TweetFollow Us on Twitter

Sep 99 Challenge

Volume Number: 15 (1999)
Issue Number: 9
Column Tag: Programmer's Challenge

Programmer's Challenge

by Bob Boonstra, Westford, MA

Playfair Decipher

This month the Challenge ventures into the world of codebreaking. Simple codes, perhaps, but codes with a real-world history. Tom Saxton recently wrote to suggest a Challenge based on a simple substitution cipher. The problem we picked is a little more complicated, being based on letter pairs (digraphs) rather than single character substitutions. Invented by Sir Charles Wheatstone in the mid-1800s, the Playfair cipher (named after his friend, Baron Lyon Playfair) was used to encrypt telegraphic traffic and was also used during the Boer War and the First World War.

The Playfair cipher uses a 5x5 encryption matrix, in which each letter of the alphabet appears once. (The letters "i" and "j" map to the same cell.) While we codebreakers don't know what the keyword is, or what the matrix is for any given cipherText, we are fortunate in that our Intelligence organization has determined that our adversaries create their matrices from a keyword in a known manner.

As an example, let's use the keyword "cryptogram" to generate the encryption matrix. First, we write the unique characters in the keyword across in one line: Notice that the letter "r" appears only once, even though it occurs twice in the keyword.


Next, the remaining letters of the alphabet are written below:


To form the 5x5 encryption matrix, the letters are read off by columns:

				C  B  Q  R  D
				S  Y  E  U  P
				F  V  T  H  W
				O IJ  X  G  K
				Z  A  L  M  N

To encode a message, the plainText is split into two-letter groups. If a two-letter group would consist of a double letter, an 'X' is inserted between the double letters. An 'X' is also added at the end if needed to complete the last group. So, if the plainText is "The scheme really works." the two-letter groups formed as follows:


Each letter pair is encoded using the encryption matrix. If the letters are in the same row, the letter to its right in that row (wrapping the row if necessary) replaces each letter. If the letters are in the same column, each letter is replaced by the letter beneath it in that column (again, wrapping the column back to the top if necessary). If the letters are in different rows and columns, each letter is replaced with the letter at the intersection of its row and the other letter's column. So, in our example, the cipherText becomes:


So, with that explanation, the prototype for the code you should write is:

#if defined(__cplusplus)
extern "C" {

void InitPlayfair(
	const char *words[],		/* dictionary words */
	long numDictionaryWords		/* number of null-terminated words in dictionary */

void DecodePlayfair(
	const char *cipherText,	/* null-terminated text to decode */
	char *plainText					/* null-terminated decoded text */

void TermPlayfair(void);

#if defined(__cplusplus)

All of the words used in the plainText messages, as well as the keyword used to construct the encryption matrix, will be included in the numDictionaryWords words provided to your InitPlayfair routine. The words will contain only uppercase alphabetic characters and will be sorted in alphabetical order. Your InitPlayfair routine may analyze the dictionary and allocate memory to store any analysis results. After InitPlayfair is called, DecodePlayfair will be called multiple (an average of 10-100) times with cipherText messages that are to be decoded into plainText. Finally, TermPlayfair will be called so that you can return any memory allocated by InitPlayfair.

The winner will be the solution that decodes all of the cipherText correctly in the least amount of execution time. A large fixed penalty will be added for each message that is decoded incorrectly.

This will be a native PowerPC Challenge, using the latest CodeWarrior environment. Solutions may be coded in C, C++, or Pascal. Following our tradition for September Challenges, solutions may also be coded in assembly language. In response to numerous requests, solutions in Java will also be accepted this month. Java entries must be accompanied by a test driver that uses the interface provided in the problem statement.

Thanks to Tom Saxton for suggesting this Challenge. Tom wins two Programmer's Challenge points for the suggestion, as can you if you send in an idea that inspires a Challenge used in the column.

Three Months Ago Winner

Ernst Munter (Kanata, ON, Canada) makes yet another appearance in the Programmer's Challenge victory lane for submitting the fastest solution to the June Tetraminx Challenge. The Tetraminx Challenge required entrants to solve a puzzle with moveable pieces in the Rubik's Cube tradition, where the puzzle is shaped in the form of a truncated tetrahedron, with 28 triangular facelets arranged in 4 hexagonal and 4 triangular faces. Ernst was one of five entries to this contest, and his solution was more than twice as fast as his nearest competitor.

The Tetraminx problem is small enough that exhaustive computation of the solution for all possible problems is feasible, although barely so. Several contestants noted that all scrambled states are within 11 moves from the "solved" state. Ernst tells me that there are 933120 unique legal puzzle positions, of which 283888 are within 7 moves of the "start" position, 764355 within 8 moves, 930631 within 9 moves, 933088 within 10 moves, and all 933120 within 11 moves. Ernst and Rob Shearer both decided that spending cycles to precompute solutions would save time when solving a large number of test cases. Both Rob and Ernst explored the possibility of precomputing solution tables as part of "off the clock" initialization, but I decided that was contrary to the spirit of this Challenge. Initialization time was counted in the evaluation of all of the entries.

Ernst also included an option to precompute solutions up to a parameterized look-ahead depth, trading off reduced initialization time for increased individual solution time. The optimal setting for that look-ahead depth depends on the estimated number of test cases to be evaluated. For scoring purposes, I set that parameter to the worst case maximum value of 11 moves. Setting the parameter to the value suggested by Ernst for the actual number of test cases made it run even faster: 5.2 seconds instead of 8.3 seconds. At the worst case setting, Ernst's solution table occupies a little over 10MB, with a 22-bit state code stored in a 32-bit word for each legal state. The code for constructing the tree is in the Init method of the SolutionTree object, and the code for searching it is in the Solve method. While not used in the scored solution because the look-ahead parameter was set to its maximum value, the SearchNode object provides the logic to search backward from a puzzle position until a position in the incomplete solution tree is reached.

