Thursday, September 15, 2005

Eat a pie

Here's an interesting Java game: Use circular-shaped 'bites' to 'eat' a pie in 15 bites.

It is possible, but you're going to need a plan. You can leave a few pixel-sized crumbs and still win.

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At 10:48 AM, September 16, 2005, Blogger Craig said...

damn pie

At 1:04 PM, September 16, 2005, Blogger IvyMike said...

You didn't have a plan, did you?

I'll post a hint later.

At 2:52 PM, September 16, 2005, Blogger IvyMike said...

Is the pie broken for everyone else, too? It worked last night, but seems to be down right now.

At 12:09 AM, September 17, 2005, Blogger Craig said...

I had a plan. I managed to get to 16 bites...

At 1:33 AM, September 17, 2005, Blogger IvyMike said...

Ok, here are a few progressively helpful hints. The comment system in blogger is pretty neutered, to avoid comment spam hacks, so I can't do any fancy HTML tricks; just scroll down slowly.

1) Obviously, you can eat the bites in any order, but it's harder to get them in the right place with certain approaches.

2) My strategy actually stars in the middle of the pie, not at the edges.

3) I don't take a bite out of the exact center, either.

4) The first bite circle intersects the center of the pie. (Ignore any optical illusion caused by the pie texture and determine the real center of the circle.)


5) The solution: The first four bite circles intersect at the center, and are located at 0, 90, 180, and 270 degrees. It's a four-leaf clover. Now eat around the rest of the pie, attempting to get as much pie in each bite as possible.

6) I theorize that you might be able to start with a three-leaf clover in the center and eat the pie in 14 bites! But it's a lot tricker to get things to line up, so I haven't managed to win it that way yet. Without trying too hard, I just hit 99.2% after 14 bites...but that last 0.8 percent of the pie was distributed into a few 'islands' that will be difficult to coalesce.

At 7:55 PM, September 29, 2005, Anonymous michael c said...

Well that took a while. I must have got 99.9% five times! The strategy I took was to start on one side and work my way up and down vertically. I could cover the first half of the pie with 7 bites and the second half with 8 bites. It took a while to get it just right though.


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