Results of the Nikoli Derby - 3rd world championship

Thanks for your votes in the Nikoli Derby - 3rd world championship. The champion horse was Ferday Ferday Ferday starting from gate 14 with the horse owner Ferday.

This victory must have been because the jockey cried out the name three times just before the goal!?

We are now quite sure you know what the Nikoli Derby is all about.

We are looking forward to your turnout and the results of the 4th Nikoli Derby. Look out for announcements about that.

Winners

RankingGate
number
Horse nameHorse owners
nickname
CountryPresent
Champion14Ferday Ferday FerdayFerdayUnited Statesnikoli.com original T-shirt
2nd place19bunkerkierneyUnited StatesPuzzle Communication Nikoli Vol122
3rd place20Doctor Shinyponyh3lixUnited StatesPuzzle Communication Nikoli Vol122
4th place23RumplesIrolUnited StatesPuzzle Communication Nikoli Vol122
5th place28Adam SappleMoorsyEnglandPuzzle Communication Nikoli Vol122
Booby prize97PegazusdreahanCanadaNikoli Tenugui

80 horses entered and 79 horses started.

Duplicate entries from one email or IP address are invalid. Only the last entry from one address is considered the valid entry for that person.

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Result of the all started horses

   =Winners    =ran whole distance

Gate
number
Horse nameHorse owners
nickname
1Billfbob
1cutesheephorsecyn
2Homer the love machineAlan
2Parsimonycaribou
2StophelesThe Dan
3Flaming Homerdementia1988
3Glue Sticktlhinman
4Ftang FtangOlay Biscuit Barre
4ephraimephperson
4PennyAlison
4Felix Kleinmasonjason
4Urban SpacemanAsteroid
4clopclopherrbug
4Lucky StrikeTristal
4Wasabiphotosurrealism
5IronChefshaevel
5smittysmitcat
5Comedy Wears a TieRick Lets
5Winchesterbethfay
5TheCanBeOnlyOneMalthus
5Orient Expresstamkatsu
6Mister McPonypantsCarolyn
6Steed DemonFrancis
6Out In FrontYvraine
6SasukeReiska
8LuckySimon
8Rich HorseRich Horse Owner
8Mithiwithimagney
8LesterLorelei
8JumperIronOrchid
8ZingalooStitch
8Gecklyncris
9Pooper ButtercupZyntax
9EponaMarble
9JoeyJoeJoeJuniorShabadooZD
9NoName - in the desertJesterJ
11Vihrogonvirco
11SevenLY2020
11Little Bittrollsdotter
11SuperHorsieyeoz
11JeevesWoodhouse
12Mustang SallyNickoli
12Gambling GeorgiaTorch32
12This My HorsiThis Me Sylva333
12PegasusBob
1210e100tim
13bpackwoodpacking
13RukocinaFlette
13Alphadlimpid
13RocinanteThe Quixotic Yombo
13DemosthenesWervyn
14Ferday Ferday FerdayFerday
16Felixgray_raven
16SpeedyThat Guy
17Monkey Puzzlemonkeyfish
17HopAlongTedJinnantonnix
18Barely Legalkekoa
18old nagtamjebea
19bunkerkierney
20Doctor Shinyponyh3lix
21Gaius BaltarJason
21Dysons Spherestigant
23RumplesIrol
28Adam SappleMoorsy
29KamabokoJeff
32Puzzlersongsmith
34agui-townyanmar_btai_taichou
35Screaming PickleJeff Wanko
36Freuds RevengeFilou
38Khartoum ViolinsKhartoum
41OhMyPoorHoovesYggrynd
41Lyrical GarudaRinka Serizawa
42DevlinSawallaby
47Federertsonga
58Tulip TooJas
82Willow LodgePuffin
88Allegorynlwhis
97Pegazusdreahan
99Mr. Sugar CubeMr. Pickles

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nikoli.com staff comments

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Messages from the horse owners

Great thanks for your many vivid messages and comments about Masyu puzzles. We are glad and delighted that you all love this puzzle.

Gate: 1 Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Bill

Horse owner fbob

I love Masyu!! But sometimes I accidently erase lines becuase I move my mouse too fast. I do not like this.

Gate: 1 Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name cutesheephorse

Horse owner cyn

I like the Masyu puzzle, it's fun :)

Gate: 2 Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Parsimony

Horse owner caribou

I try to understand them, but mostly I fail. Sometime I will figure out that part I am missing and will be able to complete these puzzles.

Gate: 2 Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Stopheles

Horse owner The Dan

I enjoy Masyu once in a while, but they get repetitive if I solve a lot of them.

