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Star of David (Posted on 2005-09-20) Difficulty: 2 of 5
12 circular pieces (A-L) white on one side and blue on the other, are arranged in a "Star of David" as shown below, with the white face up.
                          A
                         / \
                        /   \
                 B-----C-----D-----E
                  \   /       \   /
                   \ /         \ /
                    F           G
                   / \         / \
                  /   \       /   \
                 H-----I-----J-----K
                        \   /
                         \ /
                          L
The goal is to turn all the 12 pieces so that they all show its blue side. At any time, you can turn any piece you want, but doing this, all the pieces that are connected to it, must be turned too. That is, if you choose to turn the "A"-piece (so that it becomes blue), the "C"-piece and "D"-piece must be turned too, becoming blue. If next you choose to turn the "E"-piece (so it becomes blue) the "G" and "D"-pieces must be turned too (the "G"-piece becomes blue, but the "D"-piece now becomes white again).

Can you devise a sequence with minimum turns to achieve the goal? Just name the pieces that you should turn; you donīt need to name the pieces that must be turned by the rule.

Iīm not forbidding using a computer (in fact, I canīt) but those who do, please give the others some time before posting a solution obtained by this way.

See The Solution Submitted by pcbouhid    
Rating: 4.0000 (4 votes)

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  Subject Author Date
re(3): Parity rocks! (no computer)pcbouhid2005-09-22 12:23:26
re(2): Parity rocks! (no computer)Steve Herman2005-09-22 03:08:16
re: Parity rocks! (no computer)pcbouhid2005-09-21 19:54:47
SolutionParity rocks! (no computer)Steve Herman2005-09-21 18:14:59
Solutionre: a solution 12 flips -- the computer solutionCharlie2005-09-20 18:53:07
a solution 12 flipsPatrick2005-09-20 17:23:49
re(3): Accomplishing the goal - WRONGCharlie2005-09-20 15:33:23
Solutionre(2): Accomplishing the goal - WRONGOld Original Oskar!2005-09-20 15:18:18
Solutionre: Accomplishing the goalCharlie2005-09-20 14:18:45
Hints/TipsAccomplishing the goalCharlie2005-09-20 13:43:24
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