Thanks for your votes in the Nikoli Derby - 5th world championship. The champion horse was winner_steed starting from gate 1 with the horse owner canuck.
What an incredible result the champion horse was starting from gate 1! The ancients would say the finger of the god of horseracing had touched you.
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 6th Nikoli Derby. Look out for announcements about that.
We will send the prizes to the winners. Please email us your true name (not nickname) and address.
|Horse name||Horse owners|
|Champion||1||winner_steed||canuck||Canada||nikoli.com original T-shirt|
|2nd place||3||Weak Fu||peep590||US||Puzzle Communication Nikoli Vol126|
|3rd place||7||Frau Blucher||dvs||USA||Puzzle Communication Nikoli Vol126|
|4th place||18||Superior colliculus||Bob||USA||Puzzle Communication Nikoli Vol126|
|5th place||24||Stinky||ThatGuy||USA||Puzzle Communication Nikoli Vol126|
|Booby prize||87||Buttercup||NoPunyNerd||USA||Nikoli Kintyaku - Japanese style bag|
97 horses entered and 92 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.
Result of the all started horses
=Winners =ran whole distance
|Horse name||Horse owners|
|3||Weak Fu2nd place||peep590|
|6||Norflip and chance||GarethM|
|7||Frau Blucher3rd place||dvs|
|9||Black Burning Heart||Ratolibre1|
|11||Out in Front||Yvraine|
|16||Ali Can Keserel||alicanali|
|16||The Carpet Monster||asteroid|
|18||Superior colliculus4th place||Bob|
|19||Lucky Lucy||Big Fat Al|
|23||The Gingerbread Man||mpsprs|
|34||Hooked on Hashiwokakero||jpbolas|
|97||Lyrical Lidya||Rinka Serizawa|
nikoli.com staff comments
- All the horses starting from gates 43 to 96 reached the finishing line! Let me suggest those horse owners that if you want to win you have to go for smaller numbers.
- Except the champion, canuck, who hails from Canada, all prizewinning horses were born in the United States. Was this also an Obama Effect?
- Curiously, horses starting from odd numbered gates ran well. In the next race the big chances could be among the even numbers.
- Almost all the prizewinning horse owners were members of nikoli.com. Thank you for your running in the Nikoli Derby. We hope you keep enjoying our puzzles!
Messages from the horse owners
Great thanks for your many vivid messages and comments about Hasiwokakero puzzles. We are glad and delighted that you all love this puzzle.
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.