The table below lists the results for each of the solutions submitted. The test cases consisted of the same 100000 randomly generated puzzle positions. Three of the entries completed all of the test cases in a relatively short period of time. For the other entries, I scaled back the test cases to a number that could be solved within a couple of minutes. The table includes the total execution time and the number of puzzle moves generated to solve the test cases, along with an extrapolated total score that estimates the time needed to solve the full set of test cases. As usual, the table also lists the code size, data size, and programming language for each entry. The number in parentheses after the entrant's name is the total number of Challenge points earned in all Challenges prior to this one..

Name Total Score # Tests Time (secs) # Moves Code Size Data Size Lang
Ernst Munter (467) 8.3 100000 8.3 779347 6184 78356 C++
Willeke Rieken (51) 18.2 100000 18.2 1344553 11032 548 C++
Rob Shearer (7) 21.2 100000 21.2 779347 28764 3733 C++
Derek Ledbetter 3121.2 1000 31.2 7724 27928 3595 C++
Randy Boring (110) 112898.7 100 112.9 778 9536 399 C

Top Contestants

Listed here are the Top Contestants for the Programmer's Challenge, including everyone who has accumulated 10 or more points during the past two years. The numbers below include points awarded over the 24 most recent contests, including points earned by this month's entrants.

Rank Name Points
1. Munter, Ernst 221
2. Saxton, Tom 108
3. Boring, Randy 75
4. Maurer, Sebastian 70
5. Rieken, Willeke 51
6. Heithcock, JG 37
7. Lewis, Peter 31
8. Nicolle, Ludovic 27
9. Brown, Pat 20
10. Hostetter, Mat 20
11. Mallett, Jeff 20
12. Murphy, ACC 14
13. Shearer, Rob 14
14. Jones, Dennis 12
15. Hewett, Kevin 10
16. Selengut, Jared 10
17. Smith, Brad 10
18. Varilly, Patrick 10

There are three ways to earn points: (1) scoring in the top 5 of any Challenge, (2) being the first person to find a bug in a published winning solution or, (3) being the first person to suggest a Challenge that I use. The points you can win are:

1st place 20 points
2nd place 10 points
3rd place 7 points
4th place 4 points
5th place 2 points
finding bug 2 points
suggesting Challenge 2 points

Here is Ernst's winning Tetraminx solution:

Copyright © 1999 Ernst Munter


  Combined Version:
  	choose one-step solution lookup directly from puzzle state
  	or tree search with selectable degree of look-ahead.
Tetraminx Combinatorics
I think of the puzzle as a number of solid parts, the smaller tetrahedra, and use the term "tet" for the 10 tetrahedra which make up the puzzle.

Tets are moved relative to each other when the puzzle is twisted. The 28 observable colored triangular facelets are attached and fixed to the four corner tets (4 facelets each), and the six edge tets (2 facelets each).  To solve the puzzle, we do not need to track the 28 facelets but only the 10 tets and bring them into their unique home positions.

Each twist (Move) of the puzzle sends 4 tets to neighboring positions.

Each of the corner tets can only be in one of 3 different positions. The edge tets share 12 possible positions (6 places on the edges, times two for the two colors which can be flipped).

The entire puzzle state can be represented in a single 32-bit word.

The number of combinations of all positions of the 4 corner tets is 81.

The possible locations of the 6 unique edge tets are given by their permutations, that is 6! = 720.  In addition, each edge tet can be flipped to be in one of 2 flip position.  Flip positions are not entirely independent of the edge tet locations, and only the "even" parity combinations are found in a legal puzzle, that is 32 flip positions.

These three fields put together require 22 bits. This leaves room to store the move code that leads to or from this state to another state, alongside the state code.

Solution Strategy
The puzzle has exactly 933,120 legal states, and 3,732,480 possible states.

A tree of 81 * 720 * 32 nodes would be sufficient to store all possible state-move combinations, taking into account the even flip parity requirement.

I pre-build the entire inverse solution tree either at program start, under control of the constructor of this static class, or alternatively during the first call to Tetraminx().

The inverse solution tree starts at the solution, and grows with each added move.  Only new nodes representing puzzle states not found earlier, are stored.

Each node contains a 22 bit index of the father node, and a 3-bit move code, the move needed to reach this node.

This tree is stored as an array of actually 81 * 1024 * 32 nodes, in about 10.1 MB.  Each non-0 node of the tree corresponds to a legal puzzle state, from which the shortest solution can be traced back towards the root of the tree.

A ping-pong pair of stacks is used to temporarily hold the states and moves at one level, from which the states and moves of the next level are generated.

One-step Solution Lookup
For solving, the puzzle state, given in the form of 28 colored facelets is first converted to a representation as tets, and then converted to the 22-bit state code which forms the index of a node in the inverse solution tree.

The move sequence that leads to this node from the solution root can now be traced in reverse, while recording the inverse of each move stored in the nodes on the way to the root.

Tree Search with Look-Ahead
It takes a noticable time, perhaps a few seconds depending on CPU and memory speed, to prebuild the entire 10 MB inverse solution tree.

A second algorithm is presented which makes use of a partial inverse solution tree that can be initialized more quickly.

