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Ten Pin Layouts

By: Richard Hinkle

Inspired by: The Bowling Crew gaming app by Wargaming Group Limited

Design is 3 rows, 26 cells.

Note: Full size picture is the last full page of this document.

Begin design:

Row 1: space 4 times, dot 6, space 10 times, IN [35], space 8 times, EN [26].

Row 2: space 3 times, dots 456, W [2456], dot 2, space 7 times, WAS [356], O [135], space 9 times, O [135] two times.

Row 3: space 4 times, dot 4, space 8 times, C [14], space 10 times, I [24].

End design.

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Notes: Each bowling pin is represented by one braille dot.

First design on the left: This is the smallest airplane I can draw. It is flying from left to right on the page. On the bowling alley, which would be from the bottom of the page and rolling the ball up the page, you must put the ball between the wings with just the right touch to knock down the nose pin on your right.

Middle design: This is a small comet in the night sky. The head of the comet is facing down and the comet is moving from the upper right to the lower left on the page.

Last design on the right: This is the standard pin layout on an alley. If the alley is from the right side of the page. Pin row one has 1 pin, pin row two has 2 pins, pin row three has 3 pins and pin row four has 4 pins. A strike is made if you put the ball in the “pocket” to either side of the head pin. The game also presents this layout as if the alley is from the bottom of the page. Now that strike must hit all four pins down the left side and still push a pin to the right to hit that lone head pin on the right. This is a lot harder.

Fun facts:

According to the United States Bowling Congress, “…more than 67 million people in the United States bowl during a year.

“More than 1.2 million people compete regularly in league play certified by the United States Bowling Congress.

“Bowling has been traced to articles found in the tomb of an Egyptian child buried in 5200 B.C. The primitive implements included nine pieces of stone at which a stone “ball” was rolled, the ball having first to roll through an archway made of three pieces of marble.

“Another ancient discovery was the Polynesian game of ula maika, also utilizing pins and balls of stone. The stones were to be rolled at targets 60 feet away, a distance which today still is one of the basic regulations of tenpins.

“Bowling at pins probably originated in ancient Germany, not as a sport but as a religious ceremony. Martin Luther is credited with settling on nine as the ideal number of pins.

“The game moved throughout Europe, the Scandinavian countries, and finally to the United States, with the earliest known reference to bowling at pins in America made by author Washington Irving in Rip Van Winkle.

‘On entering the amphitheatre, new objects of wonder presented themselves. On a level spot in the centre was a company of odd-looking personages playing at ninepins.’

“The game was being played throughout the world and rules were different almost everywhere. Even basic equipment was not the same. In fact, why and when the extra pin was added from the European game of ninepins to the American game of tenpins still is a mystery.”

A soccer ball.


Rain

By: Richard Hinkle

Design is 11 rows, 30 cells.

Font: Tahoma 14, margins set to 0.70 on all sides.

Note: Enable hidden text to view the required dot combinations.

Note: Full size picture is the last full page of this document.

Viewing Note: Turn the page a quarter turn counterclockwise to see the picture.

Begin design:

Row 1: space 12 times, IN [35], CH [16].

Row 2: space 11 times, I [24], space 2 times, CH [16].

Row 3: space 10 times, CH [16], space 4 times, CH [16].

Row 4: dot 6, colon [25], EN [26], space 8 times, dots 23, space 4 times, CH [16], THE [2346], IN [35], dot 6, W [2456].

Row 5: dot 4, EN [26], hyphen [36] nine times, dots 56, space 5 times, CH [16], THE [2346], IN [35], dot 6, W [2456].

Row 6: space 11 times, dots 45, space 5 times, ST [34], THE [2346], IN [35], dot 6, W [2456], THE [2346], IN [35], dot 6, W [2456].

Row 7: space 11 times, B [12], space 4 times, ST [34], THE [2346], IN [35], dot 6, W [2456], THE [2346], IN [35], dot 6, W [2456], THE [2346], IN [35], dot 6, W [2456].

Row 8: space 10 times, E [34], space 4 times, ST [34], THE [2346], IN [35], dot 6, W [2456], THE [2346], IN [35], dot 6, W [2456].

Row 9: space 11 times, E [15], space 2 times, ST [34], THE [2346], IN [35], dot 6, W [2456], THE [2346], IN [35], dot 6, W [2456], THE [2346], IN [35], dot 6, W [2456].

