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### Re: [OT (though it might involve some Perl programming)] One for the weekend. (Updated: significant typo!)

by choroba (Archbishop)
 on Mar 28, 2015 at 08:15 UTC ( #1121627=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

Before I went to bed, I only had a guess. I started with a pen and paper, and some maths:
```              w * h = (w - 2) * h + 10
w * h - (w - 2) - h = 10
h * (w - w + 2) = 10
2h = 10
h = 5

Now, we need to find the width. To be able to step on every tile, it must be coprime with the height, and moreover, width - 2 must be coprime with the height as well. I drew the simplest cases and extrapolated the observation to the following sequence: 3, 9, 11, 13, 19, 21, 23...

And when I got up, I verifyied the results with a Perl program. Specify a true command line argument to see the paths:

```#!/usr/bin/perl
use strict;
use warnings;

my \$DEBUG = shift;

sub steps {
my (\$w, \$h) = @_;
print "\$w x \$h\n" if \$DEBUG;
my \$steps = 1;
my @dir = ( 1, 1 );
my (\$x, \$y) = (1, 1);
my @visited = ([], [ undef, '\\' ]);
while () {
\$x += \$dir[0];
\$y += \$dir[1];
\$dir[0] = -1, \$x -= 1 if \$x > \$w;
\$dir[1] = -1, \$y -= 1 if \$y > \$h;
\$dir[0] = 1,  \$x = 1  if \$x < 1;
\$dir[1] = 1,  \$y = 1  if \$y < 1;
++\$steps;
return -1 if \$steps > \$w * \$h or \$visited[\$x][\$y];

\$visited[\$x][\$y] = \$dir[0] != \$dir[1] ? '/' : '\\';
if (\$DEBUG) {
for my \$x (1 .. \$w) {
for my \$y (1 .. \$h) {
print \$visited[\$x][\$y] // ' ';
}
print "\n";
}
sleep 1;
print "\n";
}

if (\$x == \$w and \$y == \$h) {
last if \$steps == \$w * \$h
and '\\' eq \$visited[\$x][\$y];

return -1
}
}
return \$steps
}

my @steps;
my \$width = 1;
until (0) {
for my \$height (1 .. \$width) {
\$steps[\$width][\$height] = steps(\$width, \$height);
print "\$width x \$height = \$steps[\$width][\$height]\n"
if (\$height > 2          and \$steps[\$width][\$height - 2] =
+= \$steps[\$width][\$height] - 10)
or (\$height < \$width - 1 and \$steps[\$width - 2][\$height] =
+= \$steps[\$width][\$height] - 10)
}
++\$width;
}
Update: Spoiler tag removed.
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