Results of the Nikoli Derby - 9th world championship

Thanks for your votes in the Nikoli Derby - 9th world championship. The champion horse was Fluffy starting from gate 19 with the horse owner mgceo. Congratulations!

We are looking forward to your turnout and the results of the 9th 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. mgceo, please also email us the size of the nikoli.com original T-shirt that you want.

Winners

RankingGate
number
Horse nameHorse owners
nickname
CountryPresent
Champion19FluffymgceoUSAnikoli.com original T-shirt
2nd place22Sooey CidephotosurrealismUSAPuzzle Communication Nikoli Vol. 133
3rd place23Monkey PuzzlemonkeyfishUSAPuzzle Communication Nikoli Vol. 133
4th place24Copper PickleS. DillUSAPuzzle Communication Nikoli Vol. 133
5th place26Bob horseBobUSAPuzzle Communication Nikoli Vol. 133
Booby prize46HayburnerLumchanUSANikoli original pen case

92 horses entered and 87 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
1BorusaRassilon6
1Death or Gloryfurudo.erika
2uniquedlimpid
2Lucky ChanceTristal
3MelonMellowMelon
3Marconi SanburoOnigame
3elmersuperstardj
3LegowinnerLegowyn
3yurekhoplatankurekci
3LuckyAlan
3FastoutthegateTroyS
4milquetoastmeowmixx
4Bartlebydbc565
4EvolutionZedbee
4FailingsHandling Fee
4BobsWinnerBob78164
5Retuned Daddiodetuned
5Ugglesaaarizpe
5muhorka1muhorka
5Going my waymimic
6Glue Sticktlhinman
6Eulerjmendelson
6Dogfood DestinyDrSteve
6mini-sixermlc
6Ferday Ferday FerdayFerday
6GreatSaiyaManAkira@
7PattenpferdPatrickov
7LuckerSimon
7Sir Trots-a-lotwildTurkey
7Ballroom IntruderZiti
8GlimmerGarethM
8QuagmireHubieSkuggs
8MisiekMichal
9opalbeetleeopalbeetle
9MEM.E
9Not Likelypvondrak
9Candymucha
10Tenny McTennersonFrancis Heaney
10pinxitaphasia
10A horse with no nameh3lix
11CreeperTorch32
11BelleJacquiO
11Norbert Colongrahamcevans
11The One Horseachan1058
11LuckySevenTruly
12Leapin Lizardsjackie
12TIEAAWA RCRNRHLTriceranarwhal
14Double LuckyZotmeister
14FiretrailRebecca_the_Rider
14Something To DoNora
14DooplissNull
14Agushagabum
14He a Studmattsop
15Rocinanterdunlap1125
15lightlightspeederunekdoud
16Northern Runnercaw
16Blazing Saddlemotris
17House WifeDarko
17atkosarbahtkazanirnalkapon
17Akari DreamerSaphon
17attackjamattack1974
17Sus-mahiru-and-u
17Lilymammothali
18Nickolitenickoli
18gogogogogogogoFrostwriter111
19Fluffy Championmgceo
20StophelesSpelvin
20Whatbattazz
20karinopafcio
22Sooey Cide 2nd placephotosurrealism
23Monkey Puzzle 3rd placemonkeyfish
24Copper Pickle 4th placeS. Dill
26Bob horse 5th placeBob
27ColonelDoubtingApostle
27Blank StareZeroTan
29lazerfbob
32WinnieTwilightTrinity
34Phredjoshuazucker
37Nickesangina
37Lone Strangergillianam
37Weak Fupeep590
40Ghoulish Delightswankgd
43DaisyNew Dawn
46Hayburner Booby prizeLumchan
47Lame Duckflyingalphorn
47Fancy Dancy Magic PrancyFartZone420
48PferdThatGuy

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nikoli.com staff comments

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Messages from the horse owners

In this Derby, we asked for request messages for a new puzzle 'Yajilin' as to become number eleven on nikoli.com. Thank you for all the many many messages.

Gate: 1Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Death or Glory

Horse owners nickname furudo.erika

While I like Fillomino, Tentai Show and Slalom and would be happy to see any of them for number 13, the best would be a brand new original Nikoli puzzle!

Gate: 2Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Lucky Chance

Horse owners nickname Tristal

Nurikabe is my favorite!

Gate: 3Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Melon

Horse owners nickname MellowMelon

Fillomino is the obvious choice, but I can understand a viable flash interface would be quite difficult to make for it. I'd actually like to see Country Road, especially since us Americans can hardly find any. I know firsthand that a ton of interesting possibilities exist for it. For the same reasons as above (though to a lesser degree), Yajisan Kazusan would be great too. I would not like to see Suraromu, LITS, or Tentai Show, which would probably get stale pretty quickly on here.

Gate: 3Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Marconi Sanburo

Horse owners nickname Onigame

Ripple Effect

Gate: 3Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name elmer

Horse owners nickname superstardj

lits definately

Gate: 3Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Legowinner

Horse owners nickname Legowyn

Ooh, exciting to have another puzzle type! I like Tenntai Show, Suraromu and where are black cells please!!!

