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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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I am already stuck.

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**phrontister****Real Member**- From: The Land of Tomorrow
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Other than accepting a hint, the following brain treatment, mentioned on Science Direct, may be your only hope:

Certain problems are inherently difficult for the normal human mind. Yet paradoxically they can be effortless for those with an unusual mind. We discovered that an atypical protocol for non-invasive brain stimulation enabled the solution of a problem that was previously unsolvable. The majority of studies over the last century find that no participants can solve the nine-dot problem – a fact we confirmed. But with 10 min of right lateralising transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), more than 40% of participants did so. Specifically, whereas no participant solved this extremely difficult problem before stimulation or with sham stimulation, 14 out of 33 participants did so with cathodal stimulation of the left anterior temporal lobe together with anodal stimulation of the right anterior temporal lobe. This finding suggests that our stimulation paradigm might be helpful for mitigating cognitive biases or dealing with a broader class of tasks that, although deceptively simple, are nonetheless extremely difficult due to our cognitive makeup.

I never thought that NOHOW was "deceptively simple", and solving it certainly wasn't "effortless", proving what I've always suspected: that I'm not one of "those with an unusual mind".

I just thought of a way I might be able to get the result from the component I solved in M to link to other components. Hopefully that will work, because I didn't want to stop with M so early in the puzzle. Now (I mean later) to work on the code!

"The good news about computers is that they do what you tell them to do. The bad news is that they do what you tell them to do." - Ted Nelson

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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I would classify you as an unusual mind.

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**phrontister****Real Member**- From: The Land of Tomorrow
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Hmmm...

Vincent Shadow isn't particularly good at sports, but it is Vincent's unusually creative mind that truly separates him from other kids his age.

Well, I'm not even a shadow of that guy...but maybe a negative image of him, given his interests compared to mine.

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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All are architects of fate

working in these walls of time

some with massive deeds and great

some with ornaments of rhyme

Now I did not understand that when they taught me it and I still do not. What it has to do with this conversation? Not a darn thing.

I have hit a big snag.

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**phrontister****Real Member**- From: The Land of Tomorrow
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I have hit a big snag.

Is that a confession?

Why would you want to hit a snag?

Were you angry at the time?

Are you sorry you did that?

What did it achieve?

*snag (noun)*: sausage; *As in, "Bung another snag on the barbie, will ya darl?"*

There's a reference to 'snags on the barbie' in the video on this site.

This guy says it a bit differently, but you'll get the idea.

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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I should have said stumbling block. Clue #10 yields no integers for me. This is very bad.

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**phrontister****Real Member**- From: The Land of Tomorrow
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No..."snag" was fine. That was just me going for a humourous response. Your meaning for snag is common here too; the edible version is just colloquial Aussie-speak.

All variables in the puzzle are integers, which I get with my code. I suppose you must have a coding error somewhere.

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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I have found the problem. My copy of the puzzle is different than yours!

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**phrontister****Real Member**- From: The Land of Tomorrow
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Yes, I agree with that.

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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I changed post #59 just as you were posting.

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**phrontister****Real Member**- From: The Land of Tomorrow
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How did you get a different copy? Transcribing error?

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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I downloaded a .doc file that has /8 instead of /3 for clue #10

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**phrontister****Real Member**- From: The Land of Tomorrow
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Yes, that was a known transcription error (see the following posts I found in 2009):

They all appeared between 1960 and 1980. I've typed them in rather than scanning them as some of the photocopies are not very good. I was out with a magnifying glass for some of the puzzles in the Rhombus3 folder to try and discriminate between c and e and also 3 and 8 in some puzzles so be warned. I think they are all correct. I haven't myself got round to trying them as yet!! The numbers after the title refers to the number of the puzzle in The Listener Crossword series.

NOHOW, puzzle 1885 by Rhombus

You must have been working from a really poor copy.

The following need to be changed:

Clue 3: C=af

Clue 6: G=(d-z)k'/3

Clue 8: J=(K+2z)a/3

Clue 9: K=(n+12z)k'/13

Clue 10: M=(D+4z)c/3

Clue 11: n=(N+19z)N/9

Alan Lemm----------------------------------------------------------------

Dear Ed,

John has spotted a few typos in the puzzle NOHOW.

Clue 3 should read C = af.

Clue 10 is ( D + 4z )c / 8

clue 11 is ( N + 19z )N / 9.

Sorry for any inconvenience!!

Cheers, Alastair

My post #1 has the correct version, which I only posted after solving it and making sure it worked.

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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I will now have a chance to solve the problem.

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**phrontister****Real Member**- From: The Land of Tomorrow
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Xlnt!

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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I have copied your picture from post#1. I think this can be solved by M.

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**phrontister****Real Member**- From: The Land of Tomorrow
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Hi Bobby,

I've provided a pdf version in my first post as an alternative option to the image.

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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Thanks for the help.

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**phrontister****Real Member**- From: The Land of Tomorrow
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Hi Bobby,

bobbym wrote:

I think this can be solved by M.

Yes it can. Did it! Couldn't do it all with M, though...some human input required during the solving process.

Code's a bit messy and big...I think it only just snuck in under the maximum number of characters allowed for an M program.

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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That is very good. Mine is also big and not done yet.

I am now officially stuck...

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**phrontister****Real Member**- From: The Land of Tomorrow
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Hmmm. Time for...I'm not sure what.

Maybe your code contains an error, or the strategy is flawed.

Want to show/tell me your strategy? I might be able to spot something.

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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Yes, I will explain my problem. I do not understand the wording of the question.

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**phrontister****Real Member**- From: The Land of Tomorrow
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Oh, I thought from some things you've said in other posts that you understood it. So we should iron that out first.

The wording is from the 1960s, which is way after your time, and so I can understand why you're might be unsure about it.

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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The numbers on the left are of the form _0_0_ but are represented by just _ _ _. So which do you use in later calculations?

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