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Historical Record (Posted on 2009-01-14) Difficulty: 3 of 5
As with Shuffle the graphic represents an unfolded cylinder but with two rotatable rings around its girth. Each band contains nine blocks.

There are three vertical slots which intersect these bands; the slots will always carry 3 blocks although their length is for four.

At any one time, if a block in one vertical is moved up or down, the blocks in the other slots move simultaneously in the same direction.

Horizontal bands may be rotated left or right as many places as you wish (but one place per click).


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R M H U T N P P A
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to the download position.


Your objective is to create a 9 letter word, all letters different, in the top band which has some relevance to the problem's title (a medium perhaps). As a secondary bonus the lower band should confirm both your word and the title.

No Solution Yet Submitted by brianjn    
Rating: 4.0000 (2 votes)

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Hints/Tips the words possible (with partial spoiler) | Comment 1 of 5

OPEN "\words\words9.txt" FOR BINARY AS #1
w$ = SPACE$(9)
DO
  GET #1, , w$
  IF EOF(1) THEN EXIT DO
  a$ = "rmhutnppasmeyapyrc"
  good = 1
  FOR i = 1 TO LEN(w$)
    ix = INSTR(a$, MID$(w$, i, 1))
    IF ix > 0 THEN
     a$ = LEFT$(a$, ix - 1) + MID$(a$, ix + 1)
    ELSE
     good = 0: EXIT FOR
    END IF
  NEXT
  IF good THEN PRINT w$, a$
LOOP

lists the possible 9-letter words and the letters that remain after that word's letters are removed from the 18 that are present:

anthraces     muppmypyr
arcatures     mhnppmypy
armaments     huppypyrc
armatures     hnppmypyc
asymmetry     hunppaprc
capturers     mhnpmyapy
carpentry     mhupsmapy
catnapers     mhupmypyr
catnapper     mhusmypyr
champerty     unpsmapyr
chaunters     mppmyapyr
macrurans     htppmeypy
marchpane     utpsmypyr
mercaptan     hupsmypyr
merchants     uppmyapyr
parachute     mnpsmypyr
paraments     hupmypyrc
paranymph     utsmepyrc
parcenary     mhutpsmpy
parchment     upsmyapyr
paymaster     hunpmpyrc
peasantry     mhupmpyrc
pentarchs     mupmyapyr
pentarchy     mupsmapyr
prehumans     tpmyapyrc
purchaser     mtnpmyapy
pyrethrum     npasmapyc
sacrament     huppmypyr
sanctuary     mhppmepyr
sarmentum     hppyapyrc
scrapheap     mutnmypyr
stauncher     mppmyapyr
supremacy     htnpmapyr
tarpapers     mhunmypyc
thrummers     nppayapyc
tracheary     munppsmpy
tympanums     rhpeapyrc
upperpart     mhnsmyayc
yachtsman     ruppmepyr
yachtsmen     ruppmapyr

Of these it would seem that PARCHMENT meets the conditions well, and it leaves letters from which PAPYRUS can be formed.


  Posted by Charlie on 2009-01-14 16:52:54
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