Tub-with-tail eater

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Tub-with-tail eater
Tub-with-tail eater image
Pattern type Eater
Constellation
Number of cells 12
Bounding box 9×6
Discovered by Unknown
Year of discovery Unknown

The tub-with-tail eater (or eater 5), commonly abbreviated to TWIT, is an eater composed of a block and a tub with tail. It is capable of eating gliders from two perpendicular directions. It is generally used to absorb gliders in situations where the standard eater is insufficient, particularly because of its edge-eating ability.

Variants using different still lifes are possible. For instance, the block can be replaced with a more complicated catalyst, or extra catalysts can be added to perturb the block. Eaters created in this way form a significant proportion of Dean Hickerson's eater collection. A commonly applicable variant uses a long hook with tail rather than a block to catalyze the reaction, which can be used to compress Herschel loops to periods of 57, 58, 59, and 60.

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The tub-with-tail eater eating gliders from different directions
RLE: here
A variation of the tub-with-tail eater using a long hook with tail
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