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 Post subject: Puzzle of the Year 2010
PostPosted: Mon Jan 10, 2011 11:19 pm 
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Others have called dibs on this event, but I think 10 days was enough to have set this up. Every one of the puzzles is available for voting. All sub-700 of them. The following is a list of them, but the list is too long to post here and I've been told by a Moderator to just not to do so.

Instead, take a look at this list of puzzles. Every one of them is a candidate for Puzzle 2010, and is the evidence of many, many hours of dedication to making this process very process simpler (and hundreds of hours of work put into making all of these). Puzzle of the Year is in fact the reason why I chose to get this list together:

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EDIT: Jan 16th.

Kastellorizo posted his suggestion, basically the only idea not implemented (and thus received no complaints), that the voting should have a different power ratio than 1-2-3. Instead, cast your vote in this manner:

5 Points: Best Puzzle
4 Points: Runner-Up
3 Points: Third Choice

And that is it. The powers of each vote have been more balanced and thus aren't too much stronger than others, but enough to break ties. Do not spread your points out more than 3. It WILL be a tough decision- I understand- but only one puzzle can be Puzzle of the Year. Take the time to consider because the closeness of the votes WILL mean that every vote counts.

VOTING WILL END AFTER THIS THREAD IS NOT POSTED ON FOR 10 DAYS (subject to change). PLEASE DON'T HAVE DISCUSSIONS ON THIS THREAD! (edited from the original '20 days')

EDIT: Clarification, the puzzle must appear on the list in order to be voted for. Puzzles not on the list were not made by forum members or were made sometime besides 2010.

PS- Steryne and Mindstormscreator, vote-counting skills, please! The more counters the better so that this process is as fair as possible.

And with that, I bid you good luck.

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 Post subject: Re: Puzzle of the Year 2010
PostPosted: Mon Jan 10, 2011 11:25 pm 
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5- Gift Pyramid (Oskar)
4- 3x3x3 + Dino (TomZ)
3- EDIT: Cooldayr and Will_57's Void Petaminx


It was a very hard choice. Gift Pyramid, I must say, stands out as number one in my opinion. TomZ and Oskar are two very talented designers and differentiating is very tough. I hope TomZ doesn't take offense to being 1 point off of Oskar.

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 Post subject: Re: Puzzle of the Year 2010
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 Post subject: Re: Puzzle of the Year 2010
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Five points: Oskar's arrow planet
Four points: Drew's chopasuarus
Three points: Tom's Helicopter skewb


Is there a place that has a collection of the puzzles that won puzzle of the month? It would be a lot easier to look through 24 puzzles (that have a much higher chance of winning) than a list of almost 700.

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 Post subject: Re: Puzzle of the Year 2010
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4: Master Helicopter Cube v2 (or v1, they were both made by the same person so just combine the votes for both of them)
3: Overlap Cube (perhaps I wasn't clear, OSKAR VAN DEVENTERS 2x2x23 puzzle)

Thanks so much for compiling this awesome list, i cant even imagine how much time and effort went into doing this!


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Great job with all this Rentlix! Thanks!

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EDIT: I made some mistakes during my vote, I have changed it...

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Five points - Eric Vergo's Pentagram.
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 Post subject: Re: Puzzle of the Year 2010
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Picking the best 9 puzzles was no problem.
The best 3 was difficult.
So I picked those three with a common abstract topic:

The three classification challenges of 2010 and the winners are
5: 129- 07- pirsquared's Senior Barrel
4: 329- 03- Oskar's Illegal Cube
3: 620- 18- PuzzlerMaster6262's Fully Functional Siamese 3x3x3


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5: Drewseph's Chopasaurus
4: Eric Vergo's Pentagran
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These are just too amazing BUT I really have to post one more honorable mention here: Oskar's Gear shift. This puzzle is so amazing and I still hope it will be mass produced.

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5 Oskar's gear shift

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3 TomZ's curvy copter plus

I had a hard time deciding which of TomZ's puzzles to put in there.

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5 Points - Drewseph's Chopasaurus
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my Vote
5 points: Timur's Trignis/VULCANO - best massproducts and unexpected puzzle
4 points: Drew's chopasuarus - crazy desin and hardcore solve puzzle
3 points: Oskar's Gear Shift - most amazing and beautiful puzzle

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Five points - Drewseph's Chopasaurus.
Four points - Eric Vergo's Pentagram.
Three points - Oskar's Gear Shift.

