This shows symmetry axes and six supertiles of **Trefoil Lattice Labyrinth (41,7)**, each supertile comprised of **2017** equilateral triangles. Here’s just one of the supertiles that fit together to potentially cover the infinite plane:

This unexpectedly wayward shape is in fact generated by an elegantly simple missing-links graph which I arrived at only by a hit-and-miss evolutionary process – a metaphor of last year’s wayward results of evolved democratic processes?

We had better re-cap to sketch out why **2011** and **2017** yield tessellations, but **2012**, ** 2013**, **2014**,** 2015** and **2016** do not, but by all means **skip or speed-read the next two paragraphs if you like **and go straight to some images of tessellations on the square lattice.

To construct a tessellation on the square lattice we set out points by counting **a** along one axis and **b** along the other, forming squares of area **a²+ b²**, so for a number, such as **2017**, to be the area of the repeat unit (fundamental domain) of a tessellation on the square lattice it is necessary that it can be partitioned into the sum of the squares of two integers, **a **and** b** (one of which may be **zero**). This is possible only if the number in question is of the form **4m**, **4m+1** or **4m+2**, never of form **4m+3**. You can get a feel for why this is the case by drawing dots in square arrays or sticking matchsticks in a pinboard. Less obvious intuitively, it is also necessary that all the number’s prime factors (raised to whatever power they occur) must also be of one of the allowed forms. (See Conway and Guy’s *Book of Numbers* (expensive in paper). For instance, if **3** is a factor, or **3³**, no tessellation is possible because both these powers of a prime are of form **4m+3**, but if **3²** is the factor, this presents no problem, as we can see that **9 **can be expressed as** 2m+1** where **m=4**.

For tessellations on the triangular lattice we set out points counting **e** and **f** along axes at sixty degrees to one another, and the area of the triangles so constructed will be the Loeschian number **e² + ef + f²**. There is an analogous rule for the form of Loeschian numbers. All are of form **3n** or **3n+1**, never of form **3n+2**. Again, you can get a non-rigorous feel for this by counting points or matchsticks set out in triangular arrays. Once again, this rule applies not only to the number itself but also to all its prime factors, raised to a power if it occurs as such. So **2** or **2³** cannot be factors of a Loeschian number but **2²** can be, as **4** can be expressed as **3n+1**, where **n=1**.

*Note that the “tessellatability test” is a member of that beguiling but frustrating family of theorems that tells you whether something exists but includes no method of deriving it. One has confidence that e and f exist (there may be more than one possible pair) but get no further help towards finding them.*

**2011** is a prime number and of the form **4m+3** so cannot be the sum of two squares, but it is of form **3n+1** so can be a Loeschian number **e²+ef+f²** and a Trefoil Lattice Labyrinth can be constructed (I believe – I’ve yet to try) with **e=39, f=10**.

**2012 = 2² x 503 **and **503** is of form **4m+3** and also of form **3n+2**, so is tessellatable neither on the square nor the triangular lattice. The same applies to the next four years:

**2013 = 3 x 11 x 61** and both **3** and **11** are of form **4m+3** while **11** is of form **3n+2**.

**2014 = 2 x 19 x 53 **and **19** is of form **4m+3** while both** 2 **and** 53 **are of form** 3n+2**.

**2015** =** 5 x 13 x 31** and **31** is of form **4m+3** while **5** is of form **3n+2**.

**2016 =** **2 ^{5}**

**A digression:**

* 2016 has 36 factors: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 14, 16, 18, 21, 24, 28, 32, 36, 42, 48, 56, 63, 72, 84, 96, 112, 126, 144, 168, 224, 252, 288, 336, 504, 672, 1008, 2016. leading me to think that 2016 might be a “highly composite number”, the smallest number to have 36 factors. But no, *according to Wikipedia ( donate!)

* End of digression. *At last we come to:

**2017**, a prime of the form **4m+1** and **3n+1**, so we should be able to construct tessellations on both the square and the triangular lattice. **2017 = 44² + 9²**, corresponding to **Chinese Lattice Labyrinth (9,44)** (my convention is to put the odd number first) and **2017 = 41² + 41×7 + 7²**, corresponding to **Trefoil Lattice Labyrinth (41,7)** (oddness and evenness are not especially significant for the construction, so I put the largest number first), a realisation of which heads this post.