Gate: 3 Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Flaming Homer

Horse owner dementia1988

I am enjoying the Masyu puzzles although I'm still determining strategies for solving them. I hope that you add Filominos soon.

Gate: 3 Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Glue Stick

Horse owner tlhinman

I like Masyu a lot and I'm pleased to see it on the site. I'm hoping you will add Fillomino or Ripple Effect soon.

Gate: 4 Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Penny

Horse owner Alison

I love Masyu!

Gate: 4 Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Urban Spaceman

Horse owner Asteroid

The easier Masyu are too easy. Just follow the rules, fill in everything according to those rules and the puzzles solve themselves without me having to think. Follow the rules and the answer appears even if you have no understanding of it whatsoever. The hard ones are better, like mimic's recent 36x20 one where just using the rules doesn't give an instant solution as there are lots of possibilities left to puzzle over. I just got round to solving that and it was fun.

Gate: 4 Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Lucky Strike

Horse owner Tristal

It is not my style, unfortunately. I prefer Kakuro, Akari and Nurikabe.

Gate: 4 Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Wasabi

Horse owner photosurrealism

I didn't enjoy masyu puzzles when I first tried them on paper (in GAMES Magazine), but once I could experiment with them online, I found that I enjoy them very much! I don't like them as much as hashi (which I would like to see at Nikoli).

Gate: 5 Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name IronChef

Horse owner shaevel

This is a wonderful puzzle! Thanks so much for the excellent variety. ""Shikaku"" is probably my favorite right now, but ""heyawake"" and ""akari"" are excellent, too. I much prefer all of these to the more popular (at least in America) Sudoku and Kakuro. Thanks again for such a wonderful site.

Gate: 5 Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name smitty

Horse owner smitcat

I love the Masyu puzzles. Maybe someday I will be better at them!

Gate: 5 Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Comedy Wears a Tie

Horse owner Rick Lets

I LOVE MASYU. So glad it's a part of the website now.

Gate: 5 Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Winchester

Horse owner bethfay

I enjoy the Masyu puzzles very much!

Gate: 6 Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Mister McPonypants

Horse owner Carolyn

You wanted to know what I think of Masyu, so here is what I think. I love Masyu! There are no numbers on the grid so it is easy for anyone to play. The rules are simple but powerful, so there are many possibilities! I don't get a headache playing Masyu. Puzzles can be challenging, but it is not too frustrating to figure it out when I am stuck!

Gate: 6 Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Steed Demon

Horse owner Francis

I like Masyu pretty well. Would like Fillomino even better though! (^_^)

Gate: 6 Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Out In Front

Horse owner Yvraine

What do I think about Masyu? I love it! I discovered it when I bought a bunch of Nikoli books a few years ago and I'm so happy you've included it on the website.

Gate: 8 Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Lucky

Horse owner Simon

great

Gate: 8 Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Zingaloo

Horse owner Stitch

I had seen the puzzle in various forms and was interested, but the rules were unclear. Once I saw in the Nikoli tutorial the exact nature of the rules, It bacame one of my three favorite kinds.

Gate: 8 Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Gecklyn

Horse owner cris

I love the masyu puzzle. Thank you for adding it. Are we going to see hashi (bridges) someday? Thanks.

Gate: 9 Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Pooper Buttercup

Horse owner Zyntax

I enjoy the puzzle. Keep more of them coming!

Gate: 9 Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Epona

Horse owner Marble

I don't know why other horses enter my gate. :-(

Gate: 9 Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name JoeyJoeJoeJuniorShabadoo

Horse owner ZD

When a new puzzle is published, I am happiest to see that it is a masyu puzzle. This is a rich puzzle with many new tactics, despite there being so few rules. I like the hard puzzles more than the easy ones, and I do feel that I am getting better as I keep solving. One suggestion: is there any way to make long chains different colors? I often spend many seconds figuring out which ends should not connect because they belong to the same long chain. Thank you for masyu!

Gate: 9 Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name NoName - in the desert

Horse owner JesterJ

I like the new Masyu puzzle a lot! Thank you for adding new puzzle types.

Gate: 11 Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Seven

Horse owner LY2020

very difficult

Gate: 11 Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Little Bit

Horse owner trollsdotter

I am enjoying the Masyu puzzles very much. I hope that you will add more games from your Penpa Mix volumes as time goes on.

Gate: 12 Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Mustang Sally

Horse owner Nickoli

Gate number chosen at random--the only way to win. Masyu is the best puzzle.

