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Topic: The Game of Sprouts
Replies: 6   Last Post: Jan 19, 1998 5:49 PM

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 Danny Purvis Posts: 176 Registered: 12/6/04
the game of Sprouts
Posted: Jan 19, 1998 4:51 PM

zovich - the nim building block; null - a zovich which will yield an
even number of moves; inverter - a zovich which will yield an odd
number of moves; switch - a zovich which the mover can convert to her
choice of null or inverter; trap - a zovich which will become a switch
after one move; biosphere - a hermetically sealed Sprouts life zone;
countable - a Sprouts dot with 0 or 2 lines attached.

A Sprouts zovich with an even (odd) number of countables which will
yield an odd (even) number of biospheres is an inverter. An inverter
plus a trap wins.

These concepts are very useful because of a ubiquitous trap, the
biosphere consisting of two unattached dots.

Date Subject Author
9/22/95 Bill Haloupek
9/22/95 burgiel@geom.umn.edu
9/23/95 Ernie Thene
9/25/95 John Conway
9/25/95 John Conway
1/19/98 Danny Purvis
1/19/98 John Conway