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theandygrant
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2005 6:46 pm    Post subject: Idle Diversions Reply with quote

http://www.columbia.edu/~chc18/gridgame.swf

nice little mental game for you.

My record is 3056
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Shiz
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2005 7:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Horribly addictive isn't it?
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ASA
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2005 10:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shiz wrote:
Horribly addictive isn't it?


Yes But I think I have escaped, I got to 750 and thought it was enough.


Edited to say I didn't escape but have now got 1943 .
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Shiz
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2005 12:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can't beat 1112 myself... yet!

[Well, until I got 1352, but still nowhere near the 2000 mark!)
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SuperGrover
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2005 2:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got to 2181, which looks enough l;ike yet another sequal to 2001: a Space Odyssey that I got spooked and stopped playing.
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Si
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2005 8:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is there actually any skill to this? When I tried setting up pretty patterns, the most I got was a few hundred. Now I'm just clicking randomly and out of nowhere I get 1445 Confused
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Shiz
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2005 8:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I tried to sit and figure out which would be the best bit to click for the greatest result - all I got from that was a headache. Then I tried setting up some chain reactions but they kept going off before I was ready.

So now I just click away at random, and got my best scores that way.

As another diversion, turn the volume on your PC in the office up a bit, then quickly turn it down when someone comes near the door... everyone at my work thinks they're hearing things. Evil or Very Mad
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theandygrant
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2005 8:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, there is.
I broke the 3000 barrier by applying logic to it.

Near as I can work out, if one end is connected the piece rotates 90 degrees. If both ends are connected, the piece rotates 180 degrees and DOES NOT trigger its neighbouring piece as it passes 90 degrees.

That said, there's some degree of "wobble" to it as perfectly symmetrical patterns give different results when started from different sides. Possibly it checks for cascades in a NESW order?

My best pattern is below (in invisible ink), starting point is the *


<<<<<<<<^^^^^^^^
<<<<<<<<^^^^^^^^
<<<<<<<<^^^^^^^^
<<<<<<<<^^^^^^^^
<<<<<<<<^^^^^^^^
<<<<<<<<^^^^^^^^
<<<<<<<<^^^^^^^^
<<<<<<<<^^^^^^^^
*VVVVVVVV>>>>>>>>
VVVVVVVV>>>>>>>>
VVVVVVVV>>>>>>>>
VVVVVVVV>>>>>>>>
VVVVVVVV>>>>>>>>
VVVVVVVV>>>>>>>>
VVVVVVVV>>>>>>>>
VVVVVVVV>>>>>>>>
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SparkPlug
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2005 10:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Si wrote:
Now I'm just clicking randomly and out of nowhere I get 1445 Confused


Now that's two of us who aren't getting our puzzles written Surprised
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carolanne
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 24, 2005 1:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

theandygrant wrote:
Yes, there is.
I broke the 3000 barrier by applying logic to it.

Damn, can you stop drawing my attention to this thing. Satisfied with 2669, I am now chasing 3000. Will I ever escape Frustrated
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Shiz
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2005 12:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey, no fair! Is it me or did someone steal the game?
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2005 2:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not just you Shiz, It is missing on mine as well, but at least you can get back to doing puzzles.
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Shiz
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2005 6:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just seen the next one on your Misc II round - scared me off! Went looking for solace in idle diversions...

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