Designing Peg Solitaire Puzzles

George I. Bell
2017 Recreational Mathematics Magazine  
Peg solitaire is an old puzzle with a 300 year history. We consider two ways a computer can be utilized to find interesting peg solitaire puzzles. It is common for a peg solitaire puzzle to begin from a symmetric board position, we have computed solvable symmetric board positions for four board shapes. A new idea is to search for board positions which have a unique starting jump leading to a solution. We show many challenging puzzles uncovered by this search technique. Clever solvers can take
more » ... solvers can take advantage of the uniqueness property to help solve these puzzles.
doi:10.1515/rmm-2017-0011 fatcat:2aggt4cnlzftfn5bqj3aohtmc4