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zotmeister ([personal profile] zotmeister) wrote2012-02-28 16:24
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Contest: Oxendo

GAME OVER: BETAVEROS WINS!
Please view the comments for the solution, &c. (I'm leaving the main entry text spoiler-free for posterity).

Valid koans are 4×4 grids of letters in the word 'OXEN'.

These grids have the Buddha-nature:

NOXE NEOX EXON NNNN NNNN NNNN NNNN NNNN
EXON ENXO NOXE NNNN NONN NONN NNON NOXN
ONEX XOEN XENO NNNN NNON NNNN NOON NENN
XENO OXNE ONEX NNNN NNNN NNNN NNNN NNNN

ONNO XNNX NXNN ENXO ONOX NNNN ONOO OXEN
NNNN NNNN NNXN XOEN XONO NXXN OXXN ONON
NNNN NNNN XNNN OXNE NOXO NXXN NXXO XNXN
ONNO XNNX NNNX NEOX OXON NNNN OONO XNXO

NNNN
NNON
NNNN
NNNN


These grids do not have the Buddha-nature:

OXEN OXEN OXEN OOOO OXOX OXEN OXEN XXXX
ENOX ENOX NEXO XXXX XOXO XONE XENO EOXN
OEXN XENO XONE EEEE NENE ENOX ENOX EXON
EONX NOXE ENOX NNNN ENEN NEXO NOXE XXXX

ONEX OOOO ENEN XXXX EEEE NONO OOXN OXEN
NOXE OOOO NONO XXXX EEEE NONO OXEN XENE
EXON OOOO OXOX XXXX EEEE NONO XEEN ENEX
XENO OOOO XEXE XXXX EEEE NONO NNNN NEXO

EEEE NNNN OXEO NOEX ONOO OOOO NNNN NNNN
ENEE OOON XNNE ONXE OXXO ONNO NOON NOON
EENE OOON ENNO EXNO NXXO ONNO NOON NOON
EEEE NOON OEXO XOEN OOON OOOO NOON NNON

XONE
ENOX
OXEN
NEXO


The Buddha-nature is animal related.

All suppositional koans and guesses at the Buddha-nature must be presented here as comments - emails, private messages, &c. will not be considered. One koan per person per sweep limit, with "sweep" defined as when I get around to updating this entry with everyone's koans. (This should be roughly daily.) If you guess at the Buddha-nature [there is no prerequisite for this - there is no Mondo nor are there guessing stones here], you may not present a koan in the same sweep, and if the guess is incorrect you may not present koans nor guesses until two more sweeps have been performed. If the guess is correct (and you're the first to do so), well, then you win... something. I haven't decided yet. This whole affair is intended to be fun and informal.

And in case you're wondering, yes, Grant Fikes was again indirectly responsible for this. I got the idea for this at MIT before the Hunt started when I saw devjoe piecing together an image for a "pixel Zendo" game mathgrant was running somewhere. It was the first I'd heard of Zendo, actually. I just figured I'd put this out here and see what happens. - ZM

[personal profile] ralphmerridew 2012-02-28 22:20 (UTC)(link)
Guess at Buddha-nature: Well, with that grid, somebody's going to say this, so let's get this out of the way. The koan must be a valid Sudoku over the letter O,X,E,N.

[identity profile] motris.livejournal.com 2012-02-28 23:47 (UTC)(link)
OXEN
ENOX
XENO
NOXE

[identity profile] adjusthing.blogspot.com 2012-02-29 00:42 (UTC)(link)
NEOX
ENXO
XOEN
OXNE

[identity profile] motris.livejournal.com 2012-02-29 01:15 (UTC)(link)
OXEN
NEXO
XONE
ENOX

[identity profile] betaveros.wordpress.com 2012-02-29 04:04 (UTC)(link)
OOOO
XXXX
EEEE
NNNN

[personal profile] janglernpl 2012-02-29 11:41 (UTC)(link)
OXOX
XOXO
NENE
ENEN

[personal profile] gpagano 2012-02-29 20:45 (UTC)(link)
OXEN
XONE
ENOX
NEXO

[identity profile] devjoe.livejournal.com 2012-03-01 00:58 (UTC)(link)
OXEN
XENO
ENOX
NOXE

The above is my koan.
Also, the Zendo game you saw me playing was at http://superdupergames.org/

[identity profile] motris.livejournal.com 2012-03-01 01:43 (UTC)(link)
EXON
NOXE
XENO
ONEX

[identity profile] betaveros.wordpress.com 2012-03-01 07:48 (UTC)(link)
NNNN
NNNN
NNNN
NNNN

[identity profile] betaveros.wordpress.com 2012-03-02 00:05 (UTC)(link)
XXXX
EOXN
EXON
XXXX

[identity profile] devjoe.livejournal.com 2012-03-02 02:14 (UTC)(link)
ONEX
NOXE
EXON
XENO

[identity profile] motris.livejournal.com 2012-03-02 03:11 (UTC)(link)
OOOO
OOOO
OOOO
OOOO

[identity profile] puzzleparasite.blogspot.com 2012-03-02 05:30 (UTC)(link)
ENEN
NONO
OXOX
XEXE

[identity profile] qzqxq.wordpress.com 2012-03-03 00:52 (UTC)(link)
Might as well guess all X's:
XXXX
XXXX
XXXX
XXXX

[identity profile] betaveros.wordpress.com 2012-03-03 06:04 (UTC)(link)
EEEE
EEEE
EEEE
EEEE

[identity profile] motris.livejournal.com 2012-03-03 16:15 (UTC)(link)
NNNN
NONN
NNON
NNNN

[identity profile] devjoe.livejournal.com 2012-03-03 18:46 (UTC)(link)
NONO
NONO
NONO
NONO

[identity profile] cyrebjr.livejournal.com 2012-03-04 09:41 (UTC)(link)
OOXN
OXEN
XEEN
NNNN

[identity profile] devjoe.livejournal.com 2012-03-06 00:47 (UTC)(link)
OXEN
XENE
ENEX
NEXO

[identity profile] betaveros.wordpress.com 2012-03-06 04:08 (UTC)(link)
EEEE
ENEE
EENE
EEEE

[identity profile] devjoe.livejournal.com 2012-03-09 01:10 (UTC)(link)
NNNN
NONN
NNNN
NNNN

[identity profile] betaveros.wordpress.com 2012-03-09 11:57 (UTC)(link)
NNNN
NNON
NOON
NNNN

[identity profile] devjoe.livejournal.com 2012-03-11 17:30 (UTC)(link)
NNNN
NOXN
NENN
NNNN

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