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Postby udosuk » Sat Jun 16, 2007 4:45 pm

Finally solved the "meta-puzzle".:D The instructions are quite straight forward.:idea:

As for solving all vertices, got a few more since last time:

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At the moment we have 15 of the 25 rooms cleared:
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#unsolved vertices in each room

0 0 3 1 5
0 2 1 0 3
0 0 0 0 2
0 0 2 0 1
0 0 1 0 0

However, new vertices might emerge as we solve the existing ones, even on pages we thought we've already cleared.:!:

BTW, it seems the site is getting unstable due to heavy traffic. I hope I'm not the culprit.:( Perhaps there are more silent readers in this forum than I imagine.:!:

Edited:

I've posted the code with the meta-puzzle solved. In case you need the state where you can still solve the meta-puzzle yourself, use the following one:

code

Hope I didn't ruin your fun. That meta-puzzle isn't that hard anyway (compared to some of the still unsolved vertices).
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Postby RW » Sat Jun 16, 2007 6:16 pm

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0 0 2 0 1
0 2 1 0 0
0 0 0 0 2
0 0 2 0 1
0 0 1 0 0


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Postby JPF » Sat Jun 16, 2007 6:32 pm

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0 0 2 0 0
0 2 1 0 0
0 0 0 0 2
0 0 2 0 1
0 0 1 0 0
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Postby RW » Sat Jun 16, 2007 6:35 pm

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0 0 2 0 0
0 2 1 0 0
0 0 0 0 2
0 0 2 0 1
0 0 0 0 0


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Postby udosuk » Sun Jun 17, 2007 6:34 am

Great job mates!

Here are the 10 unsolved vertices:
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Wolfenstein - [9] - [10]
               |      |
             tank - automobile


murder - [8,5] - alternative


British bands - [5]


Penn & Teller ----- Las Vegas
             \     /
              [6,3]


bomb - [4,3,4] - [3,6,4] - zombie dust
                        \
                         drugs


purple - [7,5] - people


forest - [6] - magazines


spam - [6]

Any takers?:?:
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Postby JPF » Sun Jun 17, 2007 6:59 am

Here's a modest contribution in r4c3 :
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forest - [nature] - magazines

but you get a new vertex !
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nature - [7]
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Postby udosuk » Sun Jun 17, 2007 8:15 am

Well done JPF!:)

I also cracked another vertex, which completed another page:
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Penn & Teller ----- Las Vegas
             \     /
            Desert Bus

Apparently it is a satirical game by Penn & Teller which requires the player to drive an empty bus from Tucson to Vegas in 8 hours real time non-stop. The difficult thing is there is absolutely nothing happening along the trip. So it's a test of how much one can endure boredom. I wonder if Hud would ever do it.:) (I think he has driven the trip in real life.)
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0 0 2 0 0
0 2 0 0 0
0 0 0 0 2
0 0 2 0 1
0 0 0 0 0

Latest state

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Postby RW » Sun Jun 17, 2007 9:04 am

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murder - Counting Crows - alternative

Apparently a flock of crows is called a "murder". Counting Crows is an American alternative rock band...

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Postby MCC » Sun Jun 17, 2007 1:25 pm

The British group is "Keane"

Latest.


Here's one more.
Nature------Nurture

One more.


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Postby udosuk » Sun Jun 17, 2007 2:35 pm

Thanks MCC! Did you try every 5-letter British band name to get that one? No offense to "Keane", but don't think they have the same fame as Queen, Oasis, Coldplay or Spice Girls.:(

BTW finally found the 2 ones up top:
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Wolfenstein - Hovertank - hovercraft
                  |           |
                 tank - automobile

"Hovertank 3D" is just 2 entries above "Wolfenstein 3D" from the list at the bottom of this page. But there should have been connections from these 2 to "computer games", or a common connection "3D".:(

3 more rooms & 4 more vertices to go!:)
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0 0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0 2
0 0 1 0 1
0 0 0 0 0


bomb - [4,3,4] - [3,6,4] - zombie dust
                        \
                         drugs


purple - [7,5] - people


spam - [6]

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Postby RW » Sun Jun 17, 2007 3:23 pm

After some googling on people + different 5-letter colours I came across this:

http://www.thinkgeek.com/tshirts/science/6e87/

No wonder I didn't think of thast earlier...

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I googled bomb + dust and the 9th result was this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncHsp1Sn5-M

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So now we're missing only one. If you all publish your e-mail addresses on as many internet sites as possible, then we should soon have enough info about spam to solve the last vertice...:D

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Postby udosuk » Mon Jun 18, 2007 3:32 am

I have a feeling when that last vertex adjacent to "spam" is revealed I'll be disappointed at the answer.:(

Is anyone else puzzled why on the r5c4 room that "scissors" vertex on the left doesn't connect to anything in that room? If that's the case it doesn't need to be appearing there, should be tucked wholly inside the r5c3 room.:?:

If I'm the puzzler I'd connect it to another vertex "knife" in the middle of r5c4 which in turn connect to "scalpel" on the right edge and have it connected to something on the r5c5 room. That way r5c4 & r5c5 won't be separated like it is now. Perhaps that's the original intention of the puzzler but he forgot.

BTW if you're interested in these games there's another (mini) one offered on the site:

http://shygypsy.com/az/p.pl

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Postby coloin » Mon Jun 18, 2007 12:22 pm

Hasnt this been a great puzzle......

I wonder if there are options to make it a sort of global team challenge exercise - I think the SPF-OT-Conglomerate would do well!

Anyhow about the last clue...I think I have got another way to get it !

:idea:- Well there can be at most 26^5 *5 = 59406880 possibilities

Thats not much were we come from !!!!

EDIT the total number of 6 letter words = ?

probably much less than this ? [21^5 * 5] plus [20^4 * 5^2] plus [19^3 * 3^3]

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Postby MCC » Mon Jun 18, 2007 4:04 pm

udosuk wrote:Is anyone else puzzled why on the r5c4 room that "scissors" vertex on the left doesn't connect to anything in that room? If that's the case it doesn't need to be appearing there, should be tucked wholly inside the r5c3 room.:?:

You could have a vertex "scissor kicks" and link it to "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles".


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Postby JPF » Mon Jun 18, 2007 8:07 pm

coloin wrote:
:idea:- Well there can be at most 26^5 *5 = 59406880 possibilities

Thats not much were we come from !!!!

EDIT the total number of 6 letter words = ?

probably much less than this ? [21^5 * 5] plus [20^4 * 5^2] plus [19^3 * 3^3]

:?:
26^6=308915776

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