Results of the Nikoli Derby - 5th world championship

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.

Winners

RankingGate
number
Horse nameHorse owners
nickname
CountryPresent
Champion1winner_steedcanuckCanadanikoli.com original T-shirt
2nd place3Weak Fupeep590USPuzzle Communication Nikoli Vol126
3rd place7Frau BlucherdvsUSAPuzzle Communication Nikoli Vol126
4th place18Superior colliculusBobUSAPuzzle Communication Nikoli Vol126
5th place24StinkyThatGuyUSAPuzzle Communication Nikoli Vol126
Booby prize87ButtercupNoPunyNerdUSANikoli 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.

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Result of the all started horses

   =Winners    =ran whole distance

Gate
number
Horse nameHorse owners
nickname
1winner_steedChampioncanuck
2Ma-Ying-Jeou Joky
2Horsing AroundTrayton
2Feeling MinnesotaTiger
3Weak Fu2nd placepeep590
4Glue Sticktlhinman
4Dreary MidnightMalthus
4Esrohmms
6Mr Pickleswankojj
6Andlesforforksdetuned
6OozAralna
6Norflip and chanceGarethM
7Frau Blucher3rd placedvs
8Star TracerCarolyn
8RuledByTheLawBob78164
8LuckyLorelei
8smittyclsmither
8Thunder ThighsZotmeister
8Monkey Puzzlemonkeyfish
8EightballMischa
8Silver Bulletcoasterbear
9Black Burning HeartRatolibre1
9LuckerSimon
10BOHEMIAN COASTBohemianCoast
10Ratta-tat ThatwildTurkey
11StophelesSpelvin
11Out in FrontYvraine
11Billy Boyzhergan
11East Windcaw
12Speedstermik
12FB31Steve120178
12Hashiwokakerocinanterdunlap1125
13lame_duckflyingalphorn
13sukelahorse2enkucukasalsayidir
13Unluckyachan1058
13speedyIronOrchid
13pinxitaphasia
14Rocinanteyombo
14superstarbossa nova
15onononoshaevel
15Midnight Fliertaco1991
15AluHorseAludirk
16Ali Can Keserelalicanali
16RassilonSixRassilon6
16The Carpet Monsterasteroid
17coolest_horse_on_earthoutsider
17Foxxmonsterfoxxy
17SuperHorsieReturnsyeoz
17Popsiclejamattack1974
17Oollon CulliphidZaphod
17HeroNew Dawn
18Superior colliculus4th placeBob
19BobBob Two
19derbyshirejstozz
19Lucky LucyBig Fat Al
19GiddyupEliott
19Barely Legaldonimo
22Fourth Stoogeslugworth
22ABBAabba4ever
22Wilburmlc
23Slush puppytorch32
23The Gingerbread Manmpsprs
23DoruServet
23Ramathornchinji
23Nurikaffdecand
24Stinky5th placeThatGuy
25Bobxlro
27CaldazarShadow
27Wonky DonkeyDrSteve
28Adam Sapplemoorsy
33Nickolitenickoli
34Hooked on Hashiwokakerojpbolas
34muratalimurat3333
37sepsiscaribou
37AroogaCoolTapes
38Crazy 8sLy2020
41DabanaguvvatPembe Bulut
42RacetowynLegowyn
42ATMATIHASANYALDIZ
43PointFatmur
47Dysons Spherestigant
49Draupnirdaf
51pegasusdreahan
59SnoBabyjunesnow17
62KarayelBinmure
64OvercastLowercast
65xxNA0
70Bad HorseJason
87ButtercupBooby prizeNoPunyNerd
96atkosarbahtkazanirnalkapon
97Captainfbob
97Lyrical LidyaRinka Serizawa

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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 Hasiwokakero puzzles. We are glad and delighted that you all love this puzzle.

Gate: 3 2nd place

Horse name Weak Fu

Horse owners nickname peep590

I like the Hashiwokakero puzzles, though the ""try"" mode doesn't work very well with them.

Gate: 4 Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Glue Stick

Horse owners nickname tlhinman

Hashi is OK, but it is still probably my least favorite of the Nikoli.com puzzles. I look forward to the next addition.

Gate: 6 Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Andlesforforks

Horse owners nickname detuned

The botsu baku 4's puzzle was incredible, otherwise the hard puzzles tend only to be hard because they are so tedious to complete.

Gate: 7 3rd place

Horse name Frau Blucher

Horse owners nickname dvs

Hashiwokakero is my favorite puzzle! I want to see more Hard / Extra Hard Hashiwhokakero puzzles

Gate: 8 Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name RuledByTheLaw

Horse owners nickname Bob78164

Not as much fun as some of the other puzzles.

Gate: 8 Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name smitty

Horse owners nickname clsmither

I love hashiwokakero puzzles (but I think the name is too long!) I'd like to see more hard and fewer easy puzzles. Easy is boring... and I can't click as fast as it seems that some people can...

Gate: 8 Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Thunder Thighs

Horse owners nickname Zotmeister

There's a bug with Try mode in Hashi puzzles: if there's already one bridge between two islands when you turn Try mode on, it won't let you try placing a second bridge between them. This often makes Try mode useless. Of course, even better than fixing the bug would be to add Yajilin to the site instead. These derbies fascinate me. I'm not analyzing this much, though - I'm just picking a gate mainly on a feeling. - ZM

Gate: 9 Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Black Burning Heart

Horse owners nickname Ratolibre1

Love them! Please make more Hashiwokakeros for non-members =)

Gate: 9 Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Lucker

Horse owners nickname Simon

I like it. One of my favorites along with maysu and akari. The only puzzle, I've ever been the first to complete, was of this type :-)

Gate: 10 Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name BOHEMIAN COAST

Horse owners nickname BohemianCoast

I like it but please can we have Tentai Show?

