Can you align all of the coins on the right edge of the board?
The diagram above shows a 3 by 4 grid with 3 coins, one per row and one per column, such that the rightmost column of the grid is empty.
You are allowed to slide the coins to the columns on their right, but the coins can never leave the board (nor can they be moved back to the left). Also, you always have to move two coins at a time.
Thus, this is a legal move:
But moving a single coin, such as in the diagram below, is not allowed:
Your objective is to reach this position:
Can you do it?
What if you extend the board two columns to the left and two rows up, and add another two coins along the diagonal?
Give it some thought!
This is an adaptation of a problem from the book “Algorithmic Puzzles” by Anany Levitin and Maria Levitin.^{1}
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