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x = 9, y = 9, rule = B3/S23 b2o2bob2o$o2bo2b2o$bobo$2bo$8bo$6b3o$5bo$6bo$7b2o! #C [[ THUMBSIZE 2 THEME 6 GRID GRIDMAJOR 0 SUPPRESS THUMBLAUNCH ]] #C [[ AUTOSTART ]]
Pattern type Spaceship
Number of cells 20
Bounding box 10×10
Direction Orthogonal
Period 7
Mod Unknown
Speed c/7
Speed (unsimplified) Unknown
Heat 14.6
Discovered by Josh Ball
Year of discovery 2013

Loafer is a c/7 orthogonal spaceship found by Josh Ball on February 17, 2013. Its name refers to its slow speed and loaf-pushing behaviour. Adam P. Goucher found an 18-glider synthesis for this spaceship on the day of its discovery, and Matthias Merzenich reduced this to 8 gliders the following day.[1]

Paul Tooke built a sawtooth, that uses loafer's ability to turn a middleweight spaceship into a loaf.[2]

Mike Playle found a stable loafer-to-Herschel conduit, apparently by means of the same search program (or its earlier version), that gave the world the snark a month and a half later.[3]


  1. Adam Goucher (March 10, 2013). "c/7 Orthogonal Spaceship". Retrieved on March 16, 2013.
  2. Paul Tooke (February 22, 2013). "Re: c/7 orthogonal spaceships". Retrieved on October 2, 2013.
  3. Mike Playle (March 9, 2013). "Re: c/7 orthogonal spaceships". Retrieved on October 22, 2014.