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game-of-threes

Back in middle school, I had a peculiar way of dealing with super boring classes. I would take my handy pocket calculator and play a "Game of Threes". Here's how you play it: First, you mash in a random large number to start with. Then, repeatedly do the following: If the number is divisible by 3, divide it by 3. If it's not, either add 1 or subtract 1 (to make it divisible by 3), then divide it by 3. The game stops when you reach "1". While the game was originally a race against myself in order to hone quick math reflexes, it also poses an opportunity for some interesting programming challenges. Today, the challenge is to create a program that "plays" the Game of Threes. Challenge Description

The input is a single number: the number at which the game starts. Write a program that plays the Threes game, and outputs a valid sequence of steps you need to take to get to 1. Each step should be output as the number you start at, followed by either -1 or 1 (if you are adding/subtracting 1 before dividing), or 0 (if you are just dividing). The last line should simply be 1. Input Description

The input is a single number: the number at which the game starts. 100 Output Description

The output is a list of valid steps that must be taken to play the game. Each step is represented by the number you start at, followed by either -1 or 1 (if you are adding/subtracting 1 before dividing), or 0 (if you are just dividing). The last line should simply be 1. 100 -1 33 0 11 1 4 -1 1