We solve a puzzle which requires more moves than the prebuilt tree contains, by searching with a forward tree until a node in the inverse tree is encountered.  At that point the remaining moves can be retrieved from the partial inverse tree.

This algorithm offers a trade-off between initialization time and solution time.  The more puzzles need to be solved, the faster the amortization of the investment in initialization time, and the bigger an inverse solution tree can be justified.

It is assumed that only valid puzzles are presented.  Invalid puzzles (missing colors for example) and unsolvable puzzles will probably return numMoves = 0, but this has not been tested exhaustively.

The program allocates about 11 MB of memory. I set the minimum heap size for my test program to 16 MB.

#include <stdlib.h>
#include <string.h>
#include "tetra.h"

// set SILENT_INIT = 0
// if you want table initialization deferred until the first puzzle.

// SILENT_INIT set to 0 for compliance with Challenge evaluation criteria
#define SILENT_INIT 0


	// Initialization time will not be measured
	// Pre-build complete solution tree and use full look-ahead
	#define M 11


	// Initialization time will count, but total time can be optimized
	// by setting LOOK_AHEAD to an appropriate value, for example:

	//	very few tests	( < 	   10 )  optimal LOOK_AHEAD = 4
	//	very short run	( < 	  100 )  optimal LOOK_AHEAD = 5
	//	     short run	( <     5,000 )  optimal LOOK_AHEAD = 6
	//	   average run	( <   100,000 )  optimal LOOK_AHEAD = 7
	//		  long run	( < 1,000,000 )  optimal LOOK_AHEAD = 8
	//	very  long run	( > 1,000,000 )  optimal LOOK_AHEAD = 11

// Challenge set to max value- unfair to optimize based on knowledge of test data
//	#define LOOK_AHEAD 7
	#define LOOK_AHEAD 11

	#define M (LOOK_AHEAD <  4 ?  4 : LOOK_AHEAD)


typedef unsigned char U8;
typedef unsigned long U32;
typedef unsigned short U16;

enum {
	kAllEdges = 0x3F

// Moves and puzzle piece enumerations differ from the caller's.
// My moves are represented as +L -L +R -R +B -B +K -K
//		so that the 6 moves to try next (without back tracking
//		or duplicating the last move) can be generated easily.
// Edges and corners are rearranged so that one code can consistently
//		be used to refer to the whole piece.

inline Move Convert2Move(const int m)
	{return Move(1+m/2+4*(m&1));}
// Converts my move representation back to the caller's.

enum {	// re-numbered edge and corner facelet codes
	eLR,eRL,			//	0,1	edges with adjacent facelets
	eLB,eBL,			//	2,3
	eLK,eKL,			//	4,5
	eRB,eBR,			//	6,7
	eRK,eKR,  		//	8,9
	eBK,eKB,			//	10,11
	vRL,vKL,vBL,sL,		//	12..corner codes padded with singles
  	vLR,vBR,vKR,sR,	//	16..mod 4 so we can use 2-bit masks
  	vRB,vLB,vKB,sB,	//	20..
  	vLK,vRK,vBK,sK		//	24..

const U8 kMyNumbering[28] = {

struct MyPieceState
struct MyPieceState {
// Make sure we are not penalized if enums are stored as 4-byte ints
  U8	piece;
  U8 	color;

/**************** Puzzle Analysis and Conversion *************/
// The Puzzle as given in the form of facelets and colors is analysed
// and re-constructed as a set of Tets.

static const int homeFace[10]={R,L,R,L, L,L,L,R,R,B};
static U8 faceColor[4];

static const int cornerSequence[4][4] = {

static const int kEdgeMap[4][4] = {
	{ 0, 4, 5, 6},
	{-4, 0, 7, 8},
	{-5,-7, 0, 9},
	{-6,-8,-9, 0}

 struct Tet
struct Tet {
// either a corner (3 faces) or an edge (2 faces)
	int		 		numFaces;
	int				pos;
	MyPieceState	face[3];
	U8				color;

	void AddFace(const MyPieceState & ps){face[numFaces++]=ps;}

	U32 LearnColor()
// For a corner tet, we learn the "nominal" color, i.e. the color
// of the opposing hexagon, by finding the missing 4th color.
		int colorBit =
			& ~(1 << face[0].color)
			& ~(1 << face[1].color)
			& ~(1 << face[2].color);
		int c=0;

		do {
			colorBit >>=1;
		while (colorBit);
		return color = c-1;

	bool LearnPosition(const int corner)//,const U8 faceColor[])
// We learn the position of a corner tet by counting the turns needed
// to bring the tet into its home position.
		U32 home,homeColor=faceColor[homeFace[corner]];

		if (homeColor == face[0].color)
		else if (homeColor == face[1].color)
		else if (homeColor == face[2].color)
		else return false;

		return true;

	void SetColor(const U32 c){color=c;}
	void SetPosition(const int p){pos=p;}

static int CmpState(const void* a,const void* b)
// for sorting pieces by position
	return ((MyPieceState*)a)->piece - ((MyPieceState*)b)->piece;

struct Puzzle
static struct Puzzle {
// Intermediate representation of the puzzle, from the set of
// 28 "Pieces" into a set of 10 "tets".
	Tet			 tet[4 + 6];
	MyPieceState myState[28];
	U8	 		 color2face[5];

	bool Init(const PieceState state[28])
// The puzzle is created from the 28 PieceStates through steps of
// learning the hexagon colors, the corner positions and the
// edge positions.

