Results of the Nikoli Derby - 7th world championship

Thanks for your votes in the Nikoli Derby - 7th world championship. The champion horse was Ghoulish Delight starting from gate 2 with the horse owner swankgd.

The champion gate number 2 is the second lowest gate number, after the 5th world championship. Many greedy horses rushed to Gate 1 aiming to win and fell from their horses before reaching the goal. The champion's inference and strategy were superb!

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 8th 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. swankgd, please also email us the size of the nikoli.com original T-shirt that you want.

Winners

RankingGate
number
Horse nameHorse owners
nickname
CountryPresent
Champion2Ghoulish DelightswankgdUSAnikoli.com original T-shirt
2nd place5pinxitaphasiaIrelandPuzzle Communication Nikoli Vol. 130
3rd place77 AgainCuriesSouth KoreaPuzzle Communication Nikoli Vol. 130
4th place9RatoRatolibre1ChilePuzzle Communication Nikoli Vol. 130
5th place14InItToWinItdetunedUKPuzzle Communication Nikoli Vol. 130
Booby prize43jakk assJessUSANikoli Furoshiki - Japanese wrapping cloth

68 horses entered and 65 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
1FrictionlessLRayZor
1HORSE PORRIDGEAlien
1Mr HorseThatGuy
1Rolling Thundertaco1991
2Ghoulish Delight Championswankgd
3LuckyAlan
3ShergarAbsoluteZero
4achan_horseachan1058
4AllegoryNadia
4Keruing ZedBee
4LegowynnerLegowyn
4narri_horsenarri
4OozAralna
4Pentalithic SquarePatrickov
4Schuettelbecherflyingalphorn
4Worlds Biggest Tooljiatjiat
5pinxit 2nd placeaphasia
77 Again 3rd placeCuries
8h8rsuperstardj
8Hashiwokakerocinanterdunlap1125
8Horaceaaarizpe
8Mighty Mousedementia1988
8Out In FrontYvraine
8The Monkfishasteroid
8Wilburmlc
8xtra goodGarethM
9Rato 4th placeRatolibre1
10CupcakeBob
10lucky sevensspiffamoo
10StophelesSpelvin
10Whatbattazz
11armigieriephperson
11Gulliverfbob
11Tricky TreatCarolyn
11Weak Fupeep590
12Leapin Lizardsjackie
12LuckyLorelei
12Pedicabphotosurrealism
13Glue Sticktlhinman
13Neighkesh
13RocinanteThe Quixotic Yombo
14InItToWinIt 5th placedetuned
15Lyrical ElisaRinka Serizawa
16Lightning StrikesJesterJ
17jamattackjamattack1974
17Northern Runnercaw
17RaisinBosuonparedo
19PackerSuethreecats
20Filly del FiaPfire
22abba4everHG
22Dead CertMischa
27Norbert Colongrahamcevans
27Providencempsprs
27ShantronColinMacLeod
28MelonMellowMelon
28Perfectnickoli
31pimartin
37Euclidjmendelson
37Monkey Puzzlemonkeyfish
37SPIDRMANslotek
37susstovu-and-u
37VercingetorixImaget
38smittyclsmither
43jakk ass Booby prizeJess
44XyloNagwalker44

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nikoli.com staff comments

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Messages from the horse owners

Thank you for your replies to our questions, "Why you had chosen such a gate number?" and "Do you have confidence in the race?" Here are the messages from the horse owners.

Gate: 1Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Frictionless

Horse owners nickname LRayZor

1 = 1st place :)

Gate: 4Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Keruing

Horse owners nickname ZedBee

Only a complete dingbat would chose gate number 4

Gate: 4Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Legowynner

Horse owners nickname Legowyn

Yes! 4 FTW!

Gate: 4Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Pentalithic Square

Horse owners nickname Patrickov

Just pick a number not too high and not too low. If there are so many people entering then probably all gates will get filled up?

Gate: 4Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Schuettelbecher

Horse owners nickname flyingalphorn

Too common for others to choose (2x2). I will ""out-luck"" all of them! :-))

Gate: 4Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Worlds Biggest Tool

Horse owners nickname jiatjiat

4 is a great number. We have utmost confidence!!

