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August 11th, 2004

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05:33 am - Set
2 minutes 49 seconds this morning. I've been averaging around 3.5 minutes, for the most part.

I find I tend to put two cards together rapidly, then look for a third while noting what sorts of 'key' cards aren't present. For example, if there are no three diamond cards of any type, there will be no sets consisting of all threes. Nor will there be any with all diamonds, since the cards don't repeat. So I stop looking for those patterns.

I'm sure there are lovely mathematical proofs for the above, but all I can do is say I'm mostly sure it's the case, intuitivly. Math is so slippery, I can never nail anything down - the minute I assert something positively I wil find I am wrong...
Current Mood: mildly amused

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Date:August 11th, 2004 08:40 am (UTC)
hehe... I always look for a set of 1's, then a set of 2's, then a set of 3's, and then the 1-2-3's. And always work from the top to the bottom... Otherwise I just can't keep track of which ones I've done! ;)
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Date:August 11th, 2004 09:51 am (UTC)
I always start by looking for the most common variable (lots of red, tons of diamonds, many 2s) and try to work of them.
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Date:August 11th, 2004 10:09 am (UTC)
Oooh! Today was the first day I broke two minutes! I got lucky.
Date:August 11th, 2004 05:45 pm (UTC)
I always look for sets. And then I try and remember the ones I have already done.
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Date:August 11th, 2004 09:13 pm (UTC)
Man, today I'm too tired to Set effectively. Embarrassing amount of minutes. But we drove 500 miles today, so wtf. Anyway, I usually end up seeing a couple of sets just off the top of the puzzle, and then I break it down: colors, numbers, shadings, shapes. I can't keep track top to bottom or left to right, so it's a given that I'll repeat occasionally. I start to recognize the sets I choose more than once after a while.

I've been averaging around 3 minutes, and hit 1 minute 35 one day. I think that was an easier puzzle!

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