// To simplify things, the PieceStates are converted to
// MyPieceType numbering, and sorted by position

		if (!LearnColors()) 	return false;
		if (!LearnCornerPositions()) return false;


		return LearnEdgePositions();

	void ConvertPieceNumbering(const PieceState* s)
		MyPieceState* ms=myState;
		for (int i=0;i<28;i++,ms++,s++)

	bool LearnColors()
// Analyzes corner pieces to determine the face colors.
// The color of a hexagonal face is the 4th color missing
// among the triangle colors around the opposite corner
		int corner,facelet=vRL,allFaces=0;
		for (corner=L;corner<=K;corner++)
			for (int i=0;i<3;i++)
			allFaces |= 1 << faceColor[corner];
			facelet++;	// skip single facelets
		return (allFaces == k4colors);// check that 4 colors exist

	bool LearnCornerPositions()
		for (int corner=L;corner<=K;corner++)
			if (!tet[corner].LearnPosition(corner))
				return false;

		return true;

	void SetEdgeHomeColors()
		for (int i=4;i<10;i++)

	bool LearnEdgePositions()
		static int pair[6][2]={
		int posBits=0;

		for (int p=0;p<6;p++)
			int i=Assign(myState[pair[p][0]],myState[pair[p][1]]);
			if (i==0) return false;
			int pos;
			if (i>0) pos = pair[p][0];
				pos = pair[p][1];

			posBits |= 1<<(pos>>1);

		return (posBits == kAllEdges); // check that all edges were found

	int Assign(const MyPieceState f1,const MyPieceState f2)
		int hexFace1=color2face[f1.color];
		int hexFace2=color2face[f2.color];
		return kEdgeMap [hexFace1] [hexFace2];

	U32 GetCornerCode()
// returns an enumeration of the 81 possible corner combinations
		U32 cc =
			3 * (3 * (3 * (0x3 & P.tet[0].pos)
						+ (0x3 & P.tet[1].pos) )
				   +      (0x3 & P.tet[2].pos) )
		  +			  (0x3 & P.tet[3].pos);
		return cc;

	U32 GetEdgeCode()
// returns a 15-bit concatenation of the first 5 edge positions
// the 6th position is implied by the permutation of 6 edges.
		U32 ec = ((0x7 & (P.tet[4].pos >> 1)) << 12)
			| 	 ((0x7 & (P.tet[5].pos >> 1)) <<  9)
			|	 ((0x7 & (P.tet[6].pos >> 1)) <<  6)
			|	 ((0x7 & (P.tet[7].pos >> 1)) <<  3)
			|  	  (0x7 & (P.tet[8].pos >> 1));
		return ec;

	U32 GetFlipCode()
// returns a 5-bit concatenation of the first 5 edge flip positions
// the 6th flip position is implied by the even parity of the flips.
		U32 fc = ((1 & P.tet[4].pos) << 4)
			| 	 ((1 & P.tet[5].pos) << 3)
			|	 ((1 & P.tet[6].pos) << 2)
			|	 ((1 & P.tet[7].pos) << 1)
		  	|	  (1 & P.tet[8].pos);
		return fc;
} P;

/************************ Code Converter *********************/
// Based on a 22-bit representation of puzzle state.
// Builds lookup tables to allow next states to be derived from
// the current state and the move number, by simple operations.
// Four corners, five edge pieces, and the flip-state of five edges,
// are independently represented in 7, 10, and 5-bit fields of the
// state code, and rotated separately.

typedef U8	CornerCode;	// range 0 to 80
typedef U8	FlipCode;	// range 0 to 31
typedef U16	EdgeCode;	// range 0 to 719 + ((0 - 31) << 10)
// StateCode = (Corners << 15) + (Flips << 10) + Edges;
typedef	U32	StateCode;	// range 0 to 81*32*1024 - 1 = 2,654,207

const U32 kSolution=0;

// Rotation groups for corners, edges, and flip bits
const U8 kRotCorner[4]  = {1,2,0,0};

enum {lr,lb,lk,rb,rk,bk};
const U8 kRotEdge[6][4] = {
	{lr,lr,lk,rb},	//lr
	{lb,bk,lb,lr},	//lb
	{lk,lb,rk,lk},	//lk
	{rk,rb,rb,lb},	//rb
	{bk,rk,lr,rk},	//rk
	{rb,lk,bk,bk}	//bk

const U8 kRotFlip[6][4] = {
	{0,0,1,0},	//lr
	{0,0,0,1},	//lb
	{0,1,1,0},	//lk
	{1,0,0,1},	//rb
	{1,0,0,0},	//rk
	{0,1,0,0}	//bk
struct CodeConverter
struct CodeConverter {
	U16			compressTable[32768];	// 5 * 3-bit pos to range 0-719
	CornerCode 	cornerMoveTable[81][8];	// translates corners by move
	EdgeCode	edgeMoveTable[720][8];	// translates edges + flips by move

// Constructor builds these tables on program launch

#define BIT(x) (1<<x)
	void MakeCompressTable()
// Sequentially numbers all permutations of the numbers 0 to 5
// and stores their index in a table at the 15-bit index (5*3 bits).
    	U32 used=0,a,b,c,d,e,index=0;
     	for (a=0;a<6;a++)
         	used |= BIT(a);
            for (b=0;b<6;b++)
            	if (used & BIT(b)) continue;
             	used |= BIT(b);
	            for (c=0;c<6;c++)
        	    	if (used & BIT(c)) continue;
            	 	used |= BIT(c);
		            for (d=0;d<6;d++)
        		    	if (used & BIT(d)) continue;
            		 	used |= BIT(d);
			            for (e=0;e<6;e++)
        			    	if (used & BIT(e)) continue;
												U32 addr=8*(8*(8*(8*a+b)+c)+d)+e;
                		used &= ~BIT(d);
                	used &= ~BIT(c);
                used &= ~BIT(b);
            used &= ~BIT(a);

