A Diagonal 17

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A Diagonal 17

Postby Moschopulus » Sun Nov 06, 2005 10:26 am

Is there a puzzle with 17 clues where all the clues are on the two diagonals?

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x.. ... ..x
.x. ... .x.
..x ... x..
... x.x ...
... .x. ...
... x.x ...
..x ... x..
.x. ... .x.
x.. ... ..x

This has probably been discussed before somewhere.
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Re: A Diagonal 17

Postby Red Ed » Sun Nov 06, 2005 11:03 am

Moschopulus wrote:Is there a puzzle with 17 clues where all the clues are on the two diagonals?
That's ambitious -- we haven't even found any rotationally-symmetric (in the position, not value, of the clues) 17s! Has anyone checked Gordon's huge list to see if any of those have the X factor, I wonder?
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Postby gfroyle » Sun Nov 06, 2005 11:19 am

None of the existing 17s are diagonal..

I *think* that I have searched exhaustively that pattern, subject to the restriction that no digit occurs more than 3 times, without success. But (as usual) I have not kept rigorous records of exactly which searches I have performed, so there is a slight chance that I am mis-remembering...

In fact, none of the existing 17s have rotational symmetry. I recently got an email from someone who says that his program takes only 2.5 hours to completely examine a 17-clue pattern. If this is true, and he has not made any hidden assumptions, then it would be feasible to check exhaustively all rotational 17 clue patterns.


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