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My objective is to give a general description of the Laws in the Mystery Master application. In any civilized society, people follow the "Rule of Law", though sometimes people devolve into the "Law of the Jungle". But I digress...

As a child I learned about the "Three Laws of Robotics", created by Isaac Asimov. These laws govern how robots interact with humans.

The Mystery Master follows a set of laws as well. When a mark is entered, the laws are applied to that current mark to see if (1) the mark is valid, and (2) additional marks can be entered. These additional marks are called postmarks. Let's say the two nouns in the current mark are noun 1 of type 1, and noun 2 of type 2. The laws are given below.

Law 1. Law Of Grids

This law ensures that a noun of type 1 is with exactly one noun of type 2. If noun 1 is with noun 2, then their intersecting cell in the grids has the 'O' character. In the subgrid for nouns of type 1 and type 2, this law fills the other cells in that row and column with the 'X' character. This means that for every subgrid, there will be exactly one positive mark per row, and exactly one positive mark per column.

Law 2. Law Of Transitive Relations

This law requires at least three noun types. Based on the current mark's verb, it examines prior marks to determine if a noun of type 3 is or is not with a noun of the mark.

Law 3. Law Of Disjoint Sets

This law requires at least three noun types, and is applied only when noun 1 is not with noun 2. It determines if a noun of the mark and a noun of type 3 have any nouns in common. If they do not share at least one common noun, then they cannot be together.

Law 4. Law Of Reservations For Two

This law is implemented for only n = 2. It looks for the following condition: if two nouns of type 1 can only be with two nouns of type 2, then no other nouns of type 1 can be with those same two nouns of type 2. In other words, those two nouns of type 2 are reserved for the two nouns of type 1.

Law 5. Law Of Facts

This law requires at least three noun types. Because it examines each fact to see if it references a noun in the mark, this law may overlap levels 1 and 2. See the levels for more information. When this law is enabled, most puzzles can be solved by level 1.


I hope you now have a greater appreciation of the laws and how they can help solve a logic puzzle. Remember what the rock band Sweet once said about laws: "Laws are like oxygen; not enough and you're gonna die."
Or was it about love? That was a looong time ago.