	U32 C3(int a,int b,int c,int d)
// Concatenates 4 corner positions, MOD 3
		return 3*(3*(3*a+b)+c)+d;

	void MakeCornerTable()
// Computes all moves on all 81 edge combinations
		int a,b,c,d,r;
		for (a=0;a<3;a++)
			for (b=0;b<3;b++)
				for (c=0;c<3;c++)
					for (d=0;d<3;d++)

						int addr=C3(a,b,c,d);
						r=kRotCorner[a]; *cp++=C3(r,b,c,d);
						r=kRotCorner[r]; *cp++=C3(r,b,c,d);
						r=kRotCorner[b]; *cp++=C3(a,r,c,d);
						r=kRotCorner[r]; *cp++=C3(a,r,c,d);
						r=kRotCorner[c]; *cp++=C3(a,b,r,d);
						r=kRotCorner[r]; *cp++=C3(a,b,r,d);
						r=kRotCorner[d]; *cp++=C3(a,b,c,r);
						r=kRotCorner[r]; *cp++=C3(a,b,c,r);

	void MakeEdgeTable()
// First, computes all even numbered moves on the 720 edge permutations
// and the corresponding flip bits
		int a,b,c,d,e,used=0,index=0;
		for (a=0;a<6;a++)
			used |= BIT(a);
			for (b=0;b<6;b++)
				if (used & BIT(b)) continue;
				used |= BIT(b);
				for (c=0;c<6;c++)
					if (used & BIT(c)) continue;
					used |= BIT(c);
					for (d=0;d<6;d++)
						if (used & BIT(d)) continue;
						used |= BIT(d);
						for (e=0;e<6;e++)
							if (used & BIT(e)) continue;
							for (int m=0;m<8;m+=2)
								U32	xa=kRotEdge[a][m/2],


								U32	fa=kRotFlip[a][m/2],

								int	flip=2*(2*(2*(2*fa+fb)+fc)+fd)+fe;
										(data | (flip<<10));
						used &= ~BIT(d);
					used &= ~BIT(c);
				used &= ~BIT(b);
			used &= ~BIT(a);

// Odd numbered moves are then just the even moves, repeated:
		for (int i=0;i<720;i++)
			for (int m=0;m<8;m+=2)
				edgeMoveTable[i][m+1] =
	StateCode Init(const Puzzle & P)
// Reduces a 28-piece Puzzle state to a 22 bit state code

		U32 corners	= P.GetCornerCode();
		U32 edges	= compressTable[P.GetEdgeCode()];
		U32 flips	= P.GetFlipCode();

		StateCode s = (corners << 15)
			|		  (flips << 10)
			|		   edges;
		return s;

	StateCode Next(const StateCode code,const int m)
// Moves the puzzle state through move "m".
		U32 corners		= 0x7F & (code >> 15);
		U32 flipEdges	= 0x7FFF & code;

		StateCode next = (cornerMoveTable[corners][m] << 15)
						| NextEdges(flipEdges,m);

		return next;

	U32 NextEdges(U32 flipEdges,int m)
// "flipEdges" consists of 5 flip bits and 10 edge position bits
//	To effect a move of the edges,
//		the existing flip bits must be XORed with the flip bits
//		from the table, and ORed with the new position bits.
		return (flipEdges & (31<<10)) ^
			edgeMoveTable[flipEdges & 1023][m];
} CC;
/*********************** Magic Lookup **********************/
enum {
	kTableSize = 81 * 32    * 1024	// 2,654,208 * 4 = 10,368 KB
};		  //corners * flips * edges

struct SolutionTree
static struct SolutionTree {
// The inverse solution tree
	U32*	tree;			// primary table
	bool	valid;

		Init();				// Constructor invokes Init();

	~SolutionTree(){delete [] tree;}

enum {kStackSize=0x80000};//  about 17K larger than needed

void Init()
// Builds the large lookup tree
		if (valid) return;
// Get the memory and clear it
		tree=new U32[kTableSize];

// Get a stack for holding sets of states while building the tree

		U32*	stack=new U32[kStackSize];// 500K words

		U32*	stackEnd=stack+kStackSize;
		U32* 	SP1=stack;		//from stack up
		U32* 	SP2=stackEnd;	//from stackEnd down
#define PUSH1(s) 	{*++SP1=s;}
#define PUSH2(s) 	{*-SP2=s;}
#define POP1(s) 	{s=*SP1-;}
#define POP2(s) 	{s=*SP2++;}
#define STACK1		(SP1 > stack)
#define STACK2		(SP2 < stackEnd)

// The root node at 0 (kSolution == 0)
		U32 state=kSolution;

// Make the first level moves, one node for each of 8 possible moves

		U32 code = 0,n;
		for (n=0;n<8;n++,code += 0x20000000)
			U32 next=CC.Next(state,code >> 29);
			PUSH1(next | code);

//			tree[next]=state | code;
		// 1
#if M >= 11
#define kStop kSolution
#define kStop 720
			tree[next]=kStop | code;
		// 1

// Make the remaining nodes.
// At each level, we expand the tree from all the nodes of the
// previous level which are held on the stack.
// Only 6 moves need to be considered since the 7th move would
// be reversing the previous move, and the 8th possible move
// would be a repeat of the previous move, but that double move
// is the same as the single inverse move (L+L+ = L-), and that
// single move is already represented at the earlier level.

