||Notation for SOMA Figures||
The SOMA figures on this WEB-SITE are arranged in short .HTM files, each file contain: One image (with max. 25 figures) and a text describing the solutions.
If you have the Bundgård & McFarren SOLVE program, you may save the .HTM pages holding solution texts, in the directory where you have SOLVE, and then load them into SOLVE to investigate the figures further.
A lot of people are playing with the SOMA and SOMAplus puzzles, and once in a while - the question arises. We have made a figure but how do we write the solution on paper.Now there are several ways to write down a puzzle.
|The first 36 figures do also have an especially
thorough describtion, if you follow the path.
/ ALL SOMA Figure images
|If you too have trouble remembering which one is
no 5 and which is no 6, then use my rules of thumb's;|
The figures have shapes like hands, and we read from left to right, so count left=5 and right=6.
Using letters, then remember A is before B.
Of course if you are Arab or chinese, who read from other directions, you have to use some other rule.
Now to solve a SOMA puzzle, you must read the solution
code for the puzzle.
Let's examine the figure number 007 "THE BED"
The solution looks like this
/SOMA007 /7.....6/7733366 /5.....1/7443261 /5.....1/5544222The first line is simply the identification /SOMA007
/SOMA007 7.....6 7733366 5.....1 7443261 5.....1 5544222If you look at the bottom layer (to the right), look at the first line, you see the number '3', this is the 'T' shaped piece laying flat, To the left of this you see the number '7', which is the pyramid shaped piece, and if you look at the left side drawing, you see that this piece no.7 extend one of its cubes into the top layer.
Try to put this puzzle together, and you get the BED
/SOMA003 ...... ...... .7.... 77.445 .12... 112... .62255 .74435 ...... ...... .6.... 66.333Notation for the solver, and in all solution pages, is like this:
/SOMA003 /....../....../.7..../77.445 /.12.../112.../.62255/.74435 /....../....../.6..../66.333
/SOMAplus 001 ;The 2,4,5 Base /AABSS/ABBVV /TTTSS/ABDZV /PTLLL/PPDZZ /QQQQL/PIIIZ
=> Identifying the figure => The name of the figure => /Top Slice rear /Bottom slice rear => / / => / / => /Top Slice front/Bottom slice front
ALL new figures are added to the list
at the rate that I find, receive or make the figures.
The system is sequential. Each group is starting at 001.
|Nonominoes are any figure that is made of 9 columns of 3 cubes
Here we see the original Piet Hein figures 031 and 032. These two, and a few more from the original sets, are NONOMINOES for example.
The Cube(000) the Bed(007) the chair(009) and the bridge(013) are all NONOMINOES, they are just lying on their side.
So, you see that the NONOMINOES cover many known figures, even the famous 'W-Wall'
ALL 1069 SOMA-NONOMINOES are listed in this 1999.03.08 Newsletter.