after you joined that you got into making puzzles?
NyanBazKeisuke that is a Nikoli puzzle that puts numbers and black cells in the white cells on the board. Was Keisuke already around then?
NyanBazEh! Did you design Keisuke from scratch?
NyanBazJust combined you say, but it is great to make an original puzzle like that. Then came the boom in Kakuro?
NyanBazWhat was interesting about Kakuro?
NyanBazIs Kakuro your favorite puzzle now today?
NyanBazPerfection you say. What do you mean by perfection for a puzzle?
NyanBazThat puts it well. Are there puzzles you don't really like?
NyanBazNow it is your job to make all sorts of puzzles of all sorts of difficulty. Is there anything you are particular about when you make your puzzles?
NyanBazWhat does it mean for you to make puzzles?
NyanBazLet's forget about puzzles for a moment. What are your hobbies?
NyanBazYou got all absorbed in swimming recently?
NyanBazSure, leave it to me. But we are getting to the end. Finally, a word to the people who are solving your puzzles.
Interviewed Oct 2008 Published on Aug 9, 2010