Gate: 11 Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Billy Boy

Horse owners nickname zhergan

Hashiwokakero (or Bridges) is a fantastic puzzle. Dealing with this type is real fun! I like it very much:)

Gate: 11 Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name East Wind

Horse owners nickname caw

I enjoy them very much. I do find them a bit easier than your other puzzles as I can usually do the hard Hashiwokakero puzzles without too much trouble (unlike your other puzzles).

Gate: 12 Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Speedster

Horse owners nickname mik

This is my favorite puzzle. please publish more :)

Gate: 13 Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name lame_duck

Horse owners nickname flyingalphorn

Hashiwokakero is a great thing.

Gate: 13 Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Unlucky

Horse owners nickname achan1058

We need more of these puzzles, especially large ones.

Gate: 13 Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name speedy

Horse owners nickname IronOrchid

I love it.

Gate: 13 Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name pinxit

Horse owners nickname aphasia

I really like Hashi. Definitely a nice addition to the list of problems. Keep up the good work.

Gate: 15 Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name ononono

Horse owners nickname shaevel

Hashiwokakero is one of my favorite puzzles. Very fun.

Gate: 15 Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Midnight Flier

Horse owners nickname taco1991

Please get TRY mode working!

Gate: 16 Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name RassilonSix

Horse owners nickname Rassilon6

The Hashiwokakero is now one of my favorite puzzles! My all-time favorite is Masyu; I see that it's hard to find books of Masyu, unlike Sudoku and Kakuro. I also love Nurikabe, but the controls are not very user-friendly. And Akari is surprisingly addictive, too.

Gate: 17 Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name coolest_horse_on_earth

Horse owners nickname outsider

This is the first time that i heard this puzzle, but i'm sure that it will become one of my favorites. This ""derby"" is cool, too!

Gate: 17 Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name SuperHorsieReturns

Horse owners nickname yeoz

I love Hashiwokakero.

Gate: 18 4th place

Horse name Superior colliculus

Horse owners nickname Bob

These puzzles are fun to solve, and the applet is easy and intuitive. The big puzzles are especially fun; I wish there were more of these. The small puzzles are basically speed-clicking contests and are sometimes disappointing.

Gate: 19 Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Bob

Horse owners nickname Bob Two

I like Hashiwokakero. It's probably my fourth favorite, after Slitherlink, Nurikabe, and Maysu.

Gate: 19 Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name derbyshire

Horse owners nickname jstozz

Brilliant!

Gate: 19 Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Lucky Lucy

Horse owners nickname Big Fat Al

Very much enjoy. Would love to see more nikoli puzzle varieties available online.

Gate: 19 Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Giddyup

Horse owners nickname Eliott

I love the new Hashiwokakero puzzles.

Gate: 19 Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Barely Legal

Horse owners nickname donimo

I'm not crazy about it. There are other more fun and more artful games.

Gate: 25 Ran whole distance.

Horse name Bob

Horse owners nickname xlro

This game idea is really nice, I like the sociological aspect to it. Hashiwokakero is definitely one of my favorite nikoli puzzles. The online version could be slightly improved by an alternative input-mode (i.e. for touchpads), which makes empty spaces between numbers clickable, so that there is no need for ""click and drag"" and it just cycles through: one line, two lines, no line. If there are two possibilities at one place (horizontal & vertical) it should go through all 4 combinations.

Gate: 27 Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Wonky Donkey

Horse owners nickname DrSteve

Great puzzle.

Gate: 28 Ran whole distance.

Horse name Adam Sapple

Horse owners nickname moorsy

Hashi puzzles are pretty damn awesome. How awesome, I hear you ask? Pretty damn...

Gate: 34 Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Hooked on Hashiwokakero

Horse owners nickname jpbolas

I am absolutely loving the Hashiwokakero puzzles, they are brilliant. I like the bigger puzzles and I look forward to solving more 32 x 18 and 41 x 27 puzzles (and anything bigger, if you can do it :D) in the future :D

Gate: 37 Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name sepsis

Horse owners nickname caribou

I would prefer a more challenging puzzle type with richer depth and strategies.

Gate: 37 Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Arooga

Horse owners nickname CoolTapes

I looooove Hashiwokakero puzzles. Just wish the easy ones weren't so tiny.

Gate: 42 Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Racetowyn

Horse owners nickname Legowyn

I think Hashiwokakero puzzles are wonderful, and very fun and relaxing - more please!!! <3 Thank you Nikoli for an amazing mix of puzzles daily!! <3 <3

Gate: 49 Ran whole distance.

Horse name Draupnir

Horse owners nickname daf

Hard of extra hard hashiwokakero puzzles are my current favorites of the whole site. They tend to get a bit too easy in the lower categories though.

Gate: 59 Ran whole distance.

Horse name SnoBaby

Horse owners nickname junesnow17

I like it

Gate: 87 Ran whole distance.

Horse name Buttercup

Horse owners nickname NoPunyNerd

Hashiwokakero is one of my favorite Nikoli puzzles. I especially look forward to the hard and extra hard ones, but I'm even happy when an easy one is released. Please, Nikoli-masters, give us more Hashiwokakero!

Gate: 97 Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Captain

Horse owners nickname fbob

I love Hashiwokakero! It is one of my favorites.

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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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