Summary of round 1 can be found here
Checksum: (10 + 4 + 7 + 7 + 5 + 6 + 9 + 13 + 5 + 8) + 3*10 + 0*13 = 104
Monkey Recommends: “ha,dh,bc,ef,bh”
Actual play (date = 10/Jan, score = 479): ha,dh,bc,bh
Spider GM comments: Even the monkey isn’t tempted by the in-suit build of “id” 😊 Let’s accept our two turnovers and be grateful that every rank now appears at least once 😉
Monkey Recommends: “gb,bf,eg,ab,ec”
Actual play (date = 12/Jan, score = 475): ef,ec → Jd (trivial)
Spider GM comments: This illustrates an interesting phenomenon: there are many “idle moves” involving Jacks and Tens but only one constructive course of action. With no penalty for irrelevant moves it is no surprise that Monkey’s RNG dawdles around for a bit before eventually finding the turnover.
Monkey Recommends: gb,ed
Actual play (date = 12/Jan, score = 473): ed → 5d (trivial)
Spider GM comments: looks like we guessed right with dh,bh instead of bd. Go Team! 😊
Monkey Recommends: ec
Actual play (date = 12/Jan, score = 472): ec → 4s (trivial)
Spider GM comments: Finally Monkey has mastered the art of Not Wasting Time!
Monkey Recommends: eg,be
Actual play (date = 12/Jan, score = 471): ef,be → 3s
Spider GM comments (in his best Adelaide Metro voice): Please Mind The Gap: note that it is illegal to spend the empty column to turnover column 8, since the Seven of Spades is missing.
Monkey Recommends: bd,hc,dh,ib,hd,cd,ch,ge,eg,bh,jb,hc,ge,ch,fe,eg,jg,hc,jf
Actual play (date = 14/Jan, score = 469): bd,jb,jf,ja → 3d
Spider GM comments: I must admit that monkey’s suggestion is extremely useful if you’re an experienced programmer trying to sanity check for illegal moves. Go Monkey! 😊
Monkey Recommends: “ge,hj,id,dh,eg,ae,ga,ag,hc,ea + ch,ge,eg,ae,hc,dh,hd,ga,ag,ea + ge,ch,eg,ge,hc,dh,eg,ae,ga,ag + deal”
Actual play (date = 16/Jan, score = 465): hj,ih,hc,dh,ae, deal
Spider GM comments: Okay I stand corrected. The Three of Spades was not a good card after all ☹ How much tidying up are you willing to perform before the next deal?
Here is the final position. IM Bartacus has a list-minute opportunity to sanity-check I haven’t goofed anything up and it’s okay to deal a new row of cards.