from last week: this is the current state of play with the Good Guys able to obtain three empty columns
Bart has correctly identified 11 guaranteed turnovers. He also identified the number of turnovers in each individual column and added up correctly. Unfortunately, he blew it all in the last step by submitting a final answer of 13 instead of 11. Bwahhahahahahahahahahah 😊
SA did some analysis, but didn’t give a bottom-line-up-front saying “the answer is XYZ”. Bwahhahahahahahahahahah to him as well 😊
Going back to the game, let us take our three empty columns and guaranteed turnovers.
Not surprisingly we get more than our minimum turnovers. Some simple experimentation gives us three bonus turnovers (highlighted) in columns 8 and 10. I did not make a serious effort to uncover the last two cards. Now is the time to focus on tidying up.
By this stage we should be close to claiming a lock. With only two unknown cards the game pretty much plays like Freecell – and it is well known that Freecell is almost always won with perfect play. Here, we note that all cards in Hearts are visible after the third round is dealt.
Note that once we determine either card, the other follows by the process of elimination 😊 The last two unknown cards should be the 4 of Diamonds and 9 of Spades in some order.
QUESTION: Starting from the previous position with score = 109(*) give a sequence of moves leading to the removal of the Heart suit after the third round (do not continue after removing Hearts). Alternatively, if you believe this to be impossible then give a sequence of moves leading to the “best possible clean up” before dealing the second round.
(*) Obviously it will be much less than 109 since I had to make some moves to work out the identity of face-down cards, but it’s not worth the effort of doing another screen-dump just to change the number 109 to something else.