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Logic puzzles beta testing

Postby GreedyAlgorithm » Sun Mar 06, 2016 8:38 pm UTC

Three friends and I are writing some puzzles for the Microsoft Puzzle Hunt (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Puzzle_Hunt). We're looking for beta testers. In particular 2 of our puzzles are good solid logic types and would definitely appeal to folks on these boards, though we have another 6-8 that could always use more testing... PM me for details or email at srinivgp at gmail.

Here's a sample puzzle written for an Iron Puzzler a couple years back with a high overlap of authors, so I'm not just spamming to give you an idea of a common type of puzzle found in these hunts, the "classic puzzle type crossed with another classic puzzle type with a twist plus some recursive feel". It's slightly rough because we only had a few hours to write it, but still fun. The answer to these puzzles is generally a single word or very short phrase. Print it out and have fun.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwYx-f ... sp=sharing
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Re: Logic puzzles beta testing

Postby Cauchy » Mon Mar 07, 2016 4:44 pm UTC

The answer to the puzzle you posted is
Spoiler:
hypodermie
(∫|p|2)(∫|q|2) ≥ (∫|pq|)2
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Re: Logic puzzles beta testing

Postby GreedyAlgorithm » Mon Mar 07, 2016 6:38 pm UTC

Either you have a typo or the puzzle admits multiple solutions. Either is possible. :D
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Re: Logic puzzles beta testing

Postby Cauchy » Tue Mar 08, 2016 5:16 am UTC

Write-o. An c mutated into an e across four iterations of copying.
(∫|p|2)(∫|q|2) ≥ (∫|pq|)2
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Re: Logic puzzles beta testing

Postby rmsgrey » Tue Mar 08, 2016 4:58 pm UTC

Cauchy wrote:Write-o. An c mutated into an e across four iterations of copying.


But was eventually out-competed?


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