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merkman
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2007 10:21 am    Post subject: Time for another Cointest Reply with quote

An Unactivated Antique Copper Alvin's Phone Geocoin goes to the winner.

I have a randomly generated 5 character code.
_ _ _ _ _

Here are the details
- The code contains only letters.
- Each letter is unique.
- The code is all uppercase. (case independent).
- The code is not a word according to a lookup at www.wordnavigator.com.
- The code does not have any "dirty words" inside of it.
- The code is not an acronym according to a lookup at www.acronymfinder.com.
- If a guess gets letters correct I will post here with how many of the letters are correct but not which letters or positions.
- Guesses will only be accepted if they are posted here no e-mails please.
- 1 Guess per day, per MnGCA username.
- I will only respond to the first guess per day, per MnGCA username.
- A day is 12:00 midnight to 11:59 PM.
- The first MnGCA username to guess the correct code wins an unactivated copper Alvin's Phone Line coin.

Good Luck.

Now that the 5 letters have been identified we can go to this format.

The Guesses so far:

Code:

BFHTW   loneeagle_24    11/27/2007
BFHWT      
BFTHW      
BFTWH      
BFWHT      
BFWTH   freebee   11/27/2007
BHFTW   spinowner   11/27/2007
BHFWT      
BHTFW   Mrs. Mizzou   11/29/2007
BHTWF   Mrs. Mizzou   11/28/2007
BHWFT   Mrs. Mizzou   11/27/2007
BHWTF      
BTFHW   Marsha and Silent Bob   11/28/2007
BTFWH      
BTHFW      
BTHWF      
BTWFH   EPMinnesota   11/28/2007
BTWHF   jambro   11/27/2007
BWFHT   former hawkeye   11/29/2007
BWFTH      
BWHFT      
BWHTF   MNMizzou   11/28/2007
BWTFH      
BWTHF   MNMizzou    11/27/2007
FBHTW   firstbass   11/27/2007
FBHWT      
FBTHW      
FBTWH      
FBWHT      
FBWTH   msteffel   11/27/2007
FHBTW      
FHBWT      
FHTBW      
FHTWB   loneeagle_24   11/28/2007
FHWBT   zuma!   11/29/2007
FHWTB   zuma!   11/28/2007
FTBHW   zuma!   11/27/2007
FTBWH      
FTHBW      
FTHWB      
FTWBH   msrubble   11/27/2007
FTWHB      
FWBHT   dachebo   11/28/2007
FWBTH   dachebo   11/29/2007
FWHBT      
FWHTB      
FWTBH      
FWTHB      
HBFTW      
HBFWT   Kitch     11/27/2007
HBTFW   Kitch     11/28/2007
HBTWF   Kitch     11/29/2007
HBWFT      
HBWTF      
HFBTW      
HFBWT   Red_Devil35    11/27/2007
HFTBW      
HFTWB      
HFWBT      
HFWTB   sir_zman   11/28/2007
HTBFW      
HTBWF      
HTFBW   Arcticabn   11/27/2007
HTFWB      
HTWBF   loneeagle_24   11/29/2007
HTWFB      
HWBFT      
HWBTF   Marsha and Silent Bob   11/27/2007
HWFBT      
HWFTB      
HWTBF      
HWTFB      
TBFHW      
TBFWH   JeePSer   11/28/2007
TBHFW      
TBHWF      
TBWFH   spinowner   11/29/2007
TBWHF      
TFBHW   firstbass    11/28/2007
TFBWH      
TFHBW      
TFHWB      
TFWBH      
TFWHB   Pear Head    11/29/2007
THBFW   Pear Head    11/27/2007
THBWF   Pear Head    11/28/2007
THFBW      
THFWB      
THWBF      
THWFB      
TWBFH   LucidOndine   11/27/2007
TWBHF   LucidOndine   11/28/2007
TWFBH   LucidOndine   11/29/2007      
TWFHB      
TWHBF      
TWHFB      
WBFHT   sir_zman   11/27/2007
WBFTH      
WBHFT   sir_zman   11/29/2007
WBHTF   ghost640   11/29/2007
WBTFH   ghost640   11/28/2007
WBTHF   ghost640   11/27/2007
WFBHT      
WFBTH   spinowner   11/28/2007
WFHBT   Geopierce   11/28/2007
WFHTB      
WFTBH      
WFTHB   msteffel   11/28/2007
WHBFT      
WHBTF      
WHFBT      
WHFTB      
WHTBF      
WHTFB   Geopierce   11/27/2007
WTBFH      
WTBHF      
WTFBH   Red_Devil35   11/28/2007
WTFHB   EPMinnesota   11/27/2007
WTHBF      
WTHFB   JeePSer   11/27/2007


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Marsha and Silent Bob
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2007 10:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

FUIKA
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2007 10:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Marsha and Silent Bob wrote:
FUIKA


1 letter correct
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2007 11:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

EATON
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2007 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

AEIOU
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2007 12:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Arcticabn wrote:
EATON

EATON = 1 Letter Correct
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2007 12:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sir_zman wrote:
AEIOU

AEIOU = 0 Letters Correct
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2007 12:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

RSTLN
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2007 12:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

LucidOndine wrote:
RSTLN


RSTLN = 1 Letter Correct
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2007 1:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

merkman,

I admire your willingness to answer all these emails. There could be a lot of them.

This is known in the mathematical literature as a 5x26N Mastermind game (remember the game with pegs -- but here with five pegs and 26 "colors" to choose from, with N denoting no repetition of colors allowed). There is the additional restriction here that no English words are formed.

Even after the five letters are determined, there are still 5! = 120 ways to permute those letters, and we get no new information about whether a guess is close. That could take a while.

To make it more like Mastermind, and have it still last a good long while, I'd suggest replying with the number of letters in correct position and number of letters in incorrect position, like white and black pegs in Mastermind. But, it's your coin, so I guess you can torment us however you like!

Anyway, VWXYZ?
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2007 1:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BCDGH
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2007 2:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

firstbass wrote:
Even after the five letters are determined, there are still 5! = 120 ways to permute those letters, and we get no new information about whether a guess is close. That could take a while
...
I guess you can torment us however you like!


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firstbass wrote:
Anyway, VWXYZ?


VWXYZ = 1 Letter Correct
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2007 2:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JeePSer wrote:
BCDGH


BCDGH = 2 Letters Correct
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2007 2:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

firstbass wrote:
but here with five pegs and 26 "colors" to choose from


merkman wrote:
AEIOU = 0 Letters Correct


21 "colors" to choose from now.

It is a little easier now.

EATON - AEIOU = TN
FUIKA - AEIOU = FK
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2007 2:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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