// For each new state reached, we only add it into the tree if
// it is new and not the solution.

// The longest move sequence needed to solve any puzzle is eleven.
		for (int level=2,n;level<=M;level++)
// The stack is used from both ends;  while the previous level's states
// are popped off one end, the new states are pushed on at the other.
			while (STACK1) {

				U32 code=(state + 0x40000000) & 0xC0000000;
				state &= 0x003FFFFF;
				for (n=0;n<6;n++,code += 0x20000000)
					U32 next=CC.Next(state,code >> 29);

					if ((next!=kSolution) && !tree[next])
						PUSH2(next | code);
						tree[next]=state | code;
		// 2,4,6,8,10

			if (++level > M) break;
// Repeat, with stack roles reversed
			while (STACK2) {

				U32 code=(state + 0x40000000) & 0xC0000000;
				state &= 0x003FFFFF;
				for (n=0;n<6;n++,code += 0x20000000)
					U32 next=CC.Next(state,code >> 29);
					if ((next!=kSolution) && !tree[next])
						PUSH1(next | code);

						tree[next]=state | code;
		// 3,5,7,9,11

		delete [] stack;	// not needed any more


	long Solve(U32 state,Move moves[],const int maxMoves)
// Solve the puzzle by tracing states and moves through the tree.
// Each tree lookup[state] yields the next state
// and the move to change the puzzle to it, towards the solution.
		if (state==kSolution)	// already solved, 0 moves
			return 0;

#if SILENT_INIT == 0
		Init();					// setup the tree if necessary

		long numMoves;			// traverse the tree, collect moves
		state = tree[state];
		for (numMoves=0;numMoves<maxMoves;) {
			int myMove=(state >> 29) ^ 1;// invert: L+ becomes L-
			state &= 0x3FFFFF;
			if (state == kStop)
				return numMoves;
			state = tree[state];

		return 0;	// not found, probably illegal, or maxMoves too low

#if M < 11
	int EndRun(U32 state,Move moves[])
// Endrun traversing a partial inverse solution tree.
// If the state is found in the tree, the remaining moves are retrieved
// Returns 0 if solution not in tree.
		int numMoves;			// traverse the tree, collect moves
		state = tree[state];
		if ((state==0) || (state==kStop))
			return 0;
		for (numMoves=0;numMoves<M;) {
			int myMove=(state >> 29) ^ 1;// invert: L+ becomes L-
			state &= 0x3FFFFF;
			if (state == kStop)
				return numMoves;
			state = tree[state];

		return 0;
} magic;

#if M < 11
/************************* SearchNode ***********************/
// The node for the non-recursive exhaustive tree search to solve
// the puzzle in the smallest number of moves.
// Each node has a current state, and an array of next states which
// serve as the stack for back tracking.

// Moving forward in the tree is done by casting the last unused
// compact state on the array into a SearchNode and continue from there.
// Backtracking means, going back to the previous SearchNode and taking
// the next last nextState to go forward with.

struct SearchNode
struct SearchNode {
	U32			theState;
	int 		numNext;
	SearchNode*	prevNode;
	U32			nextState[8];// includes move code at MSB

	void Init(const Puzzle & P)
// The first search node is initialized from the original Puzzle.

	int Make8moves(Move moves[])
// Generates all 8 future states for the first search level.
// If any of these would solve the puzzle, the final moves are
// copied into moves[].

		for (int firstMove=0;firstMove<8;firstMove++)
			U32 next=CC.Next(theState,firstMove);
			int numCopied=magic.EndRun(next,moves+1);
			if (numCopied) {
				return 1 + numCopied;

			nextState[firstMove]=next | (firstMove << 29);
		return 0;

	int Make6moves(Move moves[])

// Generates 6 future states for the next search level.
// Note:
// the two moves NOT generated are the two redundant moves: the
// same, and its opposite, as the last move at the previous level.

// If any of the moves would solve the puzzle, the final moves are
// copied into moves[].

		int myMove=7 & (2 + ((theState >> 30) << 1));
		for (int i=0;i<6;i++,myMove = (myMove + 1) & 7)
			U32 next=CC.Next(theState,myMove);
			int numCopied=magic.EndRun(next,moves+1);
			if (numCopied) {
				return 1 + numCopied;
			nextState[i]=next | (myMove << 29);
		return 0;

	int LookAhead(Move moves[])
// Looks ahead up to M moves, by consulting the lookup table.
// If the current state is in the search tree we solve the puzzle,
// Otherwise a high number (99) is returned.

		int numMoves=magic.EndRun(0x003FFFFF & theState,moves);
		if (numMoves==0)
			return 99;// not found
		return numMoves;

	SearchNode* NextNode(int & level)
// Move forward in the search tree;  typecasts the last node of
// the nextState array into a SearchNode and returns it.
// Returns 0 if no more moves are left.
// Tracks "level", the position of the forward search in the tree.

		if (numNext)
			SearchNode* Q=(SearchNode*)(&nextState[-numNext]);
			return Q;
		} else return 0;

	SearchNode* BackTrack(int & level)
// Backtracks one or more steps, to the node which has nextMoves.
// Returns the address of the node reached, or 0.
// Tracks "level", the position of the forward search in the tree.

