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Carol Haynes:
Howdy lanux. Interesting. I learnt my variant from my grandfather, he called the game pennies and nickels. I've seen it included with pegboard type games as well. Nothing new under the sun it would seem. Thanks for sharing.
-Mikes Software Co (October 11, 2005, 12:46 AM)
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I used to teach outdoor eduction, and this was a puzzle I used to do with kids using carpet tiles.

I have also seen a version called Frogs (jumping from lilly pad to lilly pad).

Many years ago I coded (though goodness knows where it is) a 'Towers of Hanoi' puzzle which you may want to add to your collection:

Three posts and a pile of tyres on one of them. The tyres are different sizes stacked largest on the bottom to smallest on the top. The puzzle is to move all the tyres to another pole with the rules: you can only move one at a time, you cannot put a larger tyre on a smaller tyre. Different numbers of tyres make the puzzle easier and harder. An extension is can you predict the minimum number of moves possible for any number of tyres ...

Here is an online Java vased version  and if you want the mathematical background to the problem click here (but don't cheat - see if you can work it out :)

Again this is a good physical puzzle - especially if a group of kids have to do it in silence!

Another classic one is Nim ... see here for an online Java version (seems to work best in Internet Explorer)

Mikes Software Co:
Howdy lanux.

why don't you pm the answer... ;-)

Well, how about a clue instead buddy? Do you enjoy spelling? Don't give up - Crack on!

well, i'm not a coder but i do dabble in scripting & macros due to the nature of my work, which is systems maintenance...

Six in one hand, 1/2 dozen in the next it's all good I'd say =) What I'm trying to convey is that the only real difference here is that; some languages are interpreted while others are compiled. No sweat. Besides the best tool for a given task is the thing no? Why write a program if a batch file comprising only 'dir *.*' worked as well?

btw, if you need ideas take a look here...

Now this site is bursting with ideas! Many thanks lanux, appreciate it.

Later on,

Mikes Software Co:
Hi Carol, very nice to meet you! Please excuse my delayed reply. (My work entails time out of town every now and again, and I usally take no computer along simply to clear my mind).

'Towers of Hanoi'

Sure enough, this puzzle is in the works down the road as well. I really enjoyed the example you posted, most especially the portion with the recursive function. I've at least two games now that employ recursive routines (8 Queens and another entitled PileUp).

And I see that you're a virtual idea machine yourself =) I've read several of your posts and without exception, I find something noteworthy therein. Lots of brain food, many thanks.


Another great game! Have you ever heard of Nine Men's Morris? I hope to code that little pup as well.

Later on,

Carol Haynes:
Thanks for the nice comments ... no I haven't heard of Nine Morris Men ... how does that work?

I have found this web version but there don't seem to be any rules ....

Well, how about a clue instead buddy? Do you enjoy spelling? Don't give up - Crack on!
-Mikes Software Co (October 16, 2005, 03:15 AM)
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hahaha... at last i've got it! ;-)
tks for not disclosing the answer, mike...

best regards,


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