Problem 244Published on Saturday, 9th May 2009, 02:00 pm; Solved by 878; Difficulty rating: 70%
You probably know the game Fifteen Puzzle. Here, instead of numbered tiles, we have seven red tiles and eight blue tiles.
A move is denoted by the uppercase initial of the direction (Left, Right, Up, Down) in which the tile is slid, e.g. starting from configuration (S), by the sequence LULUR we reach the configuration (E):
For each path, its checksum is calculated by (pseudocode):
checksum = (checksum × 243 + m1) mod 100 000 007
checksum = (checksum × 243 + m2) mod 100 000 007
checksum = (checksum × 243 + mn) mod 100 000 007
For the sequence LULUR given above, the checksum would be 19761398.
Now, starting from configuration (S), find all shortest ways to reach configuration (T).
What is the sum of all checksums for the paths having the minimal length?