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The Brode Report  |  January 2014

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Hi everyone,

Itís good to be back and writing again. During 2013 I was so busy on FirstNet that I let this fall by the wayside, but for now my work there is finished. It was a great honor to work to bring public safety the communications tools they need, and I do hope to work with FirstNet again. Still, there are other opportunities. Iím currently looking at a few large telecom projects and have the usual smattering of small projects going. As always, I appreciate your referrals.

The other big news from Boulder is that Iím getting married in March, and Iím very happy to welcome Eleanor and her kids into our home. There will be many changes this year, with Zach heading off to college and Zoe likely spending her junior year of high school in Taiwan.

I hope your new year is off to a great start and look forward to connecting in 2014.

Best regards,

David

 
 


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Puzzle Corner: Kakuro


I do love a good puzzle game. Tetris was a good transition from pure reflex games to something a bit more thoughtful. I loved Sudoku when it came out. I enjoyed using Excel to code up a program to solve them. More recently KenKen has held my attention. When I get to the Arts section of the New York Times Puzzle Appseach morning I start to pat my pocket for a pen. Itís quicker to complete than the crossword puzzle, and I donít have all that arcane knowledge anyhow. Iím not much of a gamer, but Iíve enjoyed a few IOS apps over the years. Games like Move the Box, Sporos, and Color Zen. Then came Kakuro. Kakuro is elegant like Kenken, but on a grander scale.

Kakuro is set on a crossword-style grid, but instead of letters going into the squares, itís numbers. Each ďdownĒ or ďacrossĒ clue is just a number indicating the sum of the digits. Sound simple? It can get very tricky, and thatís what makes it fun.

kakuroI love learning new things about the numbers. The puzzle only uses the integers from 1-9 but that gets deep. Like Kenken, knowing that to make 7 with 3 unique digits means 1+2+4 is key. But the variable length of Kakuro amuses. Three adding to 24 has to be 7+8+9. And seven adding to 29 means that 7 and 9 are missing. Six adding to 22 must be 1+2+3+4+5+7. Iíve been working with these digits for well over 40 years now, and Iím learning new things all the time. Itís also about recognizing what isnít possible: for example, if you have four digits adding to 13, and then you learn one digit is 7, 8, or 9. Right away you know it has to be 7, because the remaining three digits are a minimum of 6 (1+2+3).

Enough said! My favorite IOS app for this is Primo Kakuro.

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Game Theory and The Price Is Right
The Price Is RightWeíve previously covered Letís Make A Deal and the famous Monty Hall Problem, so now we can discuss the classic game show The Price is Right. I do remember staying home sick in elementary school, watching Bob Barker shepherd people through the games. It was so long ago that I knew the first digit in the price of a car was a ď4,Ē because the cars always cost four thousand dollars or so. Now, Slate has published a guide on how to bid on Contestantís Row, how to play the Big Wheel, how to game the Showcase Showdown, and how to play every single game on TPIR. All this is based on pure game theory. Some situations can be gamed, others canít. You can see the details on the cheat sheet or read the article about this.
 
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