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Nactation Questions — Which families use Hit/Most/Six?

Posted By: Nack Ballard
Date: Wednesday, 16 November 2011, at 4:44 p.m.

In Response To: Nactation Questions — Which families use Hit/Most/Six? (Taper_Mike)

I designed the hit/most/6 rule for the 30 area-oriented letters (RUVSZ BEACON GYM DJIQ plus the underlined versions of the latter 12). Numerals (0 through 9) seem to conform as well.

I do also apply hit/most/6 to the remaining eight letters (HKX LT PFW), plus non-doublet Q and symbols, as much as reasonably possible. These (non-essential) characters are used for convenience and style. In the examples listed below, the letter on the end of each row is a perfectly acceptable (area-oriented) alternative for the red character; e.g., 52D-64R is a fine substitute for 52D-64H.

52D-64H R
21S-41K I
64R-62X S
52S-41T D
65R-31P A
63S-32W E
61P-21\$ N
21\$-62& N
32D-22@ U

Although expanded, the rules for \$ (the symbol with the widest exposure) are actually based on a hit/most/6 foundation (hit becomes incidental and a pecking order of points is added). The related characters of & (double-slot) and W (Wild = splot) follow \$'s rule set to the extent that their underlying definitions are inviolate.

Any situational parameters not yet clearly defined (because they arise so seldom I haven't yet confronted them) are being worked out for the updated tutorial. In the case of T (and possibly L, still deciding), I will insert "fewest blots" either in the underlying definition or as a letter-specific convention (either before hit or after most in the hit/most/6 rule).

As far as I know, the remainder (F, W, non-doublet Q, and symbols other than \$ and &) can incorporate the hit/most/6 rule without supplement or alteration to their simple underlying definitions. I would welcome further scrutiny (preferably questions supported by diagrammed examples) into those as well as H, K, X and P, which might require a little polish.

For the time being, any programming for Nactation (for which you and Matt Ryder show interest) should probably focus on the area-oriented letters (and numerals are okay). When I'm done, it should be possible to integrate even the few (unnecessary but charismatic) "style" characters without the slightest possibility of ambiguity.

Nack

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