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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?

 Submitted by Gamer Rating: 4.0000 (5 votes) Solution: (Hide) The key is to let the As switch places. Charlie found 6 solutions of 18 moves here, but by moving each letter to the empty space in this pattern it can be accomplished in 22 moves which makes a cool message like this: Y GAMERS Y GAMERS Y GAMERS A (Based on A Victorian Cross Puzzle)

 Subject Author Date Puzzle Thoughts K Sengupta 2023-02-11 01:16:54 some thoughts K Sengupta 2007-05-12 13:39:28 "yo" is about to get a new user-name.... Penny 2004-03-23 14:03:42 re: my final answer Charlie 2004-03-19 11:11:53 my final answer Charlie 2004-03-19 11:00:59 re(2): it is MORE......... att: Federico Ady TZIDON 2004-03-19 08:11:10 re: it is MORE challenging that I thought Federico Kereki 2004-03-19 07:01:00 one way DJ 2004-03-18 17:19:33 solution Charlie 2004-03-18 16:09:49 re(2): it is MORE challenging that I thought Ady TZIDON 2004-03-18 15:47:32 re: it is MORE challenging that I thought Charlie 2004-03-18 15:40:24 it is MORE challenging that I thought Ady TZIDON 2004-03-18 15:28:40 Preliminary thought nikki 2004-03-18 15:19:30 re(2): say it in any order Ady TZIDON 2004-03-18 15:01:07 re: say it in any order Federico Kereki 2004-03-18 14:54:27 say it in any order Ady TZIDON 2004-03-18 14:50:17

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