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Title
Designing peg solitaire puzzles
Authors
George I. Bell
Abstract
Peg solitaire is an old puzzle with a 300 year history. We consider two ways a computer can be utilized to find interesting peg solitaire puzzles. It is common for a peg solitaire puzzle to begin from a symmetric board position, we have computed solvable symmetric board positions for four board shapes. A new idea is to search for board positions which have a unique starting jump leading to a solution. We show many challenging puzzles uncovered by this search technique. Clever solvers can take advantage of the uniqueness property to help solve these puzzles.
Keywords
Solitaire puzzles, game design
Milestones
Published: 2017/06/10
Author Details
George I. Bell
gibell@comcast.net
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