Wednesday, September 22, 2010

PCS Season III Final Puzzle Rankings

As promised, here's a look into a few of our puzzlers' minds from the Puzzle Finale. First up Quad, employing a sensible excel method in trying to represent 3 dimension and the associated data on a flat surface:

Here's Jason's direct, bricks-and-mortar approach:

And here's Mr C, who apparently hired the folks at Pixar:

And finally, going old-school with an actual pencil and paper is UBragg:

What I find most interesting about UBragg's photo is his stationary. Is that a Braille legend at the top and Morse code to the left? The man was born to puzzle.

As such, he finishes on top in both the puzzle itself and the overall rankings. Mr C and Jason remained entrenched in the 2nd and 3rd spots, and Quad leapt six spots to #4 with his impressive showing. Here's how the full rankings landed:

(770 possible points)

Current
Rank
Previous
Rank
Player
PCS Tour
Points
1
1
UBragg
704
2
2
Mr Customer
532
3
3
Jason
435
4
10
QuadSevens
255
5
5
Josh S
248
6
7
J Steve
237
7
4
golem
214
8
8
Dusty Baker
185
9
7
Drewdez
185
10
T-11
rbnlaw
117

Others receiving votes: mr f 107, mlasf 77, matt 75, danielle 75, curious gene 69, keven c 62, dunkhawk 56, llcooll 50, greg finley 50, mishap 50, spanky 25, dusto magnifico 22, fred's brim 22, steve dittmore 20, loney fan 12, erin 10, karina 10, matthew johnson 10.

And here's your graph:

(click image to enlarge)

Thanks again for a great puzzle season, it has been an honor to help entertain on the off-days. Time to recharge for next year (both puzzlers and puzzle-makers). Prizes to be announced shortly!

14 comments:

Mr. Customer said...

Holy shite!

Not only braille and morse, but SEMAPHORE!

WANT one!

Eric Karros said...

Is Semaphore what those little clocks are?

Mr. Customer said...

Oui, Monsieur.

Also, Why do I have to be Mr. Pink?

(Correct answer: Quit bitching, it's just a color)

Neeebs said...

Did someone say pink?

Mmmmmmmmmmmm Pinks Hot Dogs. Must get some.

Josh S. said...

Man, I clung to the 5 spot and never let go.

Steve Dittmore said...

You guys impress with me your puzzle solving... this kicked my rear end all summer long.

rbnlaw said...

TOP TEN BISHES!!!

Like UCLA, I am happy with just playing against the top ranked and getting votes.

QuadSevens said...

That braille cheat sheet would have been nice a couple puzzles ago.

I thought about using little post-it notes on my rubik's cube here after mapping everything out. The only reason I didn't was because using the spreadsheet made it easier to pretend I was working.

Matt said...

Perhaps the only good thing about my work schedule out of town is that I didn't even have time to look at these, let alone try to attempt to solve them!

I think my brain would have leaked out of my ear.

Josh S. said...

Looking back, I'm surprised I'm ranked as high as 5. This year's puzzles kicked my ass.

Jason said...

I actually had a spreadsheet as well but completely screwed it up with turn two at which point I reverted to the less mentally taxing, physical cube approach. Since the cube is actual work swag, complete with post-it obscured product logos, I had no problem playing it off as: "I'm just contemplating a really hard 'work-related' problem. Mind your own business, boss."

Also, the guy that sits next to me saw what was going on and busted out his 6x6x6 super Rubik's Cube. What a nerd.

Orel said...

@Ditts "this kicked my rear end all summer long."

AC/DC!

ubragg said...

You can buy these awesome puzzling pads here: http://www.shinteki.com/cart/

Also, if you like puzzles, I highly recommend the puzzle events run by the folks that run this site. They are awesome, too. The Shinteki Decathlons every summer are worth the trip to the Bay Area, even if you live in SoCal.

Dusty Baker said...

"stationery"