[pdp7-unix] Ken Thompson & 3D Tic-Tac-Toe

Phil Budne phil at ultimate.com
Mon Oct 28 16:57:02 AEST 2019

The Wikipedia page for 3D tic tac toe has the following footnote:

The qubic.dictionary file at the link in the footnote points to has
the following header:

    Copyright 1988, all rights reserved.

    This dictionary of 2929 moves forms the basis of a first-player-win
    proof for Qubic (4x4x4 tic-tac-toe).  Oren Patashnik constructed it in
    1976-77; it consists of all the strategic moves, as explained in his
    September 1980 article ("Qubic: 4x4x4 Tic-Tac-Toe", Mathematics
    Magazine, volume 53, number 4, pages 202-216).  Ken Thompson put the
    dictionary in its current form in 1978.  Anyone may use this
    dictionary as long its moves are unchanged and as long as its source
    is credited.

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