About fluent authors
The guests this time are Casty and -4. In the 4th round-table, we talked about radical problems where a lot of originality left a strong impact on solvers. It is the opposite we discuss today. We will talk about problems that aren't radical. From Nikoli we have NyanBaz and Nob.
NyanBazSo, today we will talk about problems that aren't radical.
NobWell, is a radical problem then a problem where self-assertion is strong?
NobCasty, you said in a past interview that you aimed at problems that a slightly experienced solver could solve quickly. -4 said that -4 aimed at a puzzle to be like air.
NyanBazI want to talk about that kind of puzzles today. The expression that it is not radical is sort of negative. Is there any better expression?
NobIs it a mellow relaxing puzzle? No no. More like a smoothly flowing along puzzle?
NyanBazI think that flowing along is just right. Do you think problems that you make are smooth and fluent, -4?
NyanBazSo, the result is that it becomes smooth and fluent?
NyanBazHow about you Casty? Do you make puzzles aiming at smooth and fluent problems?
NyanBazYou accomplish your ideas. But I think your intent is different from the self-assertion of a radical problem.
NobIt's entertainment not self-assertion. I feel that Casty is aiming to please solvers.
NobEven Casty's hard problems are flowing smoothly. They demand clever methods, but self-assertion isn't strong.
NobThere is something in that.
NyanBazDon't you want to have all solvers enjoy your puzzles, -4?
NobWell, in some of -4's problems, the flow of the first half and the flow of the last half can be totally different. Casty's problems are different from that.
NyanBazWhen you think up something along the way that seems to be interesting, do you put it in, Casty?
NobBut your Sudoku flows smoothly. Your hard problems are fluent and hard.
NyanBazYou don't do your favorite puzzles radically either.
NobSure, you don't have a reputation as a radical.
NyanBazYou guys make many problems that are smooth and flow well, but the reasons are totally different. It's very interesting.
NyanBazWell. Casty, when you started out, did you make problems just like now?
NobDo you feel the same way when you are solving puzzles?
NyanBazIt would be because Casty makes it according to the first idea he sets out with.
NyanBazYou really stick with that.
NyanBazA lot of it is practice really then.
NobNo one can imitate you there.
NobThat's one thing. You are bound to run out of ideas.
NobYou picked out a really good one there. He is great!
NyanBazFor an author, what is good about making smooth and fluent puzzles?
NobIs it that you can make a lot of puzzles?
NobDon't you have times, when you are in a slump, when nothing goes on?
NyanBazYou can keep making puzzles even if you don't have new ideas. But for fluent puzzles can you avoid running dry of ideas?
NobYou guys make many puzzles, do you complete your puzzles one by one, or do you make a string of puzzles at the same time?
NobFor example, if you make a giant size problem, could you get tired of it and take a break with a different problem just for a change of pace along the way?
NobHow about, you stop halfway, and then go back to it later?
NyanBazBecause you make your puzzles like that, that's what makes your puzzles fluent. I think that's a secret to make fluent puzzles that they are made in one sitting.
NyanBazLet's get back to talk about merits. What is the merit for the solver of a fluent problem?
NobA fluent problem is like a straight ball when I think in terms of baseball. The radical problem is some kind of breaking ball. With no straight balls, there wouldn't be breaking balls.
NyanBazFluent problems are easily handled and they feel like that for experienced solvers.
NyanBazSure. Particularly, the radical authors pay attention to Casty.
NyanBazThat's Casty speaking now.
NyanBazHmm, I didn't think that Casty even thought about anything like that. But what will happen to fluent puzzles from now on?
NobNo need to worry. There are other authors who make fluent problems. But don't forget it, Casty and -4, your existence is precious among the creators of smooth problems.
NyanBazThat means the future is safe. Thank you for today.
Discussion on Dec 2011 Published on Sep 8, 2014