Many of us are anxious that **2017** will be a difficult year, and so it proved when searching for a satisfactory tessellation on the square lattice. The standard missing-links graph for a Chinese lattice Labyrinth, consisting simply of nest of squares, work as always but leads to a very swastika-like (“swastikoid”) supertile. Attempt after attempt to use non-standard missing-links graphs failed – what emerged would have been (if completed) a tessellation of tiles within tiles rather than a monohedral tessellation. Here is an example:

At this point (a dyad axis) I gave up, as the tessellation graph traced thus far, if copied, rotated through 180 degrees and joined up, would lead directly to the next superlattice point – far too quickly, leaving most lattice points unvisited. I suppose I’d better show you what transpires if I do *keep right on to the end of the road … tho’ the way be long … keep right on round the bend* as the rather appropriate old song goes. So here it is:

– very (left-leaning) swastikoid of course. I’ve used three colours to distinguish the (two) different shapes that make up the tessellation, but two colours would do, yellows being surrounded by blue and vice versa.

Eventually, I arrived at a successful tessellation, but still reminiscent of a shape disgraced in Western eyes, though there is no such problem in South East Asia.

and finally, employing a radically new type of missing-links graph, a pattern that I feel able to recommend as a suitably tortuous representation of a year through which there is no clear path for many communities and nations.

I’ve illustrated all these designs against skies that at this time of year represent a Shepherd’s warning.

The **Lattice Labyrinths** workbook is available from the publisher or you-know-who , or from a good independent bookshop or via Google

**Happy New Year!**

Filed under: Birthyear Labyrinths, Chinese Labyrinths, Trefoil Labyrinths ]]>

Aberdeen, Antwerp, Auckland, Bangkok, Bath, Baton Rouge, Berlin, Birmingham, Bombay, Brighton, Brisbane, Brunei, Cambridge, Canterbury, Cardiff, Cheltenham, Chicago, Delhi, East Dorset, Edinburgh, Ghent, Guelph, ON, Guildford, Kolkata, Lagos, Leeds, Leuven, Leicester, Lincoln, Lisbon, London, Lund, Manchester, Newcastle, Norwich, Nottingham, Oshawa, Oslo, Oxford, Peterborough, Phoenix, Portsmouth, San Antonio, Sheffield, Stockholm, Swansea, Sydney, Tacoma, Winnipeg and York

Each month, Katie Steckles co-ordinates and issues a MathsJam SHOUT – a page of problems and puzzles to break any ice at your meeting. Here is a recent example and here is another. (Those two links are to dropbox – they did eventually appear for me without attempts to sign in with mis-remembered details and I did manage to print them off as A4 sheets.) The October sheet occupied me happily for an hour or more on a broken-down train to Nottingham for a meeting I consequently never made.

The annual MathsJam Conference at Yarnfield Park, Staffordshire, was a great treat. More than fifty talks were presented over the two days – each limited to just FIVE MINUTES after which escalating audio penalties are applied, and with just ONE MINUTE set-up time. After a batch of six or seven talks there is a coffee break during which the recent lecturers remain available to talk to. Delegates seat themselves at round tables, many strewn with mathematical games and puzzles, which makes for a very sociable time. Under the windows were arrays of free books, craft exhibits, a T-shirt competition, mathematical cakes competition, activities and puzzles competition,a competition for the best competion breaking the competition rules and arching over all a competition for the best competition. Next year we are threatened with a competition for the best best of competitions competition.

I think I’ve got that right. There was lots of laughter, generated by a very un-nerd-like array of stand-up mathematicians of all ages. After an excellent serve-yourself and seat yourself dinner there was an evening of activities, a quiz and mathematical musical jam session..

*Scalene, scalene, scalene, scaleeeen, of triangles you’re my favourite one. Scalene, scalene, scalene, scaleeeen, all your angles have a different tan. * and

*Hark the herald angels sing Trigonometry is King*

give you a flavour of that. Summaries and slides of the talks at the 2015 conference are already online and those for 2016 will be posted soon. Here are a few pictures from 2016, including the answers to an anagram (or was it an acronym) competition.

