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A weird thing
« on: May 20, 2021, 01:55:11 AM »
I've noticed something strange about the shuffle facility in the 7-by-many game.

If you shuffle the letters in today's game and then add an extra L, S, C or O to the mix and reshuffle multiple times, everything is fine.

Clear the rack, shuffle, add an extra A. Each time you reshuffle using these 8 letters the A, H and E take turns in doubling up. The same happens if you shuffle the original letters and add E or H.

It's most noticeable if you shuffle the original 7 letters and then add, say, 6 Es. Each time you reshuffle these 13 letters you get, in turn,  either 7 Es, 7 As, or 7 Hs.

Most peculiar.

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Re: A weird thing
« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2021, 03:47:10 PM »
I see what you mean, pat. I'll see if I can sort that out.
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Re: A weird thing
« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2021, 06:36:49 PM »
I don't know if it's relevant or coincidental, Alan, but looking at today's 7-by-many, where the problem again occurs with some letters but not others, I've noticed that in both yesterday's and today's puzzles the problem letters are those positioned in the centre, at the north and at the north-east.

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Re: A weird thing
« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2021, 07:11:20 PM »
Yes, it's weird. I've noticed it before.
I've just put all seven letters on the board by pressing 'shuffle'

I've added an 'S' and an 'E'. I now have nine letters on the board. I have two 'E's right enough, but the second 'S' has now become a second 'C'!

Curiouser and curiouser.

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Re: A weird thing
« Reply #4 on: May 26, 2021, 11:03:13 PM »
In Chrome I've noticed an odd behaviour when shuffling the letters. Once shuffled, clicking a letter can move a completely different letter to the board. Also, sometimes letters are 'doubled up' on other letters leaving gaps in the base store of letters. I've just tried to replicate this on previous puzzles to grab a screenshot and, you'll never guess, it refuses to do it!  :-P
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Re: A weird thing
« Reply #5 on: May 31, 2021, 09:13:19 AM »
I've just been testing the shuffle on today's 7-by- many. Without first using the mix button, Pat is right. It is only the characters T (N), S(NE), and E (centre) that substitute for each other. But if I then use the Mix button and move the T and S to the SW and NW, it is still only those original letters (T, S, & E) that play up.

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Re: A weird thing
« Reply #6 on: June 02, 2021, 01:42:01 PM »
This problem should now be gone.
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Re: A weird thing
« Reply #7 on: June 03, 2021, 02:25:10 AM »
Looking good...