Gate: 4Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Bartleby

Horse owners nickname dbc565

Yajilin, Akari

Gate: 4Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Evolution

Horse owners nickname Zedbee

Slityherlink

Gate: 4Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Failings

Horse owners nickname Handling Fee

Numberlink is my current favorite. I still feel there is much I haven't learned in approaching it.

Gate: 5Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Retuned Daddio

Horse owners nickname detuned

LITS or Fillomino gets my vote.

Gate: 5Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Going my way

Horse owners nickname mimic

Hope that my way is not for you in the Nikoli Derby.

Gate: 6Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Glue Stick

Horse owners nickname tlhinman

LITS or Fillomino would be a cool addition.

Gate: 6Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Dogfood Destiny

Horse owners nickname DrSteve

That one with the loop going through the numbered gates - sorry, can't remember the name of it.

Gate: 6Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Ferday Ferday Ferday

Horse owners nickname Ferday

Fillomino

Gate: 7Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Pattenpferd

Horse owners nickname Patrickov

Tile Paint, I think...

Gate: 7Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Lucker

Horse owners nickname Simon

I think you should add LITS Alternatively Kurodoku or Tentai Show

Gate: 7Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Sir Trots-a-lot

Horse owners nickname wildTurkey

My first choice would probably be kurodoko then maybe LITS. I've really liked the corrals on the US puzzle championships though, and would be interested in seeing more of them.

Gate: 7Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Ballroom Intruder

Horse owners nickname Ziti

I think you should add Filomino. It is a fun puzzle and would be another number puzzle to go with the new line puzzles.

Gate: 8Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Glimmer

Horse owners nickname GarethM

Suraromu is my vote!

Gate: 10Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Tenny McTennerson

Horse owners nickname Francis Heaney

Suraromu! Or Fillomino.

Gate: 10Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name A horse with no name

Horse owners nickname h3lix

Tentai Show perhaps? The fact that you are working to improve this site, which itself is already amazing, is another reason I love this site.

Gate: 11Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Belle

Horse owners nickname JacquiO

shakashaka

Gate: 11Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Norbert Colon

Horse owners nickname grahamcevans

Futoshiki

Gate: 11Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name The One Horse

Horse owners nickname achan1058

Suraromu or LITS

Gate: 11Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name LuckySeven

Horse owners nickname Truly

NUMBERS LINK!

Gate: 12Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name TIEAAWA RCRNRHL

Horse owners nickname Triceranarwhal

fillomino?

Gate: 14Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Double Lucky

Horse owners nickname Zotmeister

I'd like to see Kurodoko, but wouldn't mind LITS either. As much as I love Fillomino and Ripple Effect, I don't think those would work as well online.

Gate: 14Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Agush

Horse owners nickname agabum

Lits!!!

Gate: 14Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name He a Stud

Horse owners nickname mattsop

Ken Ken

Gate: 15Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name lightlightspeeder

Horse owners nickname unekdoud

Kurodoko and Ripple Effect are nice. I like puzzles where both the numbers and the shape of the board are important, and these two puzzles are very versatile.

Gate: 16Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Northern Runner

Horse owners nickname caw

Fillomino or Ripple Effect

Gate: 16Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Blazing Saddle

Horse owners nickname motris

Fillomino

Gate: 17Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Akari Dreamer

Horse owners nickname Saphon

My favorites are Yaijilin and Akari, but I also particularly enjoy Masyu, Nurikabe and Heyawake. Hitori, Kakuro and Sudoku are my least favorite, mostly because I feel they've been done to death. I'd prefer something new.

Gate: 17Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Sus-mahir

Horse owners nickname u-and-u

I like and enjoy all your puzzles, but prefer the ones that do not require typing in numbers. One that seems good for online solving is LITS. But any addition to your puzzles for members will be VERY welcome. Many thanks for the hours of fun you give us.

Gate: 17Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Lily

Horse owners nickname mammothali

fillomino

Gate: 19Champion

Horse name Fluffy

Horse owners nickname mgceo

Heyawake or akari

Gate: 20Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Stopheles

Horse owners nickname Spelvin

Yes to Filomino or Number Skeleton, please. (No to LITS!)

Gate: 20Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name karino

Horse owners nickname pafcio

variants of sudoku

Gate: 222nd place

Horse name Sooey Cide

Horse owners nickname photosurrealism

Ripple Effect.

Gate: 233rd place

Horse name Monkey Puzzle

Horse owners nickname monkeyfish

I like all kinds, but would like to see Fillomino or Ripple Effect added.

Gate: 265th place

Horse name Bob horse

Horse owners nickname Bob

Ripple effect.

Gate: 29Ran whole distance.

Horse name lazer

Horse owners nickname fbob

Tentai Show!

Gate: 32Ran whole distance.

Horse name Winnie

Horse owners nickname TwilightTrinity

LITS or Suraromu

Gate: 37Fell from horse before reaching goal.

Horse name Lone Stranger

Horse owners nickname gillianam

Pixel puzzles

Gate: 40Ran whole distance.

Horse name Ghoulish Delight

Horse owners nickname swankgd

A new puzzle, yay! Kakuro is by far my favorite. Yajilin and Akari are tied for 2nd. I've never really like sudoku, and I definitely don't like Numberlink.

Gate: 46Booby prize

Horse name Hayburner

Horse owners nickname Lumchan

I would add either Ripple Effect or Fillomino

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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 30, then the horse starting from gate 31 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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