Gate: 5 2nd place

Horse name pinxit

Horse owners nickname aphasia

No real reason. The result is essentially random.

Gate: 7 3rd place

Horse name 7 Again

Horse owners nickname Curies

No, not at all.

Gate: 8Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Horace

Horse owners nickname aaarizpe

Just a guess, really.

Gate: 8Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Mighty Mouse

Horse owners nickname dementia1988

Everyone hates 8

Gate: 9 4th place

Horse name Rato

Horse owners nickname Ratolibre1

Yep =)

Gate: 10Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name lucky sevens

Horse owners nickname spiffamoo

Hopefully its common enough that enough people will reject it!

Gate: 11Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Tricky Treat

Horse owners nickname Carolyn

The winning numbers of the past are mostly odd numbers. Most of the time 11 does not appear in the other race results, except one time as 4th place. I think that people are less likely to pick odd numbers... especially one that hasn't won first place before. I think that I have a chance at one of the top five places!

Gate: 12Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Pedicab

Horse owners nickname photosurrealism

I have very little confidence, but it is always fun to try! I feel more people pick odd and prime numbers because they think they are more ""odd"", so i picked a very composite number this time.

Gate: 13Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Glue Stick

Horse owners nickname tlhinman

Absolutely not. It was chosen semi-randomly.

Gate: 13Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Neigh

Horse owners nickname kesh

I have a good feeling about odd numbers, and yes, I'm confident!

Gate: 14 5th place

Horse name InItToWinIt

Horse owners nickname detuned

~500 entries in 50 gates is rather a lot. This information is available to everyone else, and so one might expect the trend to be choose large gates (perhaps >25). On the other hand, this information is also available to be deduced by everyone else, and so the option of choosing a very low number might appeal to a few speculative entries. If I am fortunate, I will have judged the level at which the balance between speculative bets cancel each other out correctly!

Gate: 16Ran whole distance.

Horse name Lightning Strikes

Horse owners nickname JesterJ

My gate choice was more or less random. My horse's name is because I have won this contest before. Maybe lightning will strike twice;-)

Gate: 17Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name jamattack

Horse owners nickname jamattack1974

It's my birthday.

Gate: 17Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Raisin

Horse owners nickname Bosuonparedo

I don't expect to win but I thought it would be fun to enter anyway. ^_^

Gate: 19Ran whole distance.

Horse name PackerSue

Horse owners nickname threecats

My birthday.

Gate: 20Ran whole distance.

Horse name Filly del Fia

Horse owners nickname Pfire

Random.org , though it gave me a multiple of 10, which isn't random at all. Which is good, because people want to make numbers that -look- random, which this isn't.

Gate: 22Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Dead Cert

Horse owners nickname Mischa

Only 50 gates? Maybe there is no winner at all!

Gate: 27Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Norbert Colon

Horse owners nickname grahamcevans

Just a thought

Gate: 27Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Providence

Horse owners nickname mpsprs

It's my birthday. I have very little confidence in its ability to win.

Gate: 27Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Shantron

Horse owners nickname ColinMacLeod

Day of month of our first date and wedding.

Gate: 28Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Melon

Horse owners nickname MellowMelon

I wouldn't have confidence in any number I could put down. But putting down something is better than nothing.

Gate: 28Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Perfect

Horse owners nickname nickoli

This is the perfect number to pick, and a multiple of 7, for the 7th horse race. No one else will dare think of this.

Gate: 31Ran whole distance.

Horse name pi

Horse owners nickname martin

It's pi! Absolutely no confidence whatsoever.

Gate: 37Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Euclid

Horse owners nickname jmendelson

I expect the earlier gates to be crowded, so I chose a gate toward the end. I probably won't win, but it's possible.

Gate: 37Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name susstov

Horse owners nickname u-and-u

I like prime numbers. I hope this one is lucky for me.

Gate: 37Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Vercingetorix

Horse owners nickname Imaget

It's an odd number with no immediate associations that come to mind.

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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 50?

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 20, then the horse starting from gate 21 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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