Talking to POTS
Here is the corner that asks questions from and talks to puzzle authors. Our guest this time is POTS. He is a 33 year old bachelor. His physique is good. He is a veteran puzzle author and has made a lot of unique problems. Especially a lot of Numberlink. He contributes many Numberlink puzzles to nikoli.com. The interviewer is NyanBaz, and another staff member, Nob, also participated.
NyanBazYou look busy. What kind of job are you doing?
NyanBazEven with all your busyness, thank you for taking the time today. Please let us hear about you and Nikoli puzzle encounters.
NyanBazThe first of your published work was a fill-in missing numbers arithmetic in Vol. 44. It was a unique problem where the product became 44444444.
NobIt was a prime factorization problem for 44444444.
NyanBazYour first published Numberlink was in Nikoli Vol. 46. It was a problem where the numbers are arranged in point symmetry. It's very difficult to make a good problem with point symmetric placement.
NyanBazI don't understand a word of what you say. (laughs) Ordinary people don't see lines just appearing. Was it because you had made many problems before you contributed?
NyanBazI have heard that you had made 300 problems by the time you contributed your first.
NobSure, it was rare. I wonder if it was you who started the point symmetry arrangements for Numberlink?
NyanBazWell, if you say so. But because you do make unique problems, I find that unexpected. I have an interview with you from 12 years ago. There you are saying that "The puzzle is art. The first impression is important." Do you still think that?
NobYou said that taste (sense and feeling really) was important in solving -- then12 years ago.
NyanBazToo early for the punch lines. (laughs) Now let's talk about Sudoku.
NobYou like arranging the numbers to be found in some order like 1, 2, 3.
NyanBazOh, I get it.
NyanBazWere you conscious of that from a beginning?
NyanBazShinozaki is the master of Sudoku with neatly arranged numbers. Now that we are talking about other authors, who else do you pay attention to?
NobHow about when you start out making an old-fashioned problem, do you then like slide into something new?
NobIt could be you think about asserting yourself. Then you can't make problems if you don't see any of yourself in it.
NobThat hasn't changed any has it, since way back?
NyanBazDo you solve the problems of other authors?
NyanBazYou are a heavy user of your mobile. When you type emails, is it faster on your mobile than with a PC?
NyanBazDo you think of mobile phone users when you make problems?
NyanBazHuh? You consider even that. Cool. Let's talk about something other than puzzles. What do you do on a holiday?
NobAren't you fourth rank in Kyokushin Karate?
NyanBazYou seem built just right for it. I heard of your famous episode. You sparred with Andy Hug the martial artist.
NyanBazYou have overpowered an attacker in the street.
NobI can't quite believe anybody would attack you. I think you look scary.
NobYou are an expert on sweets.
NobYou have said that there are days you have 8 bowls of ramen.
NyanBazThat's still a lot. (laughs) Anything that you want to tell the people solving your puzzles?
NyanBazThank you for today. Please get on and make problems to show your personality from now on.
Interviewed Jun 2010 Published on Nov 28, 2011