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Posted: Fri Aug 13, 2010 7:00 pm

Let's play a game I'll call Discover THE Rule. It's based on an Icehouse game called Zendo.

The object of the game is to use logic to Discover the Rule of the Post. Rules can describe colors used or figures (numbers or letters) used in the post. Or the rules can describe what is NOT used. More complex rules can define the order of elements or groups of elements (like must include any odd number).

1. Introduction
2. Sample Rules - how rules work
3. Hints for Guessing
4. Winners of past puzzles
5. Current Puzzle
Posted: Fri Aug 13, 2010 7:11 pm
A Sample Rule could be "The post contains exactly one red number." My first move is to show you two posts, one which follows the Rule ( 3nodding ), and one which does not follow the Rule ( ninja ). For instance:
JoyRose
1 2 3 4 3nodding (See, one red number, in this case a 2)
5 6 7 8 ninja (See, no red numbers)

Player
1 2 3 4
to which I would respond ninja because there are no red numbers to follow my Rule. Or:
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1 2 4 0
to which I would respond 3nodding because it has exactly one red number, in this case the one.

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Posted: Fri Aug 13, 2010 7:13 pm
A correct guess of the Rule would obviously match what I wrote above. Here is how an incorrect guess would be handled. If an existing post disproves it, I will post the guess with directions to the disproving post (page 3, post 12). Suppose, however, a valid guess was made, such as
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The post must contain exactly one green 4.
I would respond by posting the guess and something new that disproves it, such as:
JoyRose
4 6 9 ninja (see this post has exactly one green 4, but does not follow my Rule)
or
JoyRose
4 1 6 9 3nodding (see, this post does not have a green 4 but still follows my Rule)

When making a guess, be careful of these words:

Exactly/At Least - Avoid using indefinite statements like "contains a red number", or "contains two capital letters", because it's not clear whether you mean exactly that number, or at least that number. Always use definite statements like "contains exactly one red number", or "contains at least two capital letters".

Majority/Plurality - When there are more red figures in a post than any other color, the post contains a "plurality" of red figures. When there are more red figures in a post than all the other colors put together, the post contains a "majority" of red figures. Many people use the word "majority" when they mean "plurality". Be careful to use the correct term in your Statement of the Rule.
Posted: Fri Aug 13, 2010 7:16 pm
Prizes: First person to post the correct Rule here wins a little gold (10,000g). I will at that point start a new puzzle and list the winner here. ANYONE may play, including mules and elves.

WINNERS!

1. delphine17 deduced the rule: Contains exactly one 3.
2. Tainted Tarts deduced the rule: Contains exactly one red number.
3. Tainted Tarts deduced the rule: Even numbers must be green.
4. Tainted Tarts deduced the rule: Contains 2 consecutive red numbers.

Solutions in sealed
private journal entry.

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Posted: Fri Aug 13, 2010 7:40 pm
Fifth Puzzle

Note: This puzzle will contain only numbers and use only the colors hotpink, red, gold, orange, limegreen, teal, blue, indigo and mediumpurple.

1 2 3 4 3nodding

9 8 7 6
ninja
Posted: Sat Aug 14, 2010 9:17 am
 delphine17The numbers are both the same colour and sequential? ninja My puzzle has a very simple rule, no use of the word "and." 1 3 5 7 3nodding

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Posted: Mon Aug 16, 2010 7:21 am
 The numbers are the same colour?
Posted: Mon Aug 16, 2010 10:29 am
 1 1 1 1 ninja

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delphine17
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Posted: Thu Aug 19, 2010 7:39 am
Posted: Thu Aug 19, 2010 2:12 pm
 Give me an example of what you mean (different from what is already here).

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delphine17
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Posted: Fri Aug 20, 2010 8:06 am
 In the first example they were sequential-in the second they were sequentially counting by twos.
Posted: Sat Aug 21, 2010 5:20 am
 And the second example was ninja wrong.

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Posted: Sat Aug 21, 2010 7:35 am
 Haha! If 1357 is not counting by twos I don't know what else it might be...but they are all the same colour.
Posted: Sun Aug 22, 2010 9:44 pm
 All true. But as it turns out, my rule does not include any reference to color. wink

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