Saka wrote:THCTLH and UTHCTLON in a small 3x3 font both make a Glider-Producing SE

Great font! Not only minimal, but you can write Cthulhu in big block letters.

I am not sure what letters are legal. I avoided "I" to eliminate fixed/variable width ambiguity. Here is the complete font I tried:

CHJKLnOrSTUXYZ

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`x = 55, y = 3, rule = B3/S23`

3obobo3bobobobo3b3ob3ob3o2b2ob3obobobobobobob2o$o3b3obobob2o2bo3bobobobobo4bo3bo2bobo2bo3bo3bo$3obobob3obobob3obobob3obo3b2o3bo2b3obobo2bo3b2o!

The first switch-engine producing patterns I found were at 5 characters:

LCrXL

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`x = 19, y = 3, rule = B3/S23`

o3b3ob3obobobo$o3bo3bo4bo2bo$3ob3obo3bobob3o!

LHKKn

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`x = 19, y = 3, rule = B3/S23`

o3bobobobobobob3o$o3b3ob2o2b2o2bobo$3obobobobobobobobo!

THXnC

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`x = 19, y = 3, rule = B3/S23`

3obobobobob3ob3o$bo2b3o2bo2bobobo$bo2bobobobobobob3o!

TYKJO

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`x = 19, y = 3, rule = B3/S23`

3obobobobo3bob3o$bo3bo2b2o2bobobobo$bo3bo2bobob3ob3o!

UHHJY

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`x = 19, y = 3, rule = B3/S23`

obobobobobo3bobobo$obob3ob3obobo2bo$3obobobobob3o2bo!

nHHJY

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`x = 19, y = 3, rule = B3/S23`

3obobobobo3bobobo$obob3ob3obobo2bo$obobobobobob3o2bo!

rCLXr

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`x = 19, y = 3, rule = B3/S23`

3ob3obo3bobob3o$o3bo3bo4bo2bo$o3b3ob3obobobo!

rHKKU

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`x = 19, y = 3, rule = B3/S23`

3obobobobobobobobo$o3b3ob2o2b2o2bobo$o3bobobobobobob3o!

THXnC and some others produce the glider-shooting variety.

Here is the lexically first one I found that starts with "CTHULHU" (I tried internal insertions as well, but it did not shorten the string).

CTHULHUCUYSH

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`x = 47, y = 3, rule = B3/S23`

3ob3obobobobobo3bobobobob3obobobobo2b2obobo$o4bo2b3obobobo3b3obobobo3bobo2bo3bo2b3o$3o2bo2bobob3ob3obobob3ob3ob3o2bo2b2o2bobo!

I hope I have not awakened the Old Ones!