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February 23rd, 2003
11:42 pm


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I'd forgotten all about it. It was a very nice surprise to see the puzzle show up on my friends page just now. And it was even nicer that it was something I could use Perl to solve in a few minutes.

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Date:February 24th, 2003 06:45 am (UTC)

Re: A serious question...

First, thanks for the interesting question.

Second, it's a word puzzle, not a logic puzzle. They are really entirely different animals.

Third, it's not as simple as "letting the computer solve it." I can't just give the computer the text of the problem and have it spit out an answer. It's a fun challenge to write a program to solve it, and that's the point of it for me. Also, it does require some thought on my part beyond just writing the program. I chose to use my simple dictionaries instead of my full dictionaries, since I figured these were going to be common words. Also, there are a decent number of words that fit the letter pattern, and, for now, I have no way of telling the computer to find ones that are opposites, so I still had to evaluate choices of words.

Does it give me an advantage over people not using a computer to solve it? Absolutely. However, I'm not in competition with them, so I'm very happy to just get out of it what I want to get out of it.
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