Puzzles and all that we get from them. --- OLAKE & -4 ---
Our guests this time are OLAKE and -4. They were born just one day apart. We don't really have a theme this time. Just talking about puzzles, this and that. Then let's see what kinds of things we get to learn. From Nikoli we have NyanBaz and Nob.
NyanBazTo start let's talk about what a puzzle is?
NobLet's compare puzzles to something. For instance, how about saying that puzzles are like o-den.
NobPuzzle problems taste like what you get with o-den. And the taste depends on the person making it.
NyanBazAhaa . . . !
NobYou just keep nibbling away, difficult to stop.
NobThere are so many kinds of snacks. Crackers, candy, chocolate, and on and on. Can you compare some specific puzzle to a snack?
NyanBazSomething you can always get, and you can eat it everywhere.
NyanBazEvery issue of Puzzle Communication Nikoli has new Omopa. Just like with snacks, always some new products.
NobBut there so many new products that disappear immediately. Longtime sellers are rare, that resembles Omopa.
NyanBazThere are real differences there.
NyanBazIt isn't only just knowledge that decides the winner there.
NyanBazHow about crosswords? They need knowledge, but they aren't quizzes really.
NobAgreed. But the most important part in doing crosswords is wisdom and insight. For example, from an unexpected hint, you get a super obvious word. And it is only then that you catch on to the deeper meanings in the hints.
NobAt Nikoli, crosswords are puzzles, not quizzes. We try to make the problems so they can be solved without having to rely on knowledge.
NobYou can see the comments of people who already finished solving a puzzle in nikoli.com. Does it happen that you read comments and then it attracts your interest and you set about solving it?
NobThen, what you don't get around to solve would be Sudoku and Kakuro.
NobYour Puzzle Communication Nikoli was all black just a month after it came out.
NyanBazIf you were a high school student today, would you solve puzzles on paper?
NyanBazEven if you had the environment to solve it on the cell-phone, would you still solve it on paper?
NyanBazThere will be situations that are better suited for each. Nikoli puzzles can be done with game consoles too, not just books, magazines, and cell-phones. How do you do it now?
NyanBazGreat! Do they work well on game consoles?
NobSo solving puzzles gets in the way of making puzzles on the trains. Other than that, are there other obstructions to making puzzles?
NobWhen I get on a train, I read paperbacks. Because I don't read much at home, I want to read when I'm on the train.
NobSure. Plenty of people like that.
NobFor me, puzzles are not a hobby, they're a job. I envy you, you can think about puzzles as a hobby.
NobNikoli authors are being told, that not all their work will be accepted. There are rejects for everybody. And you two also accept that some of your work will be rejected.
NyanBazThey think a lot about so many things.
NobThey are serious enough all right.
NyanBazBut recently, I think that it's rarer to talk directly.
NobI've been meeting young authors directly from old times and we talk. I talked a lot with OLAKE.
NobI really think that direct communication is important for both editors and authors.
NobThere are still young authors who come to talk directly. There are some young authors telling us that they want to make problems for nikoli.com. Naturally it needs suitable puzzles to become an author with nikoli.com.
NyanBazThat is our hopes for young authors today. And we will stop here now. Thank you so much for today.
Discussion on Feb 2011 Published on Feb 5, 2014