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Just an idea. This may or may not help in the golf, but is good to know anyway.

If you take this magic square:

2 9 4 7 5 3 6 1 8
and play tic-tac-toe on it, you have three in a row iff you have three different cells so that the sum of their three numbers is 15.

Source of the idea:

Csákány Béla, Diszkrét matematikai játékok.
1998, Polygon, Szeged
pp. 100-101

Update: changed 1 in 1st row to 2. Thanks to jdhawke and also QM for noticing the typo.

Update: this one does not check for valid moves so it's easy to cheat. Also, it does not detect ties yet.

s;;294 753 618 ;;$f=(OX)x9;{print$_,$u=chop$f;$n=<>-Q;s;$n;$u;e;$$u&1<<15-$n&&die$u.$ +/;$$u|=$$u[0]<<$n;$$u[0]|=1<<$n;redo}

In reply to Re: (Golf) Tic Tac Toe by ambrus
in thread (Golf) Tic Tac Toe by delirium

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