Thanks to the organisers, presenters, moderators, lift-givers, microphone-fitters and all who made MathsJam 2016 go so far as I know without a serious flaw. Finally, of course, here are my tessellations for the two days of the conference, November 12th. and 13th., **Chinese Labyrinth (11,12)** and **Serpentine Labyrinth (13,11) **each constructed via non-standard missing-links graphs in a quest for more intricate and less swastikoid forms. In the second example the illustrated missing links graph is itself swastikoid. Finding such graphs that work is helped by some experience and requires some “tweaking”.

The **Lattice Labyrinths** workbook is available from the publisher or you-know-who , or from a good independent bookshop or via Google

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Filed under: Birthday labyrinths, Chinese Labyrinths, Serpentine Labyrinths ]]>

It so happens that one supertile of Chinese Labyrinth (15,10), generated employing a fairly ingenious non-standard missing links graph fits, on my 44 x 44 squares, 2.4m x 2.4m tileyard, so I have been **obliged** to construct this celebratory tessellation. Here it is, seen whilst under construction.

Thank you to Eve Booker for the photographs taken in the gloaming. There’s more to be done tomorrow **if** time – I was called in for dinner.

More was done to modify the design – but not by me.

Here are some pictures of previous Apple Days.

It’s hard to stop adding memorable and heart-warming images, and yes, the sun does often shine for us….touch wood, the forecast for tomorrow is a bit iffy.

The **Lattice Labyrinths** workbook is available from the publisher or you-know-who , or from a good independent bookshop or via Google

Filed under: Chinese Labyrinth, Festival & Event Labyrinths ]]>

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Wirksworth-Festival-86444826559/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/wirksworth_fest

Lattice Labyrinths entry: http://www.wirksworthfestival.co.uk/artists/davie-mitchell-2016

This year the trail includes a half-foot-sized tiled realisation of a version of** Chinese Lattice Labyrinth (9,8)**, chosen to celebrate the patronal (or matronal?) festival of St Mary the Virgin, patron of Wirksworth’s mediaeval St Mary’s Church, which fell as recently as yesterday, as I write, September 8th. Four supertiles of this tessellation have a wingspan of 44 squares, which, if sized two-by-two-inches, can just be fitted onto two 8 foot by 4 foot (approx 2.4 metres by 1.2 metres) plywood boards. Here’s the design, with added doodles, submitted for the approval of the Trail curators.

and in a rare moment of self-revelation here I am screwing tile-separators to one of the boards at 54 mm intervals (+ or – 1mm, I hope, or the 47mm x 47mm tiles won’t fit).

and here is the highly-skilled, self-moulded philosopher Jacob the Joiner (Jacob Butler), cutting up 1500 or so tiles on his rock-solid and millimetre-precise bench/table saw. It took only about three hours. The tiles are medium density fibreboard which when sawn splinters much less than real wood.

Other curiosities of the installation can be demonstrated if you dip into the Trail (completing it might take the two days) after purchasing a guide and badge at one of several accessible locations in the centre of Wirksworth. On a damp evening, Friday 9th. September, the completed piece was assembled by myself and son Michael, laid out flat on the lawn behind the Memorial Hall on St.John’s Street, necessarily sheltered by a substantial but obligingly pop-up gazebo.

The whole concept has worked but I’m a bit disappointed by its appearance; tomorrow we’ll perhaps add some parts of some further supertiles in pale blue (against the red) and charcoal grey (against the yellow) to achieve more contrast with the board.

PS now we’ve made this beast, its parts can be reassembled anywhere and to designs tailored to other dates or significant numbers. All rush at once.

The **Lattice Labyrinths** workbook is available from the publisher or you-know-who , or from a good independent bookshop , via Google or for two days only on the lawn behind the Memorial Hall in Wirksworth, where two striking giftwrap designs, “Logistical Nightmare” and “Diamonds are Forever” (oops – a copyright infringement, I take back that title), are also to be had at £1.50 a sheet, 10% to the Festival.

P.P.S. there are less arcane uses for the Tesslab Tile Yard:

Filed under: Architectural Realisations, Birthday labyrinths, Chinese Labyrinths, National Labyrinths ]]>

So, on or around Bastille Day, it is time for a typically Gallic histrionic, over-the-top, ruthless and megalomaniac makeover of one of the city’s great public open spaces. The upset will be as nothing to that occasioned when les grandes Places et les Boulevards were originally butchered through the homes, workshops and lives of a teeming city, municipal destruction in scale and senselessness commensurate with British “slum clearance” of the 1950’s and 1960’s , except that little very impressive came out of the latter.

