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The colored rectangle below is the map of a fancy island. There is a treasure hidden there, but instead of the usual X on the map to depict the location of the treasure you have the following clues instead:

1. The square of the treasure does not have a yellow neighbor.

2. The square of the treasure and its symmetric about the center of the rectangle have different colors.

3. The square of the treasure has a neighbor with the same color as itself.

4. The square of the treasure is unique in its column.

(A neighbor square is one that is adjacent horizontally, vertically or diagonally.)

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I attach the image using numbers for the colorblind (yellow is 4).

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Find the square of the treasure!

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  • $\begingroup$ Yes, it does, @BeastlyGerbil, as it is mentioned. $\endgroup$
    – elias
    Feb 27, 2017 at 7:46
  • $\begingroup$ Can you clarify no. 2? I don't understand what you mean $\endgroup$ Feb 27, 2017 at 7:51
  • $\begingroup$ @BeastlyGerbil most likely metafysica.nl/turing/symm_center.jpg $\endgroup$
    – Jan Ivan
    Feb 27, 2017 at 8:00
  • $\begingroup$ @BeastlyGerbil Exactly. For example the green in the first column and the bottom light blue of the last column are symmetric about the center of the rectangle. $\endgroup$
    – Alexandros
    Feb 27, 2017 at 8:11
  • $\begingroup$ @Alexandros9 ah ok thanks I see now $\endgroup$ Feb 27, 2017 at 8:16

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one with black cross

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1. does not have a yellow neighbor
2. symmetric is green one
3. it has neighbor with the same color
4. and it is unique in column
My strategy: Elimination (obviously?)

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  • $\begingroup$ I think the "neighbor" thing designate squares directly to the bottom, left, top or right, not in the top-left, top-right, bottom-left or bottom-right. But instead of having to do it over, you can just deduce from your previous work that the treasure would be in one of the squares in a corner of a yellow square. $\endgroup$ Feb 27, 2017 at 10:47
  • $\begingroup$ @DorianFusco: From the question: "A neighbor square is one that is adjacent horizontally, vertically or diagonally." $\endgroup$
    – M Oehm
    Feb 27, 2017 at 10:49
  • $\begingroup$ Oh, my bad, I didn't read the paranthesis ! In the meantime, I looked at the diagonal neighbors of the yellow squares and the question would have no answers otherwise ^^' $\endgroup$ Feb 27, 2017 at 10:52
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for the solution Jan Ivan. Just a comment: There are many ways to start the elimination. It seems that starting with either clue 1 or clue 4 is the fastest. $\endgroup$
    – Alexandros
    Feb 27, 2017 at 20:01

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