I’ve had good luck with the following combo:
- First line in the left column.
- First line in the middle column.
- First line in the right column.
- Work your way back up clearing from the bottom.
Top down seems obvious, but it leaves you with far fewer moves by the time you clear the last block, and you need all the open spaces you can get open for clearing lines with squares.
Also, if you have a pattern like the following.. .r .rr. r.bb ..
you’ll find that clearing the ‘bb’ row will form a square because of the teleport.
There are probably other patterns to look out for that don’t occur on other boards, but the diagonal ‘Y’ straddling the columns was the first one to set off a light bulb for me.
Clearing dots horizontally or in groups of 3 near the bottom is a good way to get “shuffle”, which helps when you’re nowhere near making a square. Clear squares from the top when you have them and work from the bottom when the board looks hopeless.
In the early 1830s, when The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was less than three years old, the Lord invited members of the Church to seek wisdom by study and by the exercise of faith:
“And as all have not faith, seek ye diligently and teach one another words of wisdom; yea, seek ye out of the best books words of wisdom; seek learning, even by study and also by faith” (D&C 88:118).
This is more than a simple exhortation to learn about the gospel. It is an invitation from the Lord to recognize that not all sources of knowledge are equally reliable. Seeking “out of the best books” does not mean seeking only one set of opinions, but it does require us to distinguish between reliable sources and unreliable sources.
Recognizing that today so much information about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints can be obtained from questionable and often inaccurate sources, officials of the Church began in 2013 to publish straightforward, in-depth essays on a number of topics. The purpose of these essays, which have been approved by the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, has been to gather accurate information from many different sources and publications and place it in the Gospel Topics section of LDS.org, where the material can more easily be accessed and studied by Church members and other interested parties.
The Church places great emphasis on knowledge and on the importance of being well informed about Church history, doctrine, and practices. Ongoing historical research, revisions of the Church’s curriculum, and the use of new technologies allowing a more systematic and thorough study of scriptures have all been pursued by the Church to that end. We again encourage members to study the Gospel Topics essays cited in the links below as they “seek learning, even by study and also by faith.”