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The game of Mastermind
Mastermind is a board game that you play on your own, with no need for an
opponent. The aim of the game is to guess which codeword has been set by
the board. Although it can vary from board to board, the basic setup is a
four-letter word, made up of a mix of six letters (A-F), allowing for
duplicates of letters. By default, you have ten guesses to find the right
In order to start the game, tell the board 'setup'. After that, you
tell the board your four-letter guess, eg 'ABCD', 'ACDC', 'DEAD' or
'FFFF'. The board will then show you how many of those letters are
correct. It does this in two ways. If one of your letters is correct,
and is in the right position, it will show this as 'black'.
If a letter is correct, but is not in the right position, it will
show this as 'white'. It will not show you which are tagged as black
and which as white, but will merely show how many of each you have.
For example, if the codeword is ABFE, and you guess 'ACDF', you will get one
black (for the 'A') and one white (for the 'F').
The object of the game is to guess the codeword in as few tries as possible,
using the black and white responses to your guesses as your guide.
See also: BINDINGS, CROSSES, DRAUGHTS, GAMES, KALAH, OTHELLO,
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