Gate: 12 Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Gambling Georgia

Horse owner Torch32

I think they are very good puzzles- very tempted to join- maybe I can win a free membership

Gate: 12 Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Pegasus

Horse owner Bob

I like them a lot. I wish there were more of the large format puzzles, as the small ones are too easy. I would like to see yajilin (arrow ring) puzzles too.

Gate: 12 Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name 10e100

Horse owner tim

Masyu is great!

Gate: 13 Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name bpackwood

Horse owner packing

nikoli.com rocks! run horses run

Gate: 13 Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Rukocina

Horse owner Flette

Masyu puzzles are different, but fun. I would like to see some more challenging ones

Gate: 13 Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Alpha

Horse owner dlimpid

Masyu is very interesting. :) I want to meet more ""brand new"" Masyu puzzles that contains wonderful strategies, and more new kinds of puzzle. :)

Gate: 13 Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Rocinante

Horse owner The Quixotic Yombo

Masyu is a great puzzle, and your online version works well. Keep 'em coming!

Gate: 13 Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Demosthenes

Horse owner Wervyn

I was extremely excited when Nikoli announced they were going to start posting Masyu online. The flash app is practically flawless. Please make more.

Gate: 14 Champion

Horse name Ferday Ferday Ferday

Horse owner Ferday

I love Masyu - it's a wonderful puzzle and it works well for both easy and hard designs. It's one of my favorite Nikoli puzzles, along with Shikaku, Fillomino, and Yajilin (hint hint).

Gate: 17 Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name HopAlongTed

Horse owner Jinnantonnix

I can never remember the rules, so I don't play it very often.

Gate: 18 Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Barely Legal

Horse owner kekoa

Masyu is pretty fun, but I like Hitori more.

Gate: 21 Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Dysons Sphere

Horse owner stigant

Masyu is lots of fun. I don't think that the difficulty levels correspond to difficulty levels of other puzzles very well yet. ie for me a ""Hard Masyu"" is probably about as difficult as a ""Medium Heyawake"" or a ""Medium Slitherlink"" etc, and I don't think this is because I'm particularly better at masyu. I hope you guys add a ""Spiral Galaxies"" puzzle sometime in the future, but of course, I look forward to any new additions.

Gate: 28 5th place

Horse name Adam Sapple

Horse owner Moorsy

Masyu... good idea, just can't get my head around them so far. I'll get there though... ^_^

Gate: 29 Ran whole distance.

Horse name Kamaboko

Horse owner Jeff

Masyu が大好き!

Gate: 36 Ran whole distance.

Horse name Freuds Revenge

Horse owner Filou

Masyu is one of the best! Possibly my favorite after Heyawake.

Gate: 38 Ran whole distance.

Horse name Khartoum Violins

Horse owner Khartoum

I like your implementation of the Masyu puzzle. It's very intuitive (I basically do the puzzles by pencil in the exact same manner). I can't wait for additional puzzle types to be supported

Gate: 41 Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name OhMyPoorHooves

Horse owner Yggrynd

I love it!

Gate: 41 Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Lyrical Garuda

Horse owner Rinka Serizawa

No Time Thinking.

Gate: 42 Ran whole distance.

Horse name Devlin

Horse owner Sawallaby

Masyu is an awesome puzzle! I'm so happy to be able to play it.

Gate: 47 Ran whole distance.

Horse name Federer

Horse owner tsonga

I like puzzles requiring to draw a path in the grid.

Gate: 82 Ran whole distance.

Horse name Willow Lodge

Horse owner Puffin

I love the new Masyu puzzle. More please - especially medium/hard ones.

Gate: 88 Ran whole distance.

Horse name Allegory

Horse owner nlwhis

I love the new Masyu puzzles. Very challenging.

Gate: 97 Booby prize

Horse name Pegazus

Horse owner dreahan

Maysu puzzle ROKCS!!! I just love it!

Gate: 99 Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Mr. Sugar Cube

Horse owner Mr. Pickles

I'm enjoying it- it has the simplicity and aesthetic of slitherlink, but with a different determinative mode.

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How the winners are ranked

The gate number is the key to winning the Nikoli Derby. The smallest gate number chosen by only one person is the winner. If two or more persons choose the same gate number they will lose the race. This means that you have to choose the smallest number that nobody else has chosen to win the race. What is the smallest number from 1 to 100?

Right, of course gate number 1 has the greatest advantage, but other horse owners know that too. If say, two or more horses are entered for each of gates 1 to 50, then the horse starting from gate 51 will win. Now, you have to guess the "smaller number" of those where you will be the only starting horse. The final ranking is ordered from smaller to larger numbers.

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