oooooo I remember this one. It pissed me off! :)
Why, out of curiosity? :)
Were your initial solutions overly-complex? Most of my early theories were way off. It seems a fair puzzle, overall, since the rules don't try to mislead. (I'm saying nothing about someone who might've tortured you with it, though!)
Actually, you're closer to the real reason -- it wasn't the puzzle that pissed me off. It's that it was presented to me by a bunch of people who already knew the answer, and pulled the old "Ha ha! Oh it's so obvious you'll hate yourself more and more the longer you don't get it!" trick. And that pissed me off ;)
Also, I completely ignored the name of the puzzle, despite having been told right up front that it was important. I brute forced the answer by looking at probably hundreds of results from the web game and trying to deduce what combinatorics of the die numbers could sum up to the result. Eventually I figured it out and wrote up the algorithm in C to make sure I was right, and then I was happy.
...which leaves me baffled as to why rolling a 6 would have anything to do with it.
Thanks for the tip! I wouldn't have been able to figure it out otherwise...
And faster than bill gates it seems.
Well done! It took me an embarassingly long time, I must admit.
My problem with this is that to this day, I never could figure out why the name was significant, even when I figured out the answer.
Aha! You are perhaps where I was: You know how to find the answer but it doesn't quite make sense.
I can explain why the name is significant to you but I don't want to post it here and accidentally spoil it for someone else. What's your email?
Oh my god, I can't believe I figured it out on the very first roll! And no, I have never seen this before. The Rose name just seemed to totally click for me.
It can work that way. It seems it's highly variable how long it'll take someone to figure it out. Well done!
It is REALLY wierd..I am a very right brained (creative, not mathmatical)person, but I got it the FIRST roll!
I am very proud of myself!!
2005-10-18 01:38 am (UTC)
This one was introduced to me a year or two ago by a science professor. We were forced to play the game first day of class, hehe. It's definitely an interesting brain teaser.
I've already subjected my friends to this. Which would make it awesome to inflict your 'broken' version on them.
1-6-3-5-5 "Yeah, yeah, I know. That's 10." "No, that's 7." "WHAT?! WHY?!" "The name of the game is..."
Hmm. I initially tried to solve the problem from your post alone (not wanting to read up in case it spoiled things). Unfortunately, you can't work it out without examples - without examples, you don't even know that the game involves rolling dice and coming up with a number as an answer. :P
Unfortunately, I saw the mention of diagonals in a comment on your other post and I think that's what gave it away to me, once I'd found the examples in the Borrett article...
Neat little puzzle, though.