Row 10: space 12 times, E [15], ST [34], THE [2346], IN [35], dot 6, W [2456], THE [2346], IN [35], dot 6, W [2456], THE [2346], IN [35], dot 6, W [2456], THE [2346], IN [35], dot 6, W [2456].

Row 11: space 5 times, THE [2346], IN [35], dot 6, W [2456], THE [2346], IN [35], dot 6, W [2456], THE [2346], IN [35], dot 6, W [2456], THE [2346], IN [35], dot 6, W [2456], THE [2346], IN [35], dot 6, W [2456], THE [2346], IN [35], dot 6, W [2456].

End design.

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Fun facts:

Raindrops fall at a speed of 5 to 18 miles per hour depending on the size of the raindrops.

Rain is an essential part of the water cycle.

Most raindrops are very tiny—no more than ¼ inch in diameter.

The highest amount of rainfall in one year ever recorded was 467.4 inches in Mawsynram, India.

Rain is also used to create electricity. We call this hydroelectricity or hydropower.

More rain falls in tropical places than in any other type of climate.

Desserts get less rain than any other type of climate except the continent of Antarctica. It is the driest continent on Earth.

Playful Braille:

To read your umbrella’s words, go to the far right and read from top to bottom.

Need a clue?

Turn the page another quarter turn counterclockwise, and read as you normally would.

A jellyfish filled with Braille.


Mini Mazes

By: Richard Hinkle

Design is 11 rows by 30 cells.

Note: Full size picture is the last full page of this document.

Begin Design:

Row 1: space 1 time, B [12], E [15], G [1245], I [24], N [1345], space 11 times, B [12], E [15], G [1245], I [24], N [1345].

Row 2: space 1 time, H [125], E [15], R [1235], E [15], space 12 times, H [125], E [15], R [1235], E [15].

Row 3: P [1234], C [14] two times, dots 456, dot 4, SH [146], X [1346] two times, C [14], SH [146] two times, X [1346], C [14], TH [1456], space 2 times, P [1234], C [14], A [1], L [123], C [14], SH [146], X [1346] two times, C [14], SH [146] two times, X [1346], C [14], TH [1456].

Row 4: L [123], dots 23, space 1 time, dots 456, X [1346] two times, hyphen [36], WAS [356], colon [25], J [245], dots 456, space 1 time, P [1234], dots 456, space 2 times, L [123], dots 23, space 1 time, AND [12346], X [1346] two times, hyphen [36], WAS [356], colon [25], J [245], dots 456, space 1 time, P [1234], dots 456.

Row 5: L [123], C [14] two times, TH [1456], colon [25], dots 235, colon [25], dots 256, colon [25], dots 256 two times, colon [25], B [12], dots 456, space 2 times, L [123], C [14] two times, OU [1256], colon [25], dots 235, colon [25], dots 256, colon [25] two times, T [2345], colon [25], B [12], dots 456.

Row 6: L [123], dot 6, hyphen [36], dots 3456, space 1 time, L [123], dots 23, dots 456, space 1 time, dots 456 two times, C [14] two times, dots 456, space 2 times, L [123], dot 6, hyphen [36], dots 3456, space 1 time, L [123], dots 23, dots 456, space 2 times, P [1234], C [14] two times, dots 456.

Row 7: L [123], ING [346], hyphen [36] two times, TH [1456], space 1 time, TH [1456], dot 3, C [14], L [123], dots 456, D [145], HIS [236], dots 456, space 2 times, L [123], ING [346], hyphen [36] two times, TH [1456], space 1 time, TH [1456], dot 3, C [14], L [123], P [1234], D [145], HIS [236], dots 456.

Row 8: L [123], dots 235, colon [25], W [2456], J [245], dots 235, dots 256, H [125], dots 256, H [125], J [245], dots 256, dots 456 two times, space 2 times, L [123], dots 235, colon [25], T [2345], J [245], dots 235, dots 256, H [125], dots 256, H [125] two times, dots 256, dots 456 two times.

Row 9: V [1236], hyphen [36] two times, dots 456, dot 6, U [136], ING [346], hyphen [36], ING [346], hyphen [36], X [1346] two times, ING [346], dots 3456, space 2 times, V [1236], hyphen [36], dot 3, dots 456, hyphen [36], U [136], ING [346], hyphen [36], ING [346], hyphen [36], X [1346] two times, ING [346], dots 3456.

