I tend to do presentations using LaTeX and Beamer, while working on Linux and using TeXLive as LaTeX distribution - which all work fine. But sometimes I need to share these PDFLaTeX compiled presentations with people using Windows and Adobe Acrobat Reader as their pdf viewer. The feedback I usually get back: your pdf is broken, error 131. And frankly, that seems to be true.
In this post we are implementing a Hidoku solver (Hidoku is yet another fine number puzzle) that uses a depth first search, branch cutting, limited (intelligent) successor generation and some automatic simplification. Usually, a Hidoku is a quadratic board consisting of n x n fields - but rectangular or other forms would be possible as well. With each Hidoku, some fields are already pre-filled with numbers at the beginning. The game goal is to fill in all other numbers so that an ascending number queue is built: each number has to be adjacent to it's successor, with adjacent meaning in an adjacent horizontal, vertical or diagonal field.
The magic number board puzzle is yet another equation puzzle (similar to the first equation puzzle or Jodici) - but has a notable larger solution space. The magic number board is a quadratic board, consisting of 5x5 = 25 fields, which are organized as 5 horizontal rows and 5 vertical columns. Each field should contain … Continue reading Magic number board puzzle solver in Python