Biting off more than they can chew

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Biting off more than they can chew
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Pattern type Oscillator
Number of cells 22
Bounding box 12×12
Period 3
Mod 3
Heat 10.7
Volatility 0.50
Strict volatility 0.50
Discovered by Peter Raynham
Year of discovery 1972

Biting off more than they can chew (or eater-bound pond[1]) is a period-3 oscillator found by Peter Raynham in July 1972.[2] Its alternate name of "eater-bound pond" comes from the fact that in generation 1, the object between the two eater 1s is a predecessor of the pond.

The oscillator can be extended by placing more copies of the middle object, rotating each new one by 180 degrees.

Image gallery

An extension of the oscillator
RLE: here

See also


  1. "Eater-bound pond". The Life Lexicon. Stephen Silver. Retrieved on December 3, 2018.
  2. Dean Hickerson's oscillator stamp collection. Retrieved on March 14, 2020.

External links

  • 22P3.47 at Heinrich Koenig's Game of Life Object Catalogs