Le Quatorze Juillet is the number pair** (14,7)**, is of form *one even, one odd*, so yielding a Lattice Labyrinth tessellation of the Chinese family, specifically of a subfamily where the two numbers share a common factor,in this case** 7**.

Here is a little region of **Chinese Lattice Labyrinth (14,7)**.

The outline of this figure does display that cockiness (suffisance?) which forms part of the French national self-image and can arouse animosity among les étrangers.

Below is the present unfinished state of the re-paving of the Place de la Concorde; batches of slabs in the national colours have to be specially manufactured.

The **Lattice Labyrinths** workbook is available from the publisher or you-know-who , or from a good independent bookshop or via Google.

Le classeur Lattice Labyrinthes est disponible auprès de l’éditeur ou de vous-savez-qui, ou à partir d’une bonne librairie indépendante ou via Google.

Filed under: Architectural Realisations, Chinese Labyrinth, National Labyrinths ]]>

When the separation parameters **(a,b)** are one even or zero, one odd, we get a Chinese Lattice Labyrinth such as **(5,0)** or **(7,0)**. The area of the supertile **a²+b²** is always of the form **1+4n** which corresponds to a tetragonally symmetrical supertile having a single central square and four identically-shaped arms.* (A reminder: The separation parameters tell you how far across (a) and up (b) the lattice you have to count to come to a point identical in its environment to the one you started from; they tell you the scale on which the pattern repeats itself.)*

The missing links graphs are simple to discover, the tessellation graphs use every lattice link not used in the missing links graphs (see my workbook).

If both **a** and **b** are even,** a²+b²** is of form **4+4n**, so if a tessellation of tetragonally symmetrical supertiles is to exist, each must have at a block of at least four square tiles at the centre of each supertile. Finding such tessellations presents a big problem to me, as the missing-links graph algorithm as used above is of little help. Lower-order cases can be found by trial and error – below I illustrate case **(6,4) **– two different constructions.

I call the family of which (6,4) is an example the Windmill lattice Labyrinths, a name suggested by the shape of the lowest-order member of the family. I constructed the left-hand,** yellow** and **green** tessellation by trial and error. Its tessellation graph is drawn in** black**. When one “reverse-engineers” this tessellation by constructing its missing-links graph , shown in **red**, one discovers that the result is the tessellation graph of another version of Windmill Lattice Labyrinth (6,4), shown on the right in **yellow** and **blue**.

This property, that a Windmill Labyrinths is “complementary” to another Windmill Labyrinth is shared by all members of the family. Some members are complementary to themselves, some are complementary to a mirror image of themselves, the rest to a differently-shaped tessellation, as in the case illustrated above.

Despite the above beautiful property, I find the Windmill family unsatisfactory because the lattice point at the centre of each supertile is unconnected by/to the tessellation graph. We CAN connect these points without upsetting the symmetry of the tessellation as a whole by constructing a cross at each supertile centre to divide each supertile into four identically-shaped arms. This does however mean that these tiles meet in edges of the tessellation graph rather than at vertex (lattice) points, corner to corner. This feels like a generalisation too far. However, this is not the end of the story for **(even,even)** separation parameters.

In the last few years a Japanese academic team (see reference at the end of the post) have been working their way through all the low-order polyominoes that tessellate, by an ingenious method quite different from mine and soon becoming impractical within the times of the order of the apparent age of the Universe for higher-order cases. Working through their results and correlating them with my lattice Labyrinth Families, I found one that didn’t fit! Here it is.

Well! Both separation parameters are even, the full symmetry of tetrad and dyad axes is there, the supertiles meet corner to corner AND all lattice points (corners of the squares of the square lattice) are connected in the tessellation graph. the above tessellation is indeed the lowest-order member of yet another infinite family, which I had to call the Japanese Lattice Labyrinths in honour of its source – and to balance nomenclaturely with the Chinese Lattice Labyrinth family.

(R, the *repeat unit *(or* fundamental domain*) is the number of squares in the pattern that are repeated to form the tessellation, S is the area of each supertile. In this case four supertiles in the four possible different orientations make up the repeat unit)

To return to June, month **6**, here is another member of the Japanese family, **(6,4)**.

