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9-16-25 2D Matrix

Given three grids and the sum of rows and columns of each grid, your task is: Grid \$3×3\$: Fill the grid from \$1\$ to \$9\$, ensure no repeats within the grid. Grid \$4×4\$: Fill the grid from \$1\...
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3 Dimensional Minesweeper

3-Dimensional Minesweeper I've been on a minesweeper kick for a while, but all the questions are for 2 dimensions (or that one in 1D). But 2D is 2 easy! Challenge Write the shortest code possible to ...
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How many cacti can I plant here?

Given a Minecraft terrain as a 2-dimensional array of integers or similar datastructure, determine the maximum number of cacti that can be planted on it. The integers represent the height (y) of the ...
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Can I Clear The Grid?

I recently found this game and have been enjoying it. Basically, there is a grid of colored tiles and you act by clicking on empty spaces. When you click an empty space, the first tile (if any) in ...
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Is it a Valid Crossword Grid?

In crossword terminology, the grid is the region into which the crossword answers are inserted, consisting of white and black squares. The crossword answers, called entries, are inserted into ...
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Implement grambulation

Consider the following spiral of positive integers: We now define grambulation as a binary operation \$\lozenge : \mathbb N \times \mathbb N \to \mathbb N\$, using this grid. Some example inputs and ...
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Simultaneously solve N-queens and no-3-in-line

An intriguing MathsSE question asked if there were large N-queens solutions where no three queens lie on a line. That question's body included the unique 4×4 solution up to symmetries ...
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Create a bingo card generator

Bingo Bingo is a numbers game where players match randomly drawn numbers to the numbers on their cards. Each bingo card is a square grid with 25 spaces, and the columns of the grid are labeled with ...
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Toggle some bits and get an actual square

Inspired by the title of the Toggle some bits and get a square challenge. In that challenge you output how many bits should be toggled, in order for the base-10 representation of the binary to become ...
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Is this position a pure mirror mate?

Task A pure mirror checkmate is a checkmate position, where the mated king is surrounded by 8 empty squares which are attacked or guarded by the winning side exactly once. You will be given a valid ...
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CGAC2022 Day 15: Chimney cleaning, Part 2

Part of Code Golf Advent Calendar 2022 event. See the linked meta post for details. While other Elves are busy carrying air blowers, Fen comes and shouts, "I've got a spell for this job!" ...
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CGAC2022 Day 14: Chimney cleaning

Part of Code Golf Advent Calendar 2022 event. See the linked meta post for details. As we all know, Santa comes down the chimney to deliver presents to good kids. But chimneys are normally full of ...
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CGAC2022 Day 13: Santa's gift and the laser lock, Part 2

Part of Code Golf Advent Calendar 2022 event. See the linked meta post for details. You successfully route the laser into the sensor, but nothing happens. "What?" Frustrated, you flip the ...
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CGAC2022 Day 12: Santa's gift and the laser lock

Part of Code Golf Advent Calendar 2022 event. See the linked meta post for details. There's a good news and a bad news. Good news: you got a Christmas present from Santa. (Already?! Christmas is two ...
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Santa's Shortest Path Problem

Santa's Shortest Path Problem Trying to be as time-efficient as possible Santa needs to plan his trips carefully. Given a 5X5 grid representing a map of villages it is your task to be Santa's flight ...
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CGAC2022 Day 5: Preparing an advent calendar

Part of Code Golf Advent Calendar 2022 event. See the linked meta post for details. It's time to prepare an advent calendar, but I've only got a large sheet of rectangular paper, randomly colored red ...
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CGAC2022 Day 2: Self-trapping Elf

Part of Code Golf Advent Calendar 2022 event. See the linked meta post for details. An Elf is hopping on a chessboard which extends infinitely in all four directions. They move like a generalized ...
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Transform a lattice polygon to minimum diameter by shearing

Given is a grid polygon by the list of its integer vertex coordinates arranged along the perimeter, in the form \$(x_1,y_1), (x_2,y_2), \cdots , (x_n,y_n)\$ with \$n \ge 3\$. The polygon is completed ...
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Traverse a rectangle's antidiagonals

There exists a bijection between the natural and rational numbers that works (approximately) like this: You create a 1-indexed 2-dimensional grid. In every field of this grid with position ...
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The smallest area of a convex grid polygon

I got an email from Hugo Pfoertner, an Editor-in-Chief at the On-Line Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences, with a terrific idea for a fastest-code challenge, which will also help verify or expand the ...
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When will the DVD logo hit the corner?

