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Difficulty of Battleships - 7/19/2013 2:55:49 PM   
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I don't get the point how do you determine the difficulty level of Battleship puzzles.

The Free Puzzle of this week (ID 08090103175) is marked as "Easy". Okay, you can fill the second row (with the "0") instantly, but then I got no idea how to progress and I solved it only by "try and error": setting a field randomly and let the check function tell me if it was correct, until I got a state where the puzzle was indeed "easy".

Frustrating, somehow...
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RE: Difficulty of Battleships - 7/19/2013 6:14:30 PM   
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agreed. Anyone have a clue for progressing on this one?

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RE: Difficulty of Battleships - 7/19/2013 6:34:47 PM   
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I was just coming in to post the same thing. Someone has been dropping the ball on Battleships ratings lately. The free "easy" one is, once again, harder than the medium to hard puzzles.

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RE: Difficulty of Battleships - 7/20/2013 2:17:51 AM   
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I've managed to place some water but can't find my first ship square. If you look at the vertical and horizontal crossovers of 1 clues, you'll see a second/third level impossibility in the larger number rows/columns. This is the only advice I can give and does feel akin to trial and error. I think this must be mismarked as I've been doing Battleships for 10+ years.

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RE: Difficulty of Battleships - 7/22/2013 5:29:43 PM   
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Wow, I came to the forum for the first time today to see if anyone had suggestions on this Battleship. Glad I'm not the only one who is not finding this one "Easy". I keep looking at it and trying to figure out what I'm missing. I know I could solve it using trial and error, but I don't care for that kind of logic.

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RE: Difficulty of Battleships - 7/23/2013 11:46:04 AM   
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Hi Guys

There has been an error in the difficulty level labeling of this puzzle. It is very far from easy. We are working on this (some of our staff is on vacation) and hope to update soon.

Sorry for the inconvenience

Thanks, Dave

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RE: Difficulty of Battleships - 7/23/2013 2:55:19 PM   
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Thanks, Dave! Glad I'm not just "losing it!"

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RE: Difficulty of Battleships - 7/24/2013 11:00:12 AM   
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Hi Again

The free Battleships puzzle of this week has been re-labeled from Easy to Very Hard. Again, please accept our apologies for this error!

Thanks, Dave

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RE: Difficulty of Battleships - 7/27/2013 11:47:27 AM   
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Thanks for the hint about looking at the crossovers of the 1 clues. After that, I used the third and fourth vertical columns (with clues 4 and 3 respectively) and was able to figure out a couple of ship squares.

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