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  1. Got a bit confused today.
    Let's say the code is 1234.
    I make a guess: 0110.
    Is that two cows (correct number, wrong position) or one?

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    2. Jaxxoon R

      Jaxxoon R

      Figuring out the answer looks to be a puzzle. Especially since you can do it without the board, evidently. Can't play Monopoly without Monopoly.

    3. Memfis


      Bulls and cows is apparently an earlier version that was adapted by the authors of Mastermind into a more colorful form. I know as a child I would prefer colored pegs to some boring numbers. I think Mastermind is also a bit harder because thinking in terms of colors is more tricky than thinking about numbers, at least for me. Especially since my physical copy has two shades of blue that are very similar and sometimes I can mix them up.

      I believe I understand how the scoring works with repeats now, thanks for the detailed explanation. Except:

      One other slightly 'tricky' effect of this scoring: if the goal is 1111, and you guess 1234, you get zero bulls, and one cow.

      You mean one bull? (correct position, correct number) Because as you said, we count bulls first.

      I've heard there is also a version where empty/invisible pegs are allowed, gotta try that one sometime.

    4. Doomkid


      bzzrak said:

      What are cows and bulls?

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