One of my favorite memes is the bouncing DVD logo. Yet silly but extremely satisfying, a DVD logo keeps bouncing on a screen and if you ever happened to watch this screensaver, you were most likely ...
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Optimally pop all the bubbles

In a given 2d grid of positive integers (representing different types of "bubbles"), there are one of two actions that you can do each "step". You can either: Pop an island (a ...
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The smallest number of steps for a chess piece to reach a position

I have previously posted a challenge, smallest number of steps for a knight in chess. Now I would like to go a step further by adding the possibility to choose your piece. If you place a piece on any ...
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Solving an easy Sudoku in increasing digit order

Introduction: I'm old-fashioned and still read a physical newspaper in the morning while eating my breakfast. Although I don't like Sudoku that much, I do solve the Light-complexity ones, which are ...
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smallest number of steps for a knight in chess

If you place a knight on any square of a chessboard, what is the smallest amount of steps to reach every position? Rules It is an 8 by 8 board. The knight starts at an arbitrary position, taken as ...
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Seeing the queen's lasers

In chess, the queen piece can move arbitrarily far in each cardinal and intercardinal direction. What does this mean? Well, I'll show you with an ASCII drawing: ...
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Find the best character arrangement

You want to write your English essay. However, all characters on your keyboard broke other than the arrow keys and the enter key. You want to find out how to place the characters so you can write your ...
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Create Bernard from Desmos

Background In the online graphing calculator Desmos, there is a certain shape that appears in the lower left portion of the graph in many high detail graphs, which the Desmos community has dubbed &...
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Straighten my corners... diagonally

We can arrange the positive integers like this: 1_| 2 | 5 | 10 4___3_| 6 | 11 9___8___7_| 12 16 15 14 13 That is, in L-shaped brackets expanding down and right ...
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Will this makina program halt?

makina is a cell-based esolang composed of automata which move around a grid. These automata follow paths of instructions that direct their movement. Your task is to, given a makina program using only ...
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Simplified Piet Interpreter

Background Piet is an esoteric stack-based programming language in which programs are images meant to resemble abstract paintings. To keep the challenge from being unnecessarily complex, you will not ...
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Words with Easy Letters in a Word Search

Introduction: Apparently I keep coming up with word search related challenges lately. :) When I do the word search in the Dutch news paper, some words are very easy to find because they contain ...
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How many times do I break my own rule?

Introduction: In my recent Strikethrough the Word Search List challenge I mentioned the following: When I do the word-search puzzles, I (almost) always go over the words in order, and strike them ...
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Line Islands in a Word Search

My third word search related challenge in a row. :) Challenge: Brief explanation of what a word search is: In a word search you'll be given a grid of letters and a list of words. The idea is to cross ...
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Coordinates for a Heronian tetrahedron

Did you know that Heronian Tetrahedra Are Lattice Tetrahedra? A Heronian tetrahedron is a tetrahedron where the length of each edge is an integer, the area of each face is an integer, and the volume ...
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Spinning Word Search

Introduction: Pete likes doing word search puzzles. Despite that, he has trouble searching for words vertically, (anti-)diagonally, or reversed. Because of that, he'll always search for the words left-...
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Counting overlapping objects

Consider a NxN pixel grid with up to M objects drawn on it, either squares or diamonds: square    diamond The objects may overlap, so recognition is hard. The task is to give the minimal possible ...
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Can I wall glitch to there?

Background In a 2d game that I play, each screen is a 2d grid of tiles with walls and walkable tiles, with the player only able to travel on walkable tiles, and being stopped by walls. When the player ...
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Retaining Water

Your task is to check the volume of water in a pool. Your have to create a program that takes in a input that is represented by an 10 by 10 grid of integers, with ...
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Is this a Hamiltonian cycle?

There is a 3x3 square block made of 1x1 square blocks, with coins in each 1x1 block, starting from top left block you want to collect all the coins and return to top left block again, if possible ...
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Score a Scrabble Play

Background In Scrabble, players take turns placing tiles on a grid so that each contiguous set of (more than one) tiles in every row and column makes a word. In one play, tiles can be placed anywhere ...
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Mat Printing Matrix

A manufacturing company wants to print a design on mats of varying dimensions, and they hired you to program a robot to make these mats. The design consists of alternating rings of any 2 symbols on a ...
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Sides of a polygon

Given an ASCII-art shape made of the characters /\|_, your challenge is to return the number of sides it has. A side is a straight line of one of those, for example:...
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Can I shorten this Python code for simulating a car driving around

I am trying to write a solution to the following problem using as few characters as possible (to meme my friend and introduce him to golfing). Can any improvements be done to my code? So the problem ...
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Identify a "reverse checkers" position

Task A reverse checkers position is a chess position where every piece for one player is on one colour and every piece for the other player is on the other colour. Your task is to find if the given (...
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Play the Fruit Box Game

Play the Fruit Box Game Intro Fruit Box is a game consisting of a 10x17 grid of numbers, each between 1 and 9, where the goal is to clear as many numbers as possible in a two-minute time window. In ...
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AoCG2021 Day 25: Stitching maps together

Part of Advent of Code Golf 2021 event. See the linked meta post for details. Related to AoC2020 Day 20, Part 1. (This day is a dreaded one for many of you, I know :P) Obligatory final "but you'...
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AoCG2021 Day 23: Finding the best seat

Part of Advent of Code Golf 2021 event. See the linked meta post for details. Related to AoC2020 Day 11, Part 2. You enter the waiting area for a ferry, and you see a bunch of people sitting at a ...
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AoCG2021 Day 21: Blinking through the forest [duplicate]

Part of Advent of Code Golf 2021 event. See the linked meta post for details. Related to AoC2020 Day 3. On the way to vacation, you're traveling through a forest on an airplane. For some biological ...
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Is the room lit up?

Imagine you have a grid where some squares are walls, some are empty, and some are lights that shine for arbitrary distances in the four cardinal directions until they meet walls: ...
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