Talking to Guten
Guten is an office worker. He is a regular contributor to Puzzle Communication Nikoli, but he is a newcomer in nikoli.com, from December 2008.
NyanBazWhat kind of kid were you when you were small?
NyanBazWhen did you begin puzzles with numbers?
NyanBazThat was over 20 years ago. Puzzle Communication Nikoli is a quarterly now, but it had an irregular publication schedule in the old days. What kind of impression did you have?
NyanBazPuzzle Communication Nikoli was doing whatever came to mind then. You stopped it for a while, when did you return to Nikoli?
NyanBazThat's unusual, to buy Nikoli just to know the address. Did you make it into Omopa immediately?
NyanBazYes, you got that right. Then why did you begin to make puzzles other than Omopa?
NyanBazThen, your work is being published regularly now.
NyanBazAll right. A good problem, easy or hard, is made by thinking it through. Do you keep making Omopa?
NyanBazLet's return to the story of nikoli.com puzzles. When you make a puzzle, do you decide on a difficulty level and a scenario early in the process?
NyanBazYou work hard at it. I think it takes time when you make things in unfamiliar ways?
NyanBazDo you have any favorite puzzles, are there any puzzles you dislike?
NyanBazLet me turn it into an example. There is a "2" at the left side of the board, and you can't put a light bulb to the right above the "2". Then if there is a "3" in that cell, the light bulbs for the "3" is decided by the "2". I think it is a commonly used method. Why do you dislike it?
(Now the talk descended into the fine points of Slitherlink and Masyu, really too deep, so I have omitted that part.)
NyanBazYou have great faith in methods. About ideal puzzles, are there any, for you?
NyanBazThis time our talk got very deeply into puzzles. Let's change to a lighter topic. Please tell me how you spend your holidays.
NyanBazBlood will tell. I have great hopes for his future. For you, what is a puzzle?
NyanBazI didn't expect to hear Maslow's name come in an interview about puzzles. (laughs) Now the last question, anything that you want to tell people solving your puzzles?
Interviewed Dec 2008 Published on Oct 27, 2010