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 Gamer say (Posted on 2004-03-18)
Gamer say:

Spiral the words Gamer says around in a 3 by 3 board like this:
```G A M
Y   E
A S R```
On each turn, you may slide one letter horizontally or vertically into the blank space (the square it moved from becomes the new empty square).

You want to rearrange the letters so that the same word is spelled out around the edge, but beginning from one of the edges instead of the corner.

In other words, the board should look like one of these configurations:
```Y G A  S A Y  E R S  A M E
A   M  R   G  M   A  G   R
S R E  E M A  A G Y  Y A S```
What is the fewest number of turns it takes to do this?

 See The Solution Submitted by Gamer Rating: 4.0000 (5 votes)

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 re: my final answer | Comment 13 of 16 |

... well, almost my final answer.

The minimum number of moves to put the G on the right middle is 24:

`gAmy easr yasreyagAmyagsreagmAsrem    24sAyr gema emAgyesaesmramrAgysrAgyA    24sAyr gema AgyAemgyAesaesmramrgyAsr    24sAyr gema sremAsyaremyagsAyagremag    24sAyr gema`

The minimum for putting the G at the bottom is 22:

` ygAmersygAmersygAmersA      22ersm Aagy AmersAygmersAygmersAyg      22ersm Aagy`

and for the left is 20:

` ygAmersygAmgAayAgmag        20ameg ryAs yasyAgaAysAygmersAyg        20ameg ryAs AgyasAaygaAsygamersA        20ameg ryAs AmersaygmAaygaAmagyA        20ameg ryAs`
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Edited on March 19, 2004, 11:39 am
 Posted by Charlie on 2004-03-19 11:11:53

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