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 Post subject: Re: Puzzle of the Year 2010
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This will be my 1000th post, and I think this is a great way to use it.

First, here is my list:

5- Drewseph's Chopasaurus. Drew released just three puzzles this year, and each of them was incredible. I have had the pleasure of meeting Drew, and trying many of his puzzles from 2009, but sadly never got a chance to try any from this year. This masterpiece, a dodecahedron with the geometry of the deepcut icosahedron, is arguably the most mechanically complex twisty puzzle of all time. This puzzle is one of the crown jewels of twisty puzzles, and deserves a top spot on just about any list. Congratulations!

4- Oskar's Arrow Planet. This year was Oskar's first full year as a member here on the forums, and he did not disappoint, releasing around one puzzle a week. He introduced new concepts and built on old concepts, including fractals, gear puzzles, mixup puzzles and fudged puzzles. This puzzle, the Arrow Planet, takes some of Oskar's most amazing geometrical concepts- jumbling, fudging, sliding and twisting- and mashes them together, to create a confusing yet amazing puzzle. Although some of the people here didn't think it was all that aesthetically pleasing, I think it is one of the most beautiful puzzles of all time.

3- Sky and Will's Void Petaminx. I've known Sky since December of 2009, just before he joined here, and since then, he's always aimed big. When I met him, he was working on a handmade 8x8 and showed me his modded gigaminx, which was perhaps at the time the best turning C4U Gigaminx in the world (The Pi Mod wasn't even thought up yet.) Then, there is Will. I met Will formally this Summer, although we had been to a number of competitions together and never met. Will designs his puzzles in Rhino (as do I, as well as Oskar... So, only one puzzle on my list was designed in Solidworks. ;)) and he has designed some pretty nice puzzles. Put together, they've done some pretty amazing things, with the first void Gigaminx, and now this, the Petaminx. The two make an amazing team, and I think I speak for all of us when I say I look forward to seeing more puzzles from them in the future.

Although this is my list of puzzles, I think something that was even more important this year were the designers. So, since there were some designers who I didn't get to feature, here is my list of 2010's best designers:

1. Oskar. It would be difficult not to give this one to Oskar, since he came out with a puzzle a week and each one was a masterpiece.

2. TomZ. This year, Tom found the perfect combination of quality, quantity and price. He released a dozen or so puzzles, almost all of which were released to the public at affordable prices. I'm proud to own two of these- the pentultimate and the starminx. I hope to see more mass produced-quality puzzles at almost-mass-produced prices in the next year.

3 & 4. Tie- Pirsquared and GingerVergo. I found these two designers to be extremely comparable, each releasing similar types of puzzles and making a similar progression as they advanced in their puzzle-designing skills. In fact, the only time I've met either of them, they were at the same competition. There wasn't much way to name either better than the other, so I call it a tie.

5. Everyone else. Anyone who puts time into building/designing a puzzle deserves congratulations. This year, there were a lot of us. I wish everyone a happy, healthy 2011. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Puzzle of the Year 2010
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Cutting all of the puzzles of this year down to 3 is really hard and I've probably missed some when looking through the list, so I'm not sure how accurate this will be, but I'll give it a go! :D My opinion on some puzzles has changed, so the puzzles I pick might not even be ones I've voted as top throughout the year.

5 points - pirsquared/Eitan's FTDI

4 points - judochiou625's Brilliant Pyramid (gold version)

3 points - olz's DLI

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 Post subject: Re: Puzzle of the Year 2010
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APJ wrote:
5 points - pirsquared/Eitan's Celticube

Wasn't the Celticube posted in 2011?

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will_57 wrote:
APJ wrote:
5 points - pirsquared/Eitan's Celticube

Wasn't the Celticube posted in 2011?

Yeah, sorry. I meant to put the FTDI. :oops:

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5 Points: Oskar and Bram's Gear Shift
4 Points: gingervergo's Vergo's Cube
3 Points: Timur's Professor Pyraminx

Many other inventive and beautiful puzzles were created in 2010, making this decision quite difficult.

[Edited since my original choice for #3 was ineligible.]


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logan wrote:
5 Points: Oskar and Bram's Gear Shift
4 Points: gingervergo's Vergo's Cube
3 Points: Okamoto's Kepler Cube

I'm sorry but the Kepler Cube is not eligible for Puzzle of the Year.

