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Formula for a 15 - Puzzle game (Backwards and forward solution) [on hold]

So I currently code a 15-Puzzle Game. Every tile has position starting between 1 and 16. For example has a tile which is at the position where number 3 should be the position 3. Now I need to find ...
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What is the mathematical explanation for this trick? [migrated]

I found the following method to find one's age. It is working exactly for my case. I like to understand and solve this puzzle. If this is wrong forum, my sincere apologies. Please guide me solve this. ...
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Solving the magic backyard puzzle with MMA

I was trying to solve this puzzle using mma It looks like the generalization of the magic square. Anyway here my attempt:- There are four columns $(x,y,z,w)$ and nine rowa which are denoted by the ...
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Elegant solution to the Zebra [logic] Puzzle (“Einstein's Riddle”)

The famous Zebra Puzzle (Wikipedia), often called "Einstein's Riddle," is a logic puzzle that can be solved deductively by applying a list of logical rules. One version of the riddle (from Wikipedia) ...
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How many Christmas gifts?

This question is based on the old song, The Twelve Days of Christmas In a comment made on a recent question, Yves Klett remarked, "no seasonal questions this year?" This reminded me of one I solved ...
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How do we solve N-Rooks variation using primes?

Using a $p_n $x $p_n$ matrix, how can we solve the N-Rooks problem to find a prime in every row and column? ...
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Tiling a square

I wondered if there was a way to automate the process of finding a way to tile a tile into a square. The idea is to represent the tile with a matrix of $0$s for blank space and $1$s for filled spaces ...
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How can I calculate a jigsaw puzzle cut path?

I want to generate a path to cut an arbitrary shape into a set of jigsaw puzzle pieces. All pieces must be unique to preclude placing a piece in the wrong spot. Pieces must be interlocking such that ...
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Finding all dictionary words that can be made with a given set of characters (Wordfeud/Scrabble)

This is a slightly more involved variant of this recent question. By sheer coincidence I happened to have been building a Wordfeud (Scrabble clone) game in Mathematica. My interactive Wordfeud ...