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Posted 10th Jan 2022 at 16:52
Elisabeth Daily subscriber
Regretfully I have not renewed my subscription as I cannot manage more than the occasional puzzle. I had expected to be able to catch up on those before January 7th that I had not yet done. However I find I no longer have access to any puzzles other than the free ones, not even those published whilst I was still a subscriber. Alas!!
Posted 10th Jan 2022 at 20:02
JoergWausW Daily subscriber
I think it says it somewhere in the term that this might happen, and I think the idea is that you keep subscribing....
(is 'regretfully' meant to describe regret about the decision itself or its implication?)

I know that I'll miss reading posts from "the happy three-some" aka "E-P-C" or what their secret name might be...

Maybe it would be nice to have a subscription for the occasional puzzler that prefers certain types of puzzles... (like Jigsaws...)?
Or a discounted one where you can just pick two more from the four daily subscription only puzzles...?

Maybe this is an idea to think about: two puzzles per account are free every day, and the puzzler picks which two he/she wants to do. This way gareth could figure out people's preferences.

Posted 11th Jan 2022 at 08:25
kocos Daily subscriber
If you renew your subscription, you can ask Gareth to reactive the puzzles you had previously access to.
Posted 11th Jan 2022 at 12:34
Elisabeth Daily subscriber
I have made no secret of the fact that I am old, very!! So I have had to terminate my subscription, mainly because of problems with my eyes and this I do with regret since I have enjoyed my years with Gareth and puzzlemix. End of...........
Posted 11th Jan 2022 at 17:41
Last edited by gareth 11th Jan 2022 at 17:42
gareth Administrator Daily subscriber
Elisabeth, you are always welcome on Puzzlemix. As (almost certainly) our oldest user I have just granted you a permanent subscription, in thanks for your significant support over the past 10 years. You are now free to play any of the daily puzzles you like, if and when it suits you - and your previous, expired puzzles too.
Posted 11th Jan 2022 at 20:16
Last edited by Elisabeth 11th Jan 2022 at 20:35
Elisabeth Daily subscriber
Thank you Gareth , that is most kind of you and I am quite taken aback by your very generous offer. I shall look forward to remaining part of the puzzling community and adding my comments from time to time!
Once again thank you

P.S. The puzzles have appeared, but I am still not allowed to play them!!

Posted 12th Jan 2022 at 06:28
JoergWausW Daily subscriber

I wanted to disagree with you only if your regret was based on your age. That's why I asked.
There is a famous quote similar to this: If the world ended tomorrow, I'd still play a puzzle today.

That's why a regret not to renew your subscription didn't make sense to me.

Gladly, Gareth offered what I thought, but didn't dare to ask.
Instead, I thought about asking to crowd-funding a subscription for you... But that is not necessary anymore. Thank you, Gareth!

Posted 12th Jan 2022 at 10:42
Elisabeth Daily subscriber
Thank you, JoergWaus, for your interest and concern; money was not the problem:) now I can dip in and do the occasional puzzle and you can still read my, sometimes, silly posts!!
Posted 12th Jan 2022 at 16:51
gareth Administrator Daily subscriber
Now fixed, Elisabeth - sorry, I set your expiry date so far in the future that it triggered an overflow bug in my code which meant that it considered your subscription as expired all over again! Fixed for now, and I have a decade or so to fix it for everyone else. :)
Posted 16th Jan 2022 at 15:10
Hi Gareth and Elisabeth;

First off, I am not angling for a free subscription - just wanted to let Elisabeth she is not alone. I too canceled after having subscribed for many years. the difference is I play just a few on line (Hitori, Hanjii) but prefer to print out and solve with my pencil and eraser (for redo's). My preferred puzzles are infrequent, and the others that I play have accumulated over time.

I wdon't mind paying for just the handful I do play, so at the moment I am playing with the puzzle packs. Between those and the free dailys I have been fine - but I when I run out of puzzle packs I will be back, even if just to build back my supply for printing out.

Elizabeth, I don't know how old you are - I am in my mid-seventies and have enjoyed following your comments over time.

Posted 16th Jan 2022 at 21:35
Last edited by JoergWausW 16th Jan 2022 at 21:36
JoergWausW Daily subscriber
about lori's input (I hope there was no misunderstanding on my part):

I'd like to buy a Hitori set, preferable big numbers (I don't like those 8x8 very much)

Posted 17th Jan 2022 at 02:16
I agree with JoergWausW - I would love to purchase packs of Hitori.
Posted 17th Jan 2022 at 16:56
Elisabeth Daily subscriber
I too would enjoy a Hitori set, perhaps with mixed sizes. The recent 17x17 was really out of my league:)

I'm in my 90s lori!!

Posted 19th Jan 2022 at 03:15
Elizabeth - you have just become my favorite role model.
Posted 19th Jan 2022 at 09:40
JoergWausW Daily subscriber
I have to admit, 17x17 is really big.

But there also could be different sets with different sizes. So you can pick which ones you like...

There is a set of 16x16 sudokus that about 10 people went through to the end - the counter of the daily rotation for this size is not at 100 yet, if I remember correctly... and there is a set. Why not for Hitoris with a daily counter >1000 ? Trying to push here.... ;-)
...and I don't like these 16-Sudokus, because the letters "spread all over" the keyboard, I like to use the num block. And with the s between a and d and e, I accidentally saved and disqualified myself for the left column...

...and I'd like to see what a 12x12 toroidal would look like... (christmas or birthday wish)

btw, what happened to the 8x8 skyscrapers? And kropkis seem to be out, too

Posted 19th Jan 2022 at 10:50
gareth Administrator Daily subscriber
Just to say, saving has no effect on which column you appear in. The site doesn't keep track of whether you saved or not, but just checks to see if there is a saved position when it opens a puzzle for a second or subsequent time.
Posted 19th Jan 2022 at 13:08
JoergWausW Daily subscriber
You're right about that. Sorry.
Posted 19th Jan 2022 at 14:26
Last edited by gareth 19th Jan 2022 at 14:28
gareth Administrator Daily subscriber
I tend to press 'S' over and over while solving myself on a tricky puzzle, just in case the computer crashes or something...

The new player will auto-save both your position and solve history continuously, so you won't need to press any buttons to do so. It's a different world to 2005, when the current player code was written! Or if you're offline, it will store it locally and then sync your play history when you next go online. (All able to be disabled in the settings if desired)

And I have a post-it to upload the missing puzzle types, such as Kropki, so this will be done really soon, I promise. :)

Posted 22nd Mar 2022 at 13:11
purplejobo Daily subscriber
I am experiencing a similar problem - long time subscriber, renewed my subscription, but now I have lost the older puzzles. Is there a bit of a bug in the subscription system?
Posted 22nd Mar 2022 at 14:20
gareth Administrator Daily subscriber
Hi purplejobo,
I've replied to your message here.

Thanks for resubscribing!


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