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zotmeister ([personal profile] zotmeister) wrote2012-02-28 04:24 pm
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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] gpagano 2012-03-11 07:25 pm (UTC)(link)
ONNO
NNNN
NNNN
ONNO

[identity profile] betaveros.wordpress.com 2012-03-12 12:04 pm (UTC)(link)
NNNN
OOON
OOON
NOON

[personal profile] avenger314 2012-03-12 11:34 pm (UTC)(link)
OXEO
XNNE
ENNO
OEXO

[personal profile] avenger314 2012-03-13 02:40 pm (UTC)(link)
Odd, either my comment didn't post or I inadvertently violated a rule.

My guess:
NOEX
ONXE
EXNO
XOEN

[personal profile] gpagano 2012-03-13 05:31 pm (UTC)(link)
XNNX
NNNN
NNNN
XNNX

[identity profile] devjoe.livejournal.com 2012-03-14 02:26 am (UTC)(link)
NXNN
NNXN
XNNN
NNNX

[identity profile] betaveros.wordpress.com 2012-03-14 10:28 am (UTC)(link)
ENXO
XOEN
OXNE
NEOX

[identity profile] devjoe.livejournal.com 2012-03-14 10:14 pm (UTC)(link)
ONOO
OXXO
NXXO
OOON

[personal profile] gpagano 2012-03-15 04:44 pm (UTC)(link)
OOOO
ONNO
ONNO
OOOO

[identity profile] betaveros.wordpress.com 2012-03-17 04:42 am (UTC)(link)
NNNN
NOON
NOON
NOON

[identity profile] betaveros.wordpress.com 2012-03-17 02:53 pm (UTC)(link)
NNNN
NOON
NOON
NNON

[identity profile] devjoe.livejournal.com 2012-03-17 04:20 pm (UTC)(link)
ONOX
XONO
NOXO
OXON

[identity profile] devjoe.livejournal.com 2012-03-18 01:29 pm (UTC)(link)
XONE
ENOX
OXEN
NEXO

[identity profile] devjoe.livejournal.com 2012-03-19 10:41 pm (UTC)(link)
NNNN
NXXN
NXXN
NNNN

[identity profile] devjoe.livejournal.com 2012-03-20 10:27 pm (UTC)(link)
ONOO
OXXN
NXXO
OONO

[identity profile] devjoe.livejournal.com 2012-03-22 11:52 pm (UTC)(link)
I notice that nobody else seems to be playing any more, so if this is wrong it's going to put a crimp in the game (I suppose you can make some null sweeps to deal with that, if needed.) And that said, this is a horribly convoluted description of the rule. My koan of 2012-03-02 02:14 am UTC would be a counterexample - the only one - without the third condition (which I wanted to make more like the second, but I have to describe what is shown.) Anyway, here it is:

A koan has buddha nature if and only if the following are all true:
1. No row spells the word OXEN
2. The top row, bottom row, left column, and right column all have the same set of letters, possibly rearranged.
3. Every letter that appears in the koan appears on at least one diagonal.

[identity profile] devjoe.livejournal.com 2012-03-23 12:14 am (UTC)(link)
whoops, that's not going to be valid, because I left out a constraint. I told you it was too complicated. Add:

4. Every row and every column contains at least one N.

(no subject)

[identity profile] devjoe.livejournal.com - 2012-03-23 14:34 (UTC) - Expand

[personal profile] gpagano 2012-03-23 04:31 pm (UTC)(link)
Sorry for not keeping up with this--I've had some ideas, but nothing that hits me as "animal-related". A koan for now:

NNNN
NNON
NNNN
NNNN

[identity profile] betaveros.wordpress.com 2012-03-28 11:53 am (UTC)(link)
Guess: a koan has the buddha nature if and only if both are true:
1) it does not contain three letters in a line, all of which are Xs or Es;
2) it does not contain three letters in a line, all of which are Os or Es.

"Three squares in a line" means three consecutive squares in a row, column, or (not-necessarily-major) diagonal.

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