		SearchNode* S=this;
		} while (S && (0 == S->numNext));
		return S;

struct TreeSolver

/********************** Solver Tree Search *******************/

// Non-recursive exhaustive search.
struct TreeSolver {
	SearchNode searchNode[kMaxMoves];// stack of nodes

	TreeSolver(const Puzzle & P){searchNode[0].Init(P);}

	int Solve(Move moves[],int maxMoves)

// Returns the number of moves to solve,
// and populates the moves[] array.

		if (maxMoves==0)
			return 0;		// no moves allowed

		if (searchNode[0].theState == kSolution)
			return 0;		// solved puzzle, no moves
		if (maxMoves>11) maxMoves=11;

#if SILENT_INIT == 0
		magic.Init();		// setup the tree if necessary

		SearchNode* Q=&searchNode[0];

// Perhaps it's really simple, and only <= M moves are needed

		int movesCopied = Q->LookAhead(moves);
		if (movesCopied <= maxMoves)
			return movesCopied;		// found quick solution

// Quit if no more than M moves are allowed

		if (maxMoves <= M)
			return 0;

// Setup all 8 possible first moves.
// If this solves it (with M+1 moves), return success

		movesCopied = Q->Make8moves(moves);
		if (movesCopied)
			return movesCopied;

		int predict=M+1,best=99;

#define level (predict-(M+1))	// if we solve at level x, numMoves = predict

// All solutions from here on will have M+2 moves or more

		if (predict < maxMoves) 		// else quit now

		for (;;) {						// search-tree traversal loop

			Q = Q->NextNode(predict);	// next search level
			if (Q)
				movesCopied = Q->Make6moves(moves+level);
				if (movesCopied) 		// found a solution
					SearchNode* temp=Q;
					for (int i=level-1;i>=0;i-)

						moves[i]=Convert2Move(temp->theState >> 29);

					best = predict-;

					maxMoves = predict;	// limit search to 1 less than best

					if (0 == (Q = Q->BackTrack(predict))) break;
				else if (predict >= maxMoves)
					if (0 == (Q = Q->BackTrack(predict))) break;
			else if (0 == (Q = Q->BackTrack(predict))) break;

		if (best >= 99)
			return 0;	// no solution found; best was not set.

		return best;


/******************* Published Entry Point *******************/

long /* numberOfMoves */ Tetraminx (
  PieceState state[28],		/* initial state of the 28 pieces */
  Move moves[],						/* moves you generate */
  long maxMoves						/* maximum storage in move array */
) {

// convert to internal Puzzle (tet) format and check validity

	if (P.Init(state))

#if M >= 11

// (Use complete static solution tree)
// Convert to compressed format

		StateCode sc = CC.Init(P);
// and solve.
		return magic.Solve(sc,moves,maxMoves);


// (Use combination static and dynamic tree)
// Initialize tree solver class

		TreeSolver ts(P);
// and solve.
		return ts.Solve(moves,maxMoves);

	return 0;

Community Search:
MacTech Search:

Software Updates via MacUpdate

Tinderbox 7.0.0 - Store and organize you...
Tinderbox is a personal content management assistant. It stores your notes, ideas, and plans. It can help you organize and understand them. And Tinderbox helps you share ideas through Web journals... Read more
1Password 6.5.5 - Powerful password mana...
1Password is a password manager that uniquely brings you both security and convenience. It is the only program that provides anti-phishing protection and goes beyond password management by adding Web... Read more
Apple Remote Desktop Client 3.9 - Client...
Apple Remote Desktop Client is the best way to manage the Mac computers on your network. Distribute software, provide real-time online help to end users, create detailed software and hardware reports... Read more
Art Text 3.2.2 - $49.99
Art Text is graphic design software specifically tuned for lettering, typography, text mockups and various artistic text effects. Supplied with a great variety of ready to use styles and materials,... Read more
WhatRoute 2.0.15 - Geographically trace...
WhatRoute is designed to find the names of all the routers an IP packet passes through on its way from your Mac to a destination host. It also measures the round-trip time from your Mac to the router... Read more
Sparkle 2.1.1 - $79.99
Sparkle will change your mind if you thought building websites wasn't for you. Sparkle is the intuitive site builder that lets you create sites for your online portfolio, team or band pages, or... Read more
Dash 4.0.1 - Instant search and offline...
Dash is an API documentation browser and code snippet manager. Dash helps you store snippets of code, as well as instantly search and browse documentation for almost any API you might use (for a full... Read more
TextSoap 8.3.2 - Automate tedious text d...
TextSoap can automatically remove unwanted characters, fix up messed up carriage returns, and do pretty much anything else that we can think of to text. Save time and effort. Be more productive. Stop... Read more
Apple Remote Desktop 3.9 - Remotely cont...
Apple Remote Desktop is the best way to manage the Mac computers on your network. Distribute software, provide real-time online help to end users, create detailed software and hardware reports, and... Read more
Paragraphs 1.1.4 - Writing tool just for...
Paragraphs is an app just for writers. It was built for one thing and one thing only: writing. It gives you everything you need to create brilliant prose and does away with the rest. Features... Read more

