Nikoli puzzle tales of times now past
The guests this time are OLAKE and Yuichi Saito. Both came across Nikoli when they were in primary school. They have continued contributing puzzles, soon for 20 years. We will have them talk about Nikoli puzzles in the old days and the new times now. From Nikoli we have NyanBaz and Nob.
NyanBazToday, let's talk about puzzles, how it has been from the old days to nowadays.
NobPerhaps, you have a point. But Showa ended more than 20 years ago.
NyanBazBut now you are around your 30s. Did the puzzles you make change from the old days?
NobSure, most of the recent work from Yuichi is adventurous.
NobMost of OLAKE's Slitherlink puzzles from junior high school were too difficult to publish.
NyanBazBecause there were a lot of easy methods included, they may be called friendly problems.
NobBecause there were friends around OLAKE since you began to make puzzles, OLAKE came to make a lot of hard problems. Beginners demand ever harder problems. Then the degree of difficulty escalates when you compete in your group. Were there puzzle friends around Yuichi?
NyanBazIt's the type of Slitherlink where you keep extending the line, not jumping around, to avoid closing a small loop. There are many cases where they can be solved at a good tempo.
NobSAKAMOTO, Nobuyuki is good at making those.
NobKakuro has evolved in the direction you refined it.
NobNo, even you are also venturing into new areas. The Shikaku which you sent the other day was very challenging. (laughs) OLAKE is OLAKE even now. You will be inspired by problems of other authors on nikoli.com.
NyanBazWe talked about all the information on the Internet earlier. In the recent decade, the Internet has spread so far and wide.
NobNyanBaz was on the internet with puzzle activity on his own approximately 10 years ago.
NyanBazYes I did that. I had a bulletin board to talk about puzzles.
NobYou may have a point there.
NobAnd that sort of thing will be feedback for the work you do.
NobBut the critique (opinions) you find on the Internet is personal impressions. It may disagree with what we think at Nikoli. Nikoli is a publishing company, and we play by looking for contents for the books which we publish. Readers are free to announce their opinions and impressions. We have to put up with any kind of criticism and opinion. It's the fate of the company that originates things here.
NyanBazIt does feel slightly terrible.
NyanBazHow do you think about your becoming associated with Nikoli?
NobHow would you have become if you hadn't run into Nikoli?
NobPerhaps you would still have come to Tokyo someday if you hadn't known about Nikoli. But this reason that you wanted to see us is nice.
NobEven if you had come some other way, finally you would be absorbed in Nikoli.
NyanBazThank you for today OLAKE and Yuichi.
Discussion on Mar 2010 Published on Apr 26, 2013