Row 10: space 2 times, E [15], N [1345], D [145], space 13 times, E [15], N [1345], D [145].

Row 11: Space 1 time, H [125], E [15], R [1235], E [15], space 12 times, H [125], E [15], R [1235], E [15].

End Design.

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Fun facts:

The two mini mazes were drawn as an experiment on following a single dot line and the branches off of that line. There are minor differences in the designs, the first maze starts and ends on dots 456, while the second maze uses L [123]. Take my challenge and write out the solution before you read the solution which is a separate document on this site.

Mini-Maze Solution Challenge

The directions below are the same for either maze, only the empty spaces will have different values. Fill out one of the directions for each maze.

Start under the first E [15] in the word here on row 2.

Proceed vertically ___dots to the first change in direction.

To get here, you passed __ lines to the right and __lines to the left.

There are still __ dots along the vertical line which is a false path.

Proceed horizontally __ dots to the next change in direction.

To get here, you passed __ lines to the top of the page and __ lines to the bottom of the page.

There are still __ dots along the horizontal line which is a false path.

Proceed vertically ___dots to the third change in direction.

To get here, you passed __ lines to the right and __lines to the left.

There are still __ dots along the vertical line which is a false path.

Proceed horizontally __ dots to the next change in direction.

To get here, you passed __ lines to the top of the page and __ lines to the bottom of the page.

There are still __ dots along the horizontal line which is a false path.

Proceed vertically ___dots to the third change in direction.

To get here, you passed __ lines to the right and __lines to the left.

You should be at the N [1345] in the word end on row 10.

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solution here

A football.


Easy Maze

By: Richard Hinkle

Design is 18 rows, 30 cells.

Note: Full size picture is the last full page of this document.

Begin Design:

Row 1: space 2 times, B [12], E [15], G [1245], I [24], N [1345].

Row 2: space 3 times, H [125], E [15], R [1235], E [15].

Row 3: full cell 4 times, space 1 time, full cell 25 times.

Row 4: full cell 4 times, space 1 time, G [1245] twenty-two times, space 1 time, full cell 2 times.

Row 5: full cell 4 times, GG [2356] three times, space 1 time, G [1245] four times, space 1 time, GG [2356] fifteen times, full cell 2 times.

Row 6: full cell 7 times, space 1 time, full cell 4 times, space 1 time, G [1245] seven times, full cell 5 times, space 1 time, full cell 4 times.

Row 7: full cell, G [1245] six times, space 1 time, full cell 4 times, space 1 time, GG [2356] seven times, full cell 5 times, space 1 time, full cell 4 times.

Row 8: full cell, GG [2356] six times, space 1 time, full cell 4 times, space 1 time, G [1245] twelve times, full cell 4 times.

Row 9: full cell 7 times, space 1 time, full cell 4 times, space 1 time, GG [2356] thirteen times, full cell 4 times.

Row 10: full cell, G [1245] six times, space 1 time, full cell 4 times, space 1 time, full cell 17 times.

Row 11: full cell, space 1 time, GG [2356] six times, full cell 4 times. space 1 time, G [1245] fourteen times, space 1 time, full cell 2 times.

Row 12: full cell, space 1 time, full cell 10 times, GG [2356] three times, space 1 time, GG [2356] three times, space 1 time, GG [2356] seven times, space 1 time, full cell 2 times.

Row 13: full cell, space 1 time, full cell 13 times, space 1 time, full cell 3 times, space 1 time, full cell 4 times, space 1 time, full cell 5 times.

Row 14: full cell 8 times, space 1 time, G [1245] six times, space 1 time, full cell 3 times, space 1 time, G [1245] four times, space 1 time, G [1245] three times, full cell 2 times.

Row 15: full cell 8 times, space 1 time, GG [2356] seven times, full cell 3 times, space 1 time, full cell, GG [2356] seven times, full cell 2 times.

Row 16: full cell 19 times, space 1 time, full cell 10 times.

Row 17: space 18 times, E [15], N [1345], D [145].

Row 18: space 18 times, H [125], E [15], R [1235], E [15].

End Design.

