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Comments on Puzzle #32049: ...decades (inspired by maceraseven's "...for" series)
By M Dandene (SnarkyBear)

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#1: Kristen Coolman (kristen) on Feb 7, 2019

There aren't *quite* that many. Quite a few have been deleted over the years, mainly by the puzzles' creators. Also, you can solve a good dozen of the smaller puzzles at a time. :)

The home page states that there are 26,184 puzzles on the site, so that shaves off a good 5 years. :)
#2: David Bouldin (dbouldin) on Feb 7, 2019
so 24 years? at three a day?
if my math is right, that means you could be done in three years...at 24 puzzles a day :)
#3: David Bouldin (dbouldin) on Feb 7, 2019
plus, just thought of this! if you are only doing three a day i doubt you'll be keeping up with the average increase per day...which means, if the ant on the rubber band is to be believed, you'll finish at the end of infinity...or something like that.
#4: M Dandene (SnarkyBear) on Feb 7, 2019
David--A quick, non-random check shows that there are seems to be more than 3 puzzles a day added to the total. To keep up, I will have to up my production to 6 or more puzzles a day! Maybe if I give up sleeping, or find a way to do puzzles at work....
#5: M Dandene (SnarkyBear) on Feb 7, 2019
Kristen: I've done all puzzles under 10 x 10 so far, about 2% of the total. The small ones go quickly, but as puzzle size increases, the time requirement increases as well.

I think my new goal will be to do all puzzles up to a specific size, say 20x20, and call it mission accomplished.
#6: Gary Webster (glwebste) on Feb 8, 2019
And they keep coming!
#7: Belita (belita) on Feb 8, 2019
I just concentrate on the "Best Puzzles" list, but it's still daunting!
#8: Susan Nagy (susannagy54) on Feb 8, 2019
I'm with you SnarkyBear! I once had a similar goal -- to have solved 70,000 puzzles by my 70th birthday (or perhaps it was 60,000 puzzles by my 60th). Because I did not start on the day I was born (which would require about 3 puzzles a day -- less, in fact), it came to about 15 puzzles a day. Of course, solving the smaller easier puzzles was do-able, but the larger puzzles -- well, I didn't - and don't have 24 hours a day to do this. Also, there have been one or two crashes on this site so I don't really know how many puzzles I have solved -- but I do know that some of them I have solved twice. When all is said and done, I like your puzzle -- nice & "crisp", so to speak, and I enjoyed the thread of the comments.
#9: Joe (infrapinklizzard) on Feb 10, 2019
I've been registered for nine years and have 8353 chalked up to my name. That'd be 2.54/ day, but there are nearly two years of missing stats. We lost the data from aug 19, 2014 - may 22, 2016 in a bad server update. So really I averaged 3.27 per day for the seven years that are recorded.

I tend to do more than 3 at a time, however. So to go into high gear I would just have to take less time off. And get a bigger screen. And build a tolerance for doing bad ones ("im board") rather than skipping them.

Nah, I think I'm fine. (Except maybe the bigger screen...)
#10: Valerie Mates (valerie) on Feb 10, 2019
I still feel bad about the server crash. I had no idea that Jan had put the database in an unusual place, and that our host would delete that place during an upgrade and keep *no* backups of what they were upgrading. Sigh....
#11: Joe (infrapinklizzard) on Feb 10, 2019
It's okay. No one can think of everything bad that can happen without going mad.

Even though whatever Jan did with the database ended with its accidental deletion, having it there did *greatly* speed up serving of pages. It might be worth putting it back, but with a rigorous backup schedule.

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