Unlike the Windmill Labyrinths, the Japanese family can be constructed via a straightforward missing-links graph (shown here in **red**), though spotting general construction rules that cover all cases is not easy. However, my attempts to construct a Japanese Lattice Labyrinth for another “June” case, **(6,2) **met with persistent failure. It can’t be done! here is the best I can do:

I decided that *Scarthin* had to get an entry into my terminology; it’s where I live and work (and well worth a visit to the bookshop,* Scarthin Books*, the pub,* The Boat Inn* or just to relax on *The Prom*, overlooking the millpond,* The Dam). *The Scarthin Lattice Labyrinth family is undoubtedly also infinite in membership; its lowest-order “basic tessellation” is case **(4,0)**, which you might like to try constructing. Alas, this family, like the Windmills has a block of four squares in each supertile with the central lattice point not connected to the tessellation graph.

We can characterise which (even,even) cases are drawable as Japanese Labyrinths and which as Scarthin labyrinths algebraically, but it’s perhaps easier to get the point from this little sample table, below.

At present I’ve forgotten my clear and simple explanation of why the (even,even) separation parameter cases fall into these two distinct families. Analogously to Arthur Sullivan’s musical “lost chord”; this is my “lost proof”. *Seated one day at the laptop, I was fluent and free of fear…..*

If the constructions above have left you baffled, befuddled and bewildered, then you could always purchase a copy of the explanatory workbook and be admitted to hours of recreational mathematics and artistic designing. The **Lattice Labyrinths** workbook is available from the publisher or you-know-who , or from a good independent bookshop or via Google.

The Japanese research paper I referred to above is:

[5] Fukuda, Hiroshi et al, *Polyominoes and Polyiamonds as Fundamental Domains of Isohedral Tilings with Rotational Symmetry*, Symmetry 2011, 3, pp.828-851

Filed under: Chinese Labyrinth, Japanese Labyrinths, Scarthin Labyrinths, Windmill Labyrinths ]]>

Anyway, now to the serious business of some Loyal Lattice Labyrinth Tessellations. The 21st. of April leads to the number pair** (21,4)**, which specifies **Trefoil Labyrinth (21,4)**. here it is.

I think this has turned out very appropriately for the Queen, it’s a self-disciplined tessellation, tightly controlled, resisting temptations to go out on limbs.

It’s also possible to dedicate a Lattice Labyrinth to all those reaching ninety years of age. 90 factorises to powers of primes: **2 x 5 x 3²**. We can immediately tell that **90** cannot be a Loeschian number of the form **a² + ab + b²** because such numbers and their prime power factors cannot be of the form **3n+2**, which both **2** and **5** are. This rules out a tessellation on the triangular lattice with tile area **90**. However, this number CAN be the sum of two squares because none of it’s prime power factors are of the form **4n+3** so it can correspond to a tessellation on the square lattice. We can quickly spot that **90 = 9²** **+ 3²**, yielding number pair **(9,3)** which as both are odd corresponds to **Serpentine Lattice Labyrinth (9,3)** and here it is, not in Union Jack colours this time. For once I’ve included some of the mechanics – the axes of symmetry and the missing-links graph employed in the construction.

Each supertile contains **45** squares, but they come in two sets, orientated at 90° to each other, so the repeat unit (or *fundamental domain*) is 90 as desired.

If the construction above has aroused your curiosity, then you could always purchase a copy of the explanatory workbook and be admitted to hours of recreational mathematics and artistic designing. The **Lattice Labyrinths** workbook is available from the publisher or you-know-who , or from a good independent bookshop or via Google.

Time to go off to choir.

Filed under: Birthday labyrinths, Serpentine Labyrinths, Trefoil Labyrinths ]]>

Well, if we must have this **stupid referendum**, at least we should follow the usual constitution of societies and public bodies, for instance that internationally insignificant Derbyshire village body, the **Cromford Community Association** and require a two-thirds to one-third majority of members (and a simple majority of the *Council* ) before taking the momentous step of changing our long-established Constitution. What is the UK to do if (as is quite likely) the vote is 51% to 49% in either direction. Should such a divided nation **LEAVE** despite a tiny majority in favour of** STAYING**? Should a two-thirds/one third majority be required for us to stay IN, taking OUT to be the historical default situation?