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Rentlix wrote:
logan wrote:
5 Points: Oskar and Bram's Gear Shift
4 Points: gingervergo's Vergo's Cube
3 Points: Okamoto's Kepler Cube

I'm sorry but the Kepler Cube is not eligible for Puzzle of the Year.



Oops, thought it was since it's in the file at the top. I've edited my vote accordingly.


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5 points: Drew's Chopasaurus
4 Points: Drew's QuadX
3 Points: Sharon and Matt's Icosacopter
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yay mine's on there #480

5 pts: Helicopter skewb
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5 points: 385- 26- TomZ's Compy Skewb
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5 Points: pirsquared's DeFTI
4 Points: Timur's Face-Turning Master Octahedron
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okkie... I will soon edit my choices below (blank at the moment) as I need to ask
a question... are we supposed to add our own puzzles? This is because, mathematically
speaking, the Colossus puzzle is the most symmetric puzzle that has ever been built
and will ever be built (because, simply put, it is the only structure in any dimension
which has duality and triality). It is an amazing item with unexplored super properties.

Thanks! :-)

*EDIT* Updated my entries (thanks Rentlix!)

5 points: 341- 08- Kastellorizo's Colossus (by far, the most intimidating puzzle I have ever seen,
not only because of its second-to-none symmetry, but also because of its robotic and futuristic looks).

4 points: 548- 19 cooldayr's and Will_57's Void Petaminx (An amazing effort by two young builders,
who together, managed to create an amazing puzzle that two years ago was only mentioned in jokes!).

3 points: 498- 12 Drewseph's Chopasaurus (This puzzle is a testament to Drew's prolific designing
skills, as the complexity of the internal mechanism can leave breathless even a... dinosaur!)


Still, so many tributes to pay. But at least, providing three choices is better than one!

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You are allowed to vote for your own puzzle(s).

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Votes are now locked in for counting. Grigr is now the only person who may change his vote (due to an improper casting of votes) (PM sent). I will announce the winner soon.

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 Post subject: Re: Puzzle of the Year 2010 [WINNER ANNOUNCED!!!]
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While at first glance at the thread a close competition exists, we can see a clear winner in this documentation of the votes.
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Every one of us had to difficulty determining just three of the puzzles made to vote for. Extremely difficult and close competition, we might think, but with a vote lead of more than double any other puzzle, there can be no mistake. All puzzles appearing on that list deserve special attention- they're all puzzles that at least someone believed to be the best of the 699 puzzles made this year. But, as it was nowhere near matched in vote count, with or without weighting of votes, and any of you can verify my results and see the substantial lead, let us applaud the Puzzle of 2010!


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Congratulations to Drew for winning the "Puzzle of the Year 2010" award! lol

PS. it was obvious (to me) that drew was going to win it, with the chopasaurus.

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hahah! What else? Of course Drew's Chopasaurus won! :)

Congratulations Drewseph! You (your puzzle) really deserved to be this award winner.

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 Post subject: Re: Puzzle of the Year 2010
PostPosted: Sat Feb 19, 2011 3:42 am 
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Indeed, a puzzle with:

1. a simple (and deceiving!) look,
2. a complex (and unnoticed!) internal design, and
3. a grueling (and unexpected!) challenge.

Forget all previous dodecahedron designs, there is now a new King!

Congrats Drew, a well deserved victory!

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 Post subject: Re: Puzzle of the Year 2010
PostPosted: Sat Feb 19, 2011 9:55 am 
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kastellorizo wrote:
Congrats Drew, a well deserved victory!
Agreed! Now if only part of that victory was that Mefferts would mass produce it I'd be ecstatic. Sadly I don't think that's pratical but given this puzzles popularity maybe it will be considered.

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 Post subject: Re: Puzzle of the Year 2010
PostPosted: Sat Feb 19, 2011 6:26 pm 
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wwwmwww wrote:
kastellorizo wrote:
Congrats Drew, a well deserved victory!
Agreed! Now if only part of that victory was that Mefferts would mass produce it I'd be ecstatic. Sadly I don't think that's pratical but given this puzzles popularity maybe it will be considered.

Carl


I really cant see a 900+ parts puzzle going to get Mass Produced anytime soon.. lol
but im with you, it could be great to be able to buy it.

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 Post subject: Re: Puzzle of the Year 2010
PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 10:20 pm 
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thanks for the votes everyone. I'm glad that I was able to push the limits a bit farther. though its still less innovative as many other puzzles to have come out in the past few months!

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