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another pattern? (Thursday, 8th November 2007)
chairman
Kwon-Tom Obsessive
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Posted - 2007.11.08 13:54:37
I might be wrong, but I think this pattern has not been on the forum yet:

(4 lines)

If two blanks are inserted, highlander gives even four lines more:

(blanks must be blank, question marks can be anything)
astrokath
Kwon-Tom Obsessive
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Posted - 2007.11.08 16:35:20
Oh yeah!
puzzlescot
Kwon-Tom Obsessive
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Posted - 2007.11.14 22:03:34
Only possibilities are:







So we can guarantee:



Is that what you mean?
chairman
Kwon-Tom Obsessive
Puzzles: 1395
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Posted - 2007.11.14 22:10:53
Yes, these are the first four lines I meant. In the case of two extra blancs, your first and third option rule each other out. Only the second option survives, giving eight lines.
chairman
Kwon-Tom Obsessive
Puzzles: 1395
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Posted - 2007.11.19 11:21:47
Looking for variants, I found

2 lines:

4 lines:

6 lines:

For completeness, I'll add jankonyex' finding

2 lines:

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