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Re: [Icehouse] volcano solitaire

  • FromJohn Francis <whooshtn@xxxxxxxxx>
  • DateTue, 10 Mar 2009 01:07:22 -0500
I've been working on this problem myself for a while (off and on).  I'm thinking that there is a reason, a mathematical or algorithmic reason, that there must be four pieces left and not three.  I've tried MANY times to resolve this problem, and have failed to eliminate one of the four pieces.

I'd be very interested if anyone else has any other thoughts or experience regarding this intriguing problem.  :)

John Francis

On Mon, Mar 9, 2009 at 11:53 AM, David L. Willson <DLWillson@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Having worn out or bored my son last night, I was playing the "solitaire challenges" at the end of the Volcano chapter of "Playing With Pyramids".

The first is to capture all the red without capturing anything else.  I did that.

The second is to capture all the large without capturing anything else.  I couldn't get past 21 of 25.  The 4 remaining in play seem to be unable to meet, no matter what I do.  I'm pretty sure that even if it's possible to get past 21, it really is impossible to capture "all the large", because you have to "land on large" to capture.  How do you capture the last large?

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