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A Puzzling Situation

Ricochet Robot 1.1

Last month I presented a puzzle that I thought was quite clever. Well, as in everything else, I'm not quite as clever as I thought I was and most people wrote in solutions a full two moves less than mine. (For the full story click here. Be aware that it contains some spoilers to this puzzle though.) Since I thought my solution was "prettier" I've modified the layout slightly. Let's see the manner in which everyone makes me look the fool now!

In Ricochet Robot players compete to move Robots around the board. A token is revealed that matches a special square on the board. Players then compete to see who can move the matching color robot to that square in as few moves as possible. Robots can be moved in any of the four directions (up, down, left or right) but the problem is that once they start moving they continue until they hit a wall, the edge of the board or another robot!

eg. One way to get the Green robot home would be: Red down, Green right, Green up, Green left for a total of 4 moves.

The problem this month is a little different: Instead of getting a single robot to its home you must get all robots home! (If you can't see the whole board try setting your browser to full screen.)

Solution

- Greg Aleknevicus

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