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Notes:

The vertical path is 2 dots and 2 cell spaces wide; the horizontal path is 2 dots and 1 row space wide. They measure 0.331 and 0.335 wide respectively so I hope they feel the same.

At the end of the picture is the code for following the maze. Enable hidden text to view the code here [1 left, 2 right, 3 left, 2 right].


Mini Mazes Solution

By: Richard Hinkle

Design is 11 rows by 30 cells.

Note: Full size picture is the last full page of this document.

Design: See the drawing page Mini-Mazes elsewhere on this site.

The two mini-mazes were drawn as an experiment on following a single dot line and the branches off of that line. There are minor differences in the designs, the first maze starts and ends on dots 456, while the second maze uses L [123]. Take my challenge and write out the solutions before you read the solutions below.

Mini-Maze Solution Challenge

First Maze:

Start at the dots 456 in row 3 under the first E [15] in the word here on row 2. This is in cell 4.

Proceed vertically 8 dots to the first change in direction. (You are now at dot 5 in cell 4 of row 5).

To get here, you passed 1 line to the right (at dot 7 down) and 2 lines to the left (at dots 4 and 6 down).

There are still 4 dots along the vertical line which is a false path.

Proceed horizontally (to the right) for 14 dots to the next change in direction. (You are now at dot 5 in cell 11 of row 5).

To get here, you passed 0 lines to the top of the page and 3 lines to the bottom of the page. (Cells 6, 8 & 10 each have a dot below the line you are following).

There are still 3 dots along the horizontal line which is a false path.

Proceed vertically (towards the bottom) 9 dots to the third change in direction. (You are now at dot 5 in cell 11 of row 8).

To get here, you passed 0 lines to the right and 3 lines to the left (at dots 2, 5 & 9).

There are still 0 dots along the vertical line which is a false path.

Proceed horizontally (to the right which is towards the left side of the page) 14 dots to the next change in direction. (You are now at dot 5 in cell 4 of row 8).

To get here, you passed 4 lines to the top of the page (at dots 3, 7, 12 & 14) and 3 lines to the bottom of the page (at dots 4, 8, & 11).

There are still 5 dots along the horizontal line which is a false path.

Proceed vertically (towards the bottom) 4 dots to the end. (You are now at dot 6 in cell 4 of row 9).

To get here, you passed 0 lines to the right and 0 lines to the left.

You should be above the N [1345] in the word end on row 10.

End of solution for First maze.

Second Maze:

Start at the l [123] in row 3 under the first E [15] in the word here on row 2. This is in cell 20.

Proceed vertically 8 dots to the first change in direction. (You are now at dot 2 in cell 20 of row 5).

To get here, you passed 1 line to the right (at dot 7 down) and 2 lines to the left (at dots 4 and 6 down).

There are still 0 dots along the vertical line which is a false path.

Proceed horizontally (to the right) for 14 dots to the next change in direction. (You are now at dot 2 in cell 27 of row 5).

To get here, you passed 0 lines to the top of the page and 3 lines to the bottom of the page. (at dots 1, 4 & 9 each have a dot below the line you are following).

There are still 4 dots along the horizontal line which is a false path.

Proceed vertically (towards the bottom) 9 dots to the third change in direction. (You are now at dot 2 in cell 27 of row 8).

To get here, you passed 0 lines to the right and 3 lines to the left (at dots 2, 5 & 9).

There are still 0 dots along the vertical line which is a false path.

Proceed horizontally (to the right which is towards the left side of the page) 14 dots to the next change in direction. (You are now at dot 2 in cell 20 of row 8).

To get here, you passed 4 lines to the top of the page (at dots 2, 6, 11 & 13) and 3 lines to the bottom of the page (at dots 3, 7, & 10).

There are still 4 dots along the horizontal line which is a false path.

Proceed vertically (towards the bottom) 4 dots to the end. (You are now at dot 3 in cell 20 of row 9).

To get here, you passed 0 lines to the right and 0 lines to the left.

You should be above the N [1345] in the word end on row 10.

End of solution for Second maze.

The code for the both mazes solution is 3L, 4R, 4L. This is read as go to the 3rd line on the left and turn left, proceed to the 4th line on the right, turn right and proceed to the 4th line on the left, turn left and proceed to the end.

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The picture on the next page shows the path in black dots with all the other maze dots in red.