Kakuro authors talk, about how Kakuro becomes 101 times more enjoyable.
Our guests today are akasyo and -4. They make a lot of excellent Kakuro problems. From Nikoli we have NyanBaz and Nob. Today is certainly for people who love Kakuro and of course also for people who are wondering about what is so great in Kakuro, so both kinds of people will be able to enjoy this discussion.
NyanBazI ask just to be sure. Do you like Kakuro?
NyanBazWhat then was it that made you take an interest in Kakuro?
NyanBazThis is that problem. (He takes it out and shows the puzzle. )
Nob14, that is really a lot in a 15x15 size problem.
NyanBazDid you try to put in a lot of 45s there?
NobOf course, akasyo can make Kakuros with any kind of display pattern, and It will become a good problem.
NyanBazSo you don't change the framework that you have decided on at the start?
NobFor example, with Sudoku, don't you change the places where you put a number?
NobI made most of my Kakuro without any mistakes in the early days. I have some things I insist on with Kakuro. In particular, for easy Kakuro.
NobWith Kakuro it may seem difficult to get personality into it. But with Kakuro it is really easy to show personality.
NobPeople will catch on.
NyanBazHmm. Does a person who solves puzzles solve them quicker when they see the name of the author and thinks of the personality of the author?
NobTrue enough, but the situation is the same with Nurikabe and Heyawake.
NobThat may really be so. With Sudoku, even a computer generated problem may become a good problem. But computer generated Kakuro are boring.
NyanBazThere are different ways to solve Kakuro. Is there one you have as a favorite?
NobThere are the low sum unique combinations plus 1, and high unique combination minus 1.
NyanBazAlso 8 with 3-cells, 22 with 3-cells, 28 with 4-cells and there are more. I understood the powerful charm of Kakuro when I understood how to deal with those.
NobIf you overuse small unique combinations plus 2, or large unique combinations minus 2 it has gone too far. Small unique combinations plus 1 are just right.
NyanBazAny other matters that require attention when you make Kakuro?
NyanBazThat would be a way to trip up. If you get it wrong and think it is 41 in 7-cells or 42 in 7-cells.
NobThere are some authors who know that and use it in that particular way.
NobWhen I have the 4 in a 7 with 3-cells in a crossing 39 with 7-cells, I have tripped myself up. Too late noticing it's not the 39 with 6-cells! (laughs)
NyanBazNow tell us, what kind of Kakuro do you think are fun?
NobRight, right. When people solve a problem, and no one feels any particular stress moving along, whether expert or beginner. That's very valuable.
NobThis sort of ideal format for pencil puzzles actually started with Kakuro.
NobOur idea is not doing publicity actively. Our puzzles are things for the people solving them. We continue publishing problems that will make it fun to the people solving them. Our thoughts there will get across to the authors along the way. In fact, we were accepted by the solvers, and the authors understood us. So now we are in the here.
NobSure. Akasyo is an author from that time and now still an author. You are a precious person here now.
NyanBazKakuro was the start for doing other puzzles! Thank you for today.
Discussion on Nov 2009 Published on Mar 7, 2013