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Old 2009-06-19, 06:23   #1
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Default Fastest solitaire and minesweeper times?

For those of you who have tried playing solitaire and/or minesweeper on your computers, what are your best times? Mine are:

Solitare: 79 seconds

Minesweeper:

Beginner - 3 seconds
Intermediate - 57 seconds
Expert - 235 seconds

For the record, the world record for Expert on Minesweeper is under 40 seconds. Wow!
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Old 2009-06-19, 06:51   #2
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beginner 5sec
intermediate about 34, iirc
expert 98

I estimate this was about 5 years ago. Then I wrote an automatic solver in Pascal, so I would never have to play again ;).
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Old 2009-06-22, 17:09   #3
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Intermediate - 93 seconds
Expert - 356 seconds
(Still hoping for the "lucky" Beginner one where you can solve it in 1 click)
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Old 2009-06-23, 03:41   #4
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There are cheat codes, too.

If you start Minesweeper and then start clicking up on any square.
Press the "Windows key + D" as a shortcut key to show up the desktop.
Then, restore back minesweeper from the taskbar to see the timer that is
being stopped up.

Before starting up a game of Minesweeper:
Press "Xyzzy" then Shift+Enter, Enter. If you have a black background,
you can clearly see a one pixel square at the top left turned on. If that
square is white, then that is safe. If it turns up to be black, then that
square has a mine within it up.

There are cheat codes for the games of the Hearts & Pinball, too.
For hearts, you can see up the opponents cards also!

Go to Run and then run "regedit"
Go to H_KEY_CURRENT_USER
Software
Microsoft
Windows
Current Version
Applets
Hearts
Edit -> New String Value
String: ZB, Value: 42

While playing hearts, click up, Shift+Ctrl+Alt+F12 to see so your opponent's cards at any time, thus.

Pinball:
After starting it up:
Type "hidden test" to operate the ball with the mouse

H -> High score of 1 billion
R -> Next rank
M -> Message box with the memory that is being used up by the program

Before launching the ball itself:
1max -> Extra ball
bmax -> Unlimited balls, when the ball is drained: immediately the new ball comes up from the yellow wormhole
gmax -> Gravity well
rmax -> Go up to the next rank

Try it out! Enjoy up, please, just simply, all the way, at once, that way
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Old 2009-06-24, 05:39   #5
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Expert minesweeper 132 seconds.
Try it without flagging the mines.
I found the hexagonal variant disappointing.

I had a winning streak of over 200 games of Freecell.
If you have played it, you may appreciate the mental
discipline this involved, and the sense of relief I felt when
I screwed up
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Old 2009-06-24, 06:24   #6
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Default Solitaire

In the UK, this is the game performed on Raman's avatar.
We call the card games "Patience".
BTW the only allowable move in Solitaire is the Draughts
(Checkers if you insist) manouvre of jumping over a piece
and removing it.
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Old 2009-06-24, 08:59   #7
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I had a winning streak of over 200 games of Freecell.
If you have played it, you may appreciate the mental
discipline this involved, and the sense of relief I felt when
I screwed up
I've managed well over a thousand.

Current approach is to clear the score on Jan 1st each year and see whether I can go an entire year without losing.


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Old 2009-06-24, 09:20   #8
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Current approach is to clear the score on Jan 1st each year and see whether I can go an entire year without losing.
That's easy. I've done it several years in succession, simply by not playing.

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Old 2009-06-24, 10:05   #9
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Joshua: "A strange game. The only winning move is not to play. How about a nice game of chess?"
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Old 2009-06-24, 11:05   #10
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I've managed well over a thousand.
While drinking?
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Old 2009-06-24, 12:08   #11
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My best Minesweeper scores:
Beginner - 9
Intermediate - 55
Expert - 210 (this one's old, I could probably beat it if I played Expert long enough to actually finish one instead of being stuck on a guess and guessing wrong)
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