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Setting difficulty levels for puzzle caches

 
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ghost640
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2007 8:28 am    Post subject: Setting difficulty levels for puzzle caches Reply with quote

So how much of setting the difficulty level for a puzzle cache is related to the difficulty of solving the puzzle, vs the difficulty of finding the cache once the puzzle is solved?

A lot of puzzle caches are easy finds, but the puzzles might require hours, days, etc to solve (for me, at least). For that reason, it seems worth raising the diffulty over that of just finding the cache.

What do you all do?

BTW - check out Klick On Klick Off near Cinci - it is making people crazy. Glad I live here.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2007 9:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I consider the difficulty the sum of figuring out the puzzle and finding it...
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Moe the Sleaze
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2007 9:20 am    Post subject: Re: Setting difficulty levels for puzzle caches Reply with quote

ghost640 wrote:
BTW - check out Klick On Klick Off near Cinci - it is making people crazy. Glad I live here.


Heh. If it was around here, pfalstad would have it in a couple of hours.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2007 9:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

pfalstad - my aunt would be happy to share an FTF with you! Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2007 11:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like an interesting puzzle. And he has 46 more that look like fun too. pfalstad has probably solved them all by now.
When I look at a puzzle and see the difficulty, I assume it is only for the puzzle because most puzzles I've done, which are mostly pfalstad, are easy finds once you figure out the puzzle. His evil or interesting hides are traditionals, which is the way I think it should be. After banging your head against the wall for days, the find should be easy. Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2007 11:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ouch, I don't have a couple of hours to solve this Klick thing.. The rating is for sure too low; he gave the same rating to his puzzle "New Fangled Angles"..
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2007 12:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

GeoPierce wrote:
After banging your head against the wall for days, the find should be easy. Smile


I agree
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2007 4:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks - I've upgraded Independence Hall to a '3', based on some of the user comments I've received ("burn in heck"). It's not that bad, really.

Congrats to pfalsted on both puzzles - it took him maybe an hour each to solve... Shocked!!!


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2007 8:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ghost640 wrote:
Thanks - I've upgraded Independence Hall to a '3', based on some of the user comments I've received ("burn in heck"). It's not that bad, really.

Congrats to pfalsted on both puzzles - it took him maybe an hour each to solve... Shocked!!!

No, I've been looking at that Independence Hall one for a while, and finally needed a hint. Got the klick one without help, though. Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2007 8:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

pfalstad wrote:
Got the klick one without help, though. Smile


See, my confidence was well placed!
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