Talking to ikako
Ikako is a late 20s woman. She has just married this year. She is a regular writer and has contributed to Nikoli since she was a junior high school student. She became an employee of Nikoli in 2003, and makes problems for newspapers and magazines as part of her duties. In addition, on her own she contributes puzzles to nikoli.com as an author. I asked for a conversation with her as a puzzle author.
NyanBazDid you play with puzzles when you were little?
NyanBazWhen did you get to know about Nikoli?
NyanBazWhen did you get to Puzzle Communication Nikoli?
NyanBazI sympathize with you there. When did you start contributing to Nikoli?
NyanBazWas it a big thing to get the money for publication?
NyanBazWell. Then, did you keep contributing?
NyanBazYou graduated from university, and Nikoli hired you.
NyanBazI guess they looked at your ability and thought you could do it. Let me ask you about puzzles. You have contributed a lot of Shikaku for the mobile site. You seem to really like Shikaku?
NyanBazTrue, there was a time like that. But Shikaku's popularity revived recently, and now it is in each number. That may be because of nikoli.com and the mobile site.
NyanBazWhat kind of Shikaku do you like?
NyanBazYour problems are often hard.
NyanBazYou seem to like using a method where you need just one number to get to a cell.
NyanBazI'm one of those. (laughs) About your puzzles, did your ways change when starting to work for Nikoli?
NyanBazI can understand you there.
NyanBazSorry, I forgot. You love Ripple Effect something serious.
NyanBazWhat puzzles are you weak at?
NyanBazWhen you make puzzles, what do you keep in mind?
NyanBazReally? Not quite professional, eh.
NyanBazLets talk about something other than puzzles. What do you do on a holiday?
NyanBazWe have to stop soon. What is a puzzle to you?
NyanBazAnything that you want to tell people solving your puzzles?
Interviewed Apr 2009 Published on Apr 20, 2011