*Afterword; as you may know, the vote was 52% to 48% – little different to my “forecast” and so close I’m not bothering to confirm which way it went, though a statistician would confirm that such a split of some 34 million votes means there is a “highly significant” deviation from a 50:50 coin-toss hypothesis. One reaction to this result can be enjoyed on my twitter page: https://twitter.com/davescarthin/status/747816380930596864*

Anyway, in an attempt to hear some substantial arguments, rather than the national media’s head-count of moguls, **Scarthin Books of Cromford** are sponsoring an IN/OUT debate on **Saturday 9th. April** at the aforementioned Cromford Community Centre. The contestants are Edward Spalton and Brian Mackenzie, both experienced in international enterprise and trade,both committed to their views beyond the economic arguments, both worthy of respect. Here is the poster, and also a parking/access plan as our industrious village which, with its shops, hotels, stone quarries, engineering and service businesses,historic mills and housing, restaurants and pubs, is a **HUB** and often congested.

Of course, Britain will probably be OK either OUT or IN the EU. We’ll all try to make the best of whatever situation we find ourselves in. The result of the referendum will be subject to huge random (i.e. inexplicable and unpredictable) factors; we might just as well have tossed a coin – HEADS WE’RE IN, TAILS WE’RE OUT – you could say that tossing a coin is exactly what we ARE doing.

One afternoon in the the Chemistry Laboratory at Northampton Grammar School, a teacher stuck a pin into a list of Cambridge Colleges and thus randomly allocated a College to each of us five *Science Boys*. The 100% success record of Alan Bennett’s *History Boys* was not achieved; the two most promising did not get in (they shone at Imperial College, London, instead), three of us did – to Pembroke, St Catherine’s and St. John’s. Had I not found myself at John’s, I would not, on my way to Cavendish Laboratory lectures, have passed and become addicted to *David’s* bookstall – and Scarthin Books, my children and this blog would all vanish “in a puff of smoke”. But surely another life, not empty of colour and creation, would have come about in place of the life I’ve actually been living. So will it be with Britain, in or out of the EU.

**WHAT ABOUT A TESSELLATION ?! **The EU referendum takes place on June 23rd., so here is **Trefoil Lattice Labyrinth (23,6)**, first of all the usual pretty pattern of just six supertiles, each comprised of **23² + 23×6 + 6² = 703** equilateral triangles. I’ve produced it in the EU flag colours. You could call it the Brussels Labyrinth, Brussel Labyrint, Le Labyrinthe de Bruxelles.

BUT, there are 28 nations in the EU. Here they are in all their waning and waxing variety fully interlocked and symmetrically disposed, three nines, about one central supertile (I wonder who that can be?). If the UK leaves, the symmetry will certainly be destroyed

The **Lattice Labyrinths** workbook is available from the publisher or you-know-who , or from a good independent bookshop or via Google.

Filed under: Diatribes and Politics, Trefoil Labyrinths ]]>

For much of January and February I considered myself to be on HIP ROW, hoping for much longer stays of operation, but the hip in question adopted a different **OP-WISH** strategy so in the end I was **EAGER for the PROCEDURE**. Thank you to the consultant anaesthetist, whose name alas I didn’t gather, and, of course, to Prof. Ian Stockley who radiates reassurance and, I think, joy in his work and who has become *Hip Replacement Surgeon by Appointment* to Scarthin, the hamlet within Cromford where I live and work. After the operation, my three nights’ individual-room bed and board was simply luxurious. So thanks also to Mappin Ward and to the smiling nurses, most with the Sheffield and South Yorkshire accents that reminded me of my Conisborough roots. By day the sun lit up the valley sides, by night the owls hooted in the trees under the moon.

The sometime *Birmingham University Wayfarer* Chris Ford tells me he has reached HR50, the age at which half his friends have had a hip replacement, said by Prof. Stockley to be the second-best of all “routine” operations, after cataract-removal. I think he is citing both the high success rate and the life-transforming effect.

