Wickstretcher 1

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Wickstretcher 1
x = 49, y = 16, rule = B3/S23 10bo19b2o$9bobo17bo4b2o$2bo4b3obo5bo14bob3o$bobo2bo4b2o3bobo7bobob4o3b o3b2o2b2obo$bobo2bob2o3bo3bo8b3obo8bo2b2o4bo$2ob2obobob2o8bo10bo4b2ob 2o4b2obo$bo4b2o4b2o3bob2o13bo7bo$bob2o2bo3bobob2o2bob2ob3o4bobo9bo$2bo 3b3obobo2bo4bo3b3o4bobo9bo$3b2o3bobo2bo5b2o13bo7bo$5b2obob2obobo3bo11b o4b2ob2o4b2obo$5bob2obo2bob2o4bo4b3obo8bo2b2o4bo$11b2o7b2o4bobob4o3bo 3b2o2b2obo$32bob3o$29bo4b2o$30b2o! #C [[ THUMBSIZE 2 THEME 6 GRID GRIDMAJOR 0 SUPPRESS THUMBLAUNCH ]]
Pattern type Wickstretcher
Number of cells 176
Bounding box 49 × 16
Direction Orthogonal
Period 5
Speed c/4
Discovered by Hartmut Holzwart
Dean Hickerson
Year of discovery 1992

Wickstretcher 1 is the first explicitly constructed wickstretcher. Its front end was constructed by Hartmut Holzwart and its back end was constructed by Dean Hickerson. It was found in October 1992. On November 25, 2003 Paul Tooke found a slightly smaller antstretcher.[1]

It works by having its front end stretch ants at a speed of c/4, while its back end stabilizes the ants. Its back end can also be seen stabilizing ants in electric fence.

x = 38, y = 20, rule = b3/s23 26bobo9b$26bo2bo8b$10bo15bo3bo7b$9bobo18b2o6b$2bo4b3obo5bo14bo5b$bobo 2bo4b2o3bobo7b2o2bob2o4b$bobo2bob2o3bo3bo8b3o2b3o3bo$2ob2obobob2o8bo 12bo2b2o$bo4b2o4b2o3bob2o12b2o2bo$bob2o2bo3bobob2o2bob2ob3o11b$2bo3b3o bobo2bo4bo3b3o11b$3b2o3bobo2bo5b2o12b2o2bo$5b2obob2obobo3bo13bo2b2o$5b ob2obo2bob2o4bo4b3o2b3o3bo$11b2o7b2o4b2o2bob2o4b$32bo5b$30b2o6b$26bo3b o7b$26bo2bo8b$26bobo! #C [[ THUMBSIZE 2 THEME 6 GRID GRIDMAJOR 0 SUPPRESS THUMBLAUNCH ]] #C [[ THUMBSIZE 2 ZOOM 10 ]]
A slightly smaller wickstretcher found by Paul Tooke
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