MUL.MASH.TAB.BA.GAL.GAL 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: ENDLESS UPGRADES. CONSTANT DANGER. ANCIENT WISDOM. BOUNCY BALLS. Launch Sale, 40% OFF for a very limited time!!! MUL.... | Read more »
Dungeon Rushers (Games)
Dungeon Rushers 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Dungeon Rushers is a 2D tactical RPG combining dungeon crawler’s gameplay and turn based fights. Manage your team, loot dusty... | Read more »
Blasty Bubs is a colorful Pinball and Br...
QuickByte Games has another arcade treat in the works -- this time it's a mishmash of brick breaking and Pinball mechanics. It's called Blasty Bubs, and it's a top down brickbreaker that has you slinging balls around a board. [Read more] | Read more »
Corsola and Heracross are the new region...
Generation 2 finally launched in Pokémon GO, unleashing a brand new batch of Pokémon into the wild. Even before the update went live people were speculating on how to catch elusive Pokémon like the legendary "dogs", Unknown, and whether or not... | Read more »
The Warlock of Firetop Mountain (Games)
The Warlock of Firetop Mountain 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: An epic adventure through a mysterious mountain filled with monsters, magic and mayhem! “ looks downright... | Read more »
Fantasy MMORPG MU Origin’s receives a hu...
Developer Webzen are looking to take their highly popular fantasy battler MU Origin to the next level this month, with its most ambitious overhaul yet. The latest update introduces the long sought after Server Arena, new treasure dungeons, and much... | Read more »
RPG Djinn Caster (Games)
RPG Djinn Caster 1.0.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes) Description: SPECIAL PRICE 38% OFF(USD 7.99 -> USD 4.99)!!!A Fantasy Action RPG of far foreign lands! Summon the Djinns and rise to... | Read more »
Alto's Odyssey gets its first trail...
There's finally video evidence of Alto's Odyssey, the follow up to the 2015 App Store hit, Alto's Adventure. It looks just as soothing and atmospheric as Alto's last outing, but this time players will be journeying to the desert. Whereas Alto's... | Read more »
Last week on Pocket Gamer
What’s going on in the wider world of portable gaming? Each week we ask that question of our sister website Pocket Gamer. The PG team covers iOS gaming, just like 148Apps, but it also strays into the world of Android games and handheld consoles... | Read more »
Pokémon GO Generation 2 evolution guide
At long last, Niantic Labs finally unleashed the Generation 2 Pokémon into the wild. Pokémon GO trainers are scrambling to grab up this new set of 80 Pokémon. There are some special new tricks required to catch all of these new beasties, though.... | Read more »

Price Scanner via

Apple’s New iPad Ads Don’t Address Pro Users’...
Apple launched a new tranche of iPad Pro TV ads last week addressing actual queries and challenges from the Twitterverse, albeit using actors for the visuals. That’s great. As an iPad fan and heavy... Read more
Free Verbum Catholic Bible Study App For iOS
The Verbum mobile app runs on Logos’ powerful Bible software and is an advanced resource for mobile Catholic study. The Verbum app surrounds the Bible with the Tradition. Verbum comes with 15 free... Read more
27-inch Apple iMacs on sale for up to $200 of...
B&H Photo has 27″ Apple iMacs on sale for up to $200 off MSRP, each including free shipping plus NY sales tax only: - 27″ 3.3GHz iMac 5K: $2099.99 $200 off MSRP - 27″ 3.2GHz/1TB Fusion iMac 5K: $... Read more
15-inch 2.2GHz Retina MacBook Pro on sale for...
Amazon has 2015 15″ 2.2GHz Retina MacBook Pros (MJLQ2LL/A) available for $1849.99 including free shipping. Apple charges $1999 for this model, so Amazon’s price is represents a $150 savings. Read more
Apple refurbished iPad Air 2s available start...
Apple has Certified Refurbished iPad Air 2 WiFis available for starting at $319 including free shipping. A standard Apple one-year warranty is included: - 16GB iPad Air 2 WiFi: $319 $60 off original... Read more
Apple refurbished iPad Pros available for up...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 9″ and 12″ Apple iPad Pros available for up to $160 off the cost of new iPads. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each model, and shipping is free: - 32GB 9″... Read more
Apple restocks refurbished 2015 and 2016 13-i...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 2015 and 2016 13″ MacBook Airs available starting at $759. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each MacBook, and shipping is free: - 2016 13″ 1.6GHz/8GB/128GB... Read more
13-inch 2.5GHz MacBook Pro (Apple refurbished...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 13″ 2.5GHz MacBook Pros (MD101LL/A) available for $829, or $270 off original MSRP. Apple’s one-year warranty is standard, and shipping is free: - 13″ 2.5GHz MacBook... Read more
QuickerTek Announces 5TB Apple AC AirPort Tim...
QuickerTek Inc. has announced their new 5TB hard drive upgrade for Apple’s AC AirPort Time Capsule. By customer request, this upgrade also features six external antennas and offers the highest... Read more
Apple Certified Refurbished iMacs available f...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 2015 21″ & 27″ iMacs available for up to $350 off MSRP. Apple’s one-year warranty is standard, and shipping is free. The following models are available: - 21″ 3.... Read more

Jobs Board

*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions - Apple,...
Job Description: Sales Specialist - Retail Customer Service and Sales Transform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, Read more
Manager *Apple* Systems Administration - Pu...
Req ID 3315BR Position Title Manager, Apple Systems Administration Job Description The Manager of Apple Systems Administration oversees the administration and Read more
*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions - Apple,...
Job Description: Sales Specialist - Retail Customer Service and Sales Transform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, Read more
Manager *Apple* Systems Administration - Pu...
Req ID 3315BR Position Title Manager, Apple Systems Administration Job Description The Manager of Apple Systems Administration oversees the administration and Read more
*Apple* Technician - nfrastructure (United S...
Let’s Work Together Apple Technician This position is based in Portland, ME Life at nfrastructure At nfrastructure, we understand that our success results from our Read more
All contents are Copyright 1984-2011 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.