Incidentally, **HR50** **≅ PhD50 + 45**

OP DAY was **Monday 22nd. February, 2016**.The number pair **(22,2),** taken to be separation parameters on the triangular lattice, corresponds to a Lattice Labyrinth in the Trefoil family because **22 – 2 = 20** is not divisible by **3**. For **(a,b)**, if **a-b** IS divisible by **3**, a Honeycomb Labyrinth (and a Diamond or Dart Labyrinth) results.

As a thank you for my “free” operation, this time I won’t hide the stages by which the tessellation is constructed. First of all we set out ** superlattice points **on the triangular grid, each at separation **22** lattice points across and **2** lattice points at **60º** up and then repeating the construction symmetrically to produce the superlattice array. At each of the superlattice points there is a **hexad axis** of **6-fold** rotational symmetry (see *Rotational Symmetry simply set out*, an early blog post). It helps to find our way around if we also mark in the **triad 3-fold** and **dyad 2-fold** axes. Crucially this completes the very same symmetry group as displayed by the triangular lattice itself.

Now for the creative bit – which means I have no hard-and-fast rule for this procedure – constructing a valid **missing-links graph**, so named because it uses up ALL the lattice links that will **NOT** form part of the tessellation graph. First of all, around each hexad axis I draw in the biggest *nest *of hexagons that I can without the outermost hexagons overlapping. I then know from experience with separation parameters which share a common factor (**2** in this case) that the dyad axis lattice points are potentially hard to reach in a symmetrical fashion, but also from experience I know that a *paddle wheel *construction, also shown in red, centred on each heaxad axis, will do the trick.

The missing-links graph elements have to pass through every lattice point twice, except for the hexad-axis superlattice points, so as to leave just one route through each lattice point unused. The green constructions made up of triangles and closed triangularish figures symmetrical about each triad axis complete this job. This particular green assemblage is the most elegant I’ve found, there may be other possibilities for this part, or even for the whole, of the missing links graph. here it is.

Now for the automatic, but entertaining job of tracing the graph made up of just those lattice links NOT used in the missing links graph. To shorten the task we can take advantage of the symmetry which means we only need to trace the graph, by way of the only links left unused, from one superlattice hexad axis point to the next. We can then take advantage of the rotational symmetry and of the repetition at (22,2) separations to construct as little or as much as we like of the infinite tessellation graph. Here is enough to demarcate just six trigonally symmetric supertiles, three in each of the two orientations at 180º to each other – the equivalent of the equilateral triangles that make up the basic lattice itself.

Like magic, isn’t it! Finally, here it is, coloured in:

The **Lattice Labyrinths** workbook is available from the publisher or you-know-who , or from a good independent bookshop or via Google.

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These are tessellations based on birthdate number pairs. I’ve used the word “cryptic” in that few would guess or think to observe that the pattern will repeat if you count **a** triangle-sides across and **b** up at an angle of **60°**, an observation not made easier by the omission, for effect, of the triangle boundaries.

It is sometimes possible to construct a Lattice Labyrinth such that the supertiles are comprised of a specified number of tiles (or sometimes a small multiple or large factor of the required number). Hence the various birthyear tessellations to be found in early posts of this blog. The post Tessellatable Numbers up to 2100 tells you which “small” numbers work. **1955** will not, but **2011** corresponds to Trefoil Lattice Labyrinth** (39,10)** (I know it’s a Trefoil rather than a Honeycomb because **a-b** is not **zero** or divisible by **3**), This is a monster, in which each supertile will contain **39² + 39×10 + 10² = 2011** (it works!) equilateral triangles. **2011** is a (real) **prime number** and, in this case, **(39,10)** is a **Loeschian prime**, having no number pair factors. It can also be written more conventionally (alas) as **Eisenstein prime (49,10)**. I think I’ll leave tessellating **(39,10)** to another day.

**Lattice Labyrinths** workbook is available from the publisher or you-know-who , or from a good independent bookshop or via Google.

And finally, to appease search engines, here are the opening lines in American:

*So far as Apple’s logo is concerned, it can be any color so long as it’s black, to paraphrase Henry Ford. One color makes it difficult to shade the tiles of a tessellation, so I’ve had to borrow some other colors approximated from their earlier rainbow version.*

(Had the USA gone the whole hog in the (strictly imperfectible) attempt to re-write American English phonetically, the two (collections of) dialects might by now be well on the way to becoming mutually